The weather was nice today, in between Spring storms, so I installed my freshly painted JDM STi scoop!
Here's a comparison of the '02-'03 JDM STi scoop, aka JDM V7 STi scoop (left) to the stock XT scoop (right). If you're going to have an STi scoop painted, make sure you request the "entire" scoop be painted. If you don't request this, the vertical supports may be left unpainted (black plastic). This is the way a factory/OEM scoop is painted. IMO, unpainted vertical supports look bad on the taller STi scoop.
The upper picture shows the drop cloth I placed over the engine. There are lots of small nuts & screws that can be dropped, so save yourself the hassle of searching for dropped items by using a drop cloth. The lower picture shows the duct that needs to be removed. There are 3 screws across the bottom (remove first) & 2 screws plus a plastic screw clip on the top (remove the screws & then the plastic screw clip). When the fasteners are removed, the duct will tilt down & can be removed from the 2 bottom alignment slots.
This larger picture shows the removed duct. To use the stock duct with the taller STi scoop, the areas marked with yellow arrows need to be formed upward to fit the underside of the STi scoop. The material is soft aluminum, so it's very easy to shape with your fingers. It may take a couple test fittings to get the desired tight fit.
The upper picture shows the duct removed. Note that there are 5 nuts & 3 clips. Remove the 5 nuts first, then release the clips & lift off the scoop. The lower picture shows the hood scoop opening. This is a good time to clean & wax around the area where the scoop will sit. It may be a long time before you're here again.
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for my Member Journal can be found here. (post #124)