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  1. Now the ugly close ups. . Here you can see just how messy the RTV is. It is very difficult to work with and it gets everywhere. After I attach the Bottom Half Patch with Clecos, I use a heat gun to hand form the patch for a precise fit. What happens is the stretched ABS shrinks when heated, and the nice straight lines end up looking like this,. or worse... No worries though, as it will never be seen, because it will be hidden under the insulation. This is a good example of function before form.
  2. I have started to rivet and glue the Bottom Half together. The black RTV is messy as heck, but I believe it is the best adhesive to use because it is flexible, heat resistant, waterproof, and will create an air tight seal that should last for years. You can see just how messy the RTV is on the bottom right of this photo. The cosmetics of the patch don't matter as much as getting a good air tight seal.
  3. I have not set a price yet, but it won't be long now This air box fits the 2015 to 2018 2.7 Edge. I am working to fit the ST as well coming soon. .
  4. The Bottom Half has water drain holes in it , and the small air gap where the snorkel fits will also allow water to drain if it ever gets into the system . As the V3 uses the stock OEM route for air it should be as safe as the OEM air box in regards to hydro locking. Even with the addition of the V2 and V3 together the air pathway is the same as stock so if you forge a river, and it floods the engine, it would have done the same if it was OEM stock. Now to answer the question of the Aux Air intake. Right now I am running the air intake hose above the left front tire. On top the finder liner and just below the the car hood. It is not the best place to get air, but it is easy enough to get to, requires little to no mods and does supply fresh air to the V3. The tip of the hose is above the tire so it would take a lot to have water reach it. If I were to use the punch out in the front bumper like snmjin did then a valve should be used to prevent hydrolock as the punch out is closer to the ground and splashing water can reach it when going through a foot or less of water. There is nothing better for reliability than stock. Car manufactures go to extremes to make their cars reliable no mater where they are used. The desert or the mountains the car will work great . The after market addresses this by making the car better for your individual needs. What is gained in one place is often at the expense of another area. Examples... the car is made faster, but milage went down. The car handles better, but the ride is stiffer. CAI systems are the exception to the rule, a well designed CAI can increase power and give better milage .. if you can control your lead foot. I hate this part but.... Now for the small print to save my beans from a litigious society . ... The V3 is a custom made race item, and is designed for track use only and not for use on the street . The V3 is defiantly not for off road adventures in the dirt, or for crossing rivers or streams. . The user assumes all liability in its use. The larger hole is the foot and need to be sealed. The small hole in the corner is for water to drain even if it is just condensation. There are 2 or 3 of these small drain holes in the Bottom Half.
  5. The gasket on the Snorkel Adaptor Plate does its job, but is not an exact fit. I feel I need to show the warts as well as the beauty. lol. I do not believe that these little air gaps will have any adverse effect on the performance of the V3. If they do bother you, then the snorkel could be sealed to the V3 with a little silicon RTV or even the insulation. To give an idea on how small the gap is, the bolt hole in the flange is a 1/4 in hole and it dwarfs the gap.
  6. This is how the Cleco fasteners are used, they allow me to pre assemble the parts and hold them in place. After assembly with the Clecos, I used the heat gun once more to form the patch to the bottom half.
  7. First the gasket is installed on the Snorkel Adaptor Plate, and then the snorkel is test fit before final assembly.
  8. Today I cut the elbows, and parts keep arriving. Cut to size, assembled, de-greased, and ready for welding. The Cleco fasteners and tool came in today, and will receive lots of use.
  9. onyxbfly, I will address your question shortly.
  10. Managed to do some work on the lower half today. I made the cutout for the Bottom Patch, and removed of all the excess parts. Lean and mean. Next step is to cutout the area for the Snorkel Adaptor. Test fitting the Bottom Patches, they are not attached yet.
  11. I must admit I am curious myself.
  12. Now that I know that the aluminum used in the elbows is good enough to pass my standards, I went and picked up enough to do all five V3s. Things are moving fast now, and I hope I can keep up the pace.
  13. Just returned from the welder and the elbows welded fine. That is great news as these elbows cost half as much as the ones I used to fabricate my Elbow Reducers. I just ordered enough of these mandrel bent elbows to build all ten Reducers. Tack welded the Sensor Brackets as well.
  14. No worries, every V3 is hand made to order, and because my operation is so small, it is no problem to accommodate any reasonable request.