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ETI Fuel Cell/Air Box frustrations

ok so I got my ETI fuel cell (freaking awesome and superlight weight) and I have a thorston/ turn one air box (obviously wont work) and the moriwaki copy from squidskins. First question... anyone have directions on how to install the mori copy? Pics would be great. Second question.. anyone just gut their stock air box? The moriwaki copy actually looks smaller than stock but with no guys. So im wondering if I took a dremel and gutted the stock and just ran a filter in the front opening like the thorsten/turn one box. Im ready to put this beast back together as its been torn apart for over a year now and I have all parts in hand to build. Just struggling with the air box options. any help is appreciated. Its obvious the thorsten/turnone is definitely out of the question so it is up for sale!
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I've seen where some stuck a foam filter element between the frame and airbox (not to easy to service there for sure).
I've also seen where they used a metal mesh similar to the T-O airbox internally to hold the filter in place.

The ETI and airbox situation has been the main reason my bike has been in pieces for 2 years.
No matter which way I turn I get stymied one way or the other.

Frankly, I just want to ride the thing, so I'm temporarily throwing in the towel on the airbox and just reinstalling the OEM one for now.
I still lose 7.5 lbs with my ETI tank, and another 7 lbs with the Shorai battery, so I can accept that.

In the mean time, I'll try and start learning some fiberglass or carbon-fiber fabrication techniques.
My ultimate goal is to combine design elements of the T-O airbox with a closed top design as the OEM or Moriwaki units use.

I think the T-O airbox is great design for racing, but it offers too many sealing surfaces to potentially leak for every day use, and it doesn't work with ETI fuel tanks.
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ok so I got my ETI fuel cell (freaking awesome and superlight weight) and I have a thorston/ turn one air box (obviously wont work) and the moriwaki copy from squidskins. First question... anyone have directions on how to install the mori copy? Pics would be great. Second question.. anyone just gut their stock air box? The moriwaki copy actually looks smaller than stock but with no guys. So im wondering if I took a dremel and gutted the stock and just ran a filter in the front opening like the thorsten/turn one box. Im ready to put this beast back together as its been torn apart for over a year now and I have all parts in hand to build. Just struggling with the air box options. any help is appreciated. Its obvious the thorsten/turnone is definitely out of the question so it is up for sale!
The Moriwaki (and copies) do have more volume than the OEM airbox.
It's the inlet design and requirement to remove the thermostat that mars it's use (I know, it's for racing after all).

Forum member Sr2-e did gut his OEM airbox and fabbed a mesh screen for use with a Uni foam filter on his SP1 (and yes I was thinking about that option as well).
You should be able to search the forum or I have the photos if needed.
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Yeah I looked at that option but I am not convinced that I cant use the moriwaki. I put the thorsten box on the tank and it seals up everywhere except for about a half inch gap at most on the back side... I think gutting the stock air box might be the best option too which is what I think I am going to do too. My main issue for not using the moriwaki is because I dont see how it is supposed to mount up. Do you have any directions for it?
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