How to Build a Cold Air Intake for Cheap

October 31, 2012
A cold air intake is something that you will be able to make yourself. This is a great way for you to save some money and get a good idea of what goes on inside a of your cold air intake. Building it yourself will allow you to be able to understand when something is wrong and know what to do to fix it. 
Materials Needed:
Metal Strapping
Metal Screws
Bendable Exhaust Tubing
Cone Style Air Filter
Screwdrivers 
Allow Car to Cool
Before you begin to work on your vehicle for anything, it is always a good idea that you allow it to cool off first. If you have just finished driving your vehicle, then give it thirty minutes to an hour to cool off before you begin to work. Usually, parking your vehicle in the shade is a good idea as it will make working on it easier and will help it to cool faster. 
Removal
The first thing that you will need to do is take out your old cold air intake system. In order to do this, you will need to open up the hood of your vehicle. Under the hood, you will find the air box; this air box will have an air intake hose that will need to be disconnected from it. Do this by getting your screwdriver out and loosening up all four of the mounting screws. 
Choose Location
The location of the engine compartment is something that you will need to decide on. Typically, the best place is at the bottom of the radiator, right behind the air dam. In this location, cold air will be blown onto the air filter. 
Mount
Once you have the location chosen for your CAI, you will need to figure out the best way to mount it into place. The bendable exhaust tubing will need to be run through the compartment of the engine so that the cold air intake can be reached. With your screwdriver, get the exhaust tubing mounted. The tubing will then need to be fed through the compartment of your engine to the spot where the new filter is. Metal strapping will need to be used so that the tubing will be held securely. The air filter should then be mounted to the end of the tubing with your screwdriver. The metal strapping will once again need to be used so that you will be able to hold the filter itself into place. 
WAI
A warm air intake or a WAI is basically the exact opposite of a cold air intake. Should you decide that you wish to install one of these, much of the steps are the same. However, the placement may be different as it does have a different job than the previously mentioned intake. 
Professional
It is always a good idea to have a professional on call nearby. Just in case you have any issues with the mechanical aspect of the job, a professional will be able to help you finish the job. 

A cold air intake is something that you will be able to make yourself. This is a great way for you to save some money and get a good idea of what goes on inside a of your cold air intake. Building it yourself will allow you to be able to understand when something is wrong and know what to do to fix it. 

What You'll Need

  • Metal Strapping
  • Metal Screws
  • Bendable Exhaust Tubing
  • Cone Style Air Filter
  • Screwdrivers 

Allow Car to Cool

Before you begin to work on your vehicle for anything, it is always a good idea that you allow it to cool off first. If you have just finished driving your vehicle, then give it thirty minutes to an hour to cool off before you begin to work. Usually, parking your vehicle in the shade is a good idea, as it will make working on it easier and will help it to cool faster. 

Removal

The first thing you will need to do is take out your old cold air intake system. In order to do this, you will need to open up the hood of your vehicle. Under the hood, you will find the air box. This air box will have an air intake hose that will need to be disconnected from it. Do this by getting your screwdriver out and loosening up all four of the mounting screws. 

Choose Location

The location of the engine compartment is something that you will need to decide on. Typically, the best place is at the bottom of the radiator, right behind the air dam. In this location, cold air will be blown onto the air filter. 

Mount

Once you have the location chosen for your CAI, you will need to figure out the best way to mount it into place. The bendable exhaust tubing will need to be run through the compartment of the engine so that the cold air intake can be reached. With your screwdriver, get the exhaust tubing mounted. The tubing will then need to be fed through the compartment of your engine to the spot where the new filter is. Metal strapping will need to be used so that the tubing will be held securely. The air filter should then be mounted to the end of the tubing with your screwdriver. The metal strapping will once again need to be used so that you will be able to hold the filter itself into place. 

WAI

A warm air intake or a WAI is basically the exact opposite of a cold air intake. Should you decide you wish to install one of these, much of the steps are the same. However, the placement may be different as it does have a different job than the previously mentioned intake. 

Professional

It is always a good idea to have a professional on call nearby. Just in case you have any issues with the mechanical aspect of the job, a professional will be able to help you finish the job.

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