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Old 06-15-2021, 01:21 PM   #1
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Exclamation Moving Air Cleaner from Cabin

I need to move my Air cleaner out of the back of my RE 2003 Bluebird.

I have done most of the thinking and planning for how to do it but before I go for it I was hoping to talk with someone else who has done it or has knowledge of doing this. I want to make sure I don't mess this up or miss key considerations. Anyone have photos or a video of how they did it? How did it work out? Anything to make it easier? Must consider etc...




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Old 06-16-2021, 12:21 AM   #2
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Really simplistically, I think as long as the air cleaner has access to the appropriate amount of air, and isn't located too far from it's original placement, then moving it in general would be fine.

My completely non-engineering based concern with how far you place the air cleaner from the engine is thinking air flow, currents, etc., reducing the amount of air available.

The thing I'm noticing about the OEM placement is the height of the air cleaner. I'm assuming this is to avoid as much crud kicked up from the road. More crud, less air, more frequent air cleaner changes, etc..

I'm wondering if you can determine the amount of air flow that the air cleaner needs to allow through and use a different shaped air filter that will allow you to keep the air filter intake where it is, but use a larger, flatter air filter. This way, you could greatly reduce the space taken up by the (assuming) cylindrical air filter chamber.

Just thinking outside of the box.
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:09 AM   #3
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Another benefit to pulling the air from higher up is that the air will be cooler than down by the asphalt. Take that into consideration when relocating the breather. Higher is better!
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Old 06-16-2021, 08:22 AM   #4
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I built around that in my RE. If you aren't doing the master bed across the cabin you should just leave it there.

There's a reason why the engineers put the air cleaner up there. Any lower and it's going to be constantly clogged with dirt and water. Good way to ruin an engine.
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