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Old 03-07-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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CAI Install with a question.

So after getting a great deal from a C5 vendor, and super fast shipping, the fedex guy drops the CAI off. Five minutes later I'm tearing the stock box out and installing the CAI. Got everything done and its pretty much a breeze (they should have a motto like, "so easy a ricer could do it"). Only issue I had was getting the top on. It didn't want to fit under the front where the weatherstripping and hood meet. After some wrestling with it and just about whipping out the cut off wheel, it finally fell into place. Looks great overall, just need to get the washer relocated.

My question is, is the lid supposed to be really hard to line up, or do I need to take it back off for the third time and try to tweak the way it is set up?
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:05 PM   #2
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My lid was the same way when I installed mine a week or so ago. It's a snug fit.

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Old 03-07-2013, 10:09 PM   #3
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Everything looks right there. Its supposed to have a snug fit.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:13 PM   #4
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Everything looks right there. Its supposed to have a snug fit.
Little Profanity involved with my install too. It was freakin tight, but looks great and still seems to be secured well. I think the difficulty may be from such a good quality product and fit. I am very impressed with the quality of mine. Good choice!
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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Thanks y'all, I figured it was a tight fit, just wasn't sure if I missed something down low that was forcing the front edge up. Profanity shouldn't be an issue for the folks living around me. My neighbors have learned new words every time I have worked on either my camaro, or the c10 in the background of my pic. the worst episode was when I was doing the body work and welding on rusted out bed panels to fill holes. Hahaha

Your pic looks almost identical to mine Jeff, they must be twins...
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:18 PM   #6
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Sounds like you got it. Looks good, and congrats on the intake!
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:33 PM   #7
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Nice congrats OP. I get mine tomorrow. Messed up and will get delivered at work and its my day off so wont get it till Monday Wont install until next week though.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:41 PM   #8
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Thanks y'all, I figured it was a tight fit, just wasn't sure if I missed something down low that was forcing the front edge up. Profanity shouldn't be an issue for the folks living around me. My neighbors have learned new words every time I have worked on either my camaro, or the c10 in the background of my pic. the worst episode was when I was doing the body work and welding on rusted out bed panels to fill holes. Hahaha

Your pic looks almost identical to mine Jeff, they must be twins...
Did you have to deal with removing the neg battery cable extention off the one mounting stud? Did your unit come with a notch in the air box by the mounting stud so the cable could fit thru the notch?
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I remember that I put a little silicone grease on the rubber of the outbd edge of the lid where it fits in between the two lips of the fender. Slid in and fit real easy then.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:40 AM   #10
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Did you have to deal with removing the neg battery cable extention off the one mounting stud? Did your unit come with a notch in the air box by the mounting stud so the cable could fit thru the notch?
Yeah, I pulled it off just to get everything installed, but put it right back. Yes it had the notch. I think its just a tight fit. Should loosen up over time, well at least I think it should.

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Sounds like you got it. Looks good, and congrats on the intake!
Yes I did, your shipping was the fastest out of the other three things I have ordered this far from other vendors. If anybody is looking for CAI, I will be sending them your way.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:47 AM   #11
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I took the lid back off.. did a bit of tweaking on the box to make sure it was nice and square and put some silicone spray on the rubber hood gasket. Much easier to get on and off, but it could be easier. Overall I really like the looks and performance of the CAI. I am going to put a light smoke tint on the inside of the lexan window as well, just to be a bit different. I am also going to do the scoop and washer bottle relocate soon, that will cut down on the need to pop the lid off unless I am servicing the filter.
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Thanks for choosing Cold Air Inductions Inc.! The install looks great, I can't wait to hear your input after taking it for a spin!

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As for the lid fitment, the box and lid are designed to fit tight for a good seal and a professional finish. Remember that the box and lid are attached to eachother when you receive them, so the 2 pieces obviously fit together just fine. Our CAI's are made exactly the same, some fit tighter than others jsut because movements in your car are going to vary vehicle to vehicle. The best thing to do if you are having trouble aligning the lid is to keep the box loose with the lid installed, move it all into position while they are together, remove the lid and tighten down the box, and then put the lid back on. You do not want to bend, muscle, tweak, cut or try modifying anything with the CAI since you know they fit together since they are already together right out of the box. Sometimes the trim on the engine bay needs to be moved a little, sometimes the installer is not aligning the lid where it needs to go inside the flange on the inner fender well, but the box and ild always fit together. As soon as you try and muscle things or force them they can bend making it that much harder to install.

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Old 03-08-2013, 12:04 PM   #13
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Your pic looks almost identical to mine Jeff, they must be twins...
Haha you have a good taste in cars and bolt ons apparently.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #14
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I saw a video where they installed the box first then installed the intake pipe. The comment was it will allow everything to fit better.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #15
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Oh, and I noticed that on top of the struts there is a little black plastic cap. I was detailing the engine compartment and the one was loose just sitting there. They are supposed to screw on but for whatever reason it just "popped" back off so I added a small dab of silicone to secure it so it won't fly off. Something you may also want to see before it disappears
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Thanks for choosing Cold Air Inductions Inc.! The install looks great, I can't wait to hear your input after taking it for a spin!

