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Do you really need a cold air intake?

Discussion in 'Performance & Fuel' started by Jarrett, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. Jarrett

    Jarrett New Member

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    I have a 1998 Chevrolet K-1500 5.0. I was looking at buying a cold air intake for my vehicle, but why should I? On my truck, there is a box surrounding the air filter. I just took the top of the box off, and to me this works just like a cold air intake, if anyone thinks this is stupid or cold mess up something on my truck please reply.
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    NO! We don't need one, but they look so cool under the hood! I personally think cold air intakes a waste of money, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't buy another more expensive one next time. It's one of those things like, hey everyone else is doing it so why shouldn't I? I did think of doing what you did on my last truck, but the ego boost got to me and I bought a K&N anyway LOL!

    I think it's personal preference myself, and you really don't see any gains unless you use a programmer with it in the first place. I look at it as a way to stimulate the economy, but it is usually the first thing that somebody does to there truck because of ease of installation. :sign0021:
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  3. Jarrett

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    I agree, I know some guys who have K&N cold air intakes, but why spend several hundred dollars, on something that could be done free, and in about 10 seconds at most.
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    I didn't need my Volant CAI, but I like it. I guess allowing more air in is key to the system. I was surprised at the plastic that was attached to the OEM intake tube. Removing that shaved a few...ounces off my ride! :glasses:
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  5. DAREDEVIL

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    OK,OK....i don't know about free or 10 seconds, but for around 40 bucks there are real nice ones.

    Although the Big money K&N perform better.

    COLD AIR in an engine intake is always better, do u need it ....NO , does it help your power band and performance ....YES !!!!!!!!!:great:

    Just my 2c
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  6. Jarrett

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    I was talking about (Free, and about 10 seconds) taking the lid off the air intake box, that draws air from a hole in the fender. Wouldn't taking off the lid, do the same thing as buying a cold air intake kit, because you are still drawing in air from an air filter underneath the hood.
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  7. XS ive

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    The big robbers of free flowing air are the intake to the filter,the filter, and the tube between filter and manifold. Removing OEM filter box cover will take care of 1 of the 3, but the air will still have 2 other elements to deal with before it gets to where it needs to be. Yes without the OEM cover it will be better, but not as efficient as it could be.
    Hope this helps.
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  8. Jarrett

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    What would be the difference in the tube between the filter and the intake? They both seem to do the same thing, even though the look different.Also how could one be more efficient than the other, if they both would deliver air from the filter to the intake in the same path?
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    To get a true Cold Air Intake you'd probably need to build your own, something drawing air from a low pressure area on the outside of the trucks sheetmetal, probably the best low pressure area is at the base of the windshield with your scoop running towards the windshield like a cowl induction hood. Make the intake tube short and smooth, the throttle body will put all the swirl you need into the mix, fewer curves and bumps leave less disturbed air.
    OEM and aftermarket intakes normally draw from places that have warm engine compartment air mixing in with them.
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  10. DAREDEVIL

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    REAL COLD AIR INTAKE , just like i did on my little Suburban.......
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  11. tbplus10

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    Thats kind of like a Ram Air intake, only it looks like your still drawing underhood warm air along with the forced air.
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  12. DAREDEVIL

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    Yes, but it made a HUGE diffrents, runs alot better at idle and takes throttle response like a racecar. LOL

    Plus i like the look.

    I also did it because of the heat from the headers coming up ,,this way it kind of pushes the hot air down and out the engine bay. Atleast that was my thought .:neutral::lol:
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    I like that, looks good and is funtional. Do you plug it when it rains? or is their no need to?
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  14. Dr Len

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    I agree with Dare Ive done some heavy mods on seadoo watercraft.The engine temps get real hot in the compartment. As soon as I got some cold air in that motor picked up 500 to 700 rpm. You say thats nothing.But hole shot and top end sure make a diffrence. All in all getting more air in there makes a diffrence.No doubt about.Im always looking for performance. I installed a Volant in my 09 Sierra and it made a diffrence right away. As for gas mileage I'll be doing some testing.All in all in all more air more power. Why do you think they make superchargers anyway.
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    that is awesome daredevil. i really like how you did that. how much was it, in time and money?
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  17. DAREDEVIL

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    With the paint of the little scoop, 30 bucks and 1 hour for the paint to try,,in that time ...drilled the holes and primed them , then it was done.

    The filter, 50 bucks and 15 min. :great:
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    No need to !!!
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    nice, i think i will copy you when the weather warms up here
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  20. DAREDEVIL

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    Shure...bought that little scoop at AUTOZONE, 14.99 !!!!! and i liked it. Did not want a real big cowel on there !
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