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This is a discussion on Bellow problems within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I am having the hardest time getting this SLP smooth bellow to fit on the throtle body. Any body experienced ...

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    I am having the hardest time getting this SLP smooth bellow to fit on the throtle body. Any body experienced the same thing? I have an SLP lid and this sould have been an easy swap.

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    it may require some trimming. My bellows was a little too long and I had to trim it shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    it may require some trimming. My bellows was a little too long and I had to trim it shorter.
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    mine went on with no trouble at all but my buddy and I had to trim quite a bit to get his right.

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    Yup. Same here...trim trim trim.

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    yesh yesh, trim like an 1/8" off and it will fit much better

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    Yeah I had a little trouble with this. Being a single bald man, I didn't have a hair dryer available to try to heat it. That's the first thing you should try if you can. I actually poured near boiling water over it to heat/expand it and then I was able get it on.

    I think it may need some trimming as well. My lid is sitting a little high and I think it's because the bellows is keeping it high and not letting it settle flush against the airbox. Something else to look for...


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    Actually as I type this and remember, I think I had to heat it to get it over the lid connector, and the TB wasn't an issue. But either way, try some heat to expand that bad boy...

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    thanks everyone for the advise. I cut a 1/4 inch off both sides & cut three 1/8 inch slits on the TB side so I could get it around it. Fits great now & looks great also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmalgar View Post
    Yeah I had a little trouble with this. Being a single bald man, I didn't have a hair dryer available to try to heat it. That's the first thing you should try if you can. I actually poured near boiling water over it to heat/expand it and then I was able get it on.

    I think it may need some trimming as well. My lid is sitting a little high and I think it's because the bellows is keeping it high and not letting it settle flush against the airbox. Something else to look for...


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    Actually as I type this and remember, I think I had to heat it to get it over the lid connector, and the TB wasn't an issue. But either way, try some heat to expand that bad boy...
    Had the same problem with mine, trimmed and f**ked around with it for hours. I made shims for my lid to press it down properly and it still didn't fit worth shit. I know all our cars are different but mine definately didn't take the smooth bellow well... it pushed the lid up so much that the tabs are actually perma-bent and even have a few tears.

    Long story short, I now have a bitched SLP lid, and a useless smooth bellow sitting in the corner of my garage... worse 60$ I ever spent.

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    I have seen alot of negetive comments around this site about SLP products. I always wondered why but now im starting to see it. Long time ago... I tried to buy a smooth bellow off ebay & the lady sent me a regular piece of rubber tubing from home depot. Totally did not fit & fought with her about getting my money back but never did & got negetive feedback. Thats been my only bad experience with ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tampa T/A View Post
    thanks everyone for the advise. I cut a 1/4 inch off both sides & cut three 1/8 inch slits on the TB side so I could get it around it. Fits great now & looks great also.
    slp is funny, why dont they just make the damn thing that size so people dont have to trim it

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    Quote Originally Posted by godless-phoenix View Post
    slp is funny, why dont they just make the damn thing that size so people dont have to trim it
    My guess would be every car is a little different, tolerance wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    My guess would be every car is a little different, tolerance wise.
    good point, cause sum people dont even have to trim it and it fits fine...me personally, i went back to the stock bellow after tried out the slp, it flex's more and helps any airlid fit better. its just not worth spending $60+ on a piece of rubber that might give you 2 extra horses imo

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    Quote Originally Posted by godless-phoenix View Post
    good point, cause sum people dont even have to trim it and it fits fine...me personally, i went back to the stock bellow after tried out the slp, it flex's more and helps any airlid fit better. its just not worth spending $60+ on a piece of rubber that might give you 2 extra horses imo
    I also put the accordion style OEM bellows back on my car. I use the SLP bellows as a beer holder in the garage.

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    My fernco plumbing bellow fit just fine, no trimming. Oh and it cost me like $10. lol SUCKERS

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    You can't put a price on keeping your beer from spilling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by godless-phoenix View Post
    me personally, i went back to the stock bellow after tried out the slp, it flex's more and helps any airlid fit better. its just not worth spending $60+ on a piece of rubber that might give you 2 extra horses imo
    Yeah I realized afterward that the accordian bellows served that useful purpose. I've been thinking of going back to mine as well, because my tabs are starting to buckle as well, like the other guy above said. But hey, it's a learning experience...

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    SLP Smooth bellows = appearance mod. Horsepower gain most likely equals 0
    Also it might fit better without the ram air lower box then with it...also its meant to fit more then just the SLP lid and stock TB. I'm way more ticked off about the cheap plastic the lid is made of. those tabs bend way too easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    I'm way more ticked off about the cheap plastic the lid is made of. those tabs bend way too easy.
    Amen, brother!

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    Had to trim mine to make it fit, quite a bit of trimming actually.

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