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Old 08-03-2010, 11:28 PM
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Default K&N vs the regular air filter

Hey guys, just wondering what thoughts you might have on installing a K&N filter and intake on my 2010 Sport Hemi 1500.
I was thinking of putting these on just so I could get up to or above 400 horse but my uncle who's a retired aircraft mechanic and knowledgable car car lover has got me thinking. He was saying that the k&n has to be cleaned on a very regular basis...and oiled or whatever it is. Also, he says that the oil applied to the filter catches any dirt and therefore becomes gummed up almost quicker than the regular air filter making it really no better of an option...especially when it comes to the maintenance involved. Basically, is it really worth the effort and cash? I'm thinking it isn't. What do you guys think?
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That is true on oiling your K&N. But AFE makes a dry filter (you don't oil it) that you can simply rinse clean, let dry and re-use.
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Definitely stay away from any filter you have to "treat". You want one that breaths well. One of the ones I've looked at was the Volant. Not cheap though. It takes advantage of your cold air inlet from the fender area instead of drawing air from the hot engine compartment.
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I have the k&n filter on my truck and I think it is good. I also had the cold air intake (k&n) on my 04 4.7l truck and I also thought it out performed the factory filter hands down. I will not put the CAI on this truck because it seems to have a much better air box than my 04 did. I guess you can say it has a factory CAI already.
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09 & 10 does basically already have a CAI with factory. We havent seen an more gains with adding a CAI over just dropping a better filter in with the K&N or the dry one. Just everyone keep in mind if your going to do this make sure to get a catch can. You actually get a tiny bit of engine oil on your filter (due to the fact that the engine design feeds very small amounts of oil back into your throttle body and engine 09&10-varies in amount if any). The catch can will prevent this and keep your throttle body and filter in good shape.

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I have a K&N CAI filter on my 2003. It is not oiled. I take it out periodically and blow it out and rinse it. Seems to work just fine. I also check my throtle body to make sure its stating clean aswell.Only takes a few minutes to release the screw to take it all off in one shot. BTW.......Mine is homemade except the filter.
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The K&N doesn't seem to require any more cleanings than a paper filter would require replacement and in the long run, it's cheaper. As for adding the 10 HP you'd need to top 400, you likely won't see that kind of gain by just adding the drop-in filter.
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I got my aFe stage 2 intake on ebay for around $250 shipped
I chose the oiled 5 layer vs dry 2 layer for better filtration as I live in the sticks and I dont find it a big deal to clean and oil it ever 6mo
Its a great investment (any CAI really) as after 4k with the HEMI it really kicks in!!!!
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Default K & n cai -dont be scared! Of the power!

IF YOU WANT THE POWER, YOU MUST GO BIG.
K & N CAI, 3 1/2" ELBOW AND BBK 85mm THROTTLE BODY.
LET THE AIR IN. ALSO INSTALL THE CATCH CAN LOOK ITS IN THE PIC
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IF YOU WANT THE POWER, YOU MUST GO BIG.
K & N CAI, 3 1/2" ELBOW AND BBK 85mm THROTTLE BODY.
LET THE AIR IN. ALSO INSTALL THE CATCH CAN LOOK ITS IN THE PIC
True, but that's only part of the story. The air has to get out as well, so start thinking about the exhaust.
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