Came home today to a big present sitting on my door step - a package from Cold Air Inductions with my new cold air intake! :woot:
Tore the box open and started the install. The directions were VERY easy to follow. I took some pictures along the way (below). Overall the product seems very well built and all the items were pretty high quality. There obviously has been a lot of thought put into the whole system and it really looks great once it's installed. I was really impressed with how well the box fits the contours of the engine bay, although I was really worried about the hood release cable and wiper fluid tube getting in the way. The only weird part I encountered was the fitment of the box top - it's a tight fit and a little awkward.
I'll openly admit that if it weren't for my quest to improve MPGs, I probably wouldn't have been that concerned with buying a cold air intake at the price point it's at - but now that I have the product installed, I'm warming up to the fact that I spent this much money on a nice quality product.
The unexpected bonus was the new tone of the car when accelerating. It's hard to describe, but it has a lower throaty sound. I really wasn't expecting that from a simple cold air intake install, but it does sound a little different. I'll have a better idea of how well it worked tomorrow after driving ~60 miles round trip (mostly freeway) to and from work. Prior to the install I was at 22.7mpgs.
Getting the cold air intake also allowed me to readjust the RX Catch Can - I also took the time to drain it out. It's been installed for 3,000 miles now and it didn't catch too much - but anything caught is better than nothing!!
Here's the pics: