I have been running an open filter for years with no problems, except the occasional intentional puddle splash that get's the filter wet.
However, I just replaced plugs, tightened the exhaust leak at the manifold/down tube, removed A/C components, and in the process I noticed how much metal is blocking free air
from getting to my filter.
I'm considering cutting out the area directly below the filter, marked with a silver paint pen (kinda). It doesn't seem to provide too much crucial support to the core or fender, and it was previously used to hold the old air-box, so who needs it?
I was also considering cutting out the rectangular portion on the side wall where the two holes are that also used to hold the stock air-box in.
That would allow me to extend the filter down closer to free air, instead of behind the headlight....kinda like this:
Ideas and opinions anyone? Thanks for the replies!