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Fender-mounted intake hose(s) fell off! What to do?

The fender-mounted intake hose(s) in my N/A '85.5 were loose and rattling around, and finally I pulled them out.

I'm assuming now that the intake air comes in directly inside the fender hollow area, between the liner and the fender.

Is there a risk of water ingestion with this set-up (I assume that was the point of the maze of hoses)? Should I pull the inlet into the engine bay, and close the hole?


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You will get cooler air for the intake if you replace the rubber grommet/donut at the fender opening and re-install the air intake tube to fender. That was the whole point of the system to allow for cooler outside air instead of under the hood hot air off the motor. The car will still run without the air tube there, just not as well.
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The tube from the airbox to the fender wall, and the donut, are still in place.

It's just the two tubes that are embedded in the fender area that are now removed, so it's still getting "cold" air, it just from higher up in the fender area, and it now has a shorter run to the airbox.

I'm just wondering if the longer tube in the fender well served a particular purpose, like making it impossible for water to "climb" up the 18" or so of pipe...



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You will get cooler air for the intake if you replace the rubber grommet/donut at the fender opening and re-install the air intake tube to fender. That was the whole point of the system to allow for cooler outside air instead of under the hood hot air off the motor. The car will still run without the air tube there, just not as well.
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Yes the inner fender tubes do reduce water splash to the intake, but mostly they are for air supply. The tubes do actually supply more air into the area with the tubes in place, thus reducing air drag (as I call it), or air restriction.

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