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Old 01 Oct 2002, 10:44 pm
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I am new to these forums. I am trying to decide on one of two air intakes. Either the K&N or the AirRaid. I am looking for a little more performance in horsepower. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02 Oct 2002, 12:52 pm
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Welcome to the forums luvmypt, I think they both make a cold air setup and thats what you would want to really see gain in performance, both K&N and AiRaid make fine products myself I like K&N from my racing days but I don't really think it matters

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Old 02 Oct 2002, 09:18 pm
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From what I've seen on this and other forums, they both have similar gains so shopping for the best price would be the way to go.

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Old 03 Oct 2002, 12:15 am
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Thanks to both WUWU20 and CTFRANK for your reply on this subject. I think I am going to go the way of the K&N only because I think it looks better.

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i have the airaid and i like it. i don't know the exact gains, but it sounds alot better. a nice growl from the hood. it also uses a k&n filter.

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Old 03 Oct 2002, 12:19 pm
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If you want the looks of the Airaid or K&N FIPK, then spend the money. If the looks aren't important, but the performance increase is, then buy the K&N drop in filter for $30.00 (varies) and a 3" aluminum duct elbow for a $1.60 from the hardware store. Open your filter box, remove the stock filter and the white plastic nozzle. Remove the bottom half of the filter box and pull out the plastic snorkel that extends down into the fender well opening (cold air supply). Then place the duct elbow over the opening in the side of the box and trace it's outline. Using whatever tools you have, I used a Dremel tool, cut out the existing opening to allow you to insert the aluminum elbow into the box. Use some glue to hold it the elbow in place and put the lower box back on it's mounts. Make sure the duct is just over the opening to the fender well. Drop in the K&N filter and you're ready to go. You'll get all the cold air the engine can use and a real nice throaty sound when you push down on the accelerator. All for about one quarter the cost of the Airaid system. Adding the 3" elbow made a world of difference in my car over just adding the K&N filter.


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Old 03 Oct 2002, 08:19 pm
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My opinion, I would get a Pipercross induction system. part # PK176c http://www.pipercross.com/ if you live in a dusty area. Or buy a foam air filter or Accel Kool Blue to replace the K&N one. K&N type filters do allow more air to pass but filtration is best when the filter becomes "dirty" and kept properly oiled. The Pipercross will flow almost as well as the K&N but filter the smaller particles better and is also a reusable filter or can be cleaned. I should add that the K&N is a good filter and is popular among many enthusiasts. Oil analysis varies depending on the geographic area/location with the K&N Filter. Some report excellent results with minimal dirt and wear, while others find increased dirt and wear. The following link is from a desert racer and may be considered an extreme example: http://www.dirtcheapracing.com/tech/airfilter/. And here is an image of a K&N filter under microscope with various micron sizes as reference:



Accel Kool Blue Air Filters, part # ACC-KP2539, is an excellent alternative to the K&N drop-in filter and cheaper too, if you feel that a paper filter is too restrictive and want more filtration than the K&N, yet want a reusable filter and better breathing. Personally, I prefer the paper air filters, cheaper and has more filtering area. Would like to see a foam drop-in filter though.

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Old 06 Oct 2002, 04:41 pm
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StarCrwzr: I didn't fool with that snorkel, but simply attached a 2" duct to the snorkel, then ran the duct behind the left front wheel well area and down to the left brake intake. I cut a hole in the side of the intake (I didn't want to reduce air to the brakes!) and inserted the end of the 2" duct there, after covering the end with some screening to keep out miscellaneous junk. Brings colder air directly to the filter - works great!

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