I hate to be the bearer of Bad News, but...
That's now a hot air intake, and pulls hot air after it runs thru the radiator, where the factory one pulled cold air from under the fenderwell, out and away from the under-hood area. See the hole in the pic where the hole goes thru?
It can be a 100 degree difference in IAT sitting at a redlight.
I hate to say it, but you lost HP with that mod.
Something else worth mentioning, is that K&N filters tend to get oil all over the MAF elements, and cause problems that the paper filters don't.
Cleaning the MAF is dangerous enough to want to do it as little as possible.
Paper filters are cheap enough (RockAuto), I replace them every other oil change, and don't have issues.
On the other hand, I am using a cone-type element in the Black Cougar, Lazarus. It has the 2002 MAF mod, with the 2002 cone filter. Tuning is required for this mod.
BUT, it's covered, and still only draws air thru the hole in the fender.
Red '96 Cougar XR-7 240k mi. '02 4R70W, PST DS : '03 PI engine, 04 maf, 24lb injectors, 2.5" exhaust, '02 4r70w + Jmod, DirtyD0g TC + cooler + 3/8" lines, 255 walbro fp. Alpine system.
Black '96 Cougar XR-7 (Lazarus) 210k mi PI Intake, '02 4R70W, Jmod, PST DS, GrogTune, Konis, Mark LCA+Poly, racecougar Custom Engine Chain, and JL and racecougar Bracing.
Black '97 Tbird Limited Edition, '02 4R70W, 255 walbro, PST DS, PBR Brakes&SS lines, Toicko Blues & Springs, GrogTune.
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