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As for the lid fitment, the box and lid are designed to fit tight for a good seal and a professional finish. Remember that the box and lid are attached to eachother when you receive them, so the 2 pieces obviously fit together just fine. Our CAI's are made exactly the same, some fit tighter than others jsut because movements in your car are going to vary vehicle to vehicle. The best thing to do if you are having trouble aligning the lid is to keep the box loose with the lid installed, move it all into position while they are together, remove the lid and tighten down the box, and then put the lid back on. You do not want to bend, muscle, tweak, cut or try modifying anything with the CAI since you know they fit together since they are already together right out of the box. Sometimes the trim on the engine bay needs to be moved a little, sometimes the installer is not aligning the lid where it needs to go inside the flange on the inner fender well, but the box and ild always fit together. As soon as you try and muscle things or force them they can bend making it that much harder to install.

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When you say " keep the box loose with the lid attached" ...would that would be right after you put the filter in while you're attaching the intake tube to both the filter fitting and the throttle fitting?
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:59 PM   #17
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Thanks for choosing Cold Air Inductions Inc.! The install looks great, I can't wait to hear your input after taking it for a spin!

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As for the lid fitment, the box and lid are designed to fit tight for a good seal and a professional finish. Remember that the box and lid are attached to eachother when you receive them, so the 2 pieces obviously fit together just fine. Our CAI's are made exactly the same, some fit tighter than others jsut because movements in your car are going to vary vehicle to vehicle. The best thing to do if you are having trouble aligning the lid is to keep the box loose with the lid installed, move it all into position while they are together, remove the lid and tighten down the box, and then put the lid back on. You do not want to bend, muscle, tweak, cut or try modifying anything with the CAI since you know they fit together since they are already together right out of the box. Sometimes the trim on the engine bay needs to be moved a little, sometimes the installer is not aligning the lid where it needs to go inside the flange on the inner fender well, but the box and ild always fit together. As soon as you try and muscle things or force them they can bend making it that much harder to install.

Remember that we are always available for technical support!
I didn't bend, muscle, tweak, cut or try modifying anything. The issue was where the weatherstripping from the car and the lid meet was a really snug fit, much snugger then I expected. After everything gets rubbed together and gets driven everyday, Im sure when I have to open it up, it will be much easier to get the lid on. I just wanted to make sure there wasnt somthing under the side that was forcing the front up that I couldn't see, or was overlooking.

As for input, you can definitely hear a difference in the exhaust, as well as the car sucking in air. As for adding power, My butt dyno cant tell much of a difference in the power, but the throttle response does feel slightly better.
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I didn't bend, muscle, tweak, cut or try modifying anything. The issue was where the weatherstripping from the car and the lid meet was a really snug fit, much snugger then I expected. After everything gets rubbed together and gets driven everyday, Im sure when I have to open it up, it will be much easier to get the lid on. I just wanted to make sure there wasnt somthing under the side that was forcing the front up that I couldn't see, or was overlooking.

As for input, you can definitely hear a difference in the exhaust, as well as the car sucking in air. As for adding power, My butt dyno cant tell much of a difference in the power, but the throttle response does feel slightly better.
I was not implying that you did those things, my instructions were more generalized to eveyone who may have difficulties getting the lid on. Sorry if you thought I was implying you did. I'm glad to hear that you liked it after getting to drive it!!

That being said, you did say "After some wrestling with it and just about whipping out the cut off wheel" which I found funny because we actually had someone cut an airbox for a different application about a month ago! They were not following the instructions, got frustrated and actually did take a cutting wheel out, and then had to buy a new box lol. So i said those things because there are actually people who do them and we want everyone to know that our CAI will and soes fit very good, and before taking out the old cutting wheel to give us a call for technical support.

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Naw, you didn't hurt my feelings. I was just using some humor. It doesn't always come across on the inter webs though. Besides, you didn't say anything about wrestling with it. Haha My only real complaint is that i think the notch for the ground cable should come with a grommet of some sort to prevent chafing. Im blacking out my bezels and front bowtie as i type this, so i might see if i can find one left over from my truck while I'm waiting on paint to set up.

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I actually came here to get advice on mine. I installed it a little over a month ago, and good lord it was a pain in the ass to get that lid on, especially that front screw.

Today, I went to to some routine maintenance under the hood and found that my front screw had come undone. :( I tried to get it down for about 30 minutes before I gave up, and it's dark as shit out now, so I have to wait until tomorrow for another go. I might just loosen the box up again (if I can even get to the bolts now) and try it that way. I also got the Rotofab washer bottle relocation kit that puts it up behind the air box by the strut tower, and race scoop. That bottle might be up too snug against the back of the air box.

****, I don't look forward to trying to take this all apart again. :(
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****, I don't look forward to trying to take this all apart again. :(
After 48 hours on the car, I took the cover off to put the grommet on from the above pic. Lid came off with alot less effort, and popped right back on. Its been driven right at about a hundred miles since install, so I'm thinking it knocked everything into allignment. Might not be as bad as your expecting....
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After 48 hours on the car, I took the cover off to put the grommet on from the above pic. Lid came off with alot less effort, and popped right back on. Its been driven right at about a hundred miles since install, so I'm thinking it knocked everything into allignment. Might not be as bad as your expecting....
Thanks. We'll see. I just remember it being a huge PITA to even get the two back screws on, and didn't want to risk not getting it back together tonight. :( I'll give it a shot tomorrow if the weather doesn't suck.
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