Blackwing Installation Instructions
NOTE: Visually inspect and recognize these four parts of the intake system, starting from the front they are; Air Filter Housing, Mass Airflow Sensor, Intake Bridge, and Intake Bellows. The bellows is connected to the throttle body.
Disconnect the mass airflow sensor and inlet air temperature sensor electrical
connectors. All electrical connectors have some sort of locking clip, releasing
them properly insures that you will not damage the connectors.
NOTE: on 2001 and newer Corvette models, the inlet air temperature sensor is built into the mass airflow sensor. Therefore, there is only one electrical connector at the mass airflow sensor.
2. Loosen the clamp at the throttle body. Remove the small vacuum line (if equipped) from the intake bellows. Separate the intake bellows from the throttle body. Disconnect the AIR (3/4” black rubber) hose from driver’s side of the air filter housing. Remove the factory rubber grommet, you will use it to reassemble.
3. Release the air intake bridge from the upper radiator shroud grommet studs by carefully prying upward on the rubber intake bridge grommets. Use your fingers to pry the bridge and grommets from the radiator shroud studs. Now pull the whole assembly rearward. This will release the two grommets that attach the air filter housing to the front frame member.
4. Remove the air filter housing, mass airflow sensor, intake bridge, and intake bellows from the vehicle as a one-piece unit. Place the unit on a bench or table.
5. Loosen the clamp that connects the air filter housing to the mass airflow sensor. Remove the air filter housing from the mass airflow sensor. Remove the rubber grommets from the air filter housing, you will use them to reassemble.
6. Follow the directions below for step six depending on model year.
Install the Blackwing air filter to the mass airflow sensor, using window cleaner as a lubricant. Make sure that mass airflow sensor is inserted in to the Blackwing air filter coupler completely. Align the filter, mass airflow sensor, and intake bridge so they are aligned and clocked properly. Tighten the supplied clamp and install the rubber grommets from the air filter housing to the Blackwing air filter.
2001 and newer Corvette:
Install the adapter coupler (4”ID x 2”) to the Blackwing air
filter. Push it on all the way and tighten the supplied clamp. Install second
supplied clamp on adapter coupler and insert the mass air flow sensor fully.
Position the clamp, align the filter, mass airflow sensor, and intake bridge so
they are clocked properly. Tighten the clamp. Install the rubber grommets from
the air filter housing to the Blackwing air filter.
7. Position the Blackwing air filter, mass airflow sensor, and intake bellows assembly in the vehicle. Lubricate rubber grommets with window cleaner and push the air filter grommets over the mounting studs, located on the front frame member. Install the intake bellows on the throttle body, don’t tighten the clamp. Push the rubber intake bridge grommets onto the upper radiator shroud studs. Make sure assembly is fitted and aligned properly then tighten the clamp on the throttle body.
8. Connect the AIR hose to the Blackwing air filter, using the factory grommet. You will have to rotate the elbow at the end of the AIR hose so it has a relaxed position when installed. Install the small vacuum line (if equipped) to the intake bellows.
9. Connect the mass airflow sensor and inlet air temperature sensor electrical connectors.
NOTE: on 2001 Corvette models, the inlet air temperature sensor is built into the mass airflow sensor. Therefore, only one electrical connector at the mass airflow sensor will need to be connected.
10. You now have the satisfaction of owning the finest performance air filtration product on the market. Nothing out-flows or out-filters the Blackwing air filter.
ROAD TESTING: 1. Test-drive the vehicle. Listen for odd noises and rattles and fix as necessary.
2. If the road test is fine, you can now enjoy the added power and performance from your Blackwing air filter.
3. Blackwing suggests checking the filter periodically for excessive dirt build-up. When the element becomes covered with dirt (or once a year), service it according to the instruction on the service kit.