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Old 09-11-2007, 06:48 PM   #1
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alright thanks i also wanted to gut the air box but i dont even know that all those people on the forums area talkin about cause i bought a intake off ebay i know it was pretty dumb but sounded good at the time so is there any way you could find tips on how to do it or do you know how to do thanks alot for all the help guys its a 96 se
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Is your question simply "How do I gut the airbox"? You mention the intake you bought on Ebay...that has nothing to do with gutting the airbox. Are you asking how you install that intake?
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no im just sayin that i bought one adn if i dont like it i would like to gut my stock one and i was wondering how and what fliter to get. any help would be great
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OK Here goes. I'm going to assume you know nothing about the airbox at all, including how to remove it from the car. Also, this mod is very mild. Besides removing the baffles, I did not cut a huge amount from the front of the box for additional air. Many members cut more out in the front, and some run tubes down behind the headlite etc. The tools you'll need are a 1/4 socket, a standard (blade) screwdriver, something to cut the box and sheetmetal with (I used a dremel with a cut-off disc). I also used some weatherstripping that you can buy at Home Depot or other place that carries such stuff. My intention was that anyone opening my hood could not tell that I gutted the airbox. Here we go with the pics. Most included text within the photo as an explanation.

Remove the airbox.
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I like to unplug AIT sensor also. It is that small connector on the accordian duct. Unhook the accordian duct after you have loosened the clamp
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Don't try and remove this thingy like I did. It is just a grommet post! Just pull up on the box.
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This is what the front part of the box with the baffle in will look like:
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This is what the rear part will look like with the baffle in:
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Drill or grind off the tabs that have been melted to hold the baffles in. Below are the baffles and the two box parts with the baffles removed. In the pic of the front baffle removed, I have already cut the oblong hole where the smaller circular hole was initially.
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This shows the new hole from the front of the baffle:
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With the weatherstripping on the front.
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This is the stripping I used:


After you cut the opening in the front of the box, put it back in the car look where the box meets the sheetmetal under the radiator support. Use something like a Sharpie pen to reach in and outline the sheet metal to show where you need to cut.

Enlarge the opening behind the headlight and in front of the airbox. Put stripping around it. Don't cut any wires accidently. Unplug them and move out of the way.
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You're pretty much done. Get a compatible high-flow filter and drop it in where your old one was. K&N and Amsoil make good ones. Check the internet for the appropriate model for your car. Put the box back in and off you go.
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thanks alot that really helped i think im gonna try it after i get outta school dont i need to take off the headlights also i couldnt figure out how to get them off on my 1st bonne it was easy to bolts but my 96 is differnt so if you could answer back fast it would help cause i get out in like 45 minutes
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I don't see why you would have to take your headlights off to do this. None of us did so, that I know of.
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Correct. You don't need to take the headlights out.
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i got all that plastic out of the air box but i still put the one on from ebay until i can save up to get a new filter which would you say would be the better filter for my money? im not sure i will prolly use the stock air box in the winter my friend works at a race car shop so im just gonna try and make me own intake once it gets warm again(fall is starting)
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K&N and Amsoil are both very good and cost about the same. The difference is that K&N must be treated with oil. You need to buy oil and cleaning kits. Amsoil is not oil bathed, and to clean it you just vacuum it or blow it out with air. There are others out there that claim to be performance or high air flow, but you must be careful about the claims of many of these. You want to maximize air flow, but not at the price of poorer filtration. I would be very cautious about parts sold on Ebay unless they are known brands, and even then, they may be counterfeit.
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