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Old 09-27-2010, 10:15 AM
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AFE vs S&B...

...which is better and why? I plan on running Spartan's 250 or 275 tune with stock exhaust with a DOC/DPF delete pipe. Thanks

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:48 AM
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I like my afe stage 2 with my pro gaurd 7.. I think it flows more air than the s&b but for the 250 and 275 tunes i think youll be more than happy with the either choice
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afe all the way! pro guard or not still a great set up!
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I've got the S&B & really like it! I know AFE is good stuff,but I had the SI model & sent it back do to fittment problems!
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AFE with pro guard 7 on mine i love it i run my truck in dusty conditions all the time and she still flows like a champ and filters all the dirt out
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Go with AFE, sounds like the SI stage 2 model is the way to go, but it seems to be a tight fit according to some...
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:47 AM
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s&b, tidy little unit. awesome fit. i do believe the afe may flow a little bit more air but not a noticeable difference running the 250 or 275
vote for s&b
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I first tried the K&N panel drop in years ago, before anyone knew they filtered poorly. It helped spool-up and mpg. After I hit 100k I put in a DP Tuner chip and 4" exhaust and ran that awhile.

I had debated between the Ford AIS and the S&B for a long time. Both were purported to flow well and filter great. They were both $200 then. I got the AIS. Big mistake. I do go offroad some, but mostly highway driving. The Donely AIS filter should be good for 50-60k miles. It's huge and traps 5x more dirt than stock. I did the Zoodad (holes drilled in front air dam). My first filter plugged around 25k on it. I didn't notice for a long time because I did not expect it. I noticed lower mpg, more oil leakage, then harder starting and more soot. I finally figured it out. It had a lot of dust in it. New filter. The next only went for 15k w/ NO OFFROADING. No gravel, nothing. Clean, highway driving. The one lasted only 15k before I had intolerable EGT's while pulling. I had to rig a cheap filter on from Autozone while on the highway in WY. Got me home w/ 250 deg lower EGT.

Now. I had to get rid of el-cheapo. I finally ponied up for the S&B oiled. The filters cost the same, but dry is disposable only, so I got oiled. It is great. EGT's stayed low, normal, I mean. I can hear all the flow. I could hear the rigged filter more, but it had NO box at all, only filter on intake hose. I covered the bottom hole. It seemed to me that would only expose it to water, mud, and road dirt from under the fender well. I think the snout and hole facing the fender are enough. They have 8 layers (or is it 7?) Either way, a lot. They are the ONLY company that backs up their system w/ filtration and flow data. I like proof in a product.

I'm not sure why any of these are called "cold air intakes" since they still draw from under the hood.

I hope to add a snorkel someday. The S&B is the only one that is almost stock in configuration and would allow it. It looks great. I did get the pre-filter sock to keep big things out of the mesh, as well.

I love it. Get it!
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I runb the S&B and think its the best value on the market. The only drawback to it is changing the filter which takes a little longer. Its not really a big deal though. AFE makes a really nice product as well. You will be very happy with either one.
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