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Put on my new intake today. Kinda annoying to get the snorkel out, and the box was a bit tricky with the aero body kit, but all and all not to hard. It also doesn't actually net me any power, but what a difference in noise. I could hear the BPV open when I was just coming out of my driveway. And once things had warmed up I really opened it up. WHOOOOOOOOOOOSH - PSSST, that's just so damn cool. I'm almost afraid to floor it now in case I suck up a cat or something. It finally sounds like the beast it truely is, now I just need an exhaust and I'll be set.

And what mod thread would be complete without a pic


I'll also post a sound clip later.
 

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Excellent and what an awesome sound too, I totally agree :cool:
 

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Raven make sure to keep it well oiled. I run k&N air filters on most of my cars but they do have a flaw. If they are allowed to dry out dirt will pass right through it. Also dont clean it to much, with every cleaning it will loose some of its filtering capabilities.
 

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Nah, I just got a universal filter with a 3 inch hole and some 3" aluminum intercooler piping. The connection from the existing intake to the stock air box is also 3" so it hooks right up. I have some left over aluminum piping if you wanna buy it.
 

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4dr said:
Raven make sure to keep it well oiled. I run k&N air filters on most of my cars but they do have a flaw. If they are allowed to dry out dirt will pass right through it. Also dont clean it to much, with every cleaning it will loose some of its filtering capabilities.
Hmmmmm, how often do you recon I should clean it? :confused:
 

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Ummmmm, lemme see.......ahhh a RX-4990 and according to K&N it's "not intended for use on emissions controlled vehicles." :roll: Whatever you say K&N :p. You don't hafta to get one like that though, Chris has a different one that was more cone like.
 

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cool cool man, all you need is piping, hose clamps and a filter? How much piping?
 

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Raven I only clean mine about once a year or about 15,000 miles. Just look at it every once and a while (I look at mine once a month) and see how dirty it is. If it has dried out you can reoil it without cleaning it. Just remember that the only thing that allows a fillter like K&N to trap dirt is the oil.
 

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OddyseusDSM said:
cool cool man, all you need is piping, hose clamps and a filter? How much piping?
Actually there was a hose clamp on the end of the existing rubber intake tubing and a hose clamp on teh filter so I didn't even need one of those. I used 4 inches of tubing.

4dr, Thanks :D
 

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Raven18940 said:
Nah, I just got a universal filter with a 3 inch hole and some 3" aluminum intercooler piping. The connection from the existing intake to the stock air box is also 3" so it hooks right up. I have some left over aluminum piping if you wanna buy it.
Where did you by the aluminum tubing at? my local hardware didn't have anything along those lines :roll:
 

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So, i went to do the same to my 1999 base 9-5. How do i get the stock airbox out?? can you give us a step by step instruction?? (I've searched the entire site about it, and cant find anything about the actual install)

Thanks,
Nick
 

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Come on man, use your noodle. It's not that hard, but I guess I'll point you in the right direction.

1. Remove the grill. Once removed you'll see the air snorkel dead center and a single bolt securing it to the car. Remove this bolt and and lift it free of it's mountings, but not out of the car.

2. Remove the turn signal on the right side. Now you'll see the top of the air box and the rubber plumbing that connects them. Loosen the hose clamp connecting the two.

3. Crawl underneath the front right corner. Now you'll see the bottom of the air box. Loosen the hose clamp connecting the snorkel and disconnect it. Next there are two 10mm nuts securing the air box to the car, undo them.

4. Lift the air box up a little to get the bolts out of their mountings. Now just use brute force to yank the thing out of there. The only problem is there isn't quite enough space to get the air box out so you'll hafta push the body work out a little to pull it passed. If you have an older aero like me you might wanna undo the last bolt on the body kit to help it passed, don't know about newer aeros though.

5. Now get about 4 inches of tubing, your new filter and install it. You can leave snorkel in or take it out. I took it out, but it was a total pita as there wasn't actually enought room to get it out. If you decide to leave it in make sure you bolt it back in place up front.

6. Reassemble

Working on modern cars is like doing a jig-saw puzzle. :cheesy:

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Where did you by the aluminum tubing at? my local hardware didn't have anything along those lines :roll:
Haha, yeah, been there, done that. I used intercooler piping, if you have a good performance shop near you they might carry it. Mine didn't so I had to venture onto the internet. I got mine from www.vertexnow.com I'd offer you the left over 8 inches, but bobsaab already has dibs on it. Or maybe I could cut it in half and give you both 4 inches. Up to him though.
 

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You ripped out your air box and you didn't get a vacuum leak or some kind of message from your computer when the car was running?
 

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Well, seeing as how there are no sensors or vaccuum lines that go to the air box, no problems here.
 

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Thanks for the instuctions. It's not that I am not using my noodle, but that I just didnt want to undo the wrong bolt, and i havent really had a good look see at it and its my new baby so i didnt want to just jump into anything without haveing a good basis on what i needed to do...So i guess you could say I am a paranoid Saab newb.

Tomorrow im gonna head out and find the filter and get some intercooler piping and hook it all up. (gonna turn out to be cheaper than the one on genuinesaab.com, or at least i hope it will, and be a little better cause it will be a k&n filter, seeing as how they can be cleaned and re-oiled.


Thanks again,
Nick
 

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Just remember guys the open air filter can get wet or splashed, some kind of splash guard may be a good idea too ;)
 

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I'd offer you the left over 8 inches, but bobsaab already has dibs on it. Or maybe I could cut it in half and give you both 4 inches. Up to him though.
Raven, patrick,

Guys will 4" be enough? If so, I don't mind sharing - PM me and let me know the details...
 

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Thanks bobsaab but I'm ok I know a guy who works at a tuner shop who can hook me up :cheesy:
 
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