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zeebees
05-07-2006

Oh no...it's cozy mcguyver weapon r ram kit adaptation installation.

This is the kit that weapon r sells to convert your short ram into ram air (either scoop or hard mount). It costs about 50 and allows better fitment on teh dragon filter but works with your secret weapon or any filter with a protruding 3" circle on the top of the filter (I'm guessing the size).

Anyway this is McGuyver style and not pretty at all.

Assuming you have the factory box still.

TOOLS:
Screwdrivers (flat head) or just a leatherman; nut drivers are even better for tightening those clamps.
Mechanics gloves (a definite must when you're threading that hose)
Gasket sealant, super glue, or lock tite.
Self-tapping screws (at least an inch long) X4
Neosporin (for the wounds)
Hand Cleaner.


Step 1.
You have that weapon r that was a pain in the ass to get past the hose on the right hand side right? It's coming out.
Detach everything and take it out. Remember to take off the MAF plug as well as tube. Clean the outside and/or inside.

Step 2:
Upto you...either: rip the whole airbox out or put a hole in the left side of the box (your choice). Make sure the edges of the hole are not sharp, use a file or shave it with a razor...I used a leatherman knife to cut this hole it took about 30 minutes dig hole then use pliers to rip the chunks of plastic (told you it was mcguyver style)...it would be a lot easier to use a drill or rotary tool but I don't have one right now.

Step 3:
Place the ram air tube into the box (if it's still there) and wire it through the hole but leave a good portion in the box. Here's the deal: you need to clamp the ram air hose to the top of that secret weapon filter. MAke sure that some of the metal from the tube is under the clamp. Don't overtighten or it will slip off. Add gasket sealant or super glue to the hose portion (not the filter!)...I use seal all...it's not necessary but it's a good idea because it would be a pain in the ass to take it out because a stupid clamp failed.
Let it dry at least 10 minutes.

Step 4:
Have a beer. Bass is highly recommended.

Step 5:
Pull the ram air hose through the hole in the airbox enough so that there is little to no slack in the airbox. Replace the filter into the airbox pushing lightly (you will not be able to screw it down anymore the filter+the ram air hose=too big. But it needs to be down below the big hose and enough so that the filter can be reattached to the throttle body...this was a pain in the ass and resulted in a lot of blood loss for me but got it done.

Step 6: Running the ram air hose...there is just enough room to run the ram air hose between the intercooler and the engine on the lip of the back of the intercooler and it stays in the engine compartment.

Step 7: tricky part...there is a hole that isn't big enough to fit the open ram air hose but...partially collapsed it fits it's part of the intercooler metal parts (I guess it's wiring) on the left side. You could pull it through there or through the plastic on the bottom of the wheel well (?) it's plastic protector...but then you may need to support the hose. Ok so you've got the hose all the way to the front spoiler...there should be JUST enough hose slack to mount the ram air kit filter/scoop after you manually readjust the slack between the airbox and the opening.

Step 8:
Attach the ram air head to the hose with a clamp (again make sure at least 1 metal ring UNDER the clamp, don't overtighten it or it might slip off). USe seal all again to the clamp and/or the gaps in the hose material between the scoop.

Depending on what you want to do things are different:

Step 9: Ideally mounting the ram air scoop should be in direct cold air (ie in front of the intercooler. I mounted it behind the black plastic cover (Which I'm converting soon to be open) on the left hand side as added protection for water. Use both mounting brackets but you will need long self tapping screws for the mounting. Bend the bracket to a 90 degree angle with both screw holes parallel to the bumpber foam. Dip the screws in the gasket sealer or lock tite and mount it directly to the bumper foam and put gasket sealer on the mounting screws that attach to the ram air scoop filter.

Step 10:
Detach the storm shield and you are ready to go. Listen to the roar of that ram air filter...whoh...nice. Don't worry about using the shield as you'll still get air flow from the weapon r filter it will just come from the sides of the filter and not the top.

Step 11:
Put away your tools and clean up. Wipe the grease from your face or people will think you're homeless.

Added suggestions (that I'm waiting to do):
Add plastic or rubber guard to the hole in the airbox.
Heat wrap the ram air hose.
Re mount the scoop to give it direct cold air flow.

Takes about 2 hours if you need to drill/cut the hole. Shorter if you have no factory airbox.
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zeebees on 05-14-2006, 12:08 AM
REMOUNT.

REMOUNTED the ram air scoop to the bumper foam at a 135 degree angle to the intercooler drawing fresh air from the opening. Soft mount the large bracket to the left side and double the screws into the bumper foam. Then used a small bracket for the left side top to sure up that side. Wedged to the edge of the intercooler opening at 135 degrees. Not a bad location. Much easier to put on the storm shield and take it off. As well the air is much cooler. Intake 1 temperatures average between 70-high 90's open.
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