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    Ram Air Hood Baffle Removal Mod

    Does anyone have detailed instructions on how to do this mod? is it worth it?

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    Worth it, probably not.
    Ease of doing it, very.

    Open hood, look for the rivets, drill out rivets and remove baffles carefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orcus79 View Post
    Worth it, probably not.
    Ease of doing it, very.

    Open hood, look for the rivets, drill out rivets and remove baffles carefully.
    What did you fill the rivets in with?

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    Left em open, it was done by a past owner, the holes are not that big. Give the paint a buff and you won't even notice them.

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    If you are concerned with the holes, throw some new rivets back in the holes. It will look just like it does now!


    But I would leave them open as well.



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    I removed the inner baffle, so that there is one left in the front to keep the rain out. So basically the air comes in, goes under the first baffle, and goes into the air box.

    No sense in having double baffles though, the more cool outside air coming into the air box, the better.

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    i took mine out since i dont drive in the rain. just drill out the rivets and pull them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen02ws6 View Post
    i took mine out since i dont drive in the rain. just drill out the rivets and pull them out.
    i live in Southeastern VA, so you never know when to really expect rain. I have the K&N Filter, so Hopefully rain wont be a big deal. Do you think it would hurt to take bothe baffles out? What size drill bit did you use to make the smallest hole possible?

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    dont think it would be a big deal. some other people drive around in the rain with them out. i just drilled out the center of the rivets and they come apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen02ws6 View Post
    dont think it would be a big deal. some other people drive around in the rain with them out. i just drilled out the center of the rivets and they come apart.
    what size drill bit did you use?

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    i dont remember

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtreme_rob View Post
    what size drill bit did you use?
    Doesnt matter. Something kinda big. You just need to drill the head of the rivet off so it doesnt hold the baffle in anymore. The front two are glued in so they will take some persuasion to get out. I used a rag, put in the hood scoop and used the end of a hammer and just pushed till the broke loose.

    I took all of them out, have driven in the rain plenty of times, even torrential downpours and have not seen any problems what so ever. I have an SLP lid and a K&N filter. I even checked the inside of the lid and top of the filter after rain and they were dry as a bone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtreme_rob View Post
    what size drill bit did you use?
    1/16"

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    How much of a difference does it make to take out the baffles, is it noticeable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k dog 33 View Post
    How much of a difference does it make to take out the baffles, is it noticeable?
    Even if it gave you 1 or 2 horsepower, you're not going to actually feel a night and day difference. But it never hurts to have that extra cooler outside air coming in and being directed at the air lid

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    thanks

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