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3SGE Intake piping

Discussion in 'Engine and Drivetrain' started by Cappy, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. Cappy

    Cappy Guest

    Ok, firstly - new here. Just picked up a 1987 ST162 the other week and it is in a pretty tidy shape. Very happy with it! Pictures will come later, but first...

    The intake piping/filter on my 3SGE is looking a bit sad. Instead of mucking about trying to get OEM replacements I'm assuming it's much easier (or should i say, cheaper) to just fit an aftermarket one. However I'm naive to the workings of a 3SGE and would like some advice on what the best route would be.
    (Before you yell at me for not searching - i actually did, just couldn't find anything of use! But if you find something by all means, link it to me - would be a big help.)

    Can i fit an aluminum intake pipe? If so what shape/dimensions would it need to be?
    Would one of these do the trick? http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_n...+CELICA+2+0L+AIR+INTAKE+&_itemId=270242984664 (Bearing in mind they aren't for a 3S)
    Is it worth relocating the battery to the boot and running some sort of CAI? Or is that just too much effort?

    Thanks in advance, i appreciate the more experienced celica owners sharing some of their wisdom and advice! :D
  2. 4thgenceli

    4thgenceli Test Dummy

    Those aren't true 'CAI'. A true CAI would have the filter placed where the air is 'cold'. With it sitting there it'll be simply sucking in hot air from the intake. They're great for making noise and a small HP gain, but for a more efficient power gain you'd want to do intake and open up the exhaust flow.

    Regardless, if you're simply looking to replace the sickly rubber intake hose, you can really fit any pipe to it. Most of those would work just fine. Another alternative is duct tape the crap outta the intake hose :p
  3. Cappy

    Cappy Guest

    I understand, hence why i asked if it was a good idea to relocate the battery and run a CAI setup? (flexi-tube and heatshield etc.)

    So do you reckon the ebay listing will fit a 3sge? If so it'd just be a good base to start working on a CAI that's all!
  4. invinciblejets

    invinciblejets Well-Known Member Donated!

    yeah best bet is just ducttape intake tubing

    if you cant duct it fu#k it :thumbsup:
  5. eNtraxGT88

    eNtraxGT88 Well-Known Member Donated!

    the best fix known to st162 intake piping problems is to use duct tape. don't buy the junk on ebay or fall for intakes popular to honda drivers. the stock st162 3s-ge air box is ALREADY a cold air intake. if you follow the piping, it ends up behind the headlight, where cold air goes in. just slap on a k&n panel filter in the stock box and you've got the best thing.

    as for the intake rubber pipe itself, the best thing to do is clean it out with acetone or some degreaser, grab some black polyurethane sealer (comes in a tube similar to bathroom caulking) and seal up any cracks. it wouldn't be too difficult to do it.
  6. Rick89GTS

    Rick89GTS Well-Known Member Moderator Donated!

    There is also a self-sealing rubber wrap that works well; it bonds onto itself and becomes one. I think it's called Magic Wrap or something like that.

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