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I can't help and shed a tear for my poor Escort when I pop the hood. The poor thing is breathing through a straw. I really, really want to get some sort of an intake. I am willing to make a few trips to Home Depot to make an Intake with a K&N or other cone filter...but I just don't know how. I have a pretty good idea, but what about the MAF? You can't just cut it out and toss it in the swap meet pile... What I am looking/asking for are some pretty specific and detailed instructions. I would rather make an intake than sink $100.00 more in the car. Has anyone with a home-made intake got any good directions?
 

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Here's what you do to your airbox:

1) Open the airbox
2) unbolt the lower portion from the frame
3) remove the little snorkel that goes from the fender to the bottom of the airbox and chunk it in the trash.
4) lightly clamp the lower portion of the airbox in a bench vise
5) use a hacksaw to cut off the protruding part of the box that hung down inside the fender where the snorkel previously entered. You may want to cut on a diagonal so that you open up part of the side of the box that faces the fender.
6) bolt it back in and close the airbox back up.

Now you will be able to hear the intake very clearly and it will pull a little harder than before. It certainly sounds better this way.



Thanks to Beaverboy.

I thought I would add that so no one else felt compelled to add it.
 

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If you are not going to buy an aluminum intake, ^that^ is the best suggestion around. (PVC releases an acid that coats and eats away at your engine parts, so I stopped recommending using it)
 

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...if I cut off the snorkel...

How far (much in excess) do I leave before I clamp it. For instance: One inch from the bottom of the airbox, clamp it.

Do I clamp it COMPLETELY shut? How will O2 get it?

I wish I knew more about the intake system.
 

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Just cut the lower side of the airbox off (the half of it opposite of the valve cover breather). It sounds pretty nice afterwards. Then add the 3.8 throttle body. It's easy, I did it in my school parking lot. I don't see any problem with the standard rubber intake hose, other than it's kind of hard to get on the new TB. If you do use it, dunk it in some boiling water, then push it on.
 

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I liked my Weapon R... my custom on my Grand Prix made a slight difference, but the Weapon R in the escort made a world of difference... at least as far as sound and top end acceleration goes!
 

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i just did the air box mod. when i cut the bottom of the box off i cut it at the lowest point so later on this week i can add some dryer duct tubing or something to make a type of ram air. i will be cutting some holes in front part of the fender ( meaning if you are looking down ath the airbox and you are standing in front of the car , i will be cutting a whole probably with a hole saw so it will let some more air in , then i will be cutting the little SLICE where on the front bumper underneeth where, lets say a fog light could sit. i will be cutting the whole little slice out. when you are @ the car looking at all of this you will understand what i am talking about.. this mod will let cold air in as well as keep the STOCK look to the car.... let me know what you guys think.... and if anyone has ever done this.
 

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when i put the 3.8 tb i also changed the intake hose for one off a 1gen dsm. i had to cut a few inches off where it went into the airbox. and i cant have the airbox bolted down. but i figure its a minor setback.
 

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yeah..... go with what black93scort said...... he saved me a whole lotta money..... i just went out, bought a R-Active filter took out the whole box, and strapped the filter to the MAF...... course you'll haveto make an improv seal for it...... (i used making and electrical tape, cuz i'm cheap and ghetto) hehe, it werks, and it sounds great....... just do it like this.... trust me it werks

*kevin*
 

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I would say get 2 of the 3 - 2 inch PCV adapters. You will need to cut the end off of one, as the MAF is 2.5", but the Filter is a 3 inch. At least this is if I understand what you guys are saying! I found that I also had to soak the PCV in hot water so that I could get it to fit... either that or you could sand it down slightly. It's a nice tight seal.
 

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what do you do with the sensor that is in the top of the airbox? i was thinking f putting the cone filter on it, but i didnt know what to do with the sensor.
 

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if you wanna just do something free and spend 15 minutes, rip out that snorkel and resonator that your filter box is breathing through.

after that youve got a few options. first, what year car do you have? if its earlier than a 93 you have the small maf. (some 93s have the small one also) if you have this, SWITCH IT OUT for one from 94 or 95. its bigger so it can breath better. you can get one at a junkyard. its easy to switch out, just unplug your old maf housing and sensor and put the bigger one in... you will have to modify the plug a little bit for it to fit (use a knife or wire cutters to clip some of the parts that dont line up in the plug.. you will know what im talking about as soon as you look at it)
, but it will just plug right in... that will help. now, one thing im not SURE about so i will give you the heads up. if you are following the flow of air, after it goes through your maf, it goes through a rubber hose with two 90 degree bends in it, then into your throttle body. the 95 maf may not fit into the earlier versions rubber hose.. so i would just grab the maf and the hose too.
if you already have the larger housing, you dont need to worry about it. there are some pics on 91sleeper's site. look in the how to section here http://members.tripod.com/sleeperscort/

after that just get a cone filter and adapter. that sensor i think you were talking about was the air temperature sensor. you need to find a place to stick this. you can put it anywhere in that rubber intake hose.. just drill a hole and screw it in. BUT MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT LEAK! make sure there is no air leak here or your car will not idle or run correctly.. maybe not at all. so when you drill your hole.. make it a little small so the sensor is very tight in there, and when you screw it in, maybe put some plumbers tape around the sensor.

also, going from your valve cover to your air intake box, there is a hose. this just relieve pressure from inside your engine i think. when you remove your intake box, you need to get a little filter thing to go on your valve cover.. they are like $5 at AutoZone

that option will give you a pretty good looking, sounding, and working intake. you can pm me with your email address or AIM name and i can send you some pics. i would post them here but i never read up on how to post pics and i would rather take a shower right now than do that. :p

goodluck
 

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i went to the jy today and am going back tomorrow to finish picking some things up... there is a 95 MAF with its rubber intake hose for $50. if you want it im going back to the yard tomorrow and i can pick it up for you. just thought i would throw that at ya incase you want it. it would just be the $50 for it and probably $5 or so to ship it. anyway, let me know if you want me to grab it
 
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