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    Default Air filter with foam/sponge in front

    Hi Guys! I bought 2 years ago a 96 Viper GTS. I wanted to change the air filters on it and notice the air filter has a sponge that is glued on it. Is this necessary? Can I buy just two K&N filters without the sponge?
    Last edited by Rayvick; 09-21-2011 at 02:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Hey there Ray, Welcome to the VCA Forums. Update your profile by clicking on "MyProfile" or your username in the top left corner of the webpage then click on "About me"
    add your location and it will show up under your name
    Ya never know, you might have a knowlegable Viper owner nearby that would be able to look the car over for you.


    Are you talking about the small sponge(filter) in the corner at the entrance of the PCV breather hose. Or are you saying that there is a sponge glued into the airbox that covers the entire two filter areas (like 4"x8" or whatever)???

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Thanks! Did not have a chance to work on my profile yet. Will do it tonight!

    Everything is original on my Viper, and it's in the airbox with the 2 rectangle (seperate) air filters. The black sponge is glued directly to the paper air filters that you would buy in a store. Was this to prevent water from touching the air filters? Don't know!
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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Interesting. I have never seen the original stock filters. Someonelse should chime in though.

    This is what the current OEM Filter looks ike if you were to pick up from dealer:


    (pic courtesy of ViperPartsofAmerica.com)


    The K&N replaces the entire old filter so i would just yank what you've got.

    Also, be sure to replace your black corrugated inlet tubes with smoothtubes. These precut or formed pieces can be purchased from RoeRacing, PartsRack, ect...
    Or you can by the proper size silicone hose from your local tuner shop and cut yourself

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Thanks for the response.

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    Default sponge

    I do remember an aftermarket supplier selling 'sponge protection' air filters. It may have been Northwind Engineering.

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Thanks Roy, I really wanted to know if it was necessary to have the sponge in front of the air filter. It seems that nobody has it, so I'm happy not buying the foam.

    How do you insert a picture of your Viper in your profile ?

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayvick View Post
    How do you insert a picture of your Viper in your profile ?
    Unfortunately you can't as an Enthusiast, I think that change about 6 mo. ago

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Quote Originally Posted by Rayvick View Post

    How do you insert a picture of your Viper in your profile ?
    Join the VCA online here since you are from Canada.
    https://www.viperclub.org/join/

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Is this what your talking about?


    I have seen it in other threads before. From what I know you do not need the foam, just replace then with the K&N and call it a day.

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Mine was the same way here a video of changing mine.

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    Default Re: Air filter with foam/songe in front

    Think that was the original filter that came with the cars.

    Foam was a bit of overkill, and most replaced them with K&N drop in filters and changed OEM intake tubes with smooth tubes. Instant 10 hp on dyno.

    Might be worth keeping in a box somewhere incase a collector wants to put on for display or concourse.

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