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Old 05-27-2012, 03:44 PM
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zoodad mod complete!

well on the way back home today i was looking at my air intake temps and they were a steady 7-8 degrees cruising at 70 mph. Busted out the dremel and did the zoodad! now i am seeing 2-4 degrees at 55! awesome mod! I have a ranchhand legend bumper and the horizontal thin chrome inserts where the honey comb black grill is, do you think i would still need to put a screen over the new opening? i read up on the posts about to screen or not, but with all that protection i cant imagine much getting in there. Any thoughts? i have the stock intake and filtration. Oh! and im getting ready to drop some mulah and get an SCT livewire, new oil cooler, intake gaskets, coolant filter, blue spring upgrade, and egr from mkmcustoms! gonna order it all in the next hour or so, so it will ship out tomorrow! cant wait to have some custom tunes!
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well on the way back home today i was looking at my air intake temps and they were a steady 7-8 degrees cruising at 70 mph. Busted out the dremel and did the zoodad! now i am seeing 2-4 degrees at 55! awesome mod! I have a ranchhand legend bumper and the horizontal thin chrome inserts where the honey comb black grill is, do you think i would still need to put a screen over the new opening? i read up on the posts about to screen or not, but with all that protection i cant imagine much getting in there. Any thoughts? i have the stock intake and filtration. Oh! and im getting ready to drop some mulah and get an SCT livewire, new oil cooler, intake gaskets, coolant filter, blue spring upgrade, and egr from mkmcustoms! gonna order it all in the next hour or so, so it will ship out tomorrow! cant wait to have some custom tunes!
I have a screen over mine just to keep the bugs out and it does work . You'd be supprized what hits the opening . As for the up grades keep your stock ar intake I should have spent the cash on something better.
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Old 05-27-2012, 04:43 PM
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i put a screen all the way across my grille where the radiator and condensor and that are just cause when spring rolls around bugs galor and cotton and who know what else, did it so i wouldnt have anything bending the fins all to crap i havent noticed any raise in temps on coolant or oil. just added safety
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Yeah I'm def keeping the stock intake. What kind of screen are most people using? Like screen door mesh or more like 1/4" hardware cloth. Is think the smaller and finer the screen the better? Lemme know what you are using and where you found it!

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I use a screen door type mesh that is plastic or fiberglass on something non metal. been there for 4 years and keeps anything bad from getting in there.
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Has anybody seen any real hp gains or any actual benefits to this mod??


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Old 05-27-2012, 09:17 PM
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i used the plastic or fiberglass screen door mesh, you wont see much of anything really i mean no seat of the pants no dyno numbers no track numbers being different, its just a way of getting more air in, the air restriction is in the manifold. its the same idea as the duramax guys taking the headlight out to get more air in is all its doing so its neither good nor bad its personal preference
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well on the way back home today i was looking at my air intake temps and they were a steady 7-8 degrees cruising at 70 mph. Busted out the dremel and did the zoodad! now i am seeing 2-4 degrees at 55!
Those are temps over ambient?

I have run zoodad with a screen, with a plate with 1/4" holes dilled in it and wide open.
The screen does catch a lot of bugs and crap. With the 1/4" holes I saw no "prefiltering", may as well been wide open. I used SS screen, the same size as "window screen", whatever that is.
I'd suggest using a screen of some sort. It acts as a "prefilter" and keeps a lot of the big stuff from hitting the filter.

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Has anybody seen any real hp gains or any actual benefits to this mod??
I've never heard anyone claim HP gain, and I'd be skeptical if they did. but slightly lower intake air temps are what you'll get

Not a huge decrease (a couple degrees) but for how much it cost, $ZERO, and how long it takes, an hour if you really take your time... Why would you not do it
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I just drilled a bunch of small holes in mine insted of cutting a big hole so no need for screen
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Mines wide open and have not had any problems yet. Driven in some pretty heavy rain storms and had no issues. In the late spring to early fall I do put on a full mesh bug screen across the grill and headlights.
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