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hubbman 10-04-2012 07:20 PM

Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
Hello all,

I have a new 2012 SRT8 with a Hennessy CAI.

I'm in the process of making a cooling duct for this CAI to feed some much needed cool air up to the filter. I have good design in mind, but I'm looking at the driver side air vent (the one with the silver surround) and I'm wondering of someone here can tell me how to remove it so that I can install a intake duct bracket in the center of it? Does it pull straight out, or do I need to release a clip from the rear that I cant see?

Thanks!

Scottina06 10-04-2012 09:46 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
each piece has a 2 clips on the side closest to the center of the vehicle. Use a body trim stick removal tool to remove. Stick the tool between the chrome piece and the black painted portion of the lower bumper and release each clip. They will then pull out. The trim removal tools can be found at body shop supply stores etc.

hubbman 10-06-2012 05:35 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? Mod Complete!
 
Thanks Scott!

I just finished the CAI duct project yesterday and I'm painting the bezel surrounds now to match the pearl black. I'll post pics of the install tomorrow.

Really happy with the results, it pushes a ton of cool air directly into the Hennessy filter as well as the engine bay. Also, I must admit the aircraft duct I installed in the front lower vent looks very cool, sort of a functional/industrial style!

I'll also post a link to the parts used in case others want to give this a try. The install took about 2.5-3 hrs (excluding painting) and cost under 100 bucks!

This is a good solution for those who don't want to go the Bwoody rout which requires the relocation of the washer fluid reservoir in order to get the filter in front of cold air. Instead, this solution brings the cold air to the filter.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Scottina06 (Post 692667)
each piece has a 2 clips on the side closest to the center of the vehicle. Use a body trim stick removal tool to remove. Stick the tool between the chrome piece and the black painted portion of the lower bumper and release each clip. They will then pull out. The trim removal tools can be found at body shop supply stores etc.


Scottina06 10-06-2012 08:33 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
COOL! I take it your front vents came out easy?

hubbman 10-07-2012 09:12 PM

PICS of CAI Duct Modification!!!
 
Alright, first things first. Here is a list of the parts used:

From Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

(2) 2.5" Alum Flange (Part# 10350-10)
3 feet SCEET-10 Ducting 2 1/2" dia. (Part#05-30610)
(2) hose clamps

You will also need a Dremmel Tool with a sanding wheel to cut a perfect 2.5" hole in the lower right vent (pics should make this clear!)

-A drill
-1/8" drill bit
-(3) 1" 6mmAllen Bolts w/locking nuts and 1/2" washers (these are for sandwich mounting the flange to the lower vent)

Pics:

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...csEdited-8.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...PicsEdited.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...csEdited-3.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...csEdited-6.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...csEdited-5.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/...csEdited-7.jpg

Scottina06 10-07-2012 09:29 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
nice mod!

mlarco52 10-07-2012 09:33 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
Looks good, maybe spray it black so it doesn't stick out so much? But great work!

CMil527 10-07-2012 09:43 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mlarco52 (Post 693780)
Looks good, maybe spray it black so it doesn't stick out so much? But great work!

+1... great work though!

hubbman 10-08-2012 01:37 AM

Re: The latest mod...
 
Thanks for the feedback! As far as the color of the duct, I think I actually like the satin aluminum look. Perhaps I'll change it later, but for now I'm gonna keep it the way it is.

Kadonny 10-08-2012 08:51 AM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
Damn, I like that! Good work hubbman. So how does the SRT feel after throwing more cold air up to the filter? Butt dyno feel any difference?

hubbman 10-08-2012 02:20 PM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Kadonny (Post 693934)
Damn, I like that! Good work hubbman. So how does the SRT feel after throwing more cold air up to the filter? Butt dyno feel any difference?


You know what... YES, I can feel a bit more pep in the pedal response, no doubt. I'm really skeptical of this sort of thing, but damn it, I do feel that the SRT is running better now!

Pretty cool.....

Kadonny 10-09-2012 07:54 AM

Re: Removing front vents??? HELP!!!
 
I might have to do this, really. So can you give me any pics of how the vents come off? I'm afraid of snapping them when trying to remove.

Thanks, I love this mod. How did you fasten the tubing to make is stay where you wanted it? Zip ties or wire ties?


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