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Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? #392199 Feb 5, 12:46pm Feb 5, 12:46pm
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Hole in CAI pipe... what to do?
Ok, so I have had my AEM CAI on for about a year now. I went out today to clean up the engine bay when I could feel the Intake knocking on something hard whenever it moved. I traced my hands down the pipe and discovered where it was hitting. Come to find out, there is about an 1" diameter hole there. It's been hitting on what I believe is the front of the transmission. There is a bolt whose head put the hole in the Intake. I'm trying to figure out what is the best method of fixing this without replacing the Intake system. For the time being I put about 5 layers of duct tape over the hole just to protect it until I can come up with something final. Maybe I could put a rubber intercooler connecter over it and secure it? I need something padded that will prevent this from happening again.

The hole has definately been there for a while. I haven't noticed any problems from it. The car still runs fine.


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Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: CRBN BLU] #392200 Feb 5, 2:48pm Feb 5, 2:48pm
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I think the intercooler coupler is the best method. That will allow me to surround the pipe, thereby covering the hole, all while providing padding for the Intake. I need to know what diameter the AEM CAI is? I think it's 2.5 inches.


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Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: CRBN BLU] #392201 Feb 5, 2:53pm Feb 5, 2:53pm
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probably 2.75" since stock is 2.5"

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: sickcelica696] #392202 Feb 5, 4:04pm Feb 5, 4:04pm
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yep 2.75" ... please save yourself the trouble and dont buy 2.5" cause they wont fit. I had a bad experience. IF you want couplers they should be about 10-15 bucks... the real AEM one is 20.

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: Superstuddc27] #392203 Feb 5, 5:51pm Feb 5, 5:51pm
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wtf The other Prob you should look for is where is all the pieces of the CAI went hope none of them got pulled into the eng. Go with the couplers, caus i dont think they make heatshrink tubing that big but its worth looking in to
good luck.

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: cmetz] #392204 Feb 7, 6:28am Feb 7, 6:28am
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Why not takt off the pipe and take it to someone that knows how to weld and just have them fill in the hole??

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: Jamey] #392205 Feb 7, 7:28am Feb 7, 7:28am
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A piece of sheet metal (aluminum?) and JB weld.


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Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: GT4] #392206 Feb 7, 1:46pm Feb 7, 1:46pm
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After you patch it, make sure you put something to cover the bolt head that made the hole to make sure you don't get another one. grin

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: speed_celica] #392207 Feb 10, 2:10pm Feb 10, 2:10pm
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How the hell did that work out, hitting the transmission and all confused


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Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: JSPITZ] #392208 Feb 10, 2:17pm Feb 10, 2:17pm
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hey my Injen CAI WOULD of had a hole in it until I put some pipe insulation around it and used nylon tie straps to hold it up and put some foam weather strip on the part where it was hitting and its been ever since. But anyways it would hit I guess when I would shift hard or while i race someone. I looked at the part where it was scraped pretty bad and it was close to a near hole angry oh well. Good luck

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: RookieGTS] #392209 Feb 10, 2:24pm Feb 10, 2:24pm
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Patch the hole, clean your MAF, and change your engine oil and filter.

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: GTS2003BLK] #392210 Feb 10, 2:25pm Feb 10, 2:25pm
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haha...i have the same hole...lol.. grin

Re: Hole in CAI pipe... what to do? [Re: Virgilson] #392211 Feb 10, 3:19pm Feb 10, 3:19pm
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Apparently the space is just big enough for the pipe to get through the area. I ended up using a 3 inch rubber coupler to cover the hole. I had to trim some excess off the couple because it was too large for the pipe. I used two hose clamps on the couple, and wah la! No more hole. I'd reccomend that anyone with an AEM Intake, especially the GEN 2, check theirs for a hole. It's at the lowest point of the Intake, just at where it bends upwards to go towards the filter. If you crawl under the car when there are no plastic shrouds, you'll see it. Hopefully you're luckier than me.


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