appreciate all the info. had a chance to see how much water could come through the scoop when it started to down poor shortly after i posted. took the metal out blocking the scoop and duc taped (im from ga) a old t shirt in place and drove around for a while. after driving for a good hour and half in a down poor the t shirt has almost completely dry. ive decided to go ahead with my plan. with the way i drive the loss at the lower rpms shouldnt have much affect on me. and besides if i dont like it i already have the filter right. thanks again will let you know how i like it.