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Old 08-13-2008, 12:56 PM
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filter vs. CAI

I'm considering getting a CAI for my truck, but I keep getting stuck. I look at all the available kits and I'm hard pressed to see how ANY of the kits could possibly flow more air than stock. Every single unit is limited by the size of the opening into the fender well. Can someone give me any good reason NOT to just buy a filter, and run it in the stock box?
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Old 08-13-2008, 01:29 PM
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I'm considering getting a CAI for my truck, but I keep getting stuck. I look at all the available kits and I'm hard pressed to see how ANY of the kits could possibly flow more air than stock. Every single unit is limited by the size of the opening into the fender well. Can someone give me any good reason NOT to just buy a filter, and run it in the stock box?
Well I've raised that question myself......but I do know wone thing for fact, if you plan on re-programming the truck past a 125HP tune your going to need some type of CAI or high flow filter simply because the truck will need more than what the stock intake will allow and you'll get a check filter light. Hell for the first time the other day my AFE stage with a pre-filter threw light because the pre-filter was too dirty and not letting enough air through
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Well I've raised that question myself......but I do know wone thing for fact, if you plan on re-programming the truck past a 125HP tune your going to need some type of CAI or high flow filter simply because the truck will need more than what the stock intake will allow and you'll get a check filter light. Hell for the first time the other day my AFE stage with a pre-filter threw light because the pre-filter was too dirty and not letting enough air through
AFE has a prefilter? Do you mean one of those fabric socks you put over the filter?



Looking at the stock element, I have to believe its restrictive. Looking at the stock box.....I can't see how you can improve on that. I mean, MAYBE you can make a larger volume box (like what roush is doing) but thats about it!
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AFE has a prefilter? Do you mean one of those fabric socks you put over the filter?



Looking at the stock element, I have to believe its restrictive. Looking at the stock box.....I can't see how you can improve on that. I mean, MAYBE you can make a larger volume box (like what roush is doing) but thats about it!
Fabric socks .....yeah that thing, it came with the kit when I bought it.

Well it depends on what you mean by improve on it......with an open air element like the AFE you get more air flow, but its not cold. It gets hot air from the engine, which if you run it hot weather and run the 250 tune, like I do as well as some other people, then you run into a problem with ambient air temp parameter for intake getting high and throwing a CEL. I'm running a different tune for the 250HP tune to see if works and so far so good.

Also please don't fall for the "this CAI pulls are from the side vent" at high speeds that going to act like a vacuum do more harm than good

Really the best thing for the truck would be some type of ram air set-up and from what understand its being looked at and is in the works.....I just hope it looks good
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Fabric socks .....yeah that thing, it came with the kit when I bought it.

Well it depends on what you mean by improve on it......with an open air element like the AFE you get more air flow, but its not cold. It gets hot air from the engine, which if you run it hot weather and run the 250 tune, like I do as well as some other people, then you run into a problem with ambient air temp parameter for intake getting high and throwing a CEL. I'm running a different tune for the 250HP tune to see if works and so far so good.

Also please don't fall for the "this CAI pulls are from the side vent" at high speeds that going to act like a vacuum do more harm than good

Really the best thing for the truck would be some type of ram air set-up and from what understand its being looked at and is in the works.....I just hope it looks good
Oh, I don't fall for any of those tricks. I sold a '00 lightning to get my superduty, and I think I had the last lightning on the planet with a stock airbox. I just ran a k&n drop-in filter in the stock box, and I wasn't "missing" any power compared to the guys with CAIs and similar mods.

Air raid makes a drop-in filter for our trucks @ $70 vs. $250+ for a complete cold air. As far as looks go......the CAIs look better. However, I doubt my truck is ever going to win a carshow so I just can't justify the additional money? Seems like a drop-in filter + maybe some massaging of the stock box's opening oughta be just as good as a CAI without the price tag?
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Whatever you do stay away from the K&N drop ins they dont seal well enough for a diesel application
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Oh, I don't fall for any of those tricks. I sold a '00 lightning to get my superduty, and I think I had the last lightning on the planet with a stock airbox. I just ran a k&n drop-in filter in the stock box, and I wasn't "missing" any power compared to the guys with CAIs and similar mods.

Air raid makes a drop-in filter for our trucks @ $70 vs. $250+ for a complete cold air. As far as looks go......the CAIs look better. However, I doubt my truck is ever going to win a carshow so I just can't justify the additional money? Seems like a drop-in filter + maybe some massaging of the stock box's opening oughta be just as good as a CAI without the price tag?
I totally agree with you........but just remember if you decide to reprogram the truck for some serious power its something that you going to have to spend money on
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I totally agree with you........but just remember if you decide to reprogram the truck for some serious power its something that you going to have to spend money on
You really think so? I'm most definetly going to get a Spartan tuner with a DPF delete as soon as my pocketbook allows. You don't think an airrraid filter alone is going to move enough air?
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You really think so? I'm most definetly going to get a Spartan tuner with a DPF delete as soon as my pocketbook allows. You don't think an airrraid filter alone is going to move enough air?
Yup, even Matt ran into that problem. He wanted to stay with the stock intake, but the turbos just ask for to much air to quickly for the stocker to handle it......

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