what is the best overall CAI/SRI out for the TSX? i was thinking about buying a k&n drop in filter but wanted to make a better informed decision. thanks in advance!
It does not have a bypass valve, so you need to be careful to avoid hydro-lock. However, I'm not worried about it and when it rains it pours here in Georgia.Duke said:I have to ask - does the Injen unit have a bypass valve in case of water intake? I know AEM does (whether or not they make a unit for the TSX, I don't know).
The reason I ask is the reason my wife has a new TSX - hydrostatic locking.
We had a rainy summer on the East Coast, which meant lots of flash flooding because the ground was sodden. Her car was a '95 Neon into which I'd put a '96 Stratus 2.4 DOHC engine, and part of that setup was a Mopar Performance CAI, based on the Iceman unit. The MP piece has a big K&N cone on it. As designed, it sits extremely low. However, her car was an automatic and the filter wouldn't fit in the normal position. So I shortened the tube and modified the battery box so that the filter sat right under the battery (same battery location as the TSX) above the transmission. This put the filter 18" above ground or so, maybe more to the bottom of the inlet tube.
It wasn't enough.
She drove into some semi-deep water during a storm - maybe 12" deep - and that was it. The intake inhaled about a half pint of water, the 2.4 hydrostatically locked, and lunched at least 2 connecting rods. Game over for the sleeper Neon.
Not to tell horror stories, but unless your intake has a bypass valve, don't drive into any puddles you couldn't jump across. I didn't think it would happen to me, either.
That's cool...I understand...it's certainly a buyer beware situation. I was just trying to answer the question (more or less).Duke said:That's a choice to make, and as long as you are totally aware of making it, that's fine. I just want to offer the story of something that directly happened to me, not to a friend of a friend in some urban legend scenario.
A lot of the advertising doesn't mention it except in the fine print, and it should be a real concern for those who are not aware of the possibilities. If you lunch the engine and your insurance company finds out it had a CAI on it, they will take great satisfaction in totally denying your claim.