Joined: Aug 2009
Location: Colorado Springs
AFM Power pipes and what a PITA they are
I ordered an Anderson Ford Motorsports Power pipe for my car.
The Vortech stock inlet pipe is a piece of garbage. It's black. It's plastic. It's ugly, and even worse, it has a piece of dryer hose that connects the inlet pipe to the MAF/Air filter.
So... I found the best price on the AFM Powerpipe on CJ Pony parts. Shipped pretty quickly.
The instructions for the install look as they were written by a kindergarten age child that is mentally disabled. They refer to everything as an "elbow."
So it basically says "use two elbows (not supplied) and rubber hose and connect one plastic elbow to the metal elbow, connect the other elbow to the metal elbow on the side with no welds to the existing plastic elbow."
I have a Vortech aftercooler. It says I need to chop up my hoses and attach (guess...) elbows to them.
It turns out I didn't need to do all that because I left enough hose so that it has some flex and will clear the Powerpipe, which is much larger than the original inlet pipe.
The finish on the AFM Powerpipe is absolute garbage. It looked great until I test fit the pipe. I had to test fit it, because before I can use it, I have to drill holes in it and have a fitting welded on to run my bypass valves.
My setup has two bypass valves. I guess others only have one.
So in the process of installing and uninstalling the pipe, the finish became marred, scratched, and scraped to the point that it looks like hell. It is rather a pain in the ass to fit it into the small space that it needs to fit into.
The Vortech inlet pipe used a mount on the inside of my fender well to secure the MAF/Airfilter. This, of course, will not work with the AFM Powerpipe due to space constraints. In addition, I had to bust out the dremel tool, and modify my Lightning 90mm MAF housing in order to let the air filter sit further down on it, otherwise the air filter wouldn't fit in the fenderwell at all.
I went into this project thinking it would take me about 20 minutes. Wrong!!!!!
It's gonna cost me more money and already sucked up two afternoons worth of modifying my already modified parts and driving all over town looking for someone who has a TIG welder to weld aluminum. Hopefully the only guy I found to do it can accomplish it without blowing holes in $226 dollars worth of aluminum with ****** finish on it.
I had damn well better get every bit of 2lbs of boost out of this thing.
The finish will be redone by Reggie. Can I say that on here? The "R" word? It will be powder coated (more $$$) but while I'm at it, I'll have him do the finish on the outlet pipe too. It's ugly.
I'd be hard pressed to recommend this piece of equipment to anyone at this point. I'm sure I'll be happy with it once it's installed. It'll definitely look better than the original inlet pipe, but it's going to be a week or two before I can even get it installed.
On the bright side... UBL is dead.