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Old 09-08-2003, 04:44   #1 (permalink)
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XH Snorkel and Air Filter Question

Hey.
I've been reading about the XH snorkel modification on fordmods. I'd ask there but those guys are scary. :) So a few things I'd like to know from any one who has done it or has seen it. On the ED the snorkel runs between 2 raised points where it is fastened. With the XH snorkel being wider how does it fit into this area? Or does it just run over the top of this area?
Is there a worthwhile benefit associated with this mod?

Also are the 'sports air filters' like the K&N ones etc worth the money? What is their function? just more air flow? any noise?
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Old 09-08-2003, 05:52   #2 (permalink)
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XH snorkel

I've done this mod and the following:-

XH snorkle - IMO don't bother unless you are just after the looks.
The minimum cross sectional area of the XH snorkle is the same as the original ED snorkle. The volume of the ED snorkle is actually greater. In theory, the flow through the ED snorkle would be better than the XH one. There was no gain I could detect (it was $26 not well spent).
Anyway, to fit it you will need to cut off the mounting sections (where the ED snorkle is mounted) off the radiator shroud. It will just sit in place, no need to secure it down. I have EF thermos fitted in my ED so no issue for me. (PS next mod I am thinking on is an EL intake manifold into my ED - better low end torque and slight top end improvement).

K&N filter - definitely an improvement (per my ED XR6, previous AU XR6 VCT and current XR8). They do deliver better airflow.
Note that you will need to clean the filter regularly, say, every 2 months dependant on conditions. No more noisy than a standard filter. You will feel an improvement in suction if you choose to swap filters back and forth enough times.

Airflow improvement - best improvement I have found has been from fitting the EA/EB MPFI flex tube. This is the one than goes from the throttle body to the bottom of the aircleaner box. The original ED one has a venturi integral in the airbox end of the hose and is about 40% smaller at the airbox end. The EA/EB one is the same diameter as the thottle body at both ends.
Fitting the earlier one delivers a definite improvement, one can feel the extra suction, is a tad more noisy but not by much.
They are fairly readily available from the wreckers (I paid $10).
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