The little GROM that could

I finally caved in guys, I caved in a bought a 2015 Honda GROM.  And I must say, I love it.  Owning a GROM like like owning a scooter with gears!  Love, love, love!

Of course, as with everything that I own, I couldn’t stay away from modifying it.  And the first thing that I wanted to do was put a Chimera intake on it.  This was the best looking and simplest intake I could find.  It definitely allowed more air in and was less restrictive than the stock intake box.

As you can clearly see here, there is less bulk.

Installing this piece is very, VERY simple.  The most complicated part was taking the seat off!  You will only need very simple tools:

  • Flat head screw driver
  • Philips head screw driver
  • 6 mm Allen wrench
  • 5 mm Allen wrench
  • 10 mm socket wrench

First you want to use your 6 mm Allen wrench to take off the two screws on the right side of the bike.  One by the front of the fairing, and the other by the round cap.  There is a 10 mm bolt behind the round cap on the right side, remember to take this off (sorry, I forgot to take a picture).

Next, you will want to do the same to the left side.  You will see immediately that the round cap has a key hole, go ahead and pop off your seat at this time.  You do not need to remove the cap on the left side.

After you remove the seat, you will see two screws under the seat.  Honda OVER tightened these screws.  I had to use a T screwdriver to loosen them.  You may not have to.

Directly under the 2nd screw, there is a screw underneath the fairings on the left side.  Go ahead and remove that now.  On the right side it is a push tab, go ahead and remove that as well.

Now go to the front of the fairings.  There are two things securing it to the body.  One is a push tab and one is a Philips screw.  Remove both of those.

With all those screws and tabs removed, you can go ahead and pull the fairings off.  This didn’t take too much strength, so if you feel like it’s stuck, go back and check all the screw locations.

Now you see the behemoth of the factory intake.  Unclip the sensor off of the right side of the intake.

You will need to unscrew the sensor and move it over to the Chimera intake.  Next remove the 10 mm bolt that secures the intake to the frame.

There is one on each side, so if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and remove the other side as well.

There is also a little vacuum hose on the left side of the stock intake.  You will need to pull that over to the right side in order to attach it to the Chimera Intake.  I used a few zip ties to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere.  There are a few hoses that are also clipped onto the intake for support.  Go ahead and remove all the hoses from the intake.

You are now ready to remove the intake.  To do this, use the Phillips head screw driver and loosen the clamp holding the stock intake in place.

You can simply pull up on the hose and it should disconnect from the throttle body.  It should now wiggle out and off of the bike.

No intake here!

Remove the sensor from the stock intake.

And install it on the Chimera intake.

You can now put the new intake on and connect the vacuum hose, sensor and secure the intake onto the throttle body.

Before you can put the body work back on you will have to do one small adjustment to them.  You will need to pop off the metal bracket that holds the 6 mm Allen screw.

Now that it’s off, you can fasten your bolt right onto the fairing rod.  Reassemble the body and you’re all done!


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