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Pipercross Airbox

PostPost by: adigra » Mon Jul 20, 2009 3:40 pm

Regards to all. I know airboxes have been debated before on the forums and searching the archives has been hugely educational. But I wanted to know if anyone here has used one of the new Pipercross airboxes.

http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?cls=MSPORT&pcode=P/CC6000

Visually at least the design of the box suggests that the breathing at the back of it would be improved, curing the main issue with the OE box. I am more curious than seriously considering fitting one, but my round type box is in need of TLC so the whole issue has been on my mind.

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PostPost by: bcmc33 » Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:10 pm

Adi,

I thought of buying one of these to replace ITG socks that were on the car when I bought it.

However, when you look at the backplate closely, the forward fixing tab is quite high and unless you have a bulge type bonnet, I think it fouls.

I obtained a very poor looking +2 airbox from eBay and cut and carved it to suit my needs.
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I cut the body down it?s length and glassed it to a parallel shape which is all you need to do with your existing box to resolve the #4 breathing concern.

A cover of FG tissue on the outside followed by a little rub down and a coating of semi-gloss paint and you have a professional looking job for little more than a tenner.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Mon Jul 20, 2009 7:42 pm

I have one. I have strombergs. Works great. All plugs nice and brown. I do have the bulge, but I don't think that is where it hits. All I did was bend down the first tab and no issues whatsoever. Dan S4 Federal
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PostPost by: Barney » Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:09 pm

Adi,
Just sent you a pm.
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PostPost by: adigra » Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:52 pm

Brian, that's a really good idea. My father in law, who has an S4 and a Sprint, and I have been debating the whole airbox issue this week after we realised our three cars each had different kinds. I think I'll order a spare box and we'll do exactly what you suggest and try it out. Thanks.

Dan, thanks for that. It's good to know someone has tried it as it seemed like a decent solution, certainly much quieter than socks.

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PostPost by: richard sprint » Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:48 pm

Brian

Another mod to feed my curious mind!

Would you mind explaining further what and how? have still to renovate my box...

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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:29 pm

Hi Whats the difference then between using the 600 series airbox, quoted at ?189 for the info I supplied and this one: http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/products/ ... e=P/CC6001
Seems like a replacememt for the airbox altogether with filter built in, for ?57?

Be interested to know anyone has used this.
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:43 pm

That's the one I used. I think that price is just for the filter, you also need the back plate.

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PostPost by: bcmc33 » Tue Jul 21, 2009 2:43 pm

Jeff,

The one you've shown is a foam filter type - the one highlighted by Adi is a direct replacement for the standard hard air box that is fed by tube from the nose area.

With the foam type you will get all the induction noise - which some people really like.
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PostPost by: adigra » Tue Jul 21, 2009 3:49 pm

Yes, that is an interesting alternative as well, very neat looking. But the noise is a concern for me as my wife and I are planning some touring in the car. Not that it's ever quiet in an Elan, but every little bit helps...
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PostPost by: Leo Leentvaar » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:02 pm

Noise in an Elan, unheard of??
cheap way out would be buying the missus a set of ear plugs :mrgreen:
(sorry, could not resist to chime in). Have fun on the trip
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PostPost by: collins_dan » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:07 pm

I can't hear the induction noise over the exhaust noise. Why I installed a radio, I'll never know. Dan
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PostPost by: adigra » Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:25 pm

I know, I know, :oops: you guys are entirely right, but every little excuse helps! My wife is already very much used to noisy cars though, our old Mini Cooper S was like an airplane on takeoff. I try not to remind her of that...
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PostPost by: jon1986eac » Sat Jul 25, 2009 7:42 am

I have just bought one and it is a nicely made bit of kit but it wont fit in my S3 so I will have to send it back. I might well fit in a +2.

adigra wrote:Regards to all. I know airboxes have been debated before on the forums and searching the archives has been hugely educational. But I wanted to know if anyone here has used one of the new Pipercross airboxes.

http://www.demon-tweeks.co.uk/products/ProductDetail.asp?cls=MSPORT&pcode=P/CC6000

Visually at least the design of the box suggests that the breathing at the back of it would be improved, curing the main issue with the OE box. I am more curious than seriously considering fitting one, but my round type box is in need of TLC so the whole issue has been on my mind.

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PostPost by: collins_dan » Sat Jul 25, 2009 1:14 pm

I used the PX500

http://www.pipercross.net/competition/p ... _px500.asp

and it bolted right on. I have an S4, but the bump was irrelevant as the dome doesn't align it. I did need to bend back the front most tab, but still works fine.

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