Cold Air intakes...

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by A_Clutts, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. A_Clutts

    A_Clutts New Member

    Alright, I've been searching all over the web for Cold Air intake kits to go on my 2000 Silverado 5.3L 1500. Obviously some brands may be better quality or better functioning then others but I just don't know enough people with them to compare. I was wondering what peoples' opinions are on the subject. My father will always recommend K&N but I'm wondering if there are any others that produce higher then a 9hp gain. I'm looking for the greatest amount of horsepower practically possible.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Enkeiavalanche

    Enkeiavalanche Moderator

    You won't feel it much between 5-14 HP gains. You will hear the Air being Sucked in and maybe a little more Pick up and go.But if you do do this then a Exhaust system along with a programer will help But be warned Your MPG's will also go down depending on your Right foot..:gasp: I myself have always gone with K&N for reliability, for filtration and Tests that they have performed.
  3. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    The gains are also primarily at WOT ... so unless you spend a lot of time there, your butt dyno will probably never notice an improvement. This means buy what you like the looks and/or sound of ... since they do change your underhood looks ... and also change how your machine sounds when it inhales.

    I, myself, like Volant CAI's. I think the Banks units look sharp (REALLY sharp -- as in I even prefer them to Volants in terms of looks), but I've never had the opportunity to hear one.
  4. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I think you'll be lucky to get 5HP gain from a CAI.

    IMO, just replace the intake tube with an MIT and pop in a K&N air filter. The combo of new tube and less restrictive filter may get you the 9HP gain you are looking for. It will certainly sound better under heavy throttle that's for sure.

    Don't waste your time with a TBS, someone will surely tell you they help, but they don't do anything but whistle.
  5. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    Ive said it before and Ill stand by it just like stchman posted a quality drop in filter and change out the inlet tube.
    Ive seen guys with a little imagination build some great air supply systems for very little money by visiting the local hardware store and seeing whats available.
    Theres not a huge amount of power to be gained without internal engine upgrades done in conjunction with exhaust upgrades and intake upgrades.
    Yuo might pick off a couple horsepower here and there but when combined they wont all add up to a neck snapping change.
    But the audible change coupled with visual change can sometimes be worth the price.
  6. repley81

    repley81 New Member

    Go with K&N, they are easy to install. Oh and they are usually cheaper on Amazon than the actual K&N website.
  7. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy New Member

    yeah K&N will give you the most power. proven.
    plus, they come with a 1,000,000 mile warranty. so if its ever damaged in anyway you can get a new one.
    just be sure you get the "precharger" filter wrap-sock-thing for it. makes it stay MUCH cleaner
  8. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I had a 63 series K&N full intake on my 5.3, and it looked nice $379.00
    I just bought a Spectre kit for my truck, $150 Summit Racing and it looks nice too.

    Performance gains eeehh?? Looks-hell yeah, sound- yep it's all there
  9. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member

    Well said! :great:
  10. truc.karl

    truc.karl New Member

    K&N is a good brand of cai. I had one on my previous car though I experienced minor improvement.
  11. A_Clutts

    A_Clutts New Member

    I'm considering Spectre just because of the big price difference between them and K&N. Good idea or should I save up some more for the higher priced K&N?
  12. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    ​I bought a Spectre for my truck, and I can't tell a difference between this $150.00 unit, and my old K&N $365.00 unit. Personal preference I guess, but I actually think the Spectre looks nicer.


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  13. JimmyA

    JimmyA Member

    If you add more AIR the computer will add more GAS! JMHO........ I would just add a better filter!
  14. K15 Blazer Guy

    K15 Blazer Guy New Member

    ive cut open those filters and looked at them... theyre basically a paper towel.... super ****ty chink material
    K&N is totally overpriced, but remember, your buying a lifetime warranty for every single part of the kit. and your getting American cotton pleats as a filter material... not paper towel from china

    i didnt get one for my truck cause i just got the filter in the stock air cleaner. TBI doesnt need a cold air intake
  15. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman New Member

    Airraid MIT tube and the factory box is your best bet..

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  16. phoebeisis

    phoebeisis New Member

    Maybe I read the charts-dyno runs-incorrectly
    But all the results-WERE THE SAME- for all practical purposes.
    255 vs 264 hp
    9hp- 3% increase.
    NOT MUCH- and 9hp doesn't necessarily mean it will accelerate faster-not if throttle response is compromised.
    With modern EFI- throttle response is probably fine
    but like TB and others said- no one can "feel" 9hp in the seat of their pants

    Save your $$ put in N20 injection-it might cost $600 for a 75 hp shot-but you will actually be able to "feel" it
    and it won't give your truck that funny that funny CAI ricer car sound
    Yeah-N20 best bang for $$-and you get stock MPG and sound-except when you want to GO.
    CAI waste of $$.

    But I'm old cheap cranky and negative in respect to "bolt on" performance-except N20 bolt on-it actually works-
    Ignore me and get something that looks cool when you pop the hood.
    Charlie
  17. nonnieselman

    nonnieselman New Member

  18. JimmyA

    JimmyA Member

    I would like to hear more about this N20 injection if you please!
  19. mfleetwood

    mfleetwood Moderator

    I think the information on the N20 would be great for members to learn about. @phoebeisis ; would you mind starting a new thread on this when you have a moment? Thanks!
  20. 95C1500

    95C1500 New Member

    Try this! http://www.gmtruckcentral.com/articles/air-filter-study.html

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