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Unread 03-09-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
NateWoods85
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Replace or McGuyver my air box?

Hey gang, I'm pretty new with fixing my own cars- my dad (who passed away last month) was always my mechanic for more serious things. I replaced a power steering pump by myself a few months back, but that's about all I've done. I'm just sort of learning as I go- so I thought you guys might be able to give me some advice.

I hit a deer on the left front of my '95 cherokee and need to replace my whole grille assembly and a headlight/signals, but the thing I'm stuck on is the air filter box. The impact pushed the radiator into the existing box and busted it up a little, I'm wondering if there's a way I can fix this thing (duct tape?). I can't find much in terms of a replacement on the web, and I'd much rather do this thing cheap anyway.

Your thoughts?

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Unread 03-09-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear about your father. Depending on how many pieces it is in, you may be able to just bond the pieces together with JB weld. If not actually broken, but just cracked, you could seal it with some RTV silicone.
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Unread 03-09-2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Hey gang, I'm pretty new with fixing my own cars- my dad (who passed away last month) was always my mechanic for more serious things. I replaced a power steering pump by myself a few months back, but that's about all I've done. I'm just sort of learning as I go- so I thought you guys might be able to give me some advice.

I hit a deer on the left front of my '95 cherokee and need to replace my whole grille assembly and a headlight/signals, but the thing I'm stuck on is the air filter box. The impact pushed the radiator into the existing box and busted it up a little, I'm wondering if there's a way I can fix this thing (duct tape?). I can't find much in terms of a replacement on the web, and I'd much rather do this thing cheap anyway.

Your thoughts?
Sorry to hear about your father.

Keep on learning man. You can learn anything on these forum(s). In fact, i trust these guys more than i'd trust my local mechanic.

If i were you i'd go to a junkyard and pull one of them out of a jeep. Would be much cheaper than buying a new one. If you don't want to do that, you can opt for a K&N air intake instead. (Which are often considered overpriced and over-rated.)

If yours isn't too bad, i'd just try to glue it back together.

Have any pictures of the damage?
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Unread 03-09-2013, 11:14 PM   #4
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Maybe it's time for one of these http://www.quadratec.com/products/17006_7101_07.htm (or any variant thereof)?
(Spectre Cold Air Induction)

Otherwise, Duct tape will fix anything
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Unread 03-10-2013, 09:21 AM   #5
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Since you need a new grill and headlights sounds like a trip to the JY is in order so just go ahead and get the air box also.
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Unread 03-14-2013, 01:46 PM   #6
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Hit up a self-serve junkyard and got Everything I needed for the repairs (could still use a fender, but that's not a necessity right now) for about 150 less than it would have cost online. Got a like-new air box! Thanks for the advice, guys. Maybe I'll put some pics up as I go.
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