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White Sheep gets a Cobb intake!

For more information about this product click any of the images below, or THIS link!


Here are some specs for you:

Mfgr. Warranty: 1 year
Filter Color: Blue
Filter Element Type: Wet
Filter Material: Cotton
Filter Reusable: Yes
Piping Color: Black
Piping Material: Aluminum
Tuning Required: No

And here’s what RallySport Direct has to say about it:

The COBB Intake for the Focus ST takes a great airbox design and makes it even better! They improved upon the factory airbox ram air ducting by including an oiled dual cone filter to increase airflow and to hear that great turbo sound. The constrained piping to the turbo is replaced with 3" mandrel bent aluminum tubing to maximize air flow while custom silicone couplers ensure a perfect OEM-like fitment. The COBB Intake is the perfect first step towards Stage 2 power levels when paired with the COBB FMIC!


Tools needed:

Sockets: 9/32, 5/16, deep 12 mm

3/8 ratchet

¼ ratchet, with extensions

Next on the list for the White Sheep project car is a Cobb intake. We documented this install as best we could, our camera was dead so there won’t be a lot of pictures, but we’ll explain as we go.
First, here’s the stock intake. You can see it’s somewhat unsightly. So what we needed to do to get this off is take out the mount for the engine cover on the left in this picture, and the two other bolts pictured, it made it a lot easier to disassemble the intake to get it out so undo the hose clamps to get it to come apart.



We took the cam angle controller line off and moved it out of the way, the only thing you need to do to get it loose is pinch the two sides of it and it pulls right off. Then we pulled the cover off the intake box, exposing the stock filter element. It just pulls out of the airbox. There are 4 screws that hold the airbox together, two are pictured here, and two are slightly out of the shot. You will also need to take the sensor off the elbow going into the airbox. All of these screws are a simple 5/16. Next we pulled the hose clamps loose to make them all easier to pull off. There are two screws holding the elbow to the airbox, don’t forget to pull them loose prior to getting the elbow off the car.



Once we have all the stock intake stuff out of the way (there is a hose clamp that takes a 9/32 socket on the turbo inlet on the back of the engine, it was somewhat tricky to get to, but not so bad) we needed to start putting the Cobb parts in place. Here you can see we placed the intake hard pipe. It slipped right into place, the only trick we found that helped was putting the silicone coupler on the turbo inlet prior to putting the hard pipe in place. It would be a bit more difficult to do it after the fact. So, here’s a picture of the progress so far, looks good:



You can see in this image the mounting location for the bolt that they supply in the kit that comes with the intake. Don’t mount this quite yet, you’ll want to make sure you get everything in place and ready to go, then bolt it down. We show you in this picture the mounting locations for the air box, we found it much easier to get the coupler and the stock elbow mounted with the airbox out of the way. Just pull the rubber covers off of the front air inlets and give the airbox a little tug and it will come out. Place the coupler than came with the kit on the end of the hard pipe, slide the factory elbow on, put the airbox back in, get your angle right. Slide it into the airbox, replace the two screws that hold the elbow in the airbox, and fit the green filter on the end in the airbox. Now tighten that clamp down and replace the top of the airbox.



After all that, here’s what you’ll end up with. Looks clean, performs well, sounds great.



You can see then end of the filter is open, as opposed to the factory filter has a closed end. This makes the bypass valve much more noticeable. You can hear the turbo a lot more now.



Well, now that we finished that up, take the car out for a drive and flog it a few times and you will instantly know that you changed the intake. I mean the sound has improved 10 fold. As far as performance goes, I can’t really say if there is a noticeable gain in power since we haven’t had it on a dyno, but there is definitely more air going into the turbo. All in all, we are very happy with this install. It wasn’t terribly difficult to do, and it is fairly inexpensive. Thank you for taking the time to read our write up on the Cobb intake, we look forward to getting some more products installed and giving you our opinion on them all!

Corby Lines
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How difficult is it too get it mated up to the Turbo? You do it from above or below the car?
 

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How difficult is it too get it mated up to the Turbo? You do it from above or below the car?
It was all done on the top side of the engine bay, getting the silicone coupler on the turbo inlet was a breeze, no lube needed. We just reached in the top of the coupler and pushed it open and it slipped right on.

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Thanks for the info. Want the video as well
 

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It looks like you did this without taking the cowl by the windshield off. There was enough room to reach down to the turbo inlet without doing that?

BTW - I'm going to swing by your shop tomorrow afternoon!
 

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It looks like you did this without taking the cowl by the windshield off. There was enough room to reach down to the turbo inlet without doing that?

BTW - I'm going to swing by your shop tomorrow afternoon!
Yes we did install the intake without taking the cowl off, there was plenty of room back there, the trick we found was to put the coupler on the turbo first, then slip the pipe in the other end.

That would be great if you stopped by! Just come in the front and tell the person up front that you're here to see Corby, tell them that I sent you. Security is pretty tight around here so I'll let them know you're coming..

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Yes we did install the intake without taking the cowl off, there was plenty of room back there, the trick we found was to put the coupler on the turbo first, then slip the pipe in the other end.
I did the FSWerks pipe the same way. It's tight, but manageable for sure.
 

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That would be great if you stopped by! Just come in the front and tell the person up front that you're here to see Corby, tell them that I sent you. Security is pretty tight around here so I'll let them know you're coming..

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Great meeting you the other day Corby! Thanks for showing me the car and for the cap!
 

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Thanks for coming by Ken! It was great meeting another ST fan! And you're welcome for the hat.

Thanks STSTSTeve! We try to post all of our experiences with the parts we install on the White Sheep. We look forward to writing up some more install threads to give everyone some more information on these cars!

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You can see in this image the mounting location for the bolt that they supply in the kit that comes with the intake. Don’t mount this quite yet, you’ll want to make sure you get everything in place and ready to go, then bolt it down. We show you in this picture the mounting locations for the air box, we found it much easier to get the coupler and the stock elbow mounted with the airbox out of the way. Just pull the rubber covers off of the front air inlets and give the airbox a little tug and it will come out. Place the coupler than came with the kit on the end of the hard pipe, slide the factory elbow on, put the airbox back in, get your angle right. Slide it into the airbox, replace the two screws that hold the elbow in the airbox, and fit the green filter on the end in the airbox. Now tighten that clamp down and replace the top of the airbox.

So I got the intake installed (also without removing the windshield cowl - though I did loosen the cowl to give me a little more wiggle room in getting the intake pipe in place). However, I somehow may have lost one of the rubber grommets for the airbox. Does anyone know the part number for the grommet underneath the airbox mounting point in the center of this picture? I'm sure a quick trip to the dealer would be easy enough, but if anyone has the part number off hand, I'm being lazy and want to call the order in. :)

Thanks in advance!

BTW -- great install guide guys -- this was super helpful.
 

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Ok, scratch that and color me stupid.

The missing grommet was bugging me all last night, so I tore into the car again today and found it...inside of the radiator fan shroud! I'm glad I didn't start up the car and head off to the dealership to order a new grommet!

Anyway. All is good. Will go head out this afternoon and make sure everything is buttoned up properly and working.

As I mentioned somewhere before-all my installs take twice as long as they should. :). But at least I do them and I'm thorough!
 

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Isnt the point of an aftermarket intake to get rid of the filter box? I just got my st and dont know the full workong of the car yet, but every other aftemarket intake on my cars has ditched all the stock parts and what not.
 
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