If you remember, I received my Nameless Performance cold air intake a few weeks ago. I didn’t plan to install my Nameless Performance cold air intake this weekend but I ended up doing just that.
I had a bit of a time trying to figure out how to remove the stock air box and how to install the new CAI. Only two bolts hold the stock air box in place. The bolts were difficult to reach but weren’t too difficult to remove. It’s reinstalling the stock air box that might be troublesome, IMO, because rethreading those bolts back on might take awhile.
In hindsight, I think I probably would’ve been better off getting the Cobb SF intake and airbox. I still might look into going that route, but I absolutely love the way the NP intake looks in my engine bay. I sorta wish I’d been able to see the different color options (that wasn’t available when I ordered mine, but it’s on the NP product pages now….they’ve many color schemes depicted.
The install of the CAI wasn’t all that bad. It’s a tight fit and the product uses the same mount points as the stock equipment, although you have to remove a bracket. I had to search on the web for a picture of a mounted NP CAI to see how to mount it. It comes with no instructions. Fortunately it didn’t take me all that long to figure out and install. It took me 1.5 hours to install, but that’s only because I kept stopping to take pictures and video clips, and I kept double-checking my work (since I didn’t have instructions).
Here’s a picture of my extremely dirty stock air filter (I don’t think the dealer replaced it like I asked them 9 months ago and the car’s barely been driven since then).
Here’s a shot of where the stock air box used to be:
Here’s the close-out and MAF housing that I managed to figure out how to mount:
Here’s where I mounted the MAF sensor (it only fits this way…I suggest you mount it before mounting the close-out…that way, you don’t end up dropping the little screws in the engine bay):
I can now hear turbo spool-up…it is very noticeable. I can also hear air rushing into the intake.
Note that this CAI requires a tune. This unit is compatible with Cobb’s AEM maps. I’m currently using the Cobb OTS Stage 1 91-octane AEM map. I’ve logged a few miles with pulls included…the logs are kosher.
There’s a slight hesitation at throttle tip-in from idle. It only happens from idle and it almost sounds like the throttle plate is fighting a vacuum, but I’m not sure that’s possible. There’s no boost leak (I’m hitting peak boost without issue). I’m trying to determine what’s going on. I wonder if this is just a map issue that a tuner can tune out.
Oh, and here’s a video: