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    confused How do I remove airbox to fit new bulbs

    Can anyone please tell me step by step (and I mean they need to be idiot proof!!) how I remove the airbox so I can fit my mtec sidelights and Nightbreakers. I am presuming from reading other threads that I undo the nut on the jubilee clip and remove the pipe. Is this the right one to undo below? Then does the pipe just pull away from the box?




    Then how does the air box then come out? I aint got a clue really!! How am i best to handle the bulbs?can i hold the glass part with a duster?has anyone got any tips for fitting them?
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    Remove the lid (via the screws) then (its easier this way) remove one of the jubilee clips either side of the MAF sensor to remove the air hose, then remove the lid completely - then you will see that the air box just slots into place by means of a couple of rubber bungs (you slide the rear one out) - but don't forget that there is a small breather pipe clipped to the front/right underside of the airbox that hinders its removal too.

    When refitting, make sure this little pipe is connected before putting back in situ, and its nigh on impossible to fit otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Remove the lid (via the screws) then (its easier this way) remove one of the jubilee clips either side of the MAF sensor to remove the air hose, then remove the lid completely - then you will see that the air box just slots into place by means of a couple of rubber bungs (you slide the rear one out) - but don't forget that there is a small breather pipe clipped to the front/right underside of the airbox that hinders its removal too.

    When refitting, make sure this little pipe is connected before putting back in situ, and its nigh on impossible to fit otherwise.
    When you say the screws on the lid do you mean the little torx screws yes? Is the jubilee clip I have arrowed in the pic the right one or do I need to do both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marky2027 View Post
    When you say the screws on the lid do you mean the little torx screws yes? Is the jubilee clip I have arrowed in the pic the right one or do I need to do both?
    Yes, and the arrowed one will be fine (although either will do) - its just so you can fully remove the airbox lid, thats all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    Yes, and the arrowed one will be fine (although either will do) - its just so you can fully remove the airbox lid, thats all.
    Thanks for your help mate. Will give it a bash tomorrow and see how many chunks I can take out of my knuckles. Any info on handling the bulbs? You obviously have to handle the glass part some how to fit them so is it best to hold say a duster around them. Am I looking to avoid fingerprints and scratches and if I was daft enough to handle one will the fingerprint just clean off?

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    To be honest mate, as long as you don't have grease/oil etc on your hands, you can handle them enough to slot into place, I did with my MTEC's and they have lasted a long time - although cheaper bulbs are likely to pop quite quickly regardless on how you fit them anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan_BlackSRi View Post
    To be honest mate, as long as you don't have grease/oil etc on your hands, you can handle them enough to slot into place, I did with my MTEC's and they have lasted a long time - although cheaper bulbs are likely to pop quite quickly regardless on how you fit them anyway.
    Thanks for advice mate!!

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    OK so I have just had little look armed with a torch and made first schoolboy error. I am presuming that the little yellow plastic clip is the pipe attaching to the MAF sensor and so also presuming this would have to be disconnected. So had a go and snapped the little black plastic tab off the top. The whole thing is still secure but do I need to disconnect this? If so how ? It is just there seems to be very little play in the movement of the pipes.

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    Having previously gone down the route of removing the airbox to change the bulbs, and the 2nd time I removed the bumper instead, I favour removing the bumper.

    Removing the air box ended up with scratched hands that looked like I had been in a fight with a cat, but removing the bumper and all I had was a grubby pair of hands that washed clean in no time.

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    just squueze your hand down between the light and airfilter much easier

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