: Just installed Airaid CAI



Ste_V_e
04-20-12, 10:06 PM
Hey guys just installed the airaid and wow what a difference in sound and induction. I have one concern though about driving in heavy rain or going through a car wash. Do I have to worry about any hydrolocking or anything to do with driving in the rain?

Thanks in advance.

Crystal Red CTS-V
04-21-12, 12:52 AM
Since the elevation of the Airaid is roughly the same as the stock filter, there shouldn't be any issues.

2012 CTS-V
04-21-12, 04:37 PM
Do u feel any power gain for air raid cai? I want to get the air raid and was just wondering how much power its supposed to give our cars?

Ste_V_e
04-21-12, 05:56 PM
I won't say it's a big difference, but the power and throttle response seems to come on a lot stronger, That plus the increased supercharger whine and corsa sport exhaust make the car so enjoyable. I ran into a gsxr 750 that kept egging me on, so we did a short roll from 40-90 and we were neck and neck the whole time. After we had a chance to talk and his exact words were "Whatchu got in that thing a v12 v10?, That things got balls I gave it everything I got" But anymore than that and he would have pulled bus lenghts on me im sure of it.

Mikes2009V
04-21-12, 06:03 PM
Nice post. I actually ordered my airaid setup about 2 months ago and just installed it yesterday. Installation took less than a half an hour with half of that being done on the work bench to assemble the parts before putting it in the car. Didnt have a chance to take it out for a blast yet but the supercharger whine alone is worth it for me. Should see a small hp gain which will go well with my future mods. Highly recommend the kit. I put in a best offer for mine on eBay at $300 brand new with free shipping and they accepted.

Crystal Red CTS-V
04-21-12, 09:04 PM
One nice thing about the Airaid is the drop in intake temps compared to stock. My Scangauge shows only a 3-5 degree difference in temps for the Airaid over ambient compared to the 15-25 degree increase with the stock air box.

cadzilla32
04-21-12, 09:17 PM
...but the supercharger whine alone is worth it for me.
:thumbsup: I have had mine sitting in garage for several months and finally got around to installing it today. HP gains may be minimal but I agree that the whine is worth every penny...though I am finding that my next purchase will likely be rear tires :-)

Mikes2009V
04-21-12, 11:08 PM
:thumbsup: I have had mine sitting in garage for several months and finally got around to installing it today. HP gains may be minimal but I agree that the whine is worth every penny...though I am finding that my next purchase will likely be rear tires :-)

Funny you say that. I have a brand new set of ps2's on the rear of my car now and don't want to burn them up. Trying to find a set of factory rear wheels to mount some drag radials to. No luck yet but thats the next step before my 2.55 upper pulley and tune.

SoCalCTSV
04-22-12, 12:28 AM
Any issues with codes or dealer warranty?

Mikes2009V
04-22-12, 09:19 AM
Any issues with codes or dealer warranty?

Got a chance to take the car out for a little run yesterday with the CAI installed. Definately feel improved (smoother) throttle response, and the blower whine at higher rpm under load is awesome. No codes. As fa as warranty goes, it's gonna be hit or miss depending on who you go to and whether or not they are in a good mood that day..lol

cadzilla32
04-22-12, 09:44 AM
No codes. As fa as warranty goes, it's gonna be hit or miss depending on who you go to and whether or not they are in a good mood that day..lol

2nd that.

Crystal Red CTS-V
04-22-12, 11:22 AM
The policy must vary from dealer to dealer. Mine told me that intakes and exhausts were fine, just don't "violate" the computer. Also, unless they can prove that the intake or exhaust caused a problem, they cannot deny warranty service.

Wannago
04-22-12, 12:09 PM
I have an Airaid and checked with my dealer prior to installing it. Their only issue was that with some CAIs (that use the oiled filters), they were seeing issues resulting from a buildup of oil on the MAF and in such cases, would not honour any related warranty claims. So, I bought mine with the dry filter, so that worry is gone.

cadzilla32
04-22-12, 12:21 PM
I have an Airaid and checked with my dealer prior to installing it. Their only issue was that with some CAIs (that use the oiled filters), they were seeing issues resulting from a buildup of oil on the MAF and in such cases, would not honour any related warranty claims. So, I bought mine with the dry filter, so that worry is gone.

