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K&N Cold Air Intake.

Thinking of inviting in the mythical cold air intake. Is it a worthwhile investment? Still doing research, figured I'd ask.
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So I had to move my factory intake to change my headlight the other week. As I was doing so, I noticed that it draws air from the grill. Hmmm. I already have a cold air intake.
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Hard to tell if there are actual performance improvements, or if people just think so because their cars sound different.
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Eh. If you're looking for performance, it'll help. Just by itself, it won't do anything other than relieve throttle pressure. With a tune, it'll help push out some power.



Essentially a stock airbox is really quiet and there are tons of channels and walls inside them to muffle the sound and that creates a lot of pressure inside the box. Putting a straight tube which is typically any aftermarket will remove that pressure and help improve the flow of air. However, a tune will help the ECU accommodate that change and take full advantage of it.


The funny part is your air intake temperature will never be below the ambient temperature. If it's 75 degrees outside, your intake will never take in any air colder than that because there isn't any colder air to be found in your local atmosphere. A "cold air" intake really just keeps the intake temps closer to ambient than a stock box. A stock box could have temps 10-15 degrees above ambient and never get closer to the ambient temperature. An aftermarket can bring those down much closer to ambient so you're getting "colder" air. My Mustang and Taurus both are typically 3-5 degrees above ambient while driving.

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Eh. If you're looking for performance, it'll help. Just by itself, it won't do anything other than relieve throttle pressure. With a tune, it'll help push out some power.



Essentially a stock airbox is really quiet and there are tons of channels and walls inside them to muffle the sound and that creates a lot of pressure inside the box. Putting a straight tube which is typically any aftermarket will remove that pressure and help improve the flow of air. However, a tune will help the ECU accommodate that change and take full advantage of it.


The funny part is your air intake temperature will never be below the ambient temperature. If it's 75 degrees outside, your intake will never take in any air colder than that because there isn't any colder air to be found in your local atmosphere. A "cold air" intake really just keeps the intake temps closer to ambient than a stock box. A stock box could have temps 10-15 degrees above ambient and never get closer to the ambient temperature. An aftermarket can bring those down much closer to ambient so you're getting "colder" air. My Mustang and Taurus both are typically 3-5 degrees above ambient while driving.
Makes a lot of sense, and I was thinking along the same lines; needing a tune done to get the full bennies of the intake. I'm a big fan of modifications that eventually pay for themselves so I'm still considering it, but it seems rather pointless to just get the intake by itself.
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I know a lot of people think K&N does wonders for their performance. Maybe it does. But that comes with a trade off of poor filtering.

These tests were specific to some filters for GM trucks and SUVs, but I'd bet that the results are similar to all of the companies lines.

Air Filter Comparison Study - GM Truck Central
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Did a lot of research after posting this thread, and I've come to the same conclusion; the tradeoff for any performance increase comes and the cost of filtration. I'll take a look at the link, thanks bud.
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Although there is a lot of good marketing bumph out there, a lot of it is just that. If its outright performance you're after, your first step should not be a performance air filter / induction kit and instead you should focus on either losing some weight from the car or getting a remap. Or both! With an induction kit although it won't make you faster, you will get a louder/better noise as you can really hear the engine breathe, which is of course desirable for a lot of people..

My advice is just keep your paper filter regularly changed and don't worry about a high flow filter. If you want to fit one for the noise and you're after performance then make sure you don't leave the cone air filter exposed and instead fit a fully shielded induction kit to ensure that the air that goes in is as cold as possible.

If you don't shield it then you will get more airflow at high speed, but off the line it can actually be a bit slower down to heat soak, the engine heating up the air under the bonnet, which is then sucked in by the filter when you start moving. That is not cleared until you've been driving for a few seconds, so initially your car will actually make a bit less power if your intake is not shielded correctly. You don't want this!
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