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K@N air filters

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BottomPounder

Was thinking of getting one for my 2003 chevy 1/2 ton. Just wonder if anbody knows much about them and if they are worth the $. I have been told that they actually draw more air than if u dont have a filter at all. Tahnks for any info in advance.

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DinkADunk

great if you like pulling more dust into your engine and then messing up your MAF sensor when you use too much oil on them. You should look into the aftermarket non-oiled air filters. There are much better product than K&N out on the market.

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cliffy

Are you talking about just the air filter or are you talking about the entire air intake kit? I put just the filter in my 05 Ford Screw and to be honest, I dont know if it made a difference or not. Sorta a spending air filter if you dont notice any difference. I used it for a couple of years and just went back to the regular filter. In my opinion, I dont think its worth the extra money.

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BottomPounder

just the air filter

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anyfishwilldo

I put one on my 95 k1500 brand new. 1/4 million miles later still doing great. There may be better products out there now, but I have had good luck with the K&N.

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Shack

I use a K&N on my Expedition.

I like it for the reclean function. I got mine free and bought the reactivation kit for $7.00 and clean it regularly.

I did have to modify the sealing surface with 3M foam tape the last time I cleaned it, but it has been with me now 50,000 miles.

I will say after I clean it, I do see a little MPG, but nothing to brag about.

If you follow the instructions to a “T” when cleaning and reapplying oil, I have not had an issue yet.

I just have the filter, no induction kit.

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Bryce

My company put the induction kit on my work truck plus rechipped the computer. Night and day difference compared to my personal 6 liter. Step on the gas any time as hard as you want and hang on. Even power all the way up. Our truck guy is thinking better economy and improved towing. About a thousand bucks though.

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Scott K

Shack I ran one in my truck for about 60k, free one too I might add! I took it out, and reinstalled factory airfilter. I didnt want to maintain it anymore was the reason.

The reason these filters allow more air then factroy filters is because they dont filter as well. They do not allow more air then not having a filter in, but I strongly dont recommend that! If you clean them regularly, and dont over oil them, they can be a good filter, but hardly no one keeps up with the maintanence on them. In the shop we would charge $25 to clean and oil them, you would need to do this every 20-30k miles. Or spend the time yourself doing it. You can buy new oe filters cheaper then that, and that doesnt even include the high initial cost of buying one. Unless you are fortunate enough to get a free one, I wouldnt put one in.

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Scott K

 Originally Posted By: Bryce
My company put the induction kit on my work truck plus rechipped the computer. Night and day difference compared to my personal 6 liter. Step on the gas any time as hard as you want and hang on. Even power all the way up. Our truck guy is thinking better economy and improved towing. About a thousand bucks though.

On diesels power chips can make a HUGE difference! Heads up, 6.0L diesels headgaskets dont like them!

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Shack

On a 6.0l Ford diesel, I would spend the money for head bolt/ studs change over installation kit, before any air induction kit (LOL). Ford should have put the extra stretch bolt per cylinder from factory.

Ya, I do my K&N cleaning about 7,000-10,000 miles. I am just glad this $7.00 kit has held me this far. Clean, clean, clean or do not buy it. I have never been a fan of changing the factory induction air system.

I can only bet how you got your K&N free, 4wanderingeyes.

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Bryce

My bad because I didn't specify engine. I am talking GM gas 6.0 liter.

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Shack

I figured as such, because there was not a couple (contact us please)'s after your post grin.gif...

I have been waiting to get the head stud comment in for awhile.

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

I used to run K&N. Used Oil Analysis shows HIGH Silicon with them - don't do it.

I found better and it breathes well too.

Get an AMSOIL EAA Air Filter...!

No oil, breathes and lasts a long time.

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Black_Bay

 Originally Posted By: Fisherman For a Lifetime
I used to run K&N. Used Oil Analysis shows HIGH Silicon with them - don't do it.

Sodium Metasilicate Pentahydrate is in K&N cleaning fluid. Were you rinsing the filter enough?

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BottomPounder

Well thank you to everyone who has replyed! I decieded to buy one,and its already in the truck. I will post after a while and let you all know what i think.

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Black_Bay

I've used the same K&N in my '97 F150 and my 2003 F150. It had about 200,000 miles on it with no problems to either vehicle. Just follow the cleaning instructions and don't over oil it. BTW I always left mine to dry for a day or two before oiling it and the other filter came in handy when I was cleaning the K&N.

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Shack

When I clean mine, I make it happen when I can leave it at least over night or longer. Like a weekend when I am not using truck.

Good point..

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Fisherman For a Lifetime

The Silicon is the dirt getting past the filter in the small holes, not the sodium.

( Note from Admin, please read forum policy before posting again,thank-you.)

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fishin58

Just went back to this thread, anybody else have there 2 cents?? I have read the testimonials on there page, but who knows how deep that is?? Most people claim a 1-2 MPG gain..this day and age that would mean a lot!!

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Valv

This discussion is as old as Ford vs Chevy vs Dodge. Some love the filters some don't, it's a personal choice and a 50/50 outcome.

Consequently you will get mixed responses all the times.

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