I used an oiled in my Z71 Tahoe which netted in a new tranny @ 41k due to MAF sending incorrect data to the trans...or so some thought. When I ordered the CAI for my V I made certain to go with the dry filter for piece-of-mind.

SoCalCTSV
04-22-12, 01:39 PM
I used an oiled in my Z71 Tahoe which netted in a new tranny @ 41k due to MAF sending incorrect data to the trans...or so some thought. When I ordered the CAI for my V I made certain to go with the dry filter for piece-of-mind.

Damn!

cts v hank
04-22-12, 01:47 PM
Funny you say that. I have a brand new set of ps2's on the rear of my car now and don't want to burn them up. Trying to find a set of factory rear wheels to mount some drag radials to. No luck yet but thats the next step before my 2.55 upper pulley and tune.

Hey you can use 2006 to current Z06 corvette front rims (18)on the back of your car with Nitto drag radials or mickey Thompson drag radial or any new corvette 18 aftermarket copys for your racing setup they will work on back of the Caddy.... just tring to help... i am putting them on my car this week will post pics....

Mikes2009V
04-22-12, 09:08 PM
Hey you can use 2006 to current Z06 corvette front rims (18)on the back of your car with Nitto drag radials or mickey Thompson drag radial or any new corvette 18 aftermarket copys for your racing setup they will work on back of the Caddy.... just tring to help... i am putting them on my car this week will post pics....

Would definately be interested in seeing those wheels on the car. Tried to do some research...2006-present c6 z06 front wheels are 18 x 9.5 with 40mm offset. Your saying use those wheels with a z06 stock size 275/35/18 tire. I was considering drag radials. Are those wheels direct bolt on or will you need spacers. Thanks for your help.

cts v hank
04-22-12, 09:32 PM
Would definately be interested in seeing those wheels on the car. Tried to do some research...2006-present c6 z06 front wheels are 18 x 9.5 with 40mm offset. Your saying use those wheels with a z06 stock size 275/35/18 tire. I was considering drag radials. Are those wheels direct bolt on or will you need spacers. Thanks for your help.

Hey im saying those rims with a 285/40/18 Nitto NT05 drag radial... thats the setup im going to use for drag racing... i have those on my 2012GT500 Shelby and it hooks up really well... i can leave around 3000 rpm by dumping the clutch and it spins about 2 to 3 feet out... and it makes 550 hp and its manual trans.... i have the rims and the tires already for the CTS V having them mounted up tomorrow ....

Mikes2009V
04-22-12, 10:03 PM
Hey im saying those rims with a 285/40/18 Nitto NT05 drag radial... thats the setup im going to use for drag racing... i have those on my 2012GT500 Shelby and it hooks up really well... i can leave around 3000 rpm by dumping the clutch and it spins about 2 to 3 feet out... and it makes 550 hp and its manual trans.... i have the rims and the tires already for the CTS V having them mounted up tomorrow ....

Perfect. That's what I'm looking for. My car is a manual trans and even with a small burnout and leaving at 2000rpm from the tree with stock michelin ps2's, I spun 1st thru 3rd gear. Can you send me a pic of your car with the wheels after you get them mounted. I appreciate all the help.

cts v hank
04-22-12, 11:16 PM
Perfect. That's what I'm looking for. My car is a manual trans and even with a small burnout and leaving at 2000rpm from the tree with stock michelin ps2's, I spun 1st thru 3rd gear. Can you send me a pic of your car with the wheels after you get them mounted. I appreciate all the help.

Hey mike no problem i will post pics as soon as i put them on the car... its probably going to look like shit bc the wheels on my v is black and the Z06 wheels are polished but i dont give a rats ass as long as i can leave on boost i am happy.... i had some Mickey Thompson on my last mustang before the shebly and they werent as good as these new NTO5 DRAG RADAIL... these tire are unbelievable on the street so you know how they are going to hook at track....

Ste_V_e
04-22-12, 11:24 PM
Hank do you have a coupe or sedan?

cts v hank
04-22-12, 11:27 PM
Hank do you have a coupe or sedan?

Hey steve i have a sedan.....

