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Old 10-23-2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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2006 focus zx4 sedan, eng. air cleaner

Have the above car and the dealer wants almost $600 + installation. I just can't handle this finacial insanity for an air cleaner. What is a much cheaper retro fit that I can buy a filter for and not tear up the front end each time to change. 2.OL DOHC liter engine.



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Old 11-03-2012, 07:55 PM   #2
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an aftermaket air intake from fswerks or steeda will run you about $250 and are simple to install
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an aftermaket air intake from fswerks or steeda will run you about $250 and are simple to install
this , i have the same model as you , i would suggest the steeda tho lol just my opinion

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If'n you are cheap like me, take a look at the Stealth intake mod. It is just removing the stock airbox from underneath the car and pluggin in a $25 universal 3" air cleaner. Mine was in fact $25 at Autozone last week. Just a little more sound, barely noticeable.

I found that heating the connecting end of the new air cleaner helped as the male end of where it plugs in is 3-1/4" so it is a snug/secure fit. Make it good and warm, not hot. Use a space heater or hair dryer. Also lightly use a hose clamp for added security.

To prevent getting water into the air cleaner, I also cut and installed a coroplast (think election sign material) undertray back just past the control arms. It will take some fiddling to fit well but is good insurance to save the motor from possibly ingesting water splashed from the tires. This is the perfect time to get used election signs for undertray material.

I'm now tempted to crack apart the stock box and see what's really in there and if there is an easy way to install a panel filter inside the box.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:31 AM   #5
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If'n you are cheap like me, take a look at the Stealth intake mod. It is just removing the stock airbox from underneath the car and pluggin in a $25 universal 3" air cleaner. Mine was in fact $25 at Autozone last week. Just a little more sound, barely noticeable.

I found that heating the connecting end of the new air cleaner helped as the male end of where it plugs in is 3-1/4" so it is a snug/secure fit. Make it good and warm, not hot. Use a space heater or hair dryer. Also lightly use a hose clamp for added security.

To prevent getting water into the air cleaner, I also cut and installed a coroplast (think election sign material) undertray back just past the control arms. It will take some fiddling to fit well but is good insurance to save the motor from possibly ingesting water splashed from the tires. This is the perfect time to get used election signs for undertray material.

I'm now tempted to crack apart the stock box and see what's really in there and if there is an easy way to install a panel filter inside the box.
lol , same thing i did . and its tottaly possible to put a panel filter into that airbox . gettin it back together was my problem lol i mangled the thing. be careful takin it apart and see what size would fit

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you can also modify your stock maf tube to accept a filter , and delete the resonater . so , throttle body boot -- maf tube -- filter. this keeps it up high . no chance of getting wet , but then i believe heat soak may come into play but im not sure , im going to do this soon just for the winter .

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you can also modify your stock maf tube to accept a filter , and delete the resonater . so , throttle body boot -- maf tube -- filter. this keeps it up high . no chance of getting wet , but then i believe heat soak may come into play but im not sure , im going to do this soon just for the winter .

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basically tha same thing as the steeda sri

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Hey Sam, any tips on how to crack it apart without damaging it? Also, any ideas on what panel filter fit?

I opted for the stealth because it was cheap, easy, effective and I had the coroplast available. Keeping the resonator also kept it maybe a little quieter.
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Hey Sam, any tips on how to crack it apart without damaging it? Also, any ideas on what panel filter fit?

I opted for the stealth because it was cheap, easy, effective and I had the coroplast available. Keeping the resonator also kept it maybe a little quieter.
lol i wish , i destroyed mine trying to pull it apart , maybe baking it like you would a headlight would work, but i wouldnt know what temp to use ??? also iv ran the car with a tube in place of the resonator and to me and my friend it didnt seem to make a difference in anything , didnt even sound different . i was pretty bummed cause i spent a bit of time tryin to get some good tubing and it was basically worthless.
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Thank you for your help and ideas. I'll print all this out and reread. I am a 50s type of car guy. You know, like the oil bath air cleaner and the carb top filter with a chrome top with a wing nut. I also don't have an ipad and all that other type of pocket filler things.
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