A Personal Site by Richard Lin aka OctaneGuy | Friday, June 23, 2006
On Saturday, July 24,
2004, I took the plunge and installed a second hand Moss MINI Intake that I bought off a NAM member for $75 (incl shipping). It's one of the best under $100 mods I've spent on my MINI, next to my $50 Elbow Landing Device!
Please use this walk-through to help familiarize yourself before you attempt the installation, and also as a guide when viewing the Moss PDF.
You can see I started at 3:47 PM and finished by 4:54PM. This being my first time, I was very hesitant, and really took my time. I'm sure an experienced mechanic could have done it in 20 minutes or less. I set up a portable card table and laid out all my tools and parts.
1 & 2. Removing the Air Box involves removing the Air Box Filter Lid, then the hose that attaches it to the Throttle Body, and finally the Air Box Filter Box Bottom. But removing the hose from the Throttle Body requires you to jam a screw driver and pry as best as you can the ring clamp that holds that hose on! There is a plastic plug in the way, and you need to make sure you don't pry against that otherwise you will damage it. It's also difficult because you only have access from the front side. So try pulling on the hose as you pry it to see if it can come loose. At some point, you can lift the hose out, and access the other side of the throttle body, and pry that off as well. Once you're at that stage, you're almost home free.
3. Unscrew Air Box Lid and pull cover away
4. Remove plastic connector, and begin prying away!!! Be careful though! Don't break anything!
Once you have removed the hose, you will see the throttle body! It's beautiful!!!!
Awww, see the scratches on the housing to the center of the picture? That's what happened during the prying. Oh well.
Here is the Air Box Lid removed and I'm about to remove the Air Filter
5. Ewwwww!! What's that? A feather? Dead insects! Tree parts! Poo poo??? Ewwwww
6. Continue and remove the 2 screws holding the Air Box lid down.
7. Now I'm removing a bolt from the Transmission Mount.
And now I'm test fitting the new intake hose
And Voila! It's all finished! Just added the Intake Filter and it's done!