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    Volant CAI Problems

    I must say that this is the worst Intake install I have ever experienced! In fact, I don't think I actually have the 3.6L intake. Is the 5.7L different? First, It took me 35min to get the MAF sensor on due to the filter coupler having 2 different bolt patterns of which only one is correct. Once i figured that out the bolts were too short to use the lock washer! I finally got to the snorkel that connects to the MAF and the silicon "hump hose" was too small in diameter to attach to the snorkel so I used the stock one. Once I got to the silicon sleeve that connects to the throttle body(at least the sleeve was the right diameter) there was no physical way to get it on! The radiator fan support kept getting in the way. The biggest thing was that even if it could go on, the "hump hose" is so bound up that it would restrict flow. Did any one have the same problems!?

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Well I don't have my Volant yet, but I will def. be watching this thread to see what the verdict is. I would think maybe you ended up with the wrong intake.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Yes on all accounts!!!! My children learned several new words watching daddy try to connect the MAF assembly to the filter coupling. I was definitely expecting something a little more plug and play, but now that it's on I don't have any complaints.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    So you guys are gonna be around to help me when I finally get mine right? LOL

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Well I gave up on putting it on for now. I will try and muscle it when I have calmed down about it!

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Follow the instructions from the cadillacfaq site and prepare to do some cutting and swearing and you should do just fine.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by jpo96sungt View Post
    Well I gave up on putting it on for now. I will try and muscle it when I have calmed down about it!
    I had to cut a couple inches off the hose that connects to the throttlebody to eliminate the interference with the radiator.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    I'm surprised. I got mine on in about 45 minutes start to finish. I had to cut the hose a little and things were a tight fit but it was not as bad as it sounds yours is.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    send us some pics of your volant.
    I think you may have gotten some wrong parts.

    the correct plastic intake that hooks up to the throttle body has a molded in dent so that it clears the radiator with no real problems.

    the biggest issue i had with mine was just getting the stubborn stock plug off of the MAF.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Yeah, putting mine on was a bitch.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Quote Originally Posted by Kael View Post
    send us some pics of your volant.
    I think you may have gotten some wrong parts.

    the correct plastic intake that hooks up to the throttle body has a molded in dent so that it clears the radiator with no real problems.

    the biggest issue i had with mine was just getting the stubborn stock plug off of the MAF.
    It has the dent but the problem may just be the "hump hose". I am work so I can't get pics but i'll try to assemble it fully instead of in pieces under the hood and see if that helps.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    sorry, can you tell me more about what the hump hose is?
    I have the volant intake on my 3.6L so i must have the same part.


    alright, as i recall it went throttle body hose/plastic thing
    to the maf, to the adapter to the wall of the box to the filter.

    and there was the connector to what i think was some sort of crank case vapor return

    and you have to remember to cut out that bit of rubber from next to the radiator so the snorkel can get air from behind the grill.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    The "hump hose", as it is called in the assembly diagram, connects the air tube to the maf sensor. It has a hump in the middle but what it is for i do not know.

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Sorry to read of your Volant problems. Where did you get your Volant - on line or from a distributor? Do you have everything worked out yet?

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    Re: Volant CAI Problems

    Update:
    Ughh! That thing was a b i o t c h! I have never sweat so much from thinking so hard as how to get this thing together. How can a company design a intake tube then give silicon connectors that don't fit!? That stupid hump hose is what I am talking about. The maf diameter and intake tube diameter are 2 diff sizes! Then the damn hose clamps barely fit! Luckily the screw was able to catch the last slit in the clamp and tighten! Rediculous! I didn't even use that foam ring for the air box or I never would have been able to make it fit. I don't know about the K&N design but it may be worth it to save the hassle and get it instead. I can't be the only one who had this much trouble and if I am then I question my 136 IQ.

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