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Old 02-12-2001, 07:06 PM   #1
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Post Gutted air box (swiss cheese anyone?)

I used to be into VWs and the cheap way of doing things was to cut large holes in the airbox and drop a K&N in and route some cold air piping through the fender. Has anyone done this yet?
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Old 02-12-2001, 07:27 PM   #2
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I did some temp studies of the motor bay. I think you are best just to remove the fender silencer and put in a K&N as a good all round fix that is relatively cheap. Putting the holes in the box will only pull in hotter air than you can get from the fender.

You don't mention what year you have but I was talking about MY99's and earlier.

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Old 02-12-2001, 07:53 PM   #3
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You can pull the fender box out of any year for an improvement. I pulled the one out of my '96 1.8L. Thinking of putting a NACA duct in the bumper or fend itself to duct air to it. Had another couple of intake ideas as well.
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Old 02-12-2001, 09:30 PM   #4
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However, the MY00/01 doesn't have a fender silencer, so removing the silencer in the engine bay doesn't let you get the cool air - you have to run a pipe into the inner fender like the GanzFlow intake

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Old 02-12-2001, 11:53 PM   #5
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I put a big hole in my airbox
put in a K&N exactly like you said..
and opened my scoop..

and DAMN it was LOOOUUUD..
i didn't reset the ECU properly though...

edit: A LOT LOUDER than the minnam intake i have on right now... and why did I change to minnam intake ? cuz it was TOO LOUD.. yes I'm serious.

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Old 02-13-2001, 03:05 PM   #6
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I am surprised to hear it was so loud but last time I did it was to a small 2.0 vw engine. You know what else is nice is the aluminum heat blockers sold by eurosport ,neuspeed and whoever else copied the idea by now.
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Old 02-13-2001, 03:15 PM   #7
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I, personally, took all of the plumbing from the air box forward off. I had an old Iceman intake from a 1994 Integra in my garage that made the bridge from the elbox fitting that goes into the airbox to the opening in the fender that the Cobb Tuning intake uses almost perfectly. I bought a rubber (black thick rubber) sewer coupling (3" to match the pipe with the other end being 4" to seal around the hole). It is significantly louder than stock and the car pulls much better with all the restrictive stock plumbing gone.

I am going to see if I can install the dry land piece of the Iceman to make it pull air in from my fender instead of having the rubber coupling there.

*I have yet to install a K&N filter but the increase is still noticable*

If I had $250 laying around, I would go for the Cobb intake because it looks much beter than having the stock airbox still on the car with some pipe off of it... granted I have the blue pipe so it is not as bad as cheap aluminum sitting there.

I would hypothesize that any intake for a 1994-1997 Integra LS would be able to make this same connection... although I can only speak for sure about the Iceman.
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