I've read a few threads mentioning the problem with a CAI as most have used the Autozone rice pipe and K&N RX-4750. I decided to try it after a BC member told me how I needed the supercharger whine.
But what about the compressor problem? Ok, AJ USA for the filter $55 free shipping. Autozone for the only rice pipe they stock $38 + tax. Not bad on the prices. I can live with that. I was told by the BC member, let'* call him Haro for the sake of a name that his dad was able to stretch the coupler that came with rice pipe to fit the tb with some lube and 1/2 of time. So I shouldn't need anything but pipe and filter....ok I'm ready
I put a little silicone lube on the inside of the coupler, catch the bottom edge of it on the tb, then with my fingers cupped inside the coupler I lift and slide the top onto the rest of the TB. (less an 1 minute...I'm feeling good about this mod). Then I try a little fitting of parts. Need to lose about inch and a half off the end of rice pipe and it is going to hit the compressor. Hmmmmm
I pull out my handy cutting tools for an aluminum pipe
and the end comes right off the pipe. Hmmm what about that compressor? I think..can I slightly modify the angle?
So I try it and heres that same section but after the cut.
Time to try a fit
About a half inch clearance...hey...that'* nice....w/o a bracket to hold..I got a 1/2"
What about that IAT hole in the air cleaner? I read a hot soldering iron, but don't want melted rubber on mine...I use it to solder..not melt. Hmmmm
Bet this would cut rubber....a couple minutes and test tries later.
It'* a nice snug fit....perfect! Let'* put it together and put the bracket that comes with the rice pipe to the existing airbox hole. But also let'* put some rubber tape onto it like everyone else.
Project rated simple, I'd give it a whole case of beer rating. Because you got tons of time left over and didn't hardly get dirty.
Solved the clearance problem with a little angle change on the pipe. It helped having the right tools available. Now it'* time to consider the heat shield. The pipe gets warm by nature and consideration is needed. What can I insulate the pipe itself with?...got a couple of ideas. As well..my heat gun is probably going to get used on the heat shield for the filter. Prepare for a possible one piece shield of bent plexi.