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    Default Cold air intake?

    Just a couple questions. Is it worth it? What kind is best? Any other comments or anything would help, thanks.
    2007 Chevy Silverado LS 1500 Crew Cab
    No longer stock :glasses:
    2" Readly Lift leveling kit
    32" Pro Comp Xtreme A/T tires
    18" KMC XD series Rockstars
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    Exhaust-Flowmaster muffler, 3 inch pipe painted black, chrome tip
    K&N Cold Air Intake

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    Look around the site and search for CAI and you'll find some real good information. There's a thread by Jenna Bear that compares performance gains by the different types (open and closed box CAI) and by the different brands. A lot of members on here use the Volant or K&N. I've been real happy with my Volant. Good throttle response gains and nice sound when you need to get up and go.
    2009 GMC Sierra 5.3L running on E85
    Black and chrome
    Volant CAI
    Borla dual exhaust
    Chrome Billet grill
    Tonneau cover
    4300k High/Low Beam HIDs
    Westin Ultimate Bull Bar with PIAA 540s
    Blacked-out tail and third brake light

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    A CAI intake is a good performance upgrade, however, don't expect a huge increase in HP. Combining a CAI with other performance upgrades such as exhaust, custom tune, cam, forced induction where you'll start seeing considerable gains. As for what intake to get, use the search bar and see what comes up, you'll find pros and cons for just about every intake.
    04 ECSB Custom silver & grey, Soft 8's, BFG KO's, ReadyLift Leveling Kit, Hellwig front sway bar, K&N filter, DeeZee EZ-Down, Rhino liner, Alpine CDE103BT, Rockford 6.5's, 12" V.A.T. Hammer Pro in a Subthump box, Alpine PowerPack amp, Hifonics amp, BackRack w/ 55w 5000k HID KC Daylighters, KC light bar with 4 KC Slimlites, UWS toolbox, Shaved Antenna mod, Black Bowtie, LED backup, license plate, dome lights & 3rd brake light

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    CAI's give you a little more hp's, but what you really feel is the throttle respone, much better than the stock airbox and intake tube. Look in your stock airbox and you will see "ribs" molded into the plastic box and lid. The intake tube has baffles. The main reason for the ribs and baffles are for noise reduction. They end up hampering airflow. I like the closed airbox CAI's, I have the Banks CAI that you can see on my lastest photo album. It has a huge K&N filter.

    ---------- Post added at 09:46 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:23 AM ----------

    One thing I like about the Banks is if you look at the intake tube just behide the MAF theres a rubber flex tube. This tube is almost smooth inside so it doesn't hamper airflow, but what this piece does is it lets the engine flex without loosening the intake tube at the throttlebody. Kits without this flex tube have a tendancy to loosen at the throttlebody. This is something most people never notice unless there taking the tube off for lets say to clean the throttlebody. Just think about it, the airbox is bolted solid to the trucks frame and the engine flex's on its motor mounts with engine torque while driving. Something must/will give and move.

    2005 Chevy Silverado Z71 Crew Cab
    6" Skyjacker lift w/Edlebrock dual front remote resoviour shocks, single rear remote. Rancho skid-plate.
    17" x 9" M/T Classic Lock Wheels, 35" BFG A/T or M/T tires
    4.10 PercisionGears w/factory locker, T/A Performance rear-end cover
    Banks CAI intake, ported throttlebody, JBA coated headers, over-sized Magnaflow cats, Magnaflow cat back exhaust, Diablo tuned
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    Good point, the Volant has a flex coupling in it too.

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    Performance 4 Trucks website has the AirRaid Jr tube on sale for 109.99 ( regular 149.99 ) and a $10 off coupon code ( FACEBOOK ) and free ground shipping.
    So you can get it shipped for $99.00

    2009 Silverado 1500
    5.3L / 3.73 G80 / 4spd / 4x4 / LWB/ Ext Cab / HD Tow-Haul
    2.25in ReadyLift Level Kit / 3in blocks/ 3500lb HellWig / 265x65x17 Wrangler AT
    K&N Filter / AirRaid MIT / MagnaFlow 2.25" Dual Exhaust / HyperTech MaxEnergy

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    I've never compared other closed box CAI's (never thought too) but the Banks CAI for the gas trucks uses the same airbox and filter as they use for the deisel trucks, so I'm sure the flow enough air for even modified gas trucks.

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    One other thing i forgot to mention, Here are the dyno results for Airraid system on 5.3L. " I personally dont believe its gona give that much, but its something to consider"

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    Thanks guys. I think I'm going to get one and if it put on this weekend. My dad thinks I should go with K&N because of the warranty but hopefully I'll like it.

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    Banks is having a father days sale on everything including there CAI's.

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