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Old 06-22-2012, 03:56 PM   #11
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Yeah would be rather difficult to crack a peace of billet aluminum lol
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Old 06-22-2012, 04:32 PM   #12
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Were you the one that PM'd K&N about the heat shield issue? Someone did and K&N sent them a fixed shield. Either way, Steeda's design seems much more planted to the shield, and that should result in much less flex. O well, live and learn. It's still a great piece of hardware.
Yes, Troy sent me a new shield and it was exactly the same as the original. Evidently the error was not due to manufacturing, but rather to design. Troy is aware of the issue and is supposed to be working with the engineers.

In the meantime, let me show you what I did to fix the problem. Everything fits together perfectly after these mods, and there should be no stress to the MAF housing from contact with the shield, as it is now "suspended" in the hole by the rubber mounts.

First, I used a rat-tail file to extend this hole (shown in red) so that I could center the MAF housing better in the hole so there is no contact:



Second, I bought a couple of thick nylon washers at the hardware store to space the edge of the MAF sensor back away further from the heat shield. One of the two nylon washers can be seen in the pic below between the shield and the rubber mount. The washer is about 1/8" thick.



If you perform these easy mods and don't overtighten your filter to the MAF flange, I don't believe you will have to worry about any future damage.
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Lesson learned hahaha. Glad to hear it's only $7. I was thinking far more than that...
The Ford part# for the MAF housing is BV6Z 9B642 A
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This is why you buy Steeda.
This is why you buy the drop-in.
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This is why you don't overtighten your filter.
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This is why you don't overtighten your filter.
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The Ford part# for the MAF housing is BV6Z 9B642 A
Thanks for everything dude. The filter is no longer seating properly. Gonna have to drive mad carefully for a few days until I can get this part.
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Thanks for everything dude. The filter is no longer seating properly. Gonna have to drive mad carefully for a few days until I can get this part.
That sucks. I remember when mine fell off. There was a serious loss of power. Be careful, I felt like mine was just dumping fuel into the engine. I guess us K&N people are gonna have to keep an eye on our intakes.
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Yes, Troy sent me a new shield and it was exactly the same as the original. Evidently the error was not due to manufacturing, but rather to design. Troy is aware of the issue and is supposed to be working with the engineers..
Thanks for posting this man. I was watching your posts in the other thread and when it went to PM's I was left wondering.
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I had the same problem today, less than 2 hours after install... I thought I hadn't tightened enough. No cracked housing... Just popped off from a big bump :(
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