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Old 05-10-2009, 01:20 AM
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I've got a 99 1500 4X4 with the 5.9L V8 and I'm wondering if anybody has used a TB spacer that actually works...If one of you all have one that works let me know the brand name and all that good stuff.... Also, is K&N intake systems really worth the money for my truck or is there a cheaper one that is just as good? Lastly, is there a programmer made for my year truck? I'd like to be able to control my idle and fuel/air mixtures and all that cuz I use my truck as a daily driver as well as a weekend rig...That should be enough questions for now...lol...thanks for the help!
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I've got a TB spacer that came with my CAI. I've got the AEM Brute Force. I believe it's a little bit less expensive than the K & N. granted I've got an '08 with the 5.7L HEMI. I haven't noticed that the spacer does a damn thing.

I've had many people (here and elsewhere) say that the TB spacer doesn't do much more than create a whistle under heavy acceleration. I've never experienced this.

I went with the AEM because I'd had good luck with 'em in the past, and not so good luck with the K&N. I had a K&N CAI on my wife's Magnum (it also had the 5.7L HEMI) and the warm air from the engine bay was mixing with the cooler air getting sucked in, causing it to ping more often than not, the "air box" didn't seal very well against either the fender or the hood allowing this to happen. With the AEM it seal well (perhaps not as well as some but it works for me), I get no ping. Performance has improved a wee bit, mostly torque on the low end, and there is the growl when I romp on it.

As for programmers I'd look into the Predator, that seems to be what lots of folks like, and is what I'll be getting if I can ever gather the funds together.

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I've never seen any definitive data that shows a TB spacer does anything to improve performance. I suspect that they may help reduce intake air temp some as they are material that will thermally isolate the TB from the intake manifold but it's such a short passage length it can't really make any difference.

As far as a programmer, for the HEMI the combination of a cold air intake, catback exhaust and the Predator is the best bang for the buck mods you can make. The tool is very versatile. I love my Predator!
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I'm hearing that they are intended more for carberated motors anyway so I'll wait until I get cash I want to burn (which is never...lol) Thanks for the input on the rest!
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hey ya'll i got an 08 ram with the 4.7L and i was wanderin if anyone out there had put a throttle body spacer on theirs yet and if so hows it holdin up and what kind of power and torque did they get from it?
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I don't believe any modern engines will benefit from a TB spacer, nor is there proof that any do.

Don't waste your money.
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Agreed, useless on the newer engines in my opinion.
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I look at it like this, is an inch of space will help the mpg and the hp very much then why dont they add one on at the factory.
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TB spacers are an enormous waste of hard-earned money. Swirling air, as most of them do, before the intake runners does nothing at all. Common sense explains the waste of money they are.
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