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Old 11-22-2005, 11:51 PM   #1
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I'm looking to make a custom CAI for my 1998 SSEi, but I am unsure whether to use the premade rice pipe from AutoZone and use a K&N filter...etc, or to use PVC tubing or any other type of material? I've read the posts on CAI'* but I didn't find any debating what to use for the pipe, any suggestions on what the best is?
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I used to have an insulated PVC intake, then I went to the rice pipe and insulated it and it virtually eliminated my heatsoak problem.
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PVC? Bad news. Scratch that idea right way. It heat soaks too quickly and won't allow for engine flex.

Pick either a CAI or FWI setup, and once you give the direction, we'll get you going.
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I would be looking towards a CAI in the engine bay.
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I would be looking towards a CAI in the engine bay.
here is a little idea what you have to do

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note this is sealed off from ALL engine bay heat and its protected from the heatsoak
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very nicely done, I'll bet you get +- 3* of ambient temp.
I'm just not so keen on the bulky look of insulation but I suppose to get the performance there is no way around it.
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very nicely done, I'll bet you get +- 3* of ambient temp.
I'm just not so keen on the bulky look of insulation but I suppose to get the performance there is no way around it.
yes the shiny pipe is really nice...but i wanted the best intake out there
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right, I think as long as I dress up the insulation with some sort of uniform cover it will still look nice, but as you, I am also looking for good performance, and from what other people have said about this mod, as long as you do it right you will notice a decent "seat of the pants" improvement
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did this with the TC on, after i revised my previous seutup

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You could always wrap your pipe, then slide a larger pipe over it all.
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