cheers , i'm hoping to remove the airbox completely tho because it is channeling air from directly underneath the ford badge, it seems to be a really crappy restricting plastic box between the grille and the air box. been talking to a guy who owns an st and he reckons a viper kit should work but im not looking forwad to pissing about with the maf sensor since that b**ch is part of the airbox :\
I removed the piping to the air box and created a ram from behind the grille! You are right the existing box piping just pulls ambient air from inside the engine bay through a series of twists and bends which must only result in a whisper of warm air getting to the air box?!
If you can create a bracket of some way of supporting the viper (I'd go for a BMC though - cheaper and more effective!!), it should be okay.
Let us know how you get on!!