BTW, "gutting the MAF" as you put it, can only mean one thing & that is to get rid of it. It can't mean "removing the restrictive screens". Wait, maybe it can. Why not use simple straightforward English so as to not confuse everyone who reads the forum & which can lead to unnecessary arguments. Keep it simple & just say, "Removing the screens inside the MAF." No confusion & questions will follow. FTW!bu gutting, i mean removing the restrictive screens inside them, not sure if naturally aspirated cars have them as the finer screen i believe is to protect the turbo from foreign objects the other is a grate looking item said to be an air straightner, removed them both on both 1.8 turbo'd VAG cars. old autospeed.com article explains how restrictive they are!
Agree with you totally on this one. Those things are there for a reason & could cause issues later on.The screens are there for a reason .
But it isnt to stop bits being blown into the turbo thats the filters job .
And it cetainly isnt to straighten the air either .
They are actually to stop damage to the MAf sensors which are extremely sensitive and give false readings when they get any dirt on them . Removing them is a mistake .
BTW. JUST BECAUSE THE INTERWEBBY SAYS SO DOESNT MAKE IT FACT