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Re: The Definitive CAI Explanation Thread
What's wrong with the air intake being behind the battery? The stock intake is right in front of it... it's just a battery.... I mean, assuming your battery isn't leaking, this shouldn't be a problem. If your battery was cracked and emitting, oh, I dunno... hydrogen gasses, sure, that might be a problem... but I figure that aint the case.
I'd like to get a word in about rain with the CAI on our cars - this one goes out to all you paranoid folks, afraid to drive in the rain with a CAI installed. Here's what I've been putting my car through over the last week...
As you know, California is getting a record amount of rain and snow this year. I've travelled up and down the Newport Beach freeways in:
- very heavy horizontal rain & mist
- one inch plus of standing water at times
And through the city of Orange over sheistily made roads with:
- dips flooded up past the six inch mark (which I drove through)
- splashes as I passed through potholes full of water right in front of the intake
And today I drove from Irvine all the way to Idyllwild and back with:
- veritable rivers running across intersections easily eight inches deep
- uphill through heavy horizontal rain
- icy roads with standing water
- craptacular mountain city roads with potholes
And on the way back through the 909, a.k.a. Rivertucky (Perris, though in California, is a city which really belongs somewhere in the midwest:
- Roadside flooding upwards of five inches and full of mud
- three inch plus standing water puddles spanning entire intersections
And I even coasted (engine idling) through a flow of water that was really f**king deep. I really couldn't tell you how deep, it looked to be damn near at the intake's level.
Two things happened as a result:
- the filter is getting dirty faster
- the engine did not hydrolock
Anyway, that's a taste of what I've put this car through driving up and down CA and across the entire Ortega highway on a regular basis during the winter. Once again, a CAI is not as bad as some talk it down to be. The only way you're going to hydrolock the bastard is if you drive through enough water to fully submerge the filter, which means easily a foot or more, which might as well be a lake - and you shouldn't be driving through water that deep in the first place.
BTW Volcom I agree, this car handles extremely well in the rain. I was zipping through Idyllwild up and down the mountain at 60mph+ in heavy rain and extremely wet and sometimes icy conditions, and it never skated off on me. Very fun for downhill driving.
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