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Old 13 Feb 2012, 11:01 am
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hey guys,
I want to get rid of my bulky air intake on my 2003 base model. Any suggestions as to the best way to do this?
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 01:02 pm
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Default Re: Replacement Air Intake

Go for a short ram intake with a cone filter? Plenty of kits on ebay.
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 06:10 pm
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Why do you want to get rid of it? The short ram will look and sound better and it's cheap. The more expensive ones (Air Raid, K&N FIPK (Fuel Injection Performance Kit) Volant) keep most of the hot air from the engine away from the filter element but are 4 and 5 times the price of the short ram. Nothing is going to make the Non-Turbo engine "come alive" with more power but they will give a smoother run up the rev range without any hesitation that the stock filter gives because of the restrictions.
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 06:13 pm
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I'd stay stock. All you will do is spend money for a different sound.
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Old 13 Feb 2012, 06:16 pm
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I'd stay stock. All you will do is spend money for a different sound.

Don't people do that with the exhaust? Why not with the air intake?
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 01:16 pm
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Basically im PO'd with having to remove it everytime I need to get to the battery. Also,I'm modifying the exhaust system and anything to improve the sound/look is a plus. My main concern is making it run worse instead of the same/better.
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 03:32 pm
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Don't people do that with the exhaust? Why not with the air intake?
If you want to spend for only sound and looks then go for it. Just don't look for any more power out of it. A lot of people only care about looks and sound so who's to say. Shouldn't have to get to the battery that often, though.
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Old 14 Feb 2012, 07:00 pm
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Crewzin put together a bunch of useful links- They're in my sig.
IIRC, there's a stock airbox mod somewhere in there.
I'd endores that.
Pulling airbox off on my '01 was EZ- ~ 10 seconds

Neons found out the hard way on some aftermarket / improvised CAI / HAI-
sucked in water and bent all the rods ...
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Old 15 Feb 2012, 11:37 am
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Default Re: Replacement Air Intake

Great info guys, thanks. I've decided to go with a K&N Gen 2. I've read a few reviews and this seems to be the most highly recommended.
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Old 16 Feb 2012, 10:07 am
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hey guys,
I want to get rid of my bulky air intake on my 2003 base model. Any suggestions as to the best way to do this?
As long as it's not a turbo, no problem, and excellent suggestions in the thread already. You say "base model," so I'm guessing it's not a turbo. On the turbo the air filter box also supplies clean air to the PVC system, and acts as a collector for oil in the air that comes from the turbo.
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