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    Sr. Apprentice sgt_in_usaf's Avatar
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    Grand Forks AFB, ND

    Default Volant Air Intake or Hypertech Max Energy programmer????

    Hey guys. I would like your opinions on what upgrade I should do first. Until I get back from my deployment, I only have money for one of these...

    Volant Powercore CAI with ram air scoop


    Hypertech Max Energy programmer.

    Right now the only mod I've done to my 2001 Suburban 5.3L is just a drop in K&N air filter. Which upgrade would give me the best increase in fuel mileage from where I'm at right now? I've heard that the Volant CAI can increase 2-4 mpg over stock, but I'm already getting 1-2 mpg above stock just with the drop in filter.

    Thanks in advance for your advice!!!
    Grand Forks AFB, ND

    2001 Chevy Suburban LT K1500 V8 5.3L 4x4
    - 16" Goodyear Wrangler Fortera tires
    - K&N air filter

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    Jr. Engineer Gmcsuvguy's Avatar
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    In my opinion if you have the K&N filter already I would go for the programmer. You can always upgrade to the CAI later but you already are getting more air flow.
    Ken Beida
    2010 GMC Sierra Crew Cab 4X4, 5.3L
    2009 GMC Sierra Denali, 6.2L = 403hp, AWD, Full load

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    yea i gotta agree with ken the programmer will give u more power gains and more horsepower gains than the CAI will. and 2-4 might be stretchin it on a MPG increase for a CAI that seems high but you never know
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    If you're looking for the best bang for your buck, search around for custom tunes. Otherwise, a good tuner is always going to provide better gains over cat-back or CAI. But they do work rather well together, if you wanted to get them later.

    2009 GMC Sierra Denali AWD

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    Sr. Apprentice sgt_in_usaf's Avatar
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    Thanks guys. I decided to get the programmer. I actually lucked out and found a brand new one on Ebay for $233 (everywhere else was $379). It was listed in the wrong category and I just happened to stumble upon it on accident. what a steal huh? I'll post later to let ya'll know how much of a gain I get from it!

    Thanks again for the advice!!!

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