Ok in case your not - well sorry I wasted your time in reading this!
Ok so firstly my slight problem is that I won't actually be able to monitor the effect this will have as I don't have VAG-COM to log the results (before/after) but hey ho I'm gonna do it anyway.... If it feels better when it's warmer then result - if I miss my old setup then I'll revert back to it.
At the moment I've drilled some holes on the bottom section of the airbox away from the engine - and I feel now I want to experiment with trying to keep it cooler as I can as whenever I touch it the airbox it's nearly hot enough to fry an egg on it! I believe it performs then it did standard but really does struggle in any decent hot weather... (Ultimately I know the answer is to get a FMIC but funds simply don't allow for that so I thought I'd experiment in what I have)
So I've bought some reflective heat wrap and a hot glue gun and going to cover the outside as much as I can with the reflective heat wrap in an effort to keep it cooler inside. Never seen this done before so unless you have please don't go saying 'it's a pants idea' as you never know if you don't try! Although not the best time to be testing it in the winter lol!
Then as a side note I'll be de-meshing one side of my MAF (after the sensor) so I won't risk damaging it as I've heard mixed reviews of people totally de-meshing there MAFs..... I've already smoothed my airbox fins inside.
Then finally I'm going to reverse the two pipes on my Forge DV as I imagine my airbox will be slient and I really want to hear a tiny bit of woooooosh on lift off! (heard this is totally safe to do)
And then I'll post back here and tell you what happened if anything lol! Planning to do this in the next few weeks.....