Are there any resonators on that hose? If not then your mod is already done. I personally would have left the stock box and threw a K & N on there. As of now, sorry to be the bearer of bad news but now you have a HAI, hot air intake.
no it is not a hot air intake it has a heat sheild. and i had a k&n air filter. and now i got this. i love it i average about 18.9 mpg. and the sound is really deep. sounds like a v8. im thinking about making an intake tube. and taking the oem one out.
Can't run it out the passenger's side, the battery and IPDM is all in the way over there.
I say that you can't cut the tube out, but after looking at it a bit closer, the use of a band saw and perhaps a way to sleeve the interior of the pipe would actually work. Then you could reuse the resonator as a decoration to cover up the front of the engine only. I'll have to look closer at that.