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Temporary unemployment gives you time to just look at, and think about, your SSR, and sometimes gives you stupid ideas.

I got to looking at the metal trim bar on the front of the hood, the one that says "Chevrolet" on it, and wondered what was behind it if you removed it. (It's only held in place by 3 or 4 push screws)

Turns out, that the OUTER metal layer of the hood ends just above the trim bar. The INNER metal layer of the hood continues down behind it. That inner layer COULD be trimmed back so that it too ends just above the current position of the trim bar. That cut could be made without risking hurting the exterior finish of the vehicle. That would give you a sort of air scoop hole right in the nose of the SSR.

IF you did that, you would find that all of a sudden you have a MUCH more direct, and larger, access opening for COLDER outside air to feed the engine air intake (The intake opening is a narrow one located at the bottom edge of the air cleaner cover).

Colder air is denser and thus the engine can make more pwoer using colder air than by using the hot underhood air.

This colder air benefit would be present whether the vehicle is moving or standing still.

But, there's a second effect too. Once the vehicle is moving, this colder outside air would be rather forcefully blown right into the area where the air intake draws air from. So, as speed increases, the proportion of air drawn by the air intake from the OUTSIDE as opposed from under the hood, would increase. This is good.

I tried to imagine what an SSR would look like without that trim piece in place, but need to defer to Buffy's digital photo manipulation skills there. Buffy?

Personally, I think it might make the SSR look a little more "aggressive" with a huge wide air sucking intake scoop opening rather than the trim bar.

Feedback?

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I can't at the moment remember which one, but one of the "show" SSR's has the hood trim piece replaced by a grill opening of sorts. I'm sure someone will recall this vehicle - and there are photos on this site of it.

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Good idea

Sounds like a good idea to me, provided it looks OK too. I was thinking of painting my trim piece, but that would have no function....just looks. On this same line of thinking, what K&N Filter Part Number would suffice as a replacement for the stock filter in my 2005/6.0L.....anyone know? I have had no success with K&N, nor with local parts houses that carry K&N. Seems to me if the physical dimensions of the stock one are the same as an off-the-shelf K&N it should work.
 

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The K&N 63-1104 fits the 03 and 04, and I beleive the 05, dspite its added foam perimeter sealers around the HOUSING, still uss exactly the same filter element inside the housing.

I HAVE one of these band new unopened. It's yours for $30 plus shipping.

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Grille opening

This is one from SEMA - I'll look for more later.

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Wow! I know it's just personal preference, but I think that IMPROVES the front end look considerably. The louvered hood looks good, too. And as Jim G. pointed out, this mod actually would improve performance. This looks like a simple mod for our friends at Axiom! :thumbs
 

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That DOES look good! All they did by the looks of it was:

- Remove the trim piece
- Cut out the excess metal in the inner liner
- Installed a molding piece that adds a more finsihed look, and some 3-D shape, to the opening.

I'd go for that!

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good idea!

I think the new insert should be open on the bottom and not quite as wide around the hood edge. I think there's another ssR from a tuner co. that has a variation on that theme.
I saw it here I'm sure :flag
 

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Flassh said:
This is one from SEMA - I'll look for more later.

Ray
Yep! That's the one I was thinking of :thumbs
Thanks Ray!

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