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Old 06-22-2006, 03:38 PM
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How to install the "AEM intake" for your Cobalt SS/SC

How to install the "AEM intake" for your Cobalt SS/SC
By: Denny Medeiros-Cobaltss.net

You read the review, now let’s get right to the install (Approx: 30 minutes)

Quick note: If you already have another aftermarket Intake, you can also purchase the Filter by Itself and replace your oiled Filter.

Tools needed:
• Car jack
• Needle nose pliers
• 10mm, 8/10 Socket with wrench
• Philips screwdriver
• Wheel nuts tire wrench


Open that box:




First let’s open the hood and loosen the clamp from the intake.


Let’s loosen up the nuts on the Driver’s side wheel.


Now jack the car up and remove the wheel.


Remove the fender plastic by removing these screws.


Now remove these screws under the fender.


Unscrew this nut holding the stock canister in place.


Unscrew these screws holding the stock filter in place.


Now remove the stock filter.


Unbolt these 2 nuts holding the stock canister in place.


Now (blue) cut the clip holding the wiring on the stock canister, you can see the 2 nuts removed.


Disconnect the MAF sensor and remove the stock canister box.


The stock canister with the filter (found tons of sand in the filter, GM filter not surprised.)


Now unbolt the MAF sensor (be VERY careful with it)…

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Using pliers remove the stock clamp.


Put the big clamp on the filter and attach it to the pipe.


Bolt the AEM short pipe to the plastic pipe, the small arrow represents the small clamp.
Don’t tighten up the clamps too much at this time…


Now make sure the black arrow on the MAF point direction of airflow, use the M4 bolts supplied.


Put the supplied washer on this stud on the frame.


Now tighten everything, reconnect the MAF sensor and use a stock nut to bolt bracket (Green)


Re-Install the plastic fender covers, Install the wheel Lower car and Voila!! You’re all done, now go and ENJOY the added power!!

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Old 06-22-2006, 03:52 PM
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I wanna see a pic of the engine bay now
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Originally Posted by VaMP
I wanna see a pic of the engine bay now

That's the best part !!! Nobody (especially the dealership) can tell you have a intake I love my AEM

Nice "how to "
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wheres the cheapest place to get it and how much?
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awesome write up
CEL?
im assuming not, but ya never know
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Old 06-22-2006, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Asstyme
That's the best part !!! Nobody (especially the dealership) can tell you have a intake I love my AEM

Nice "how to "
Thank you. Stealth performance is great, especialy when you need to service your car at the dealership
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Originally Posted by CarissasCobalt
awesome write up
CEL?
im assuming not, but ya never know
Thanks and to answer your question no CEL!
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:21 PM
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Denny What is the tube size of the AEM?
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Originally Posted by SS_SC_Cobalt
Denny What is the tube size of the AEM?
Not sure but it's the same as the OEM pipe, since it bolts right in.
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Any of the 3,000-4,000rpm dead spot issues with this intake?
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Originally Posted by codyss
Any of the 3,000-4,000rpm dead spot issues with this intake?
The dips in the torque curve are possibly gear changes...Because the car runs great without issues. For one thing my car has a lot more torque now down low
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Originally Posted by Asstyme
That's the best part !!! Nobody (especially the dealership) can tell you have a intake I love my AEM

Nice "how to "

Why can the dealership not tell? If they open the hood don't they just see it?
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Originally Posted by Salth2o
Why can the dealership not tell? If they open the hood don't they just see it?
n o it keeps the stock pipe to the tb the only part replaced is the airbox.
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I just ordered the AEM intake today.

Now I can't decide wether to put it all in or do this

Good idea though
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Originally Posted by Zonomar
I just ordered the AEM intake today.

Now I can't decide wether to put it all in or do this

Good idea though
ummm, that is all that comes with it
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hey i got a question i ordered an AEM CAI today, Does it come with a new pipe you can see in the engine bay? because it looks like it, but you guys claim it doesn't, unless i have something different? heres what i bought.. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...ayphotohosting
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Nope no engine bay pipe with the aem for the lsj Thats just a generic pic
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alright thanks man, I can't wait to get this! this is my first mod besides my billet grille, I'm hoping it turns out good
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I'm not bashing it or anything, but isn't that just a glorified air box mod? My K&N completly raplaced everything from filter to throttle body. How much did that thing cost you?
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Injen all the way!

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Originally Posted by Blown 4-banger
I'm not bashing it or anything, but isn't that just a glorified air box mod? My K&N completly raplaced everything from filter to throttle body. How much did that thing cost you?
Your not bashing it but kinda right!!??
LOL.... The K&N pipe you paid 70-80$ more for does this:

1) That shiny new pipe does not improve flow from the stock OEM pipe
2) Uses an Oiled filter that Gums up your MAF sensor
3) Gives you a CEL because check #2

A Real Horsepower increase doesnt mean new shiny new pipe.
If you read my review and look closely at the Dyno Graphs you will see a real street performance increase, thats not going to cost you a fortune for no reason.

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Originally Posted by Nuclear
Injen all the way!
Congratulations with that. You just bought a nice and very expensive shiny new pipe that doesnt fit properly and uses a K&N oiled filter. Did you get a CEL yet, If yes then it's time to go clean that MAF sensor again.

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Originally Posted by denny
Congratulations with that. You just bought a nice and very expensive shiny new pipe that doesnt fit properly and uses a K&N oiled filter. Did you get a CEL yet, If yes then it's time to go clean that MAF sensor again.
My fit was fine and no CEL for 7000KM
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wow, bashing K&N are we? I have the intake and I have no check engine lights ever! I got it once. That was because it got wet from water. dried it and it was fine.

The trick with the K&N and the rest of them is to take the whole sensor off without taking a little bit off at a time. I took the whole thing off (wire harness and sensor as one unit not seperate). Good luck with that plastic piping heat soaking all that hot air. The K&N's pipe actually reduces the heat soak you get with the plastic stock piping. So again, I paid for something shiney that has some use and looks good.

That AEM intake is "not that great". That I would have to say that is the first time I've ever seen an AEM intake without a full piping. You might as well just take the stock piping off at the thorttle body and turn it into an SRI with what AEM gave you. Seriously.. you saved a whopping $80 but you only got "HAL F THE PURCHASE". Where's the rest of the intake?

As for K&N over oiling the filters I agree on that but a dry filter isn't going to do you a load of wonders either. Good luck cleaning it after you have to dip it in harsh chemicals like K&N does.

it's your purchase I'm just giving my input. I usually see AEM as performance but that is like removing the stock airbox and just putting a small pipe and a filter on the end. If I wanted that I would go to Murrays and buy a $30 K&N cone filter and some PCV piping because that's what you paid for.

Not putting you down, good write up but bitter about people who waste money on half purchases, to each there own.

EDIT: My dealership doesn't care about my intake. It's fine under the Moss Act they said.

EDITED because of Moderator displeasurement of my review on the AEM Intake ...

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