Originally Posted by nhemti
Mine looks just like yours TBone so it certainly isn't isolated. I haven't noticed an issue yet because of it but I am keeping an eye on the filter and checking that it is still seated tightly very regularly.
My concern from that issue is not that the filter will fall off. My concern is that, since the MAF isn't properly "suspended" in the hole by the rubber mounts, the vibrations from the engine/throttle body will not be properly isolated from the MAF. Also, engine movement could cause a binding situation between the MAF housing and the heat shield. This could cause damage (cracking) to the housing itself in the long run.