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This is my first post. I'm a newbie getting ready to install a Hotshot CAI on my B14. (Thanks to all who posted pictures of this install on their own cars- saved me alot of question asking.)

Has anyone experienced any problems with driveability, check engine lights, rain, etc. after installing one of these intakes? I've read that turbulent airflow can mess up MAF readings and cause problems. If you did have problems, how did you fix them?
 

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No problem with me either. Make sure you disconnect the negative terminal on your battery before you start, make sure the hose connections are nice and snug and remember to reinstall your MAF the right way. ;) Other than that, have fun and let us know how it went. :D
 
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My real concern is rain. Can you get hydrolock from rain? Or is it generally just a bad idea to get the filter wet?
 

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also where hotshots cai filter is, it's protected by the plastic, and i've never had any problems with mine....
 

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No problems here. Just do not try to drive thru lake Michigan. I drive thru heavy ass rain with mine. It is very difficult to hydrolock the motor. You almost have to want to hydrolock it to make it happen.
 

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My real concern is rain. Can you get hydrolock from rain? Or is it generally just a bad idea to get the filter wet?
Hmm...from what I can tell, I haven't seen a case of hydrolock from anyone that I know for at least the past three rain seasons running CAI's. The main thing is not to sit in a really deep puddle at wide open throttle. Getting the filter wet isn't that bad since if you run a K&N filter, the oil keeps the water from penetrating the filter element. This again shouldn't be a problem since you should be running a splash guard to keep water coming from the roads up to your filter. I've driven through some hard rain and have never had a problem with water. ;)
 
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Finally Done

Just finished installing my new Cai- It went pretty well and looks great. The only problem was fitting the battery back in- took some effort but it's okay now.
Thanks to everyone who replied to my threads, you helped alot. Anyone else attempting this install should visit the link in this message. It has jreat step-by-step instructions and pictures. Consider it essential reading, because the Hotshot instructions are kinda crappy.




http://www.nissanperformancemag.com/january01/hs-cai.shtml
 

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LMAO yes the hotshot instructions are extremely shitty. I was reading them and it was One page, front only, only text, and it said "refer to illustration 3." "WTF THERE IS NO ILLUSTRATIONS AT ALL!!!!" Luckily an intake is about as basic of an install as you can get, other than the fact you have to enlarge your intake hole that runs to the resonator down in the fender well. I had trouble with the battery as well, and I am going to relocate my battery to the trunk, since I am going turbo in a couple of months, and I need as much space as I can get in the engine bay. An added bonus is just that it is cool to have your battery in a weird place. "Where is your battery?" "Oh I put it in the trunk." YEAH! :)

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Despite the fact that rain shouldn't cause enough water to get sucked into the intake I was paranoid at the sight of the red dye fading due to it getting wet during heavy rains and driving, I don't see the dye I have a hard time thinking the oil is still there (I'm sure I'm not right here but better safe than sorry imo, hehe) and made a nifty little cover out of a paint bucket and some anodized aluminum strapping used to shore up pipes in your basement/crawlspaces and made a very sturdy shield that gives about 1 inch breathable space all the way around with 3 quarter inch holes in the bottom corner of the bucket to relieve any built up water (tested it repeatedly, worked quite well and the way the bucket is situated I was able to fill it with 4 cups of water before it even touched the filter anyway). The great side effect of this is road debris has little chance of harming the filter or punching holes in it with it in place too.
 

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I know this is an old thread... but I just installed my Hotshot CAI and wanted to vent! It's too bad that Hotshot couldn't have just taken a few extra steps to help make the install easier. None of the vacuum hoses fit-- I had to go out and buy new hose, clamps, and an adapter because Hotshot used a different hose size on one of the nipples. The MAF adapter is a piece of crap. It just barely bolts on, and it doesn't really fit very well. There is no real good way to install the temperator sensor, the instructions said that there was a grommet to make this work, but no grommet was in the box. Lastly, after cutting everything carefully and putting everything together, my battery didn't fit. I had to go out and spend $100 on a smaller battery. I'm sure Hotshot could've at least given me a few tips on how to avoid that... oh well.

Anyways, it would be nice to see Hotshot step up their quality control. I've also heard some stories about how crappy their customer service is. Kinda makes me not want to buy their headers now. :mad:

But all that said, I certainly did get a huge smile on my face when I fired up my SE-R and took it for a spin. :) So all in all, it wasn't too terribly painful to install. But something like that should only tak 3-4 hours. I think it ended up taking me the whole damn day.
 
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