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Pipercross Induction Kit 1.8 Mazda MX5 Mk1


Pipercross induction kits are among the best in the world. High quality construction, latest foam filter technology ensuring maximum performance at all times.

Each kit comes complete with a polished Heat Shield, fittings, and full fitting instructions.

Fits all 1.8 Mk1 models, 1993>1998


Based on 12 reviews

Timothy Taylor
This product is poorly designed and incomplete….As mentioned by other reviewers, there is no Rubber Seal supplied to fit between the Cone Filter and the MAF Sensor, this was easily rectified with a few wraps of PTFE tape.The instructions are terrible, and don’t seem to fully represent the parts that came in the box. However, there are plenty of pictures of the product installed on the internet that can be used for reference.Additional issues I found where… 1. My car was missing the threaded studs in the chassis leg to mount the Head Shield. From Googling it seems some cars either don’t have the Studs or have Threaded Holes instead. Ended up having to Drill and Tap fresh holes.2. The main bracket that supports the weight of the MAF sensor /Cone Filter is far too long, positioning the assembly far too close to the Exh Manifold. This is easily rectified by cutting about a 1/3 off the length and drilling a new 8mm hole. 3. The adapter piece that goes between the Main Bracket and the Jubilee Clip is poorly designed so doesn’t seat well between the Clip and the Cone Filter and doesn’t have sufficient thread length to engage the supplied Nylock.4. The M6 Bolt to attach the Heat Shield to the Smaller Bracket is too long to use with the supplied Cap Head Nut, fixed by using a shorter bolt.I don’t mind some light modification to get stuff to fit, but for the people expecting a plug and play kit, this certainly isn’t. Seeing as others have ran into similar issues, I feel MX5 Parts should maybe remove this product from sale until it has been made fit for purpose. Now that it’s installed, it does sound good; you get very tasty induction noises, particularly at high RPM. No noticeable performance gain, but wasn’t expecting one.
27/06/2020 12:16:05
Cameron Mcdonna
Not great, there's more than a few problems with this.There is no rubber seal between the filter and the rest of the air system which probably allows a reasonable amount of dirty air in.The instructions are not good at all.Doesn't really seem to fit in the car properly.Also, the heatshield isn't much use at all.The worst part is that it is clearly a used part! Not sure if this is a fault of mx5parts or pipercross but everything was scratched up and the filter had clearly already been fitted to a car before. Not the end of the world because the filter was perfectly clean and looked new so maybe it was fitted then immediately removed.The good part is that once fitted it does sound better so does its job I suppose as long as the dirty air doesn't become a problem later on.
09/12/2018 12:16:10
David Shuttleworth
Air filter kit doesn’t come with a seal for between the air flow meter and the cone. Had to try bodge it, didn’t work. Going back to stock airbox.Would recommend finding a different kit or buy from someone that has found a rubber seal suitable. MX5 Parts themselves were flawless however.
02/12/2018 12:16:10
Cory Laywood
Very easy to fit, forget the instructions and just use the picture and common sense! Fit the filter to the existing pipe off the car, that way you can get it nice and tight without issue and still easily get it through the rear of the heat shield and attach to existing clean air pipe. I even applied some heat shrink tape to make the seal even better but it's not really necessary. Once on it sounds good but I doubt adds any real power. Overall I'd recommend it as it tidies the engine bay and sounds much better.
07/03/2017 12:16:15
Adam Smyth
EXCELLENT! A real dramatic(!) increase in sound (& much cheaper than upgrading the exhaust!) with an increase in power (or at least the impression of having more BHP, with the cool impreza type sound); hence definitely takes the standard car to being (sounding) more like a trackcar!Fitting took around 45mins, the instructions aren't as bad as some make out & the photos help massively (I just followed the steps on the photos). My top tip would be; that the j/clip actually slots into the little chunky black plastic washer type thing on the nut&bolt. Fit the heat-shield first (using existing bolts which held the original box in place, but incl. the 2 new washers) then slot the filter in & couple to the plastic a/f meter. Although after having fitting the j/clip with the bolt to the longer black metal bracket (which comes with the kit) & then put in place with the j/clip opened out to accept the filter's sleeve. N.B. The meter filter sleeve crimped a bit with tightening the j/clip hard (whilst carefully 'just' bending the heatshield out of the way) as it could do with some sort of large rubber washer to prevent this happening, as the sleeve is 'marginally' larger than the a/f male pipe end. Although I can't see that the crimping will be detrimental.All in all this does seem expensive, but it definitely increases the old' MX-5 smile!!
27/07/2016 12:16:17
James Roberts
No criticism of MX5 Parts, the usual excellent delivery and service..problem is with the product. Worryingly there is no seal between the filter neck and air flow sensor, possibly allowing unfiltered air into the engine, crude mounting arrangement, ambiguous and incorrect installation instructions. Three phone calls to Pipercross and nobody bothered to call back.... come on guys you can do better than this! I returned it to MX5 Parts and was credited straight away.
