I've seen dozens of threads regarding the infamous carbon filter in the stock airbox. Some of them had people cutting out the mesh, some cutting out the plastic, all leaving the carbon filter FUBAR. Here's what I did to remove the thing and have it available to reinstall. Yes, I said, reinstall.
Note: no shameless beer plugs in this write-up:crazy:
First, some interesting pictures of the filter from two different perspectives.
Here's what it looks like held up to the light.
Here's what it looks like with the light shown from behind the filter.
Ok now, the dissection of the airbox...
Remove the airbox, duh. Or at least the top half.
You'll need the popular 10mm socket and at least a 7" extension to remove the entire box. You need a #2 phillips and maybe a 10mm to remove just the top half.
Remove the MAF. (#2 phillips needed here)
Stick your arm in the hole, Flash Gordon style.
Reach all the way back, these are the easy ones.
Gently push up on one of the plastic corners, not the fabric.
See these little circles?
Push on those from behind. They'll pop out with moderate pressure.
Repeat step 4 on the middle tabs.
Pull the back up, the only two circles still attached are those in the front, where you couldn't reach from the inside. Well, I couldn't reach.
Now you can pry the front two loose.
A carbon filter that isn't all jacked up and an airbox that requires no scrutinizing cleaning!
The tabs were melted on from the factory, and if you pulled them off gentle enuogh, you can reattach them. If all 6 are back on, the tension of the plastic frame will hold them back on snug.
Also, don't bother cleaning it, nothing comes out, it never gets white again, and it takes hours to dry. I tried.