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Old 06-17-2012, 08:37 AM   #1
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CAI vs k&n drop in

Is the extra $200 or so you pay for an intake over the drop in filter really worth it? I miss the $50 eBay intakes from the good old days on my older mustangs. I made an intake for my 5.4 for about $12. The price for these steeda and k&n intakes just blows my mind.


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The nay-sayers disagree, but I dynoed my K&N drop in with a 11hp increase over the OEM filter. For $50, I'm pretty sure that this is what will stay in my car. Most of the other intakes all use the same small hole that the stock box uses, so outside of finding another way to introduce more cool air (venison mod), I think that ask the numbers retail be relatively similar.

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Is the extra $200 or so you pay for an intake over the drop in filter really worth it? I miss the $50 eBay intakes from the good old days on my older mustangs. I made an intake for my 5.4 for about $12. The price for these steeda and k&n intakes just blows my mind.
Until true tuning is available for these cars, I'm inclined to say the answer is "NO".

I'll be doing the newmission mod on a drop in K&N. dyn085 just dyno'd his 12 with 93octane and a K&N drop in. He base lined on an OEM filter before the K&N pulls. He shows impressive gains, about the same as the Steeda CAI, for just the price of a drop-in.

For exhaust, it'll either be the FRPP or Borla. I need to hear the FSWerks Stealth in person before I can add it to the list.

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EDIT: damn you Duane!
Lol, my bad. I was just taking a break from de-modding the wheels. Stillwaitong on my graphs for the dyno runs

Off topic-did you gey the in-channels yet? I am thinking of pulling the trigger...
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IMO, any intake kit that still reuses the stock MAF housing, has no power benefit over just a drop in filter. The stock housing has a big step down lip where the filter slips on, and that's the major restriction.
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IMO, any intake kit that still reuses the stock MAF housing, has no power benefit over just a drop in filter. The stock housing has a big step down lip where the filter slips on, and that's the major restriction.
Thank you!!!!! I've been saying the same thing in the k&n and Steeda's intake. For some reason people think the smoot tube after the MAF is more important then changing the MAF housing in steeda's kit
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Thank you!!!!! I've been saying the same thing in the k&n and Steeda's intake. For some reason people think the smoot tube after the MAF is more important then changing the MAF housing in steeda's kit
I'm sure the smooth tube does a little, but air doesn't like to turn, and our filter to TB angles are horrible on this car.

I plan to remove the step down lip on my housing.
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The nay-sayers disagree, but I dynoed my K&N drop in with a 11hp increase over the OEM filter. For $50, I'm pretty sure that this is what will stay in my car. Most of the other intakes all use the same small hole that the stock box uses, so outside of finding another way to introduce more cool air (venison mod), I think that ask the numbers retail be relatively similar.

Just my opinion.
Is there any change in engine noise with the increased airflow in the K&N drop-in? I like how quiet my focus is, but i wouldnt mind a little more growl.
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Is there any change in engine noise with the increased airflow in the K&N drop-in? I like how quiet my focus is, but i wouldnt mind a little more growl.
There's no change in noise if you keep the air box lid.
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Until true tuning is available for these cars, I'm inclined to say the answer is "NO".

I'll be doing the newmission mod on a drop in K&N. dyn085 just dyno'd his 12 with 93octane and a K&N drop in. He base lined on an OEM filter before the K&N pulls. He shows impressive gains, about the same as the Steeda CAI, for just the price of a drop-in.

For exhaust, it'll either be the FRPP or Borla. I need to hear the FSWerks Stealth in person before I can add it to the list.

EDIT: damn you Duane!
What is this newmission mod? I may not even touch the exhaust, I like how quiet my car is and don't see where dropping 600 on exhaust would be a good decision with my tight budget right now. I just graduated to big boy status and have real bills for the first time in my life so I have to see how my budget is going to treat me over the next few months.
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