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    Thread: How To: Swiss Cheese. (Maybe I should post this in DIY?)

    1. 02-06-2007 09:03 AM #1
      So I saw that there wasn't an actual tut on how to Swiss Cheese your air filter, like a GOOD one, one for people who have no idea what to do. Not just a picture and be like "DRILL HOLES THEN PUT IT BACK IN AND YOUR DONE! WOO!" Hope this can help others, since I couldn't find a tut on it.
      Also Once your done or want to hear what it sounds like heres a link of me driving after I was done: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFfdyORaWiA
      Keep in mind this is a BARE Stock Golf. No K&N Filter either. I think its Fram haha.
      Materials needed:
      1. Flat head screwdriver
      2. Phillips Screwdriver (Optional I didn't use one)
      3. Latex Gloves (To help keep a lot of grease off your hands :])
      4. Electrical Drill
      5. 1in Drill bit (I'm sure you can use any size, just make sure its big.)
      6. Broom (To clean up all those stupid shavings)
      7. Some type of Cleaning product (If you wanna clean stuff off while its off ;])

      Step 1:
      What you want to do is take this clips off. Theres on on the front and rear of the filter.

      Step 2:
      Not a real problem at the moment, but you can take these rubber bands off their clips.

      Step 3:
      Take off the little diagnostic thing and the two small pipes going into the right of it. Just wiggle those out. And before lifting off the top piece, make sure to unscrew the intake pipe. Up top (second pic)


      Step 4:
      I had some oil inside mine, I just wiped it off. I'm sure someone here could tell me the reason this happened, it didn't seem like a big problem to me, so I just moved on. I took the top and cleaned it a bit.

      Step 5:
      Simple, Just pull out the air filter (If you have a K&N and its dirty, wash it.)

      Step 6:
      Move all the top wires and misc things out of the way, just tuck them under something.

      Step 7:
      1. Small tube connected to the lower half of the Box
      2. Small clip also connected to the lower half.
      3. A small rubber seal that just slides on and off of where it stays. (Its easy to just take that flat head and push it off. Putting it back on is easy.)
      Take all this stuff off and take the lower half out aswell.


      Step 8:
      Grab Drill and Bit.

      Warning: Careful with the bit. I almost tore a hole into my own hand.
      Step 9:
      Start drilling holes into random or more uniformed (Like mine is sorta) holes. Stay clear of the reinforcement struts on the sides, it gives the box structure and support. If you WANT I've seen people drill holes in those too. Just don't ruin anything that goes back on or you still need.
      Step 10:
      Enjoy that Drill and bit a while more. (IE: Drill into random pieces of wood, metal, plastic, ect.) Careful not to drink when doing this. Could turn out bad
      Step 11:
      Admire your destruction.

      Step 12:
      Begin rebuild/Re-put-the-hell-back-together. Don't forget to put everything back where its supposed to go. Those rubber bands and the little pipe things. And finally the top half goes back on make sure everything is on good and tight.




      I hope this tut helped. I'm afraid I don't know all the TECHNICAL terms for things, but this should be helpful to all people. No matter how much you know about VWs.
      If this needs to be moved to DIY, I'll do that. But for right now. Hope you guys think my Tut was satisfactory. If theres a better way to do this, please tell me :] I'll edit the post and refer those to others suggestions as well.

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    3. 02-06-2007 09:16 AM #2
      Also do NOT drill holes in the TOP of the air filter, That would ruin the air filter completely.

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      02-06-2007 09:19 AM #3
      Go gloves!

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      02-06-2007 09:19 AM #4
      i havent been up in manteca for like a year.
      "Make it ghetto, make it gangsta."
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    7. 02-06-2007 09:22 AM #5
      :] I like Manteca. been here for about 13 years. Can't complain. I havn't been to Huntington Beach in about 8 years.

