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Old 05-18-2010, 12:31 AM   #1
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Question for Volant CAI owners: Codes or not?

Those that are running a Volant C.A.I. WITHOUT a tune....are you guys getting Check Lights/Codes or not?

ALSO.....do you have the "early" or "late" design?

After doing some searching, it looks like the early Volants had a recessed area and also "bumps" on the inside where the MAF mounts which may have caused turbulence and the CEL/Codes.. It looks like the later ones have since been smoothed out which might have solved the CEL/Codes.

So in a nutshell:
Check Engine Light/Codes?
If you get the light, how often/frequency?
"Smooth" or "Rough" inside tube where MAF mounts?

Like I said, I'm only interested in results from non-tuned cars. Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-18-2010, 10:41 PM   #2
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:43 PM   #3
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I just barely ordered my Volant kit today...I'll let you know when I get it in and installed.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:34 PM   #4
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Very cool.....please keep me posted.
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Old 06-05-2010, 03:40 PM   #5
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VOLANT CAI

I have been running a Volant cai with the Donaldson filter for three months with no codes. This was my first mod to my car. My only problem was they did not provide the right screws for the mass air sensor .I went to Pep Boys and got the right ones.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:31 AM   #6
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I have been running a Volant cai with the Donaldson filter for three months with no codes. This was my first mod to my car. My only problem was they did not provide the right screws for the mass air sensor .I went to Pep Boys and got the right ones.
Was it smooth in the tube where the MAF mounts or did you notice?
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:52 AM   #7
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:29 AM   #8
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Must have been an early model I got also - wrong size hose and bumps on the inside. Thru 'lean' codes regulary on the L99. Returned it after 48hrs after speaking with Volant (Erickson) - not much help - suggested the disconnect the battery routine - suggested a tune. Gonna tune a 'stock car' - $$$ for what. I'll wait and see. It was a nice design though.

CEL would trigger at WOT runs- was reseting CEL regularly in the time I had it. If you drove conservativly, it appears it would stay off. Too much 'unregistered' air getting past the MAF.

Also was ot too happy as to the way sensor seated itself. Appears it should have been able to go in further / seat itself better. Maybe part of the problem.
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Old 06-23-2010, 04:41 PM   #9
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We did have a few kits go out with a 1/2 hose ive never heard of bumps on the inside of the tube though, You need to disconnect the battery on the new GM's (camaro and silverado) or they will through a check light, I have never suggested a tune to anyone unless we were talking about building more hp not to correct a problem. We have no ongoing issues with this system and we have only built one version so theres no early or late models.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:41 PM   #10
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I had one of the first versions, and it would throw a lean code every now and then. It would clear itself though. Did pretty good on the dyno. +10hp/+15ftlbs. I just didn't like the looks so I sold it.

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Old 06-23-2010, 05:51 PM   #11
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The first version is the only version we never changed it
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:48 PM   #12
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Ok, I was one of the kits with the 1/2 hose that did not fit properly.

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Old 07-08-2010, 08:05 PM   #13
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I bought a Volant for my 2010 L99,and had some cel issues which were addressed by a tune.Same complaint,unregistered air,causing a lean condition.
I wanted to instal it on my 2011 LS3,and was a little concerned,and I didn't want a tune on this car.So I carefully started to look the tube over to see if there was anyplace air could be leaking in. The stamped MAF rubber gasket, doesn't fit the base of the MAF sensor very well, because it already has a rubber seal on it.This keeps the MAF sensor from lying flat on the pad on the airtube.I carefully trimmed it out with an exacto knife so it would fit over it.Now I have a perfect seal.Having the correct length mounting screws is also critical, because if they are too long they will seem tight,but the MAF sensor will not actually be snug.
Also, the spigot for the breather hose,wasn't completely cut out on the end,and there was actually a hole in the side of it near the end.I trimmed out the end and installed it using a stainless hose clamp.The breather hose is short and comes uncomfortably close to the pulley on the engine.
I reinstalled the unit and drove it about 20 miles tonight and everything seems fine.I hope it works cause I really like the design, and it makes noticable power.
Stay tuned.
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Old 07-08-2010, 09:43 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input.

After reading Daniel909's post (which sounded like a reasonable explanation to me) I decided to give it a shot and finally ordered the Volant this Monday.

Extra thanks to Blackbean as well . I'll be sure to look for those issues you found when I install mine.
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Old 07-09-2010, 01:40 PM   #15
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We did have a few kits go out with a 1/2 hose ive never heard of bumps on the inside of the tube though, ...........

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Daniel,you never heard of any bumps on the inside of the tube?

Have you ever looked inside the tube? There are two pronounced bumps where the thread inserts for the MAF sensor are cast into the tube.

If we can see them, why can't you?
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:13 PM   #16
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Been driving the car all weekend under idle to full acceleration,stop and go,highwayspeed etc, no CEL. I really like the Volant and Magnaflow combo.The acceleration is crisp and power is instantaneous.
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Old 07-11-2010, 06:40 PM   #17
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Cool, I'll be sure to post what I think after I install mine and get some seat time in it. I wonder how many guys decided against the Volant due to the rash of CEL's people seemed to be getting?

That's the main reason it took me so long to pull the trigger on it. After having input of what to look for that might allow unmetered air in, I don't think I'll have an issue.

....I'll also post as to wether or not mine has the "bumps".
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Old 07-11-2010, 08:52 PM   #18
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I'm not telling anybody to do this, but I heard that you could check for intake leaks by blowing the butane from a bernz torch[ unlit ]around the area you want to check. If you have a leak, the idle will pick up.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Seems like an easy way to see if the MAF gasket is leaking air.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #19
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No codes. Have had mine for 4 months.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:12 AM   #20
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Installed my Volant tonight and no matter how I position the breather hose, it's almost right on top of the pulley. After running it for only around 5 minutes, it's almost worn a cut through the hose. Any idea what I might be doing wrong? :(
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:56 AM   #21
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I'm having the same issues with my Volant CAI. I received my first CEL after running the car for one hour. Cleared the CEL and checked everything. One day later the CEL came back on. Bought shorter screws for the MAF and after a day or so, the CEL went out but came back on after two days. Took the Volant out and put the stock intake back in and cleared the CEL. Ran the car for a week, no issues. Put the Volant back in, CEL came back on after half a day. Called OnStar and they accused me of using the wrong octane gas which to me means I'm getting lean codes. I even tried cycling through the OBD-II, no help.

No loving the Volant right now!
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:08 AM   #22
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Return it and get you're money back!!! Had the same problem,got my money back and bought the CAI.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:47 AM   #23
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I have had my Volant for about 9 mos now, with about 3k miles. The only problem I had was when I first got my cai, the box had some rough edges around the name plate. I called Maryland Speed, where I purchased it, and received a new one in about 5 days.

Love the sound and performance I am getting with it right now, but maybe that is because I don't have a lot of miles on it.
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:14 PM   #24
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Bought it on eBay from Maryland Speedway for x-mas. Don't know if I can return it.
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Old 02-01-2011, 09:55 PM   #25
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Well I was going to buy mine this next friday but I think I'll wait until I see if this CEL issue gets worked out. Thats all I need is the wifey to see a CEL on our new camaro.

Blackbean, actually if you take a lite cig..or some other smoldering weed the vacuum from a leak will be drawn into it. Not too sure I'd do the whole butane thing...KKAABOOM
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