My Volant CAI

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    Kiwi SRT10 Active Member Supporting Member

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    I have heard a few stories about CAI's. Good bad or otherwise mine is here to stay.
    After closer inspection and thinking a bit about it I have removed the dorky looking snorkel that blocks the OEM hood scoop and capped the hole in the box. Now the OEM hood scoop can do what it was designed to do ie let cold into the engine bay while travelling keeping the bay temp down and letting the heat out at standstill. There are 2 holes in the Volant CAI, the front one about 4" square out behind grill and a large hole to the OEM inner guard hole. More than enough cold air available. Is it better than other makes??? Dunno but that is what was on mine when I bought her and that will be staying there. If you are like me and inherited this then do what I have done and at least make it easy to check the oil lol Did you know that these beasts are 5 mph faster in Right Hand Drive hahaha

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    Innovation is what makes this hobby so interesting.
    If it works for ya' and you like it, that's what it's all about!
     
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    Yeah thanks Ronnie. I am not out drag racing or any such fun things. It's just a super cool, very powerful beast to play around in and go for drives. I am not bothered by exactly how fast or dyno BS. I have always looked at what I have and take care of some of the mass production atrocities, as I call them, Make them more efficient and reap the rewards of faster more economical vehicles. For the next few weeks I will be using this to go to work most days. So I need to be able to do that easily too. The hardest part of this truck is getting out. We are not talking about arthritis here. I would just keep driving around until I ran out of money for gas
     
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    I really like this "stuff" and have since I was in my early teens.
    Although I've changed lots of components, most of the driving is part-throttle (no full throttle) for weeks at a time; like you said, super-cool to just go out for drives.

    Looking back, headers were likely the biggest expense and didn't seem to make as much difference as I thought they should, particularly with aftermarket heads, more compression and a semi-aggressive cam grind.

    Our weather here allows for only 117 frost-free days in a year. VERY little time to track-tune or enjoy the motorcycle. But no killer pizza-sized spiders and (2) varieties of poisonous snakes. Even they are smart enough not to live here. ;)
     
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    2000...2000 varieties of poisonous snakes...
     
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    NZ has no snakes .....In fact nothing here can kill you except Darwin's Law.
    Say who are the guys in your picture, you and brother??? famous Canadians maybe....local Mormon chapter that come visit?
    LOL
     
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    Maybe Randy Bachman and Fred Turner:)
     
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    The dodge brothers.
     
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    No snakes!

    My wife would love it there...
     
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    I would love anywhere that gas is cheap, or petrol as we call it.
    I have to write remembering as much US terminology as possible otherwise it just confuses.
    My wife and I drove trucks in the US on and off for about 3 years. Would do again but no work visas anymore
     
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    Yeah, of course I knew that;) oops
     
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    Put you some Caltracks traction bars on. It made a huge difference off the line. My truck is lowered as well, 2" in the front and 4.5" in the rear, and it seems to handle better.
     
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    Strange that there isn't any snakes there, I wonder why that is?
     
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    Keep in mind that the "scoop" in the hood is designed to let the hot engine bay air OUT at road speed. It is in a low pressure area. It also helps keep the front planted with the splitter and minimize the "parachute" effect at high speed. None of the aftermarket CAI are more effective than the OEM cold air feed. The OEM grill block off scoop feeds the right inner fender. Stays within 6 degrees of ambient. Even out here in Arizona ;)

    Cheers!
     
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    Since I have taken the Volant CAI scoop out of the hood scoop the under hood insulation is being pulled off and the firewall insulation pulled off and torn apart. Been doing a few runs at 110-130 mph. Seems there is a lot of wind under the hood that was not there before. There's another project....or just take it all off.
     
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    If you stick your head out the window at 130 mph (209 km/hr.), is it windy there too or just under the hood? :D
     
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    So that's what happened to my hair lol
    Maybe that dorky looking Volant CAI was working nicely at speed. If that scoop can grab enough air to ruin the under hood insulation it certainly would supply enough air for the air intake.
     
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    :)

    Airflow is a strange and wonderful thing and unpredictable sometimes.

    Similar to those that believe more and more cylinder head airflow produces more and more power. Those individuals are just strange and definitely not wonderful.

    I used to tape foot-long strips of plastic onto the area I wanted to look at to see which way they pointed at low, medium and high speeds.

    Ever since I've owned my truck, I've read the scoop pulls air from the engine (towards the front) but haven't tried the ribbon-test to see when that air changes direction and at what speed.

    The under-hood insulation is resting comfortably on my garage wall along with the firewall insulation and has for several years.

    Unlike the mid 1980s Pontiac turbo trans ams, (I believe they produced nearly 125 flywheel horsepower), there is no danger of burning the paint off of the hood of your truck by removing the insulation.

    Put a poster of Rachel Welch or your favourite original Charlies Angel under there instead.
     
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    Rachel is still a hottie for her age.
     
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    Old enough to be my Mum/Mom oh whatever
     
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