ok i was looking at the how-to's on the custom air intakes. Now the 2 different ways are to either stick a K&N air filter on the end of the stock air tube, or to customize even more and make an aluminum tube with the K&N air filter on the end. Is it worth the trouble of putting the aluminum intake on, or is it not that big of a hp gain difference... It says about 5 hp gain by just sticking the cone on there, with the aluminum tubing, would it be 10 hp gain or what... thanks for your help.
An intake alone isn't really what some make it out to be...Sure you may notice a slight increase of power in the top end...its not gonna be dramatic. The best thing about it is if you have exhaust it'll make the tone a bit deeper and it'll also add a nice sucking sound when the accelerator is pressed :wink:
The K&N on the stock tube is a good way to start. Then add the aluminium intake tube later. Before adding the tubing you need to decide if you want a CAI (Cold air intake) of WAI (Warm air intake) That decision will determine what type of tubing you need. The aluminium intake tube does help with smoother air flow. An engine is basically an air pump. It gets power from moving the air into and out of the engine as smoothly as possible. The smoother the flow the more power. Thats why people spend so much money and time on intakes, larger throttle bodies, porting & polishing, bigger exhaust, less restrictive converters and mufflers, and custom exhaust tips. Its all about air flow.
To tell you the truth, nobody really knows... there is no evidence of which is better. And the aluminum intake tube doesn't really do that much if anything. I put one on, and I can't tell any difference. But it does look pretty which is enough for me since it was easy to do.