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Has anyone bypassed their standard airbox with a cold air intake / conical filter? Doesn't look like there's much room past the Mass Airflow Sensor. Maybe removing the airbox and sticking it into that space?
 

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BeeYouZeeZee said:
Has anyone bypassed their standard airbox with a cold air intake / conical filter? Doesn't look like there's much room past the Mass Airflow Sensor. Maybe removing the airbox and sticking it into that space?
I think there is no better place other than the original. I put K&N conical filter(with end cap) on my car. I took the plastic airbox out(hoping that the car breath easier) and sticking the filter in the original place and also have to modify the filter inlet a bit to fit. My filter is a bit larger than BMC (maybe 20% more surface area).
 

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I think there is no better place other than the original. I put K&N conical filter(with end cap) on my car. I took the plastic airbox out(hoping that the car breath easier) and sticking the filter in the original place and also have to modify the filter inlet a bit to fit. My filter is a bit larger than BMC (maybe 20% more surface area).
Did you notice an improvement? Did the intake get loud under power?
 

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Did you notice an improvement? Did the intake get loud under power?
How about your viper, did you feel any improvement when you change air filter?

For the Maser,I did not really feel any improvement but hear the engine a bit louder. Btw, my car is a GT. Someone with CC notice the different in shifting. I think 5hp extra from 390hp is too little to notice by me. Long time ago, when I put K&N filter in my old car, which have only about 100hp, I feel the improvement. Old car with less efficient air intake will benefit more from this kind of air filter. I also have piggyback chip tuner, about 20hp more, which I could feel a bit of improvement. I just changed air filter to feel that I did something to my car and hope that it add some hp. It is more of a good feeling than real world result.
 

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We believe that a Conical Air Intake Filter mounted at the intake will only help you in specific weather conditions at best ( i.e. colder conditions ) because the engine compartment gets very hot and has very poor air flow, so the gain in flow is balance by the additional heat from the engine compartment.

The stock setup really isn't all that bad, actually it's quite large for the HP and displacement of the stock engine. From our experience changing to a BMC Filter really doesn't buy you much HP, perhaps an honest 1-2 on the dyno. It does make the car more responsive and yes you "hear" the intake noise more. With a Chip and Exhaust, it may be 3 HP.

Going to Smooth Tubes and a K&N style filter on a Viper gives you a Dyno proven 10HP. That car pushes 2X the air of the Maserati based on displacement alone and it is very thirsty for air. The maserati intake has a great volume of air considering the displacement, although it can always be improved.

We've got something in the works for producing more HP through the intake which is still in development. We'll keep you posted if we find significant enough gains to justify the costs.

One thing you can do ( especially for people in warm climate areas ) is to simply wrap your existing intake / ducting with a material which blocks heat. The Maserati engine suffers from significant "heat soak" which robs you of real horsepower when the engine temperatures heat up the air and fuel before combustion.
 

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One thing you can do ( especially for people in warm climate areas ) is to simply wrap your existing intake / ducting with a material which blocks heat. The Maserati engine suffers from significant "heat soak" which robs you of real horsepower when the engine temperatures heat up the air and fuel before combustion.
Thanks for the advice. I think I have insulate tape somewhere in the house:).
 
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