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Has anyone had any problems with their CAI? I know there are posts around here about it but i havent seen any with the possible problems it has. Just from looking at where they have the filter mounted it makes me not wanna do it.. Just behind the fog light? thats pretty low to the ground and id be scared to drive in the rain lol.

Yeah it DOES have a splash guard but thats just it, thats a splash guard and it didnt look like too much of a splash guard to me lol. My main concern is hydrolocking the engine and taking it to kia only to be told that the CAI voided my warranty..

Is there any way to ensure that if I DO get this CAI that my engine wont get hydrolocked? Is it really worth the money?
 

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There are no guarantees for not hydrolocking other than playing it safe around water holes.
Well I was talking with the techs at my work (i work at a Porsche dealership) and they were saying that theres a high resistance filter that K&N makes that i could mod into the TK intake that would allow the engine to pull from there instead of the main filter should the main filter get clogged for some reason. K&N also makes a sleeve that goes over the filter to block even more junk and water. Overall, they said that it really isnt worth doing
 

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I used to run one on another car. They are better than bypass valves in my opinion. But splashed or submersed water will still go through them, plus they negate some of the gain. I would definitely run a prefilter if you plan to run it in the winter.

Shattered: I have run a CAI in the winter with no problems and I am a Canadian, so lotsa snow.
 

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Well im in texas lol so winters are NO problem hahaha we'll MAYBE get some ice but thats it
 

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These have some pretty good reviews on an integra forum that I was reading.

Injen - : Pre Filters - Performance Air Intake Systems, Exhaust Systems, Turbo Components, and Air Filters for Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, ATV's, Boats, and more!

I'm going to play it safe and take my intake off for the winter.
Yeah this is kinda like that K&N sleeve i was talkin about in my original post, only the K&N seems to surround the ENTIRE filter with a drawstring at the base of it, basically a condom for your air filter for a lack of a better way to describe it LOL. Not sure of how these two would compare as far as water resistance goes.

EDIT: I meant my second post lol, not original post
 

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I live in Oklahoma and my CAI has been through a couple of big rains with no problems. I've even been through some big puddles(not by choice) and no problems
 

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I live in Oklahoma and my CAI has been through a couple of big rains with no problems. I've even been through some big puddles(not by choice) and no problems
Alright cool, this is what i like to see lol. Id still get the Injen sleeve (if i can get their site to work) or the K&N sleeve just to be on the safe side
 

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Ive had NO problems with my CAI EXCEPT...my mechanic noticed that a hose that is running near the top of my radiator or intercooler or whatever it is near the front of the car was laying on a sharp edge of plastic and it was actually slowly cutting the hose. i felt a little cut in it but nothing much but my mechanic said the hose could break within months so i put some padded double sided tape there just in case. In regards to hydrolocking and people's worry's...I was also worried about this but i proved that it takes A LOT of water to hydrolock and thats through experience. I was driving during a bad storm on a pretty dark road when there wasnt many cars on the road (some cars in front show where the puddles are) so I was only going maybe 30-40 mph and I suddenly SLAM into a huge puddle not seeing it AT ALL! water went over my car and if i wasnt so surprised and worried about hydrolocking, I wouldve glamored over the water bubble over my car lol So in the end I didnt hydrolock after that and my car ran just fine so dont make this stop you from buying this cuz this was a great investment and i love it!!
 

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Ive had NO problems with my CAI EXCEPT...my mechanic noticed that a hose that is running near the top of my radiator or intercooler or whatever it is near the front of the car was laying on a sharp edge of plastic and it was actually slowly cutting the hose. i felt a little cut in it but nothing much but my mechanic said the hose could break within months so i put some padded double sided tape there just in case. In regards to hydrolocking and people's worry's...I was also worried about this but i proved that it takes A LOT of water to hydrolock and thats through experience. I was driving during a bad storm on a pretty dark road when there wasnt many cars on the road (some cars in front show where the puddles are) so I was only going maybe 30-40 mph and I suddenly SLAM into a huge puddle not seeing it AT ALL! water went over my car and if i wasnt so surprised and worried about hydrolocking, I wouldve glamored over the water bubble over my car lol So in the end I didnt hydrolock after that and my car ran just fine so dont make this stop you from buying this cuz this was a great investment and i love it!!
Thanks for this story, Im starting to feel more and more confident in buying my CAI now, I would still get the Injen or K&N sleeve just for that extra safety lol. I had a CAI in my truck but being that it was a truck the filter sat WAAY higher and it basically took the place of the stock filter box and added a heat shroud.
 

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Yea reckless I think you should go for it! Rly adds a great new sound to the car and a little extra power. Just keep in mind that if youre doing this to add MPGs, think twice cuz youre gunna wanta step on it ALLLL the time lol so for a while deal with a few less MPGs.
 

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haha oh i can deal with a little loss, im used to driving a truck that got 15mpg IF i was lucky, most times id get around 13 or 14 ;)
 

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they were saying that theres a high resistance filter that K&N makes that i could mod into the TK intake that would allow the engine to pull from there instead of the main filter should the main filter get clogged for some reason.
This is the idea behind a bypass valve. And the force you need to suck through that high resistance filter occurs when your main filter is almost to fully submersed. It doesn't protect you again splashes to the filter or sipping water with the filter. That is why I hinted to the hydrosock prefilter being better than a bypass. But nothing is full proof.
 

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or you could do what i did is but the dry charge bag from k&n slap it on there and cut the pipe so when it seems to be a really shitty day then i just swap it from a cold air to a short ram... or you could just throw the stock system back on...
 

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I had my TK since 2010. No issues here!
 
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