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post #1 of 47 Old 07-21-2013, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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Let's Talk Air Filters

So I now need to replace my turbo, which I think went bad due to my K&N cleaner. I talked to my cousin that builds industrial compressors, and he puts Donaldson filters on every engine he builds... that makes sense. Cuz that's what I put on as replacements at my truck shop. Problem is- I cant seem to find a Donaldson to fit the 4" pipe on my truck. Does anyone know where to find that or something comparable with a paper element? Ive always been told "don't use k&n on ur truck" but I didn't believe em cuz I have k&n on my 70s Camaro and every vehicle ive owned thus far without problems. But apparently there is just so much airflow that the oil based filter cant hold up. Any thoughts? advice? questions? Lets talk.
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For the 6.0 the stock intake is best for 500hp and under. After that go afe or s&b
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Aem also makes a nice dry flow filter

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I have a S&B and have no complaints whatsoever, S&B is one of the few company's that post filter efficiency and flow rates. Air filters that are open to the engine compartment have been known to cause high IATs and cycle the fan at low speeds.

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Call me crazy if you want but I love my Banks filter. A little over 50K miles and no problems.


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Ran K&N on my old 6.0 for years with zero issues but it came with it one the truck. Now I run AEM brute force cai on my current 6.0 and also no issues thus far and it's got some mileage on it. I heard the K&N horror stories but rolled with it anyways. To each there own though I do however like the AEM look a lot better idk why.

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The OEM 6.0 filter is made by Donaldson. How about going back to a stock setup??

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I like the Donaldson filter my self! best out there. I dislike the stock filter position and mounting its a pain to work on it... I know Injen and Volant both advertise using the power core Donaldson. I have been toying with building a bumper that holds 2 stock style air filters and doesn't block airflow to radiator etc Currently I will be running the stocker with my rebuild.
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Unless you plan on going more than a tune and exhaust, the stocker works fine. Beyond that, get a cai. I don't buy the 500hp thing, it'll work, but be like breathing through a straw.

I did feel a touch better off idle performance when I had a pmax/stock stick outfit from the afe pro dry s filter.

Oh and you'll hear or have read, you can't beat the filtration of the stocker, that's because it's a foot deep and packed full of media. But it flows great for how thick the media is. Can't deny that.


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There is plenty of trucks running in that 500HP range on the stock Donaldson, and I have a good bit of information of this subject in my build thread (check sig).

Personnally, unless you find yourself in a lot of dusty environments, since you have to buy a new intake now anyway (get the K&N out of there) I'd run an S&B in your shoes.
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