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Old 02-24-2009, 11:30 PM
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cai and throttle body spacer??????

hey guys.... i have a 95 f150 with a 4.9 I6...i was considering putting on a cai, but having a difficult time finding one online. all i can find is a attachment to throw a oversized filter on the end of the stock intake tube where the airbox normally attaches... Anyone out there got a 4.9 with a different intake.? Where did you get it from???? also, when searching for this intake it seemed like i kept on stumbling past these throttle body spacers..... are they worth a crap or what??? They are relatively inexpensive..... Thanks!
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You may be able to use the CAI kit for the 1995 F150 5.8L engine. Take a look at the installation guide to see if the 5.8L engine compartment is similar to your truck. As for a throttle body spacer, I hear that they are a waste of $$$ on fuel injected engines.

57-2542 - K&N 57 Series FIPK, Performance Intake Kit

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thanks furian.... i dont believe that that perticular intake would work for me... do you really think that those spacers arent worth it? Anyone else have a cold air intake or just that filter attachment on their truck?
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Have looked at this K&N filter? I have a similar filter on my 1997 F250 5.8L and it does improve performance and has a cool "jet engine" sound!

57-2503 - K&N 57 Series FIPK, Performance Intake Kit

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This is the filter that I have on my F250. It is almost the same filter.

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Both these items are a complete waste of money, put it into an exhaust system instead. Just for comparison I have a motor making nearly 300hp through the stock airbox and filter, the I6 is rated at what...150hp?
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Both these items are a complete waste of money, put it into an exhaust system instead. Just for comparison I have a motor making nearly 300hp through the stock airbox and filter, the I6 is rated at what...150hp?
A new exhaust system is the next item on the list of mod's for my truck... all in good time. I believe that a CIA kit will enhance an exhaust system so I do not see it as a waste of money. Just my opinion...
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i think that im gunna have to side with furian, i dont believe that a CAI is a wast of money by any means....now as far as that throttle body spacer.... it is sounded like it is...
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hey fishforlife2007 did you get the CAI yet? I have the same K&N also and love it, I could have found it a little cheaper on ebay, but I wanted a valid warranty so I got it at here. K&N 57-2542, or you can try one of the vendors on the forum here, you can usually find a good deal that way as well. This was very easy to install and I love it.
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hey guys.... i have a 95 f150 with a 4.9 I6...i was considering putting on a cai, but having a difficult time finding one online. all i can find is a attachment to throw a oversized filter on the end of the stock intake tube where the airbox normally attaches... Anyone out there got a 4.9 with a different intake.? Where did you get it from???? also, when searching for this intake it seemed like i kept on stumbling past these throttle body spacers..... are they worth a crap or what??? They are relatively inexpensive..... Thanks!
If you do an online search for “air filter test” there is a lot of very good information. IMHO, the CAI units are NOT WORTH THE $$! Unless you are talking about a system that was specifically designed for a specific application there are very little hp/tq gains actually achieved in a street use vehicle and there are very few docs that these mfg’s can produce that actually show an increase in hp/tq in the power-band range of a relatively stock street vehicle.

I would avoid oil impregnated filters. While they have their purpose in off-road applications, Ford/GM/Dodge all have “watch-out” bulletins where the oil has contaminated intake sensors. - they even have a training video for the tech's on this (flatratetech.com) .

If you look at the flow data, WIX HP filters flow 98+% of K&N and have a much smoother flow post filter plus excellent filtering, for a fraction of the price! The OE’s have an excellent air intake system the only issue that really exists is the plastic intake tube with it’s noise canceling design- that does reduce the intake efficiency a little but makes it very quiet!. You can use a WIX OEM HP replacement filter in the OEM plastic manifold box and either remove the plastic tube and replace it with a piece of pipe/hose, etc or remove the tube completely and replace the tube by building an air ram type intake into the air box manifold (where the pipe use to attach)- make sure ti terminates above the fan shroud to avoid water intake or fan induced pulsations
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