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DYI CAI How To: CAI, home fabricated!!

Discussion in 'Ford Raptor Engine Discussion and Performance Mods' started by jesse, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. jesse

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    OK, i was searching online, and all i can find are CAI that essentially arent exactly cold air intakes, most still draw in heat from the engine bay, some dont filter out enough dirt due to their design, also some just look cheesy...like nothing custom.

    Well i have been in the springs for some time, i frequently stop by a buddys shop in cheyenne who fabricates his own mustangs from the ground up...i saw how he would do his intakes, pretty simple actually and extremely cost effective.

    so i told him lets do one of my raptor, BUT i wanted to keep the stock OEM housing...as the stock housing filters out enough dirt to make me happy for many hours out in the sun!

    but here are the begginning stages, basically got done with cut and finish, my next step is powder coating! the powder coat will match the fox shock blue color...then once thats complete, i will get it engraved...and the engraving will basically say "SVT RAPTOR" then underneath it i will have them put in script, my very own signature! gonna look pimp when done....

    I also already tested this whole thing for about 500 miles...i tested it with the stock air filter and i did notice a slight increase in MPG's...but it could have been anything else, or who knows if that even contributed to it. but here are the beginning photos, again, its all cut out and just basically brushed aluminum...after powder coat i will post more pics:

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    high pressure hose and clamps that i will be using:
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    the good thing about this mod...you dont have to remove your entire housing, its basically removing two hose clamps, then reinstalling the new hoses and clamps over existing locations...eliminating all air silencers (i believe there is still one air silencer on the throttle body). but dead easy, and just as effective as any other CAI when coupled to the K&N toss in air filter, you are also not sacrificing the durability and the ability to filter out as much dirt as possible with the OEM housing...and best of all...cost a TON less LOL
     
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    well i decided to run it again, but with the K&N before i send it off to powder coat...I saw like a 1 to 2 MPG increase with stock air filter..with the K&N, i saw a bigger increase in MPG's. I drove out to the springs, ran some trails...then drove back home...all equaled out to about 420 mile trip.

    before i was getting like 16MPG on the HWY with the K&N, and about 13 to 14 city...now, im getting 15 to 16 city and 17 to 18 Highway...really impressed with my entire setup so far! im way stoked...for one, with the stock air filter i get only about 14 MPG hwy max...which isnt bad at all for my elevation, as with my old truck (2005 F150) i was getting 19 MPG Hwy in California, and here in northern CO, i was getting 14 to 15 MPG..so for me to get anything better than that out here in this elevation, im waaayyy stoked! Im also stoked to keep the stock housing for offroad purposes.

    i feel confident enough to spend the extra dime on powder coat and so on...

    On a side note, for anybody wanting to do something cheaper...i saw on the Dakar Rally SVT Raptor, they used a high pressure hose, 3" in diameter...thats probably much less and much easier to obtain than fabricating an aluminum piece. I also noticed the Dakar version has the same setup...just eliminated all the air silencers and kept the stock housing...

    anyhow, i figured i can give an update and an honest assessment with MPG read outs....

    here are some pics of it installed on truck before powder coat>

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    what's the specs on the pipe? what size and what radius is the bend, how long is the leg that goes to the air box? where did you buy the silicon boots and what size are they?

    thanks the setup looks killer!!!

    Nick
     
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    I, too, would like to know the specs of the tube. Can't wait to see the finished product and total cost.
     
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    Jesse, I know this is an old thread, but did you ever get the tube finished? Have you run into any issues with this setup? And what were the dimensions you used for the pipe? Thanks!
     
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    I feel bad bringing this back up but, anyone know the length of the pipe and angle of the bend he used?
     
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    Don't feel bad, I would love more info also.
     
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    Don't ever feel bad about bringing a thread back from the dead!! Doing so keeps all of the info in one place, making it easier for others to get the whole story later.
     
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    Only feel bad when you bring up 6.2 threads... Lol

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