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Old 24th February 2007
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Default Intake Questions

Hey Folks!

I just finished putting on my Taliaferro open element intake and everything looks and sounds great! I've installed open element intakes before on Integras, Civics, Subarus, etc...but most have been "warm air" intakes. (Ones that mount above the passenger side wheel still in the engine bay. The real cold air intakes I have installed have had the assistance of a bypass valve which is essentially a sponge like ring fitted between the throttle body and the air intake element. This is helpful as far as ensuring water does not make that dredded journey into the intake manifold. Quite a genius idea if I do say so myself.

Anyway, my question is this...I don't plan on going trecking through deep puddles or getting the air filter soaked in water or snow, however this idea just came up to me. Going through a car wash with an undercarriage wash? The element, although tucked away quite nicely in the wheel well, is still succeptable to water soak and damage, right? I would imagine that the turbo would do a decent job of burning off any water before passing through into the intake manifold, but I don't want to risk a major motor rebuild for giving my baby a bath.

Either way, what is everyone's experience with this? Is it safe to give it a try or should I be handwashing it for the rest of my time with her / being picky about the carwashes?

Your advice is valued!

Thanks in advance.
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