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Old 06-09-2008, 04:20 PM   #1
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Default Experimented with airflow a bit...

So on the weekend I removed the intake resonator from the vue, along with the foglight cover from the passenger side as well. The intake resonator is in 3 sections, and it the biggest waste of plastic on this vehicle, as it is on every vehicle. So now there is a 4" hole on the front of the air box. As well, removing the plastic foglight cover allows air to be directed into the engine compartment. This makes for slightly more cooling as well.

Driving it all yesterday and today, the engine does have a throatier soound to it, but even more important is a slight improvement in mileage. This is only temporary as I'm currently experimenting with replacing the airbox altogether for a better power increase.

And before anyone chimes in and says that I should have got the V6 if I wanted more power, I'm actually only increasing airflow to improve my mileage. It worked well for my ION (although I was into speed more at that time) and I'm sure it'll work well for the Vue, if even for a different purpose.
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Old 06-09-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Experimented with airflow a bit...

Would you be able to provide more detail as to your procedure for "debonging" your Vue? I'm interested in doing this as well.
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Default Re: Experimented with airflow a bit...

There are 3 bolts that hold the bottom piece of the bong. It is easiest to remove the passenger headlight to do all this, as it's right in front of you. Basically the first part is connected (clipped) to the airbox. You'll have to remove the airbox lid and filter to unclip the bong piece from the inside.

After the first piece is out, you can wiggle the second piece out via the removed headlight area, and thirdly, unbolt the bottom piece of the bong. You'll need access to a socket set for that though.

Also, there are 3 bolts that hold the foglight cover in place, and they are all accessible through the bottom of the vehicle.

Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process though, but all you need is about 1/2 hour to an hour depending on how fast you work.
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Old 06-10-2008, 12:21 PM   #4
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Great, thanks! Sounds easy enough. Will get to it as soon as its less than 100 outside. Ugh!
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Default Re: Experimented with airflow a bit...

Yea, it's the old silencer mod that we used to do on Mustang 5.0's remove the silencer from the inner fender to allow more air into the engine...good for a couple of HP and maybe a MPG and some sort of peace of mind.
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Yes, and I've done it to every car I've owned.
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Old 06-13-2008, 10:02 AM   #7
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Default Re: Experimented with airflow a bit...

a little OT here, but has anyone popped the little cover on the intake hose leading from the filterbox to the throttle body. It has ecotec written on it. Its has some interesting chambers in there. It is used for sound/resonance control I assume. I wonder how different it would sound with just regular pipe between the factory airbox and the throttle body?
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Yeah it looks like a second silencer, and it's a ridiculous setup too. I am actually looking to add an intake system, bypassing this stupid (and restrictive) setup altogether. I'll let you all know how it goes once it's done.
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