Ste_V_e
04-23-12, 04:18 AM
Would the coupe guys be able to fit a bigger tire?

cts v hank
04-23-12, 09:21 AM
Would the coupe guys be able to fit a bigger tire?

Hey steve they make the 18 inch Nitto NTO5 drag radail in a couple more sizes 305/45/18 and 315/40/18... so to answer your question yea.. the only thing is that the 305/45/18 might be a lil to tall its like 29 inchs tall i used that size on my mustang to kill alil of the gear in rear end... the taller the tire it makes the car have less gear and the shorter the tire like the 285/40/18 make a car seem like it has more gear in the rear end....

2012 CTS-V
04-23-12, 10:28 AM
I have an Airaid and checked with my dealer prior to installing it. Their only issue was that with some CAIs (that use the oiled filters), they were seeing issues resulting from a buildup of oil on the MAF and in such cases, would not honour any related warranty claims. So, I bought mine with the dry filter, so that worry is gone.

What's the difference between the dry filter and oiled filter? I'm about to order mine and don't know which one to get?

airtroop01
04-23-12, 10:51 AM
I've been running K&N-style, oiled filters for the last 20 years in my cars.
All you have to do is:
1. When you wash the filter and re-oil it, make sure you a) don't over oil it and b) let enough time for it to dry - I've usually waited until next morning
2. Invest in the MAF cleaner from PepBoys or your local auto parts store and use it from time to time
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3. If the car behaves funny after a recent cleaning, keep your foot off the gas, and go home and clean the maf

2012 CTS-V
04-23-12, 11:30 AM
Thanks I might go with dry just to be safe. I don't trust myslef oiling it too much and possibly messing up the MAF.

brkvee
04-23-12, 11:31 AM
My local dealer told me in order to not void the warranty I had to use a dry filter and buy it through the dealer and have them install it.
I don't know if that's true or not, maybe they're just trying to make the extra $ but I did it that way to make sure there are no warranty issues.
I'm very happy with the Airaid intake. The supercharger whine is awesome but I can't say I feel any increase in power even though there is probably
a slight increase.

Houdini
04-23-12, 12:29 PM
According to their chart, the dry filter flows much less than their oiled and requires service at a more frequent interval; however, I'd have to assume the dry filter flows well enough to be effective.

SoCalCTSV
04-23-12, 01:04 PM
My dealer's response to me asking about the Air Raid with Dry Filter....


Emissions wise if it is C.A.R.B. certified you are ok there. But an air filter related failure may not be covered by Cadillac.


Service Consultant

2012 CTS-V
04-23-12, 02:37 PM
Thanks guys.

BWhite58
04-23-12, 05:16 PM
:thumbsup: I have had mine sitting in garage for several months and finally got around to installing it today. HP gains may be minimal but I agree that the whine is worth every penny...though I am finding that my next purchase will likely be rear tires :-)

How much louder is the supercharger whine . :cool:

cadzilla32
04-23-12, 06:24 PM
How much louder is the supercharger whine . :cool:

Under boost...I would guess somewhere double the sound from inside the car; enough to get the point across to an unsuspecting passenger :-)

airtroop01
04-24-12, 12:16 AM
My dealer's response to me asking about the Air Raid with Dry Filter....

For those of you in CA who are also looking for CARB certification... Here's what I got from Airaid:

Thank you for your inquiry and for choosing Airaid. We know you have
several choices for aftermarket intakes and appreciate your business.
Currently the 250-253 system does not have CARB certification however it
has been submitted for approval. My suggestion for you is to retain your
stock system in case we do not have approval by the time you need to
have your car smog checked. Please let me know if you have any
additional questions.

Mark Fowler
AIRAID Filter Company
2688 E Rose Garden Lane
Phoenix, AZ. 85050

SoCalCTSV
04-24-12, 12:49 PM
Do any of the CAIs have CARB certs?

Xaqtly
04-24-12, 01:04 PM
Do any of the CAIs have CARB certs?

I don't know about CAIs for the CTS-V, but I got a Cobb CAI for my Subaru STi and it was fully CARB certified. Came with the little gold sticker and everything. BTW, the CAI for the STi does the same thing as the CAI for the CTS-V - Massively increased turbo whine volume, as well as the sound of air rushing in.