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Old 03-18-2019, 09:42 AM   #31
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What did you feel was wrong with the original intake box design. In mine I have taken of the resonator box and plugged that hole. I would think air below the van is a lot more dusty.

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Old 03-18-2019, 10:07 AM   #32
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My original box was shattered into a million pieces. I also could not find a factory replacement. I have a couple other power stroke trucks and the factory air boxes just don't hold up. They have been know to fail and ingest much more dirt than the turbos can handle. I also wanted to delete(relocate to vent behind the rear axle) the factory Crank case vent that can fill the turbo with oily grime which reduces air flow and performance. I'm only into this intake setup for less than 300 bucks. I should also see cooler egts with this setup as i'm no longer sucking in the hot engine bay air. another future mod that i am planning is to put a water to air charge air cooler in the location of the old airbox. I may not need it but that would be a huge improvement in both MPG's and EGT's. I haven't put too many miles on it yet and the design may change, but as you see it now it is performing very well. I will give an update in a few months as to how it is working.
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Old 03-28-2019, 10:43 AM   #33
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Making lots of progress lately. i got half the vinyl flooring installed, welded up a few holes in the body, and got the thing on the road for a short drive. everything feels great. My air intake box and tubing seems to work very well. I am prepping for paint today to hopefully get it painted this weekend. I decided to go with rustoleum light machine gray. I dont want it to stand out too much. Ill post some pics when I get them.
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Old 04-01-2019, 07:50 AM   #34
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Got my bus painted this weekend. I was a little worried about the process because I have never painted a vehicle before but, I was able to get it masked and sprayed on saturday. Took about 22 man hours between my brother and myself. The prep work was a real hassle, so many windows and trim. I think it came out great. I went with a Rustoleum light machine gray enamel paint. It is relatively easy to work with but the second coat was a little finicky.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:02 AM   #35
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Looks great. Prep is a pita but its the only way to get a great result.
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:29 AM   #36
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yeah we sanded everything with 220 on DA sander then washed it with dish soap then wiped it with acetone. After sanding, it looked like i got into a fight with chester cheetah in a cheetos factory...
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yeah we sanded everything with 220 on DA sander then washed it with dish soap then wiped it with acetone. After sanding, it looked like i got into a fight with chester cheetah in a cheetos factory...
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Old 04-01-2019, 08:48 AM   #38
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hahaha exactly
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:13 AM   #39
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Got my bus painted this weekend. I was a little worried about the process because I have never painted a vehicle before but, I was able to get it masked and sprayed on saturday. Took about 22 man hours between my brother and myself. The prep work was a real hassle, so many windows and trim. I think it came out great. I went with a Rustoleum light machine gray enamel paint. It is relatively easy to work with but the second coat was a little finicky.

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Old 04-01-2019, 10:23 AM   #40
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I was going to buy one of those. But I didn't see a need for it other than this one job... Looking back the cost would have been well worth it.
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