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Factory Spec: 4.7-liter V8 engine - 310 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque.


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Old 05-09-2012, 09:07 AM
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^I think he just meant that the stock airbox is completely enclosed/sealed.
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hmm that makes me think. Maybe I should just throw a drop in filter in there? Id hate to lose power after paying 200$ for an intake.... lol
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True that, think I will spend the 20$ and try the spectre
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I have the spectre cai and i could definitely tell an increase in power. the only issue i have run into with it is a slight rattle from the heat shield. Not to sure what the 4th gen heat shields look like but i was able to get rid of it after some slight mods. but it was worth the money and the savings.
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I got the K&N full intake, whichever one has the plastic tube. It sounds good and the power hits in about the same rpm range that the sound does. I can't really say there was an increase in power, but when you hear it at the same time it really starts to pull, it makes you feel ok for spending the money on it. I'm sure the result would be the same with a spectre, but I don't really know. It seems like when I was looking at buying mine, the K&N for some reason was the only one that I could find that was pretty much guaranteed to fit right out of the box. It seems like some of the other ones you had to come up with some extra parts for the 4.7 or had to modify some stuff. I may be way off there, but for some reason I went with K&N over whatever is out there for cheaper, and it wasn't just for the name or little sticker that comes with it.
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Sorry guys, been away for a bit from checkin the forums but about history of the Spectre brand; he's just a fellow gearhead/racer who started selling nylabraid hose coverings from his ma and pops garage back in the 80's. Designed his cold air intakes for 50's to 80's muscle cars and now newer vehicles. He just reminds me of a lot of us never satisfied, always trying to make our cars/trucks faster/better or taller/lower because it was his passion. I like investing in great american stories like that because if you look at the price difference between his filters and the big boy(K&N), identical in every way but half the price. I think it's because they cut out a lot of the advertising and rely on word of mouth experience from the guys at your local auto parts stores and people like me who have been using it. Come on man, $50 dollars or $20 dollars; that's history in the making in todays times man!
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I agree I've seen several spectre intakes and they seem to be great value. The only issue I have with them is that they don't block heat from the intake.
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For bigredtruck, sorry man, what I mean by the pressurized box is simply the big straw little straw effect. It reminds me of when I used to tinker with carburetors and the effects of trying to increase power by increasing more fuel and air to the engine. From a stock enclosed airbox on older cars/trucks, if you removed the lid and tried to run the engine around town, you noticed a significant loss in throttle response at bottom end but a drastic effect on mid to top end performance. Even with fuel injection now, and with IAT,TPS and MAF sensors on fully stock/OE vehicles, you are still losing bottom end performance from bolting on a CAI system without the addition of performance programs or other performance parts to bring it all together. Noticed this effect on every vehicle I bolted just a CAI on. Going back to the straw comparison; it takes more pressure to drink a milkshake through a tiny/skinny straw than it does through a big/giant straw yes? Thats what I was meaning by the OE pressurized box because it is sealed, dimentionally air limited and only has the small opening in the airbox to the wheel well air. Whereas a CAI, fully opened and dimentionally increased to air from inside or outside the engine bay. Sorry I got so technical but now I need a drink.
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I agree I've seen several spectre intakes and they seem to be great value. The only issue I have with them is that they don't block heat from the intake.
My spectre has the heat sheild around it which seals to my hood when its closed and the intake breathes from the opening behind the headlight. Looking straight down at it you can see the ground. So its not fully closed but it does create the "closed" area around the filter.
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^I see. I just have seen a couple on other vehicles that weren't sealed, that's all.
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