Yeah I did know that, I was just worried that he hadnt told them!?!?!I would hope not - Failure to inform your insurance company of a modification could see your policy declared void by your insurer in the event of a claim.
I am in the process of making my own heatshield with our folding machine at work, just not got around to finishing it off yet, i agree that the current set up could be taking in more warm air than that of the standard but havent noticed a lack of power. Bearing in mind that the cold air feed for the original air box is still in place, Will post up some pictures once the heat shield is on.I thought the same as Batou, but not being an expert I kept my mouth shut.
Hence why that induction kit is £26 and I good one with heat shield is between £80-£200.
:aargh: EEEEKKKKKIf its open cone it will be sucking in warm air, no amount of heat shielding will prevent that unless you seal it off.
If your exhaust is popping more (like you say) and this is the only thing you have change then that could be a sign its running hotter as the engine will pull back ignition timing and dump more fuel in to protect the engine. More fuel = more pops. Personally I think your doing the engine no favors for longevity, it's a strong engine but it hates heat.