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Installing an Aftermarket Air Filter
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Installing an Aftermarket Air Filter

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100 to $500

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips head screw driver, rags

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New after market air filter

Hot Tip:

Do not over oil the air filter

Performance Gain:

Freer breathing induction system

Complementary Modification:

Change cabin air filter

The early year GTI MkVs come with one of the most frustrating and difficult to service airbox/engine cover systems we have ever seen. Though it flows fine it leaves a very lacking induction sound. One of the first modifications most people make is to replace the stock air intake system with an aftermarket system. In this article we will install a Neuspeed system and while there are all kinds of options the basic installation is the same.

You will need to remove the old airbox/ engine cover (red arrow) first.
Figure 1

You will need to remove the old airbox/ engine cover (red arrow) first. Please see our article on replacing your air box.

The only part you will need to transfer from the old airbox is the MAF sensor.
Figure 2

The only part you will need to transfer from the old airbox is the MAF sensor. I like to install it into the new pipe as soon as I remove it from the old system, that way it is protected and less susceptible to damaging it. The film on the front edge of the sensor is very sensitive and you do not want any dirt, debris or chemicals getting on it.

The new intake system should consist of and intake pipe (red arrow, note MAF sensor installed) a mounting screw (blue arrow) an air filter and clamp (green arrow) and pipe to turbo hose with two clamps (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

The new intake system should consist of and intake pipe (red arrow, note MAF sensor installed) a mounting screw (blue arrow) an air filter and clamp (green arrow) and pipe to turbo hose with two clamps (yellow arrow).

Begin by installing the hose (red arrow) from the turbo (yellow arrow) to the intake pipe.
Figure 4

Begin by installing the hose (red arrow) from the turbo (yellow arrow) to the intake pipe. You will need to wiggle the hose down over the turbo intake (yellow arrow).

lay the intake pipe over the engine and install the pipe to the intake hose (yellow arrow).
Figure 5

lay the intake pipe over the engine and install the pipe to the intake hose (yellow arrow).

Tighten both clamps (red arrow).
Figure 6

Tighten both clamps (red arrow).

Install the single mounting screw to the pipe (red arrow).
Figure 7

Install the single mounting screw to the pipe (red arrow). The screw in our kit was a T20 Torx.

Install the air filter to the intake end of the pipe (red arrow) and tighten down the clamp (yellow arrow).
Figure 8

Install the air filter to the intake end of the pipe (red arrow) and tighten down the clamp (yellow arrow).

Plug the MAF sensor connector into the harness (red arrow).
Figure 9

Plug the MAF sensor connector into the harness (red arrow).

You now have a new intake pipe and filter.
Figure 10

You now have a new intake pipe and filter. It also allows easier access to components on the top of the engine.

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