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Old 03-31-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Just Installed Halltech Cold Air

I just installed my Halltech Cold Air Intake it was easy to install and the only bad thing I can say about it is the heat shield. The heatshield bows a little bit but no big deal and is a tight fit. The kit does not come with install instructions but the only thing I had a concern about was the rubber hose I cut the factory line and used a hose clamp to attach the rubber hose. What did other people do about the rubber hose?? The air filter touches the washer bottle but no big deal. I did not pull fuses or disconnect the battery I drove the car and right away I noticed a difference. Im happy with it and I purchased it from SouthernCarParts.com because they were the cheapest that I found. I dont plan on dynoing the car but Im sure I picked up 10hp.
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:15 PM   #2
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nice job.how long did it take to install?
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:18 PM   #3
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I see where you can fix the heat shield. Trim the top gasket about 1/2" back from the front and it will allow the front part of the shield to slide under the frame properly. Loosen the nut on the bracket before doing this and tighten after you have the shield in place. Post some after pics once this is done.

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Old 03-31-2010, 11:18 PM   #4
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nice job.how long did it take to install?
It took about 30 mins from start to finish
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Old 03-31-2010, 11:20 PM   #5
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Any sound difference, anything you noticed?
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Old 04-01-2010, 12:03 AM   #6
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Also make sure the bottom of the heatshield is running along the frame, between the silver AC line and the frame. The first notch in the bottom of the shield should be where the silver AC line crosses over the frame and the one on the back side is where that line exits.

You did the right thing by cutting the platic tube but it looks like you might have cut it a little too far up. The rubber hose shouldn't be bending like that. It's not a HUGE deal but I wonder if the engine cover will fit properly now. That's easily fixed with a trip to your local auto parts store though. Also, you don't need a clamp on that junction. It's made to be a VERY tight fit so one isn't needed.

I imagine if you push the intake tube closer to the TB, it would move the filter away from the washer bottle.
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Old 04-01-2010, 10:47 AM   #7
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Thanks guys for the input I will adjust the intake tube and the heatshield then I will take pictures to let you guys know what I come up with. The engine cover fits fine over the rubber hose it is just pinched between the cover and throttle body but I dont think its anything to worry about. There is a big sound difference first of all it made the stock exhaust sound a little louder and second when you step on the throttle the intake makes a mean growl due to all the air being sucked in.....it sounds sick!!!!
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:23 PM   #8
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Old 04-01-2010, 03:26 PM   #9
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Old 04-01-2010, 06:27 PM   #10
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I would take that hose clamp off. You don't wan't sharp edges around the heater hoses. I just pushed the line over it and it seems pretty tight.

I spent a lot of extra time messing with trimming the shield. My L bracket was too low, revitted that a bit higher. Had to trim the fender side of that shield quite a bit down low to get it to push over far enough to be tight against the fender. Then the filter hits the washer bottle. I'll have to figure out how to perfect that. After a day of driving the filter was about to fall off, the pressure from the washer bottle wants to keep pushing it off.

I tried putting it on with no trimming and the L-bracket in its as built spot. The bottom was way off the frame, the shield was bowed, the L bracket was bending up, I'm sure it would have broken off in a day.

On the plus side, the performance seems great. Attention to detail though, I'm handling that. I also wish they would have included a complete hose connection to the pcv so the OE line didn't have to be cut. Some day I'll need to put it back to stock, and will need to buy a new OE hose there with it's special fittings on each end.
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Old 04-01-2010, 09:14 PM   #11
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I installed mine yesterday too. The engine now sounds awesome and the throttle response and power are certainly better. My heat shield fits good I did trim about a half an inch off of the front and side to make it fit better. My air filter clears the washer fluid reservoir by about 1/2". I think it is an angle thing you may have the intake tube pushed on too far. Try backing it out a little this will angle the air filter further from the washer fluid reservoir. My only issue is the small rubber hose gets squeezed between the engine and the engine cover. It's not that big of a deal, but I think over time the rubbing will cause the hose to get cut. I will try and post pics tomorrow. All in all I really and happy with this CAI.
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Old 04-02-2010, 01:13 AM   #12
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I also wish they would have included a complete hose connection to the pcv so the OE line didn't have to be cut. Some day I'll need to put it back to stock, and will need to buy a new OE hose there with it's special fittings on each end.

It would be easy to take it back to OEM without buying anything. Just keep the cutoff piece and cut a 2-3in piece of the hose off, then push cutoff piece into hose. Instant OEM.
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I installed mine yesterday too. The engine now sounds awesome and the throttle response and power are certainly better. My heat shield fits good I did trim about a half an inch off of the front and side to make it fit better. My air filter clears the washer fluid reservoir by about 1/2". I think it is an angle thing you may have the intake tube pushed on too far. Try backing it out a little this will angle the air filter further from the washer fluid reservoir. My only issue is the small rubber hose gets squeezed between the engine and the engine cover. It's not that big of a deal, but I think over time the rubbing will cause the hose to get cut. I will try and post pics tomorrow. All in all I really and happy with this CAI.
Hey thanks, I'll do that. I must have fought with that shield so long I overlooked the obvious on how to position the filter and tube better. On that little hose, I got mine positioned better by using a longer rubber hose.
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I agree....try re-positioning the tube a little more and it should pull the filter away from the water bottle. I did have to mess with it some to get the heat shield position correctly plus I had to trim a little of the gasket that goes to the front of the car but I knew about all that stuff be because of this forum.

When you trim the gasket piece just take a little at a time. You can always clip off more but can't put it back.

It does look like you cut the factory PVC line a little to short. Although what you have will probably work, if it becomes an issue I'm sure you can go to the local parts store and by another piece of hose about 2" longer than what you have.

BTW: Jim recommended using some windex as a lubricant to help slide the hoses on. He aslo said the hose clamp on the PVC hose shouldn't be necessary due to the tight fit.
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Hey Caverman let me start off by saying real nice job the Halltech paint job it looks great. Where you have the small rubber hose going under the engine cover does it get pinched at all? I didn't go that route because I was concerned about the pulley. I guess the hose is rigid enough that it won't sag down and rub on the pulley? If yours it good there I think I may go buy a longer piece of 5/16 hose and route it your way.
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Hey Caverman let me start off by saying real nice job the Halltech paint job it looks great. Where you have the small rubber hose going under the engine cover does it get pinched at all? I didn't go that route because I was concerned about the pulley. I guess the hose is rigid enough that it won't sag down and rub on the pulley? If yours it good there I think I may go buy a longer piece of 5/16 hose and route it your way.
Thanks....Axis is the one that came up with the idea to paint the name. I liked it alot as well and did it as soon as I got mine in.

The PVC hose is actually no where near the pully. The picture is just makes it look like it's touching/close but it's not. The cover does sit right on top of the hose but it's fine. It doesn't push up the cover and the cover isn't pinching the hose or anything. It's just a tight fit for that size of hose.
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Thanks for the pics I will give mine a second look today.
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