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      08-23-2007, 06:10 PM   #79
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Originally Posted by sesegal99 View Post
Awesome write up.....I just did this mod tonight and the shifts do feel smoother, I HAD IT OUT BEFORE AND AFTER THE MOD. For those yet to do this,,be careful of the O2 sensor...it is a liitle bulb looking thing and very delicate. I used a dremmel to clean up the sides after cutting the carbon paper out and it worked perfect....just use a shop vac to suck all the debris out as this side of the filterbox will be unfiltered when you start the car. I also wiped down the edges of the K&N I put in to suck up any excess oil. So far so good.
If you go back some pages I warn about the O2 sensor. I took mine off the box, because I actually washed the whole thing with soap and water, since the charcoal dust made a mess.

Copy of post #21

After doing this DIY, I have added an observation. Once you cut the filter out there is a very rough syrface, and it's COVERED in black charcaol dust.

I removed the MAF sensor from the airbox.( Just two #20 torx screws) BE CAREFUL with this part, it's fragile!! Then I used a dremel to smooth all the rough edges. Sandpaper will work too, but a dremel is faster.

Whether using sandaper or dremel it will create a TON of dust. I then washed the entire airbox, and let it dry completely. (this is why I removed the MAF sensor)

It's an easy mod, and the combination of adding a K&N filter, plus this mod, added a very noticeable improvement in throttle response, trust me. As for HP, probably not much, but it's still worth doing since down the road having that stupid charcoal filter in there will definitely cause airflow restriction since it's not replaceable!! It's almost like having two air filters, a poor design IMO. But, I guess a few states (CA for example) were concerned with vapors escaping into their precious atmosphere when the vehicle is turned off!? We have greater air concerns, believe me! OK, off my soap-box.

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