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Another FWI On A 3400

 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:31 pm    Post subject:  Another FWI On A 3400 Reply with quote

Did a FWI this morning and felt like sharing. Items I used include:
(1) 2'x3" length of ABS pipe
(1) 45 degree street elbow
(1) 90 degree street elbow (I didn't plan to use it, but ended using it. not shown in first set up, shown in last pic )
(1) 3"x3" coupler
(1) K&N filter part number RU-3550 (mentioned from another member on the site)

So here's my bone stock set up:


PCM exposed after removing part of the stock air box


Air box completely removed


45 degree elbow with filter


Testing fitment of filter in the fender well



Pipe (cut to an 11" length) in place



Didn't like the angle of the filter in the fender so I attached the 90 degree elbow into the filter then the 45 to the 90. Now the filter points straight forward not slanted like shown in the previous pics. This left the need for a 5" pipe which I used from the remaining pipe


I will be wrapping the pipe in insulation wrap soon as well as closing off the fender gap a little bit to isolate the filter.
Is this the only way to do a FWI? No. The set up style is up to the owner and this is how I wanted to do mine

If anybody asks why such a small filter: I unintentionally found out that any taller of a filter would have bumped my headlight out of place
If they ask why i didn't fold down or cut the fender brace: I removed the bolt and the fender was too flimsy for my liking
Lastly, if they ask why not under the headlight: this is a Fender Well Intake, not a Bumper Well Intake Cool

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:33 am    Post subject:  Re: Another FWI On A 3400 Reply with quote

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Lastly, if they ask why not under the headlight: this is a Fender Well Intake, not a Bumper Well Intake Cool


I see what you did there. Laughing

How you enjoying that sound increase?
That mod alone gave me the need to WOT away from stoplights all the time..


GM Part #: 15995679 - PCM Tray
I would also consider using a fab'd version of the ZZP Airbox to further insulate the ABS piping area and to house the PCM tray.
Since you seem like a DIY'er, you should be able to fab something up pretty simple.
Compare design: http://shop.zzperformance.com/.....ystem.aspx

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:33 pm    Post subject:  Re: Another FWI On A 3400 Reply with quote

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That mod alone gave me the need to WOT away from stoplights all the time.

^ROFL
I'm loving' the sound. I've seen vids of others post their FWI and I"m assuming mine is a bit louder/sounds a bit better thanks to the u-bend delete? Even though I haven't been driving the Imp much since I did the FWI, I know I'll be enjoying taking off from a stop now Laughing

As far the PCM tray deal goes, I saw on another forum that a PCM from an 02 Blazer/S-10 seems to fit the bill so I might go with getting that tray, but I will be looking to see how I will go about further insulating the ABS pipe. Thanks for the link, it gives something to base my ideas on Idea

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

for insulation, you can get foil duct insulation from any Home Depot / Lowes. Its like foil covered bubble wrap.

You can also make a heat shield to bolt in place to cover the fender opening where the pipe goes through


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:54 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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for insulation, you can get foil duct insulation from any Home Depot / Lowes. Its like foil covered bubble wrap.

You can also make a heat shield to bolt in place to cover the fender opening where the pipe goes through


I have a roll of that foil insulation you mentioned. At the moment I'm brainstorming ideas on how to make a heat shield Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:06 pm    Post subject:  Re: Another FWI On A 3400 Reply with quote

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BaseLS wrote:
Lastly, if they ask why not under the headlight: this is a Fender Well Intake, not a Bumper Well Intake Cool


I see what you did there. Laughing

How you enjoying that sound increase?
That mod alone gave me the need to WOT away from stoplights all the time..


GM Part #: 15995679 - PCM Tray
I would also consider using a fab'd version of the ZZP Airbox to further insulate the ABS piping area and to house the PCM tray.
Since you seem like a DIY'er, you should be able to fab something up pretty simple.
Compare design: http://shop.zzperformance.com/.....ystem.aspx

Yeah - I still haven't figured out what I'm going to do with that box Laughing Embarassed

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 9:49 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I'm sure someone will have a good alternative or idea. I'm thinking of making some sort of drop-in shield that will rest on the black brace and fasten down where the pcm is with all the necessary angles and molds to be a snug fit. It'll be a challenge, but I like puzzles Laughing

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

this is on a mustang. I just parted out one with a similar style intake. You can see the shield covering the hole in the fender and just the tube going through.

Doesnt need to bend at the bottom, the one I just tore apart didnt. Was a simple flat plate.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 12:37 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This is exactly what I had in mind Very Happy Good to see it has been done before. Now I'll be looking for a metal that isn't necessarily chrome to make my version of this. But first I guess it'd be smarter to used something like cardboard to make a template first and then make a final product once it ha been perfected. Thanks Pitch Black SS

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:38 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

you can buy small sheets of aluminum, steel, copper, etc at Lowes and Home Depot.

Id stick with aluminum, easier to cut and drill.

If you want, you can install some blind rivets (threaded insert) into the inner fender, then you can bolt the shield to it and it will be easy to remove for service in the future. I bought a gun and an assortment of these at Harbor Freight for under $15

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Very cool ideas. I like the brainstorming on this forum
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 23, 2014 2:06 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Pitch Black with the helping hand Bow Seems like I'll be heading back to Lowe's to finish my FWI Laughing I will definitely be making a stop there after, if not during, my holiday vacation as I will be away from home. So work on my car is on hold, but brainstorming is not Wink

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:11 pm    Post subject:  Update Reply with quote

So I did return to Lowe's and bought a 12"x18" sheet of stainless steel. Cutting out the shape wasn't too bad, the hard part was the inner circle that needed to be done, ended up a bit rough Embarassed Not my final product, might do this again for a cleaner finish/tighter fit and paint it black. I still plan to add the foil wrap and place 2 more bolts on the top
The 1st attempt is always the practice run, usually never the last either Laughing not pretty but here is my first shot at my custom heat shield




My air filter is now being supported upwards opposed to it resting on the fender support bracket before so that is a plus Smile

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