You guys make me lol
It'll lose the heater core when it gets a cage... I'll enjoy the heater core for one more year. Besides, I'd like to be able to say that my set-up does not compromise any of the vehicles original systems i.e. no brake booster delete, no heater core delete, still has cruise control. I will however be eliminating the ICV, but that's just to keep things simple, it would be possible to include it if desired.
I was looking at these foam filter wraps from Uni-Filter at lunch. They are meant to go over top of K&N filters on motorcycles, I guess to give an extra layer of protection from crud. I figure I could slide them over the v-stack and secure with a band clamp or piece of wire as an initial air filter solution while I work on some different v-stack designs.