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Old 06-29-2012, 01:10 PM
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best air intake

what is the best after market air intake or what is the best brands or what brands should i avoid that are the worst?
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I believe most will tell you to stick with the stock intake unless you are trying to push big power (over 500hp)

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Old 06-29-2012, 01:59 PM
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K&N + diesel truck = dusted turbo and motor. It lets too much crap through! Stick with the stocker.
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S&B and Afe seem to be the most popular. I like my Airaid.
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I got an aem bruteforce on mine. I like it. Do I need it? Probably not. The thing to avoid is the oiled filters. Most companies now offer dry filters that are really good

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Old 06-30-2012, 06:58 AM
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Here's an excerpt from my thread on 6.0L Performance Potential:

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Cold Air Intakes
There is a lot of debate about the cost-benefit ratio of upgrading the stock air filter and intake assemblies on the 6.0L. The old mindset was that the stock air filter was good to 500RWHP, and for the most part that is still correct. However once you building beyond the limits of electronic programming, you are limiting your gains by the stock box.

507RWHP was put down with 175's and the Powermax turbocharger, it was truck builds similar to this that gave folks the impression that the stock air filter can and will support builds upto that level of power. Depending on your driving evironment, and personal perferances, the stock filter may not be best for your 500RWHP build. Dusty areas, and dirt roads, situations were filtration is more important is were the stock filter surpasses anything on the aftermarket for filtration and protecting your investment.

When you look at the gains of these advanced builds being put together now. 485RWHP on an S&B intake, exhaust, stock injectors, and a Stage 2 turbo, with ECM/FICM tuning. (Only 22HP shy of that 175, Powermax, stock air box, ECM tuning only.) With the investment of a turbo or injectors (between $850-$3600, plus instalation), its pretty clear you are holding your build back with the stock air filter (roughly a $400 upgrade). There are two leading filter systems out there, the first is the S&B intake and the other is from AFE.

When you look at weather your build requires the addition of a cold air intake, look at that filtration to performance balance.
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I have stock and will keep it. I put an Airaid on a truck that showed up randomly here for some work. The airaid sounds WAY cooler than stock but its whatever. I cant spend that much money just for a sound (ok well guess I do for exhaust but thats different )
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The aftermarket intakes definitely offer less restriction. You can easily hear that. What you have to do is look at the trade off in filtration. I run a Airaid wet filter with a prefilter. It does an ok job but I think the S&B or AFE dry filters are probably better at filtering although again at the cost of air flow.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:36 PM
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I bought a Banks Ram Air about a year and a half ago. It was expensive. It has a whole air box that is similar to the stock shape. Not real happy I spent all the money on a "Banks" item. Although, I don't miss trying to swap a new stock element
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:27 PM
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I just read in a diesel mag that K&N has stepped up their diesel filters. No longer a 4 ply, now has 6 ply and their air box is newly designed as well. I guess they've been listening.
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