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Old 10-16-2014, 07:04 PM   #221
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What do you think about using rivets to hold it in place instead of hardware? I have had bad experiences with bolts in/around my engine compartment.
The hole size in the louvers works with 3/16" rivets as well as the included hardware. I'd recommend using the bolts for test fitting, then once you know everything lines up just right, rivet them in for your final install.

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Old 10-21-2014, 11:17 AM   #222
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Took some more pictures at the request of someone in my thread and thought I'd add them here for those wanting more angles of the vents.





Don't cut out your cross bracing like I did unless you no longer have the OEM hood latch. Granted, I believe the vents add back additional support. Hood was scary flimsy until I bolted them on, now it is pretty solid. I got impatient trying to cut around the bracing and decided to say, "screw it", and zipped it all off fast like. Touch up paint is sitting in a box at my bakery so I'll get the cut areas all cleaned up soon.

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You can cut way more of that off if you run aero catches.
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Old 10-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #224
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You can cut way more of that off if you run aero catches.
Tempting, but the gains aren't huge in my mind. I weighed the cut metal and it was way less than I thought it would be.
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not much weight in aluminum. I'm not sure about NBs but on every NA I've seen the adhesive they used to attach the cross bracing to the skin no longer works and once you've cut some of the cross bracing you might as well take it all since it doesnt seem to do much when not connected to the skin.
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I'm glad I saw this today. I spent all Sunday afternoon cutting aluminum a little at a time, and I wasn't very happy with the product so far. Having a gauge as to how far I have yet to go helps.
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I'm glad I saw this today. I spent all Sunday afternoon cutting aluminum a little at a time, and I wasn't very happy with the product so far. Having a gauge as to how far I have yet to go helps.
I did the same until frustration was enacted through my angle grinder. Not full Fae Fae style but still...
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:05 PM   #228
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Man, I've been so on the fence about getting these. They look great but the swept vent is right on top of my air filter due to my turbo setup. I have no other way of routing it. I've held several thought experiments about how to block water from dripping directly in or covering the filter with a shield somehow but theres just no space.

if only there was a single, wide vent like Orions setup for his track car opening just the area behind the radiator. I really cant justify buying an aftermarket extracor hood but may have to if SuperMiata rad doesn't solve cooling problems.
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Man, I've been so on the fence about getting these. They look great but the swept vent is right on top of my air filter due to my turbo setup. I have no other way of routing it. I've held several thought experiments about how to block water from dripping directly in or covering the filter with a shield somehow but theres just no space.

if only there was a single, wide vent like Orions setup for his track car opening just the area behind the radiator. I really cant justify buying an aftermarket extracor hood but may have to if SuperMiata rad doesn't solve cooling problems.
Grab some sheet aluminum and bend it around the top half of the filter and then cut a tab to go under your t- clamp securing it.
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I was thinking about that, but trying to reduce the diameter from the cone to the flange diameter kinda got me stuck. That and how to support the free end so it's not just some vibrating cantilever.
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I was thinking about that, but trying to reduce the diameter from the cone to the flange diameter kinda got me stuck. That and how to support the free end so it's not just some vibrating cantilever.
Angle it in after you've bent your shape. On my filter, on the free end, there is a rubber edge I could see sticking the free end into. If you use thick enough aluminum I don't see it rattling.
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Jeff - that just might be my favorite customer install of these so far. (But then, I'm also going through a smurf affection phase haha)

psyber_0ptix - Don't over-think it. A simple shield made from a piece of aluminum is more than enough. If you need some suggestions, feel free to PM/email me a pic of your situation.

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I'm going to update our website with some of the great customer pics that have been posted. Hoping to see many more finished installs from you guys in the future! If anyone does not wish to have their pics used on our site or social media, please send me a PM.

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Roda, Mlev and I are like, totes famous now.
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How did I miss this!!! :(
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Angle it in after you've bent your shape. On my filter, on the free end, there is a rubber edge I could see sticking the free end into. If you use thick enough aluminum I don't see it rattling.
It takes a LOT of water to hurt an engine. Unless the filter is angled up so that water would drip down into the compressor, I would probably just let it ride. Worst case, you could punch a hole in the end cap of the filter, and put a bolt through it to use as a stud for a forward mounting point if you want to run a shield, and you're that worried about vibration.
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