28/10/2014 12:16:22
Robert Mctavish
This Kit not only looks good it enhances the engine bay with the shiny heat sheild replacing the old black airbox. Easy to fit (approx 30 mins) would recommend removing the rubber ring on air flow meter,as this allows the filter to fit flush and giving the clamp a good grip,Gives a better performance higher up rev range and a nice throaty (if thats a word but you know what i mean) noise when you give it some stick.Usual fast service from the guys at MX5 arrived in less than 24hrs
03/01/2013 12:16:31
Ian Mccombe
The Pipercross kit was easily fitted, looks great, and does not add significantly to induction noise. The noise it makes is much nicer than expected and therefore really pleased
18/12/2011 12:16:37
Nick Bowles
I bought this weeks ago and didn't get round to fitting it, finally threw it in with some braided lines and had the mechanic do the lot. OK, so the best bit is my little Mk1 1.8 with 120,000 miles goes like the clappers, it's bloody brilliant. Makes a great noise and rips up through the revs, so much better than the K&N filter in standard box set-up I had. Hilarious, thrashable, buy one.
28/10/2011 12:16:39
Guillaume DELANNAY
Please see english comments and note to editors attention below the french part.Livraison rapide, belle finition du produit, cela sent la qualité, on verra si ça tient dans le temps. Comme lu ailleurs, le mode d'emploi c'est effectivement n'importe quoi. Indigne de Pipercross. Je conseillerais de se fier au maximum aux photos et à son instinct personnel, les instructions et repères des pièces sur les photos ayant une fâcheuse tendance à faire mal au cerveau, voire induire en erreur. Ce qui est un comble dans le sens où mis à part ça, c'est très facile à installer malgrès un écrou aveugle trop peu profond pour serrer complètement le haut du pare-chaleur sur son support. à moins que ça ne soit la vis qui soit trop longue... quoi qu'il en soit, j'ai eu besoin de 3 petites rondelles trouvées chez moi pour solder le problème. Ah oui! Ne pas oublier d'huiler (mais pas trop) la mousse extérieure du filtre avec le produit fourni AVANT de commencer à l'installer!En ce qui concerne la partie fonctionnement, effectivement on sent tout de suite un léger gain au niveau couple et réactivité de l'accélérateur, lequel s'accentue au fil des premiers jours d'utilisation. Le bruit du moteur change pas mal aussi, même avec une ligne d'échappement full stock. Personnellement j'apprécie le changement radical de sonorité (du ronronnement au rugissement!) qui s'entend dès 2500 Tr/min. Une autre bonne chose: tant que vous n'appuyez pas plus que ce qui est suffisant pour rouler tranquillement, le bruit ne change absolument pas par rapport à l'origine et ce quelque soit le régime moteur. Idéal pour rester discret quand c'est nécessaire!Un petit bémol cependant... il y a ce léger mais constant bruit d'aspiration, présent même au ralenti. C'est tout à fait normal quand on y pense (le moteur respire plus librement), mais au début j'ai eu l'impression d'avoir une courroie qui frottait légèrement sur quelque chose... on s'y fait vite d'autant plus que c'est couvert par l'autoradio et/ou le bruit du moteur à la moindre accélération.4 étoiles seulement pour cette histoire de mode d'emploi et d'écrou non adapté.First, the good:Fast delivery, good, well looking product. As efficient as said on former english comments. Regarding the engine noise's change, I've to admit it's trully outstanding. I have a full stock exhaust line and the engine is really howling is rage from 2500 up to 7500 rpm! Though I'd just want to add that there's this always-present-little-air-aspiring-noise that is a bit pesky. But you get used to it quickly, particularly as it's easily outshined by the car's stereo and becomes totally inaudible at the first throttle trashing. You effectively feel a slight torque and reactivity improvement that gets bigger through the first days, as the engine get used to the new induction I guess.Then, the bad:As read in former buyers comments, the written fitting instructions are surprisingly... useless. All you'll do if you try to follow them is getting misled plus probably get a strong headache... I think you'd better carefully look at the pictures and follow your instincts because it's quite easy too fit this way. And, yeah, don't forget to oil the exterior foam part of the product with the included fluid BEFORE you start fitting it on the car.4 stars only because of the lame fitting instructions which are a pity, particularly from a famous brand such as Pipercross, and also because of the little thing explained hereunder.Note to editors attention: is it normal that I've had to find three little washers at home in order to be able to complete this kit's fitting? The fact is that the upper bolt (the one that tighten the upper part of the heat shield on the "L" bracket) is way too long for the included chromed bore nut... if I had done the job only with the included fittings, I think I'd be hearing rattling and metallic vibration from the engine bay, as the heat shield won't have been fully fitted... have I done something wrong or is it the guys at Pipercross that are a bit of cheapskates?
11/10/2011 12:16:40

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