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It really shouldn't need a t-bolt- it's not under pressure or anything.
If the housing isn't cracked or anything so that it's not compressing than just scuff it up a bit so the filter has something to bite on.
I'm not aware of anybody else having a similar issue, so my first thought is to look for what changed with this one...
Was a Mazdaspeed6 GT #3476 TiGray slicktop
2009 BMW 135i - double the turbos, double the fun!
E82.N54 / Steptronic w/ Alpina B3 flash / Berk Street exhaust / MHD 1+
340 hp / 371tq