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Old 02-26-2001, 09:55 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Home Depot sells low end torque!

In the pursuit of creating the perfect DIY intake I have learned many lessons.

-fiberglass is REALLY itchy stuff!
-resin sticks to everything
-self expanding foam expands more than you could possibly imagine
-just because it looks cool, sounds cool, and feels cool...does not mean it is faster.
-ask lots of questions, and you will eventually get answers

Anyway...regarding the re-discovery of low end torque...

As many of you know I have been toiling over a custom fiberglass cold air box that fits under the hood scoop, serving as a source of cool air for the engine to draw from. I had gone through many a version of the box itself (from crap to actual quality craftsmanship). What I didn't fully realize until recently is that even if I provide a plenum, a cold air box, cold air, a nice paint job, a perfectly fitting box...without some length to the intake runner I am loosing more low end torque than a Honda Civic DX!!

Needless to say I was rather embarassed...and disapointed. I was ready to throw it all away...

And then...Home Depot. As all you DIY intake creators know Home Depot is a treasure house of ideas. Sometimes I simply wander the isles for hours looking at possible hardware fixes for my car. And the plumbing section is a DIY intakers gold mine.

So to make a long story short...I have this big fiberglass box sitting underneath my hood scoop. It has weather stripping along the top to give it a nice tight fit, holes drilled along the bottom to let water drain out. What I needed to do was increase the length of the intake (from the throttle body to the cone filter) in order to regain some of that low end torque. Good old 2 inch black plastic plumbing did the trick. Using a 90 degree bend, a couple of rubber connecting pieces and several metal hose clamps I was able to increase the length of the intake by at least 8 inches, while still keeping it all contained in my fiberglass box.

Was all of this worth it? Dear Lord yes! I hadn't realized how much power I had lost down low...but I sure have it back!!

Unfortunately there is some banging, rubbing, and overall quality of fitment issues presently...but yet ANOTHER fiberglass box should resolve those problems. (I just got all the damn resin off my arms too...d'oh!)

I want to thank all you people who have given your...mmm...constructive criticism over this several month long project. I want to especially thank Try Cobb for ansering my 5,000 e-mails. Without using his knowledge and his research...I might as well have put in a Civic B16 in that car and called it a day!

I'll try to get some pictures up soon.

I suppose this isn't really a post asking questions, offering any sort of information or anything new except this....

To my fellow DIY intake creators...never give up! And get a Home Depot credit card...it's the best investment you can make.

D. Neil Crawford
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Old 02-26-2001, 01:39 PM   #2
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It all sounds pretty damn interesting. Can you post some pics or a diagram showing what the hell you mean
I understand the theory of your intake. I am just missing a bit about where you have all of this plumbing routed.

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Old 02-26-2001, 05:50 PM   #3
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I am going to take some pictures...in fact, I am going to make a web page about the whole DIY intake creation. I've got a bunch of different pictures spread out all over the place on the net...I need to get 'em all together and do something clever with them.

As far as the current one goes...to be honest, it looks like crap. BUT, I will take some pics just to show what I did. Hopefully my piece of @#$% digital camera will provide me with some decent pics...otherwise I am going to have to borrow my friends again.

Anyway...I have been documenting it all and will post all the info up...eventually.

Thanks for the comment!

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Old 02-26-2001, 11:43 PM   #4
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Hmm. I'd like to see what you end up with... I too am a huge fan of the home depot mods. I decided to route my intake through the passenger side hood vent rather than the scoop... it adds length to the intake without creating much of a bend. Top it off with one of those vent-scoops and you're set. I think maybe I'll hold off on the scoop though.


Anybody got "Powered by Home Depot" stickers?
Remember the "Powered by C.R.A.P." stickers that were all the rage ten years ago?
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