Hello Everyone thought I would post this little mod I did yesterday. When ever off-roading I have always notices a clucking noise coming from the engine bay and I always took to it as being my hood rod dealio thingy (technical term) so on my trip to Anza Borrego this past weekend I removed it completely. The second I hit washboard I noticed that the noise was still there so when I went back into my hood to investigate I realized it was my K&N air filter smashing against the bottom part of my fender/ wheel well :bounce:, because that little bracket they have you mount it to is not quite strong enough for that MASSIVE filter and now has a hairline crack in it.
Sooo my temporary fix for the rest of the trip was a piece of string keeping it suspended which did nicely. Then yesterday I went down to Lowes and went shopping for reenforcement. I ended up buying:
1 pack of four 2.5in L brackets 4$ (ya four because NOOOO they can't sell them individually)
1 1in by 3 foot thing of thick aluminum 5$
All the hardware needed to bolt things together 2-3 $
Here was the result
What I did was measured down on the airbox how high I wanted the filter then drilled two holes in the airbox to hold the bracket. Then took the aluminum rod, cut it close to size and drilled a hole in it just large enough to fit the bolt that goes into the bottom of the airtube. Marked down the length onto the bracket. Cut the aluminum down to size and drilled a second hole in it to mount to the new L Bracket. Then when putting it together i bought a longer bolt for the bottom of that airtube to accommodate both brace's and lock tight the crap out of everything. One quick coat of Black paint because I wouldn't have it any other way and now it is twice the strength and is not able to touch any part of the body.