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So I purchased the BMC air filter, but not sure how to get access to filter. Is it from the bottom by removing the skid plate or through the driver side wheel well. Would hate to start taking parts off only to find that I took off the wrong cover. Any help would be appreciated.
 

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It's easy coming off...

But lots harder getting the airbox back together and in place... Take your time and pay attention to detail.. It's a poor design...
 

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It's 6 screws for the liner, and then a further 8 for the cover at the bottom of the bumper. You won't be able to unclip the housing without dropping this first.
 

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Don't mean to hijack this thread

but question and comment:

Q- is the air filter replacement and actual filter the same on the '02 ?

Comment - I was going over the invoices I received when I bought my '02 and noticed that an independent replaced the air filter in December '06 - but the cost was $38.50 !! My guess is he probably didn't do a thing and ripped the prior owner since I believe a stock replacement is about $65.

I'm going to order a new one from FD.

TIA.
 

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While we are discussing the air filter - has anyone noticed a white sealant applied to the lower part of the air filter housing on their cars ? or is it just on mine ?
 

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BMC air filter: Dont buy from..

US ebay [Watchmakeriv]. I paid instantly via paypal and waited patiently for over 6 weeks and he has not contacted me at all so I had to go through paypal and get my money back.

In the end I contacted Jeff at Formuladynamics for him to send it to an US address so that it can be forwarded to me in UK.

The price was good and Jeff has been very kind. Thanks Jeff. I look forward to installing it and enjoying the drive.
 

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Thank you, it's appreciated. We almost always have these in stock. To my knowledge we are the only importer of these filters for the Maserati. There are other dealers and they *can* order the filter however we are the only that have a standing order.

Good news for QP customers, we are manufacturing a lifetime filter for the QP which will be take a few months to get to market however it will be available later this year.
 

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BMC air filter installation

I removed the wheel, wheel liner and the bottom splash guard.

I tried to remove the 4 screws to open the air filter housing but its next to impossible as the screws just kept on turning with the bolts turning also.

What I am confused about is this: Do I need to remove the 4 visible screws on the housing or do I just unclip the housing somehow? Acess is very difficult for the rear 2 screw bolts. Do I push down or towards the rear of the car?

I can see the old filter and it looks old and dirty so I am expecting a huge difference with the new BMC filter. My car has 17 k miles only.

I have replaced many air filters from many cars and yes it is my opinion that its a bad design!
 

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Mr. Bond, use a small pair of vise grips and hold the plastic around the brass nuts for the four airbox bolts. Once the bolts are removed, use a long slender flat blade screw driver to GENTLY pry the two retaining clips outward to release the airbox cover by pulling it rearward and slightly downward at the same time. Pull the filter straight down to slide it off.With the cover off,make sure there are two or three holes drilled into the cover for water drainage,otherwise you could ingest water and hydrolock your engine with disastrous results.Pay attention to the fitment of the two bottom front aligning tabs when reinstalling the cover into the airbox, slightly angle the cover downward at the rear and slide the cover into the tabs and swing the cover up, making sure the two side clips engage.If you did not mangle the nuts you can epoxy them into the plastic, but make sure the bolts are not cross threaded already,if so you need to perform some thread repair. Best of luck 007.
 

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Air filter installation -dummys guide

First thanks for everyones input.

Simple job supposedly but bad design meant taking a long time-especially for access.

Have installed it but have not tried it out for performance. BMC filter is smaller in diameter than stock. Stock filter was literally falling apart due to rust on the wire mesh. My car has 17k miles and I believe it was changed once before due to some existing clip damage on the air filter housing.

Difficult to take the 4 screws off as the rear square bolts 12mm turned and it was difficult to get a pair of vyse grips/spanner to hold them. Upon replacing I took Kents advice and used epoxy to secure them somewhat=which helped.

I also took Kents advice and drilled a couple of extra holes to allow the water to drip out.

As you can see from pics its a L shaped design. Only remove the 4 screws 8mm . I decided to remove one big nut to gain access at the bottom of filter but it was rusted and broke so I used a tie clip to further secure.

Important issue when installing check for any loose wire etc inside the new filter as you dont want it to be sucked into engine.

pics are self explanatory.

Next is the FD lowering springs -anyone else wants to do a dummys guide?
 

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