Sure, its not a big deal at all. All your doing is getting it out of the way for smoother air flow. Thing is on the 00-02 stock nose the opening is nowhere near the air box opening, and in the 03 nose the half of the upper nose opening that is in front of the air box is covered with foam padding. I cut that out of my 03 and took out the plastic strip. All in all this is not helping, a Short Ram
is in order here.
Oh, and I have had no problems with water.