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Old 08-07-2003, 02:04 AM   #1
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OK...I wan't to improve the intake on my 92 SSEI. I've read every thing I can on the Bonneville forums. Seems relatively simple to me. Anyways...I'm going to eventually add the K&N air filter. What I want to do is add a ram air system. Any suggestions on going about this. I want to make a rectangular inlet on the bottom part of the bumper. I've thought long and hard about this...but how in the world do you get a rectangular inlet to nicely connect up to a 3" hose going up to the air box? Secondly...on the K&N website, there is no part number for a 92 SSEi. Could someone help out with that one too? If anyone has any other sugjestions I'm very interested.
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The K&N replacement filter is part # 33-2086. But try a 3 or 4" dryer duct or something similar to route air up. It may be easier than a rectangular inlet..but who knows. I haven't tried it yet.
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I keep reading that the K&N part for a 94 won't fit a 92? Isn't the airbox the same size, we are dealing with a Series 1 intake. Is the the N/A box and the SC box a different size?

I should check the K7N website...
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Year Make Model Type Engine Type Part Number Description Comment
1992 PONTIAC Bonneville AUTO 3.8L V6 F/I HP-1001 Oil Filter (1,L)

1994

Year Make Model Type Engine Type Part Number Description Comment
1994 PONTIAC Bonneville AUTO 3.8L V6 F/I 33-2086 Air Filter All
1994 PONTIAC Bonneville AUTO 3.8L V6 F/I HP-1001 Oil Filter (1,L)

Pulled right from the K and N site, hmmm, no air filter for 92...
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they dont make a K&N filter for a 92...unless you try to go different year or universal
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they dont make a K&N filter for a 92...unless you try to go different year or universal
Right, but isn't the airbox the same size? By different year that means get the one I said for a 94? Just curious. I figured the airbox was the same, so he should get the one I had and it should fit.

**EDIT: Well we kinda figured it out. Just compare airboxes, if they're the same, 33-2086 will work for you LarsonFace, but if you wanted to avoid that, invest in an intake like my ADTR or the one in CrazyDriver'* sig. Both are more effective, but can get kinda pricey. But my former K&N drop in was $72, half the price of my new intake basically, so I would save up and go with the intake.
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The K&N filter will work with the 92 air box....problem is that sometimes some K&N sealing grease (99-0704) may be needed too. As for the rest, I just added a 3" HD duct to my existing air box snockrel.
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they dont make a K&N filter for a 92...unless you try to go different year or universal
I emailed K&N about this previously (for '92 ssei):

Date: 7/29/03 10:21:14 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: [email protected] (Ridge, Fred)
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To: [email protected](censored)

Steve,

The replacement air filter for your vehicle is part# 33-2086. Please call
888-425-0325 to find suppliers in your area or log on to
http://www.knfilters.com/wheretobuy.htm for the nearest dealer.

Fred
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OK...I wan't to improve the intake on my 92 SSEI. I've read every thing I can on the Bonneville forums. Seems relatively simple to me. Anyways...I'm going to eventually add the K&N air filter. What I want to do is add a ram air system. Any suggestions on going about this. I want to make a rectangular inlet on the bottom part of the bumper. I've thought long and hard about this...but how in the world do you get a rectangular inlet to nicely connect up to a 3" hose going up to the air box? Secondly...on the K&N website, there is no part number for a 92 SSEi. Could someone help out with that one too? If anyone has any other sugjestions I'm very interested.
I am wondering if an ssei really needs a "ram" air system. After all, the job of the supercharger is to "ram" air into the engine. So as long as you supply the SC with a decent supply of cool air, I would think that is enough.

The only way a ram air system would help is if it increases the amount of boost on the output side of the supercharger. But I bet you could more easily get this additional boost with a slightly smaller SC pulley.
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