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Old 05-20-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Arrow CAI Installation Issues

I've waited 7 years for a CAI and I finally got one (I'll explain why later). I am currently installing it in my LLT. Taking out the stock parts was easy but
two/three concerns came up with installing the CAI:




1) The CAI housing fit the contours of the wheel well...well.
Is this normal or should I really try to force it in there?



2) The one bolt to hold it in doesn't appear that stable. The stock had what appears to be some type of stud sleeve for the nut. The CAI installation instructions doesn't mention to use it so I didn't. Also, the CAI housing seems to be loose close to the radiator. I can imagine it knocking around during normal driving.


I saw some videos on youtube but they gloss over this portion of the installation. Videos and pics all show the installation w/ the screen on top, where it looks pretty good.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-20-2018, 09:56 PM   #2
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Thoughts

Maybe you should do some cleaning before you bolt in some shiny new stuff.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:14 PM   #3
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Are you sure you got the right CAI for your car; that doesn't look like it fits anywhere near correctly.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:23 PM   #4
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Looks like it's not pushed over far enough...to the driver's side.

Edit: On closer look, I guess it is. Otherwise the bolt holes wouldn't have lined up. Well that sucks. Looks like you may have the wrong intake, as mentioned by Welker.

I would contact the Manufacturer. CAI's are too expensive to get a part that doesn't fit like a glove.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:30 PM   #5
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:13 PM   #6
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Hmmm..... it should fit the contour of the metal part of the fender and seal with the provided gasket. You might have to wiggle it around and make sure it's not contacting any cables or wiring. Mine sealed up against the metal portion of the front clip perfectly. Make sure the bottom of the CAI is pushed in and ligned up, if you're off on the bottom the rest will never align, it's a tight fit.

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Old 05-20-2018, 11:42 PM   #7
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Maybe you should do some cleaning before you bolt in some shiny new stuff.
Yea, I was thinking about that before I posted the pics.

I am going to clean it up good prior to me truly placing it in.
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:57 PM   #8
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Hmmm..... it should fit the contour of the metal part of the fender and seal with the provided gasket. You might have to wiggle it around and make sure it's not contacting any cables or wiring. Mine sealed up against the metal portion of the front clip perfectly. Make sure the bottom of the CAI is pushed in and ligned up, if you're off on the bottom the rest will never align, it's a tight fit.

This helps.

Actually, your image looks pretty similar to mine. It doesn't contour to the wheel well all the way and it is pretty close to the radiator.
Also, it looks like you do use the stud sleeve before the bolt. I'll try it out tomorrow morning and see what happens.

Is the front part next to the radiator knocking against it or the AC line?
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Old 05-21-2018, 12:39 AM   #9
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This helps.

Actually, your image looks pretty similar to mine. It doesn't contour to the wheel well all the way and it is pretty close to the radiator.
Also, it looks like you do use the stud sleeve before the bolt. I'll try it out tomorrow morning and see what happens.

Is the front part next to the radiator knocking against it or the AC line?
I think you're on the right track, that gap you see underneath the metal portion of the fender is sealed so no hot air can come in through there, the CAI box should just sit over the metal portion of the fender liner. The stud sits over the mount as shown in my photo, I think there's a rubber washer over it too. Yep, the front of the box is close to the A/C line and core support.

Here's how the stud mounts up.


This is the fit around the core support and A/C line.



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Old 05-22-2018, 02:38 PM   #10
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I think you're on the right track, that gap you see underneath the metal portion of the fender is sealed so no hot air can come in through there, the CAI box should just sit over the metal portion of the fender liner. The stud sits over the mount as shown in my photo, I think there's a rubber washer over it too. Yep, the front of the box is close to the A/C line and core support.

Here's how the stud mounts up.
This made a difference. I appreciate you taking and posting these pics.

Thanks to these pics and you guys help, I was able to install it!

I still didn't clean out the engine bay due to time and weather but I'll usually attack it with Simple Green in late spring.

Haven't driven it yet but I'll report back with my review.

Thanks again!
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