I received an AEM Intake
for Christmas and me and a friend installed it yesterday with no problems.
instructions aren't bad if you really take your time to read them and pay close attention to the illustrations, particularly the ones that are labeled. According to the AEM
instructions, you CAN do this install without removing the front bumper, but they have you removing the inner and outer liner from inside your driver's side wheel well (which you have to replace when you're done). So, given I had a pretty good idea of where this puppy was goin, I figured it would be easier just to remove the bumper which was a fairly simple task -especially if you have a guide that shows where it's attached. The cutting, which has to be done regardless of whether you remove your bumper or not, is done on the inside part of the liner, between the engine bay and the area behind the driver's side front bumper where the filter will be located. The problem being that with the liner in place, there's no room for the CAI
pipe to go through the opening.
Anyway, I love the sound it makes if nothing else, though I'd swear on my GT, it seems to accelerate a little quicker than it used to. Of course that could just be psychological.
I am left with one question, though: changing the filter... what's the recommended interval, and is the easiest way to change it going to be removing the bumper every time?