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      02-06-2007 09:25 AM #6
      i know like 20 people that live in that city... thats like half the people!
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    9. 02-06-2007 09:28 AM #7
      Haha what are you talkin about we have a good 56k people here now :] We're growing like mad. Its crazy. Still can't find a job worth **** though D:

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      02-06-2007 09:31 AM #8
      oh yah, i heard about that, everybody from the bay moving east. thats cool i guess. it'll always seem like a sleepy little town to me. but i kind of liked it that way. nice little place for a vacation and to chill.

      time for work.
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    11. 02-06-2007 09:34 AM #9
      I loved it when it was still small. And now its so big and its practically a CITY now! Its scary. But we got a Home Depot, Fatty Target, Kohls, PetSmart, Circuit City and such now. So we're finally gettin all the "brand named" stores, but in that same hand, houses are being built everywhere =(
      Time for sleep. I've been up all night its 6:30am haha :]

    12. 02-06-2007 09:41 AM #10
      hmm ive got an oil stain at the same place on my filter... wonder where that is from

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      02-06-2007 09:44 AM #11
      What is that valve for in the airbox, i have the same thing and it just hooks up to the front of my engine which puts out hot air?

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      02-06-2007 10:04 AM #12
      Quote, originally posted by Shades »
      Also do NOT drill holes in the TOP of the air filter, That would ruin the air filter completely.

      Also do NOT drill holes in FILTER at all, That would ruin the air filter completely.
      You drill them in the box.
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    15. 02-06-2007 10:05 AM #13
      Quote, originally posted by JarrettJettaVR6 »
      Also do NOT drill holes in FILTER at all, That would ruin the air filter completely.
      You drill them in the box.

      damn... i guess i need a new airfilter then

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      02-06-2007 10:20 AM #14
      what's swiss cheesing good for? take it easy on the replies... cuz i'm ready to take it one at a time

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      02-06-2007 10:27 AM #15
      i just drilled holes in the manifold , i hear massive vacuum leaks give huge horsepower

      Nice DIY btw

    18. 02-06-2007 10:30 AM #16

      more air.... in, less heat.... out

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      02-06-2007 10:34 AM #17
      Noise... mostly.
      Increased airflow a bit buti reckon the actual gains are negligible.

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      02-06-2007 10:37 AM #18
      If you wanted to go all out on it..
      1)Cut out sections on the fender side with a dremel instead of drilling holes in it.
      2) Remove the intake cover in the fender and oem snorkel on the front of the airbox and replace with a larger diameter pipe, appliance hose, or just leave everything off. Up to you.
      3.Remove the hot air flapper on the inside of the box. Pops right out, and plug the vacuum line inside.
      4. Cap off the lower rear hole where the heater hose once went.
      5. For the hardcores..you can smooth the ribs on the the top half of the airbox.
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      I think they require fresh oil squeezed from a live dinosaur. It's the only way.

    21. 02-06-2007 10:37 AM #19
      Quote, originally posted by Sp00n »
      Noise... mostly.

      sure

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      02-06-2007 02:04 PM #20
      hehe congrats on the air filter thing hun!
      I just got a k&n and took out the silencer
      so that plus my exhuast makes my car sound burly it growls at you i love it!
      Now, take that lovely mk3 of yours and drive your ass up here!!!!

    23. 02-06-2007 02:10 PM #21
      Quote, originally posted by Sp00n »
      What is that valve for in the airbox, i have the same thing and it just hooks up to the front of my engine which puts out hot air?

      It's so the engine will breathe in warmer air while it's trying to warm up on a cold day.

    24. 02-06-2007 02:30 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Sp00n »
      Noise... mostly.
      Increased airflow a bit buti reckon the actual gains are negligible.


      x 2 its so not worth the effort, and the sound of a cai or drilled out box with a stock exhaust reminds me of a 15 yo with a stock ricy honda and a pvc cold air intake.

      do an exhaust you'll like the sound more and people wont point and laugh as often.

    25. 02-06-2007 02:44 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by Shades »
      :] I like Manteca. been here for about 13 years. Can't complain. I havn't been to Huntington Beach in about 8 years.

      Drill goes in like butter

      And if youre putting holes in the filter, may I suggest replacing your airbox with one of these

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      02-06-2007 02:47 PM #24
      does that make any difference at all?.... y not just get a fken cone filter and put that on?

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      02-06-2007 02:49 PM #25
      cuz swiss cheesing is usually cheaper. but i have a cone filter.
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