Hi Dave, Finding someone local that has cut his side panal is not a bad idea. Haven't cut it yet. Getting conflicting input is making me cautious. I just put the UNI Filter that has the plate that replaces the backfire screen in and plan on running it that way this weekend. I think it should flow a bit more air than the stocker. I know that the Edelbrock is the shizz but I have been happy with my stock carb so far. What I don't want to have are jetting issues (If it ain't broke, don't break it! ). Anybody else out there that ported their side panal and run with the stock carb and cam???