Replace an Outlaw CAI with Banks CAI -- or keep the Outlaw? Need opinions...

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by SurrealOne, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    I bought a used '04 GMC Sierra as a project. It came with a number of problems (which I've already addressed) as well as a few toys. Among the toys was a no-longer-made Outlaw CAI (See here: The filter is in good shape, I see nothing wrong with the box or the tube, and I am ok with the sound of it. It's not pretty but it doesn't have to be; the engineering simply needs to be sound and I believe it is.

    However, I'm weighing the Outlaw CAI against the Banks CAI -- primarily because the Outlaw draws from the fender where the Banks draws from the bottom of the air box. Can any folks with a bit more CAI knowledge than I have provide insight as to whether there's enough difference, here, to be relevant?

    Right now I'm prone to sticking with what I have as I've already got a CAI and a Flowmaster catback system in place. Thoughts, opinions, and/or suggestions that either support this intent or refute it would be appreciated, as I'm still on the fence. Thoughts on other airflow/mpg/torque uses for the cash that I'd save by not buying the Banks (besides a predator, which I have, and a custom tune, which I'll do when I'm finished with modifications) would also be welcome in case I keep the Outlaw, as well...

    Last edited: Sep 12, 2011

    99'HEARTBEAT MODERATOR Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    As you already have a CAI along with a Cat Back have to ask yourself if spending.....$350.00 is going to be a Good Return on your Investment??......meaning How long will it take for the New $350.00 CAI to pay for itself??......As you've mentioned another route you could Go.......Is with a Tune either Hand-Held or Custom.......going with a Tune would be a Very Good Investment for your Money......IMO.....its going to be the Best Bang for your Buck.
  3. adampaul1964

    adampaul1964 Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    Six of one and half a dozen of the other. One CAI is the same as the other, the only difference in my opinion is some now come with an oil less filter, that for me would be the only reason I would swap.
  4. silveradotrailblazer

    silveradotrailblazer Epic Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    The Banks draws air from the bottom and the fender side. You can see the Banks on my photo album.
  5. SurrealOne

    SurrealOne Former Member ROTM Winner 1000 Posts

    That gives me an idea: the Volant PowerCore filters come in a variety of shapes/sizes/offsets and are intentionally usable on a number of systems NOT made by Volant.

    To all who responded, thanks for reinforcing what I was already feeling. I'm going to stick with what I have, investigate an upgrade to an oil-less PowerCore filter (per above), and put the rest of the cash (that this approach will save) toward electrical upgrades that must precede my winch project.


    P.S. The custom tune's already budgeted for...
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011

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