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Old 05-27-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Anybody buy a dust cover for your CAI?

Anybody buy a dust cover for your CAI? I read it is a good idea to keep out rain. But I noticed the one for my K&N is kinda pricey for a cloth bag. Is it worth it? Will it decrease HP by reducing air intake?
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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Are you talking about a hydro-shield?

Some of the V6 guys who have gone with the Injen CAI have purchased Hydro-shields to help prevent the ingesting of water as it picks up cold air from the bottom of the inner wheel well.

A true hydro-shield is not supposed to reduce the air intake on a CAI. The filter should be more than competent at filtering out dirt if that is all you're worried about. If you have an oiled filter, it is even better at filtering than a dry filter.

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Old 05-28-2011, 01:58 AM   #3
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K&N calls it a drycharger. Comes in red, blue, black... Supposed to be silicone impregnated to repel water. Seems to me though it'd reduce airflow. And the K&N has a heatshield all around anyway that should also keep out the water.
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:38 PM   #4
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Anybody have an opinion?
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You mean a hydroshield? Yes. A lot of people with Injens or long tube CAIs use them. It's essentially just a pre-filter
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I have the Cold Air Inductions CAI on my car...fully enclosed with a see through cover and there is no water at all getting into it. If you had some sort of ram air hood directing air into the air cleaner, you might want to invest in the "drycharger".

That is honestly the only way I can see water getting into your air filter unless you are picking up from the bottom of the car where it will/can get splashed with water.

Mind you, if you're really nervous about water getting in, then it might be something you would want to buy for peace of mind.
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Mind you, if you're really nervous about water getting in, then it might be something you would want to buy for peace of mind.
My K&N isn't sealed but it is very well enclosed. But I was a little concerned because I had an '82 Z28 that had a louvre on the hood that popped up on accelerating to suck in additional air into the throttle body. Weeeeelllllll, it also sucked in water (due to the design of the air filter cover) and eventually I bent a rod. Poor design by GM I know but that is still in the back of my mind. I was just looking for advice here from those that are more "in the know" than I.
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