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Old 09-03-2007, 07:35 AM   #11
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Nope. Only problem is because of the IAC it makes you car sound like a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner on steroids when you start it cold until it warms up.
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I would take it off in winter, but that'* just me. But I may not get a FWI and instead build a nice CAI in the corner. I never want to have to test the puddle theory.
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There'* no reason to remove it on a 2k for any reason. The filter is far better protected in that application, as it was specifically designed for it.

I wouldn't remove mine if I drove the Zilla in the winter. My plan is to fashion a breathable splash sheild. It'll also protect it from track rubber. That stuff is very difficult to get off the filter.

The 92-99 installation could use some protection in the winter, but even that isn't required. Try it, keep an eye on it, and clean it if necessary. Why remove something to protect it when it was designed to be cleaned and re-used?
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:07 PM   #14
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I guess I should take a good look at Gumball'* FWI and where it sits. I'm just very protective of my car as if it were a child and want to avoid any possibility of any kind of damage, especially to the engine.
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There isn't any possibility of damage.
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huh...wren...im not doubting u the least bit (seriously) but why did my auto teacher say that if u do suck up water itll get cuaght in ur cylinder (and of course water wont compress) and u end up throwing a rod? was that just something he told us to keep us from buying what he likes to call "marketing junk" (remember, this was the bonnie hater in one of my earlier threads). sry if its to off topic,
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You would have to FULLY immerse the filter under WOT to even have a remote possibility of sucking up water. Anything less than that, the engine will stall from lack of oxygen before any damage could be done.

We run FWI'* on the 92-99'* quite low, but it'* still impossible to fully immerse it. You would have bigger problems if you got that deep in a puddle.

Splashes and spray won't do anything to your car.

This car is a candidate:


Our FWI'* are mounted much higher than that, and are also much better protected on the 2k'*.
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thanks wren!
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Water is the best way to remove carbon....


Back in the Day we would pour Ice water down the carb... KInda like doing Seafoam no adays
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And 2 cars here have run water injection. Granted smaller amounts, but it keeps things clean.

It'* important to remember how many INTENSE FWI'* are installed on 92-99'*. ALOT. Nobody has ever had any complaints. COULD you hydrolock? Probably. But you'd have to be in a puddle over a foot deep. Probably closer to 2' deep.
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