I've been sitting on this vent since i had my 1st gen. It's 1 of 2 hood vents from a 3rd gen Firebird. I used the other in the fiberglass hood of my 1st gen and this 1 was left over. The car's up to 168,000+ so i figured now is a good a time as any to start cutting large holes in it. My cone filter sits right behind this spot, but is still protected by the outer wall of the battery box. No water can get to it, but the air has a path directy from this opening to the filter. I'm not crazy about the screws, but they're stainless and all i had in the garage when i decided to install this. I may change them out if i can find something more subtle.
Larger pic can be found on my Cardomain site.
Just doing this side: 1) it's only functional on this side (no need to cool the windshield wiper fluid)
2) i only had 1 left over anyways.
The touch up paint is a good idea...too bad Onyx Green is impossible to find touch up paint for. I might be able to black them out though with a touch up pen. Good thinking!
Looks kinda like fish/shark gills.. I Cant knock it though ..good idea in creating something more functional for the air filter.. Personally I might have went with something more subtle like M3 fender vents ($8/pair on ebay) ..Nice work though.. You going to mold it into the bumper?.. BTW how's that bedliner job holding up ?
Not looking to mold it into the bumper. It's ABS plastic and flexes far too much to try to do any type of filler. The vent is flanged so it's really meant to sit on top of the mounting surface.
Bedliner job is holding up really well. Winter, rocks, bugs...nothing's made a dent in it yet. I'm really happy with how it looks. Have even had a couple friends follow my lead and have used it on their vehicles as well. Should look really good once i get my freshly painted Charger wheels put on there too.
Personally I think it's a great idea. I was talking with one of our master techs that said the whole idea behind the K&N filter is to get large amounts of cool air into the intake. But for our cars when we install just the filter without some kind of sheild (thus reducing heat and by proxy air volume) we aren't really doing anything except adding a cool intake sound. We'll get some benefit but not the max. benefit.
Really good idea! Maybe I'll have to see about getting a vent of some kind and work on a ram-air type system.