The slightly temporary induction setup I made with the ITG carbon fibre air box and filter was doing OK but I wanted to do something a bit better so I came back to it with a fresh pair of eyes and some better access.
For the better access I needed to remove the wheel arch liner which, predictably, was not going to be a quick unbolting removal.
I already tried and failed to undo these bolts so I went for the cutting the heads off option instead.
With this and some water to help keep the bolt cool. I also ground off just a bit at a time to prevent melting the plastic arch or bodywork.
Just enough ground back for the bolt to pop through.
What I found behind the arch liner. A decent weight saving to be made by removing that pile!
The arch liner out of the way.
I have one of the Elise Parts cones that attaches to the inside of the side air inlet. This plastic bit needs to go, for it to fit.
After getting all the various spare bits of hoses out again I came up with this plan.
This way the inlet trumpet on the air box could be aimed in the direction of the side air inlet.
So what I needed was a couple of silicone bends. I ordered a 45 and a 90 degree bend.
They needed some trimming down. This is the best way I’ve found for getting a neat cut on a silicone hose.
Some pipe, about the right diameter, with a good flat edge placed inside the hose and a hose clamp round the outside both lined up to where you want to make the cut. Then a good sharp knife run carefully round.
This usually results in a nice clean cut.
To get the ITG air box and inlet trumpet where I wanted it I had to remove the original air box bracket. The problem is this also holds the fuel filter so it had to go back in some form plus I always prefer to make modifications that are reversible if at all possible. So I just removed a section of the bracket meaning it could be refitted for the fuel filter and the original air box and filter could be refitted if I or anyone else wanted to in the future.
The inlet trumpet can now fit through the gap.
Fairly happy with the fit though it’s all quite tight. Should be fine but I’ll keep an eye on it as I do with most things.
Arch liner back in and wheel back on. Time for some more driving.