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The Merkur Club of America Forums • Pics of my cone filter hack job lol
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Pics of my cone filter hack job lol

Posted: Sat Dec 22, 2007 11:57 pm
by EVIL_XR4
It's not the best but it's a billion times better than the stock box was. I was curious though if anyone thinks that rubber elbow could actually collapse under hard acceleration? The part i don't like is that the filter is actually slipped over the rubber elbow...there's nothing hard in between them, but the clamp does tighten to a stopping point. I went and bought a cheap APC hard plastic 90* bend and tried it out but it wouldn't fit where i have the VAM mounted so i've gotta make another bracket to hold the VAM to use anything else. It's really tight right in front of where the elbow slips over.

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Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 12:53 am
by hEaT
Links no worky. I'd like to see it since I want to do the same thing.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:08 am
by EVIL_XR4
Oops sorry about that. I was rearranging pics in my photobucket account and i guess that killed the links.


What i did was take the stock lower tube that snakes up into the filter box and i cut the 90 degree bend out of it and that's what the filter is mounted to. An inner fender mounted filter would be way better but this will do for the time being.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:18 am
by hEaT
Looks nice and clean. Filter looks like it has good placement too with the cold air duct there.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:23 am
by John Brennan
You're off to a good start, but keep going. Make a "plenum"-- basically a partition that isolates the filter from the engine room air-- and it'll work a lot better for 'ya...

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 8:05 am
by Ray
cant fit the filter directly to the VAM?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:07 pm
by EVIL_XR4
demonfire wrote:cant fit the filter directly to the VAM?

Well yes and no. The first problem is that the filter has a 3'' outlet and the VAM is something like 2.5'' or so, so i'd have to find the right size reducing coupler to make it fit. Secondly i've gotta make a different bracket to move the VAM back further because the filter won't fit.


While on that topic, does it matter if the VAM is mounted sideways or upside down?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 1:50 pm
by milehighXR
EVIL_XR4 wrote:
demonfire wrote:cant fit the filter directly to the VAM?

Well yes and no. The first problem is that the filter has a 3'' outlet and the VAM is something like 2.5'' or so, so i'd have to find the right size reducing coupler to make it fit.
Or a big VAM...

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:07 pm
by EVIL_XR4
Does the big VAM have a 3'' inlet?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:27 pm
by milehighXR
EVIL_XR4 wrote:Does the big VAM have a 3'' inlet?
DING,DING,DING,DING,DING!

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:31 pm
by EVIL_XR4
milehighXR wrote:
EVIL_XR4 wrote:Does the big VAM have a 3'' inlet?
DING,DING,DING,DING,DING!

:beats head


C'mon cut the rookie some slack..lol. How about the mounting position? Can i put it upside-down or sideways and it work ok?

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:09 pm
by milehighXR
Not that I am aware of. It could cause problems having it mounted sideways(inlet/outlet in the vertical postion). Upside down may not be an issue though. Others would know better than I. It will not fit the stock Merk bracket though.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:14 pm
by EVIL_XR4
Yeah i'm gonna make a new bracket, and there's the two holes on the one side that the stock bracket bolts to, but they're on the 'driver's side' of the VAM in its stock orientation...it would be a lot easier to make if i could mount it upside down so they're facing the fender/shock tower. I'm just curious since there's a moving part inside there....i don't know how gravity will effect it if it's flipped over.

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:20 pm
by John Brennan
The big VAM will too fit in the stock Merk bracket-- I've done it. Just enlarge the hole for the wiring plug upwards, and squeeze that baby in there-- it'll go, with a little bending and patience (I dunno, dinner, a movie, a few drinks back in the garage?). The stock inlet hose will also stretch to fit the large VAM opening also-- warm it up, a little lube... you know. :wink:

Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 3:23 pm
by EVIL_XR4
Well mainly i'm going to make a new bracket so that the VAM sits further back to make extra room up front for the CAI piping. Right now there's only a few inches in front of the VAM inlet to put anything....that's why i had to use that tight little 90 degree bend). If i make a new bracket (big or little VAM either one) to make it sit further back, i won't need such a tight bend and i could either put the filter right on the VAM or make a straighter shot with the piping going to the fender opening.