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Steeda CAI shipped...now what??

Well the kit came with all the nuts/bolts and washers I need, but what tools do I need for the install? If anyone here has done the install themselves I like to know what you used so I can just buy the required tools! Thanks!

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Dude, you dont own a screw driver? Maybe you should take it somewhere to have it installed, this may be to big of a job for you....

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Hello,

Did you get the instructions that were sent?

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On a helpful note...be sure to read (and follow) the instructions. I also tell folks to plase a shop rag in the lower part of the intake where it attaches to the snorkel so if you drop a screw it won't drop down somewhere difficult to get to.

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On a helpful note...be sure to read (and follow) the instructions. I also tell folks to plase a shop rag in the lower part of the intake where it attaches to the snorkel so if you drop a screw it won't drop down somewhere difficult to get to.
That is a great point and very helpful.

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An 8mm and 10mm socket plus a pair of pliers should do it for you if Steeda included the torx bit for the factory MAF. If not, you'll need that. Plus about 15 minutes of your time lol.

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An 8mm and 10mm socket plus a pair of pliers should do it for you if Steeda included the torx bit for the factory MAF. If not, you'll need that. Plus about 15 minutes of your time lol.
lol 15 minutes yeah right

building that thing and figuring out the instructions takes a good 1 1/2 hours.
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lol 15 minutes yeah right

building that thing and figuring out the instructions takes a good 1 1/2 hours.

During some datalogging sessions I went from the GT-specific Steeda intake to the Boss-specific intake, in my work's parking lot with a small box of tools, back and forth about 3 times each(tunes written for both version as they have different MAF diameters), all in about 45 minutes(just logged 30 seconds of idle each).




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If it takes you longer than 30 minutes you're doing it wrong.

Even if you're not mechanically inclined there's only like 2 screws and 4 bolts. Of the 4-5 intakes I've done, none were as easy. What are you guys doing that drags this out so long?
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Well the kit came with all the nuts/bolts and washers I need, but what tools do I need for the install? If anyone here has done the install themselves I like to know what you used so I can just buy the required tools! Thanks!
I would suggest having friend that has some mechanical knowledge with cars to at least help you. If the install is not done correctly you will have problems. It took me two hours because I took my time, made sure everything was connected properly. If you don't you'll have leaks causing a cell light. I know it can be done allot quicker but I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my car.
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The only specialty tool you'll need is a torx bit to remove the MAF sensor, pick up a cheap set at Harbor Freight.

My advice is follow the directions in reverse. Assemble the CAI first, then remove the stock parts, then install the new CAI into the car. I built the Steeda CAI in the comfort of my dining room, then took it out to the garage to finish the project. Don't believe those that say less than 30 minutes or you're doing it wrong, it takes longer. I've done a bunch of this type of stuff and this one took about 1 hour, taking my time. Now that the Steeda CAI is built, I can swap it out for the factory box in 15 minutes or less.

Other tip is make sure the plastic air tube Steeda sent you is butted up flush to the aluminum velocity stack before you snug it down. If it isn't you can get turbulence in the air stream giving the MAF strange readings and this will affect how the car idles and runs.

Also, you can search the web and find a couple of "how to" videos on the Steeda CAI that are way better than the provided instructions.

One other thing, make sure you have their tune loaded before you even think of starting the car.
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Well guys thanks for all the replies. I just installed the CAI today, finishing around midnight with a friend who is good with cars and installed his own CAI on his crown vic himself. He did say however that it was MUCH EASIER to install the CAI on his CROWN VIC then on my 2013 GT. Today he had 3 friends over, one of which was also mechanically inclined and actually did most of the work haha.


His dad has all the tools I needed so that was a plus. Personally I have no tools of my own that I know of, my mom hides everything. Also in reply to someones rude comment about having no faith in mankind, I don't have a dad around so even as much as I would like to be mechanically inclined, it is harder for me to learn since I get no help from a father. Anyways it took us the better part of 2 hrs for the install, and as I said, he's done this before, so whoever said 15 minutes is nuts.

Now to the last part. Since towards the end we were in a bit of a rush since it was getting late and my friends dad was coming home from work and would not be happy if he found out we were using his tools, It was a bit harder for me to concentrate when updating my tunes (it is a STEEDA automatic CAI btw). That said, I only hit download on the SCT Device updater program once for ALL THREE FILES instead of individually which I just found out now. Hopefully I did no damage to the engine. I will have to update the files individually tomorrow.

The car is running good, but I don't notice a difference from stock. I'm thinking this is because the files weren't all updated, so we will see how the car feels tomorrow.

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A dad "not being there" shouldn't make a bit of difference. My dad was there, and I taught him how to work on cars.

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