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    Go with a K&N. I have one and i love it, even though it's metal (i didn't know plastic was better).
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    i got the Aem brute force and like it alot

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    I have the AEM Brute Force intake and it seems perfect, i can tell a big difference in power. The main thing is oiled-or non. Its true there are rumors of oiled filters screwing with your Mass Air Flow sensor and you can avoid it. You just have to take your time and properly do it. I've been running the AEM now for about 8,000 miles and havent had a problem yet.

    I do say this though, watch out if you tend to go mudding. You can see from the filter straight down to the ground, so i recommend holding onto that stock filter system to switch out when you do. It may seem a waste of time but mass air intakes create a straight, easy shot for water to get into the engine
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Black'01Silverado View Post
    I have the AEM Brute Force intake and it seems perfect, i can tell a big difference in power. The main thing is oiled-or non. Its true there are rumors of oiled filters screwing with your Mass Air Flow sensor and you can avoid it. You just have to take your time and properly do it. I've been running the AEM now for about 8,000 miles and havent had a problem yet.

    I do say this though, watch out if you tend to go mudding. You can see from the filter straight down to the ground, so i recommend holding onto that stock filter system to switch out when you do. It may seem a waste of time but mass air intakes create a straight, easy shot for water to get into the engine

    i agree .. this is a good thing to watch out for
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    yea, I have a friend who had that happened to him, it was funny and it sucked, all at once.

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    i have the aem brute force on my truck. its really nice its the polished aluminum. i dont think it really makes too much of a power difference between the metal or plastic. when i go out and drive for a while then pop my hood the whole engine is hot but the intake is still very cold to the touch. also the aem has the no oil filter which is nice.

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    I've had both on my 04 5.3L. I liked the filter on the AEM better but hated the polished (for about a month) tube. I liked the K&N tube and box better but I'm not a big fan of oiled filters. If you oil it properly you'll be fine, but I hate that bugs and butterflies stick to the oil whereas the dry filter from AEM, you give it a smack and the stuff falls off. If I were to do it again I would go with the powdercoated AEM because of the dry filter.

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    the k&n only ads 9 hp on the 5.3L, i am shopping to replace mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04sierracrewcab View Post
    i agree .. this is a good thing to watch out for
    Good advice. Also the desert sand in southern California has a lot of silt in it. Some guys I have heard of have blown motors because the aftermarket filters they put on do not stop they very fine silt. Always keep a back up for extreem use.
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    AEM stay away from oil
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