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Old 05-10-2007, 11:19 PM
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Improving Air Intake

Hi all, I am new to the forum.

I have a 2000 2wd, all stock components. I Pull a 6000 lb 5th and get 17mpg. I would like to improve air intake first, then look at the pipe end at a later date. Reading this site leads me to believe I get decent performance, mpg, anyway but I get the feeling when driving the truck could/should do better on hp on the hills. I don't want to break the bank on this so I am looking to you guys for some suggestions. Looks like the simple solution is the K & N replacement of the Ford air intake. Any suggestions comments would be appreciated.
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:19 AM
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Dont go with the k&n just my personal opinion. Do a search for the 6637 mod. Cheap and easy and way better then the K&N I had before.
 
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:28 AM
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Agreed, the K&N is an excellent filter, for a gasser, but not the high demands of our turbocharged diesels. I have a K&N in the wife's truck and have used them for years, but I can see the oil getting sucked right through the gauze in my diesel. Not going in there. I recommend the 6637 or the AIS.
 
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:31 AM
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Ive had K&N on mine for 1yr. no problem at all, actually blackstone oil labs said the oil cleaniness has improved since the switch.
 
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Old 05-11-2007, 12:44 AM
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To each their own. Not on mine.
 
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Old 05-11-2007, 02:19 AM
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Some folks apparently like the K&N, but after seeing this on a K&N-equipped truck (note the dirt & finger swipe through it inside the tube):


I won't use them. Ever. I'll stick with my 6637 since I like the extra whistle.

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Old 05-11-2007, 02:58 AM
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First off WELCOME TO FTE!!!

I used to run a K&N FIPK and man I would be the first to want proof from anyone saying that K&N was bad for our trucks and allowed dirt to pass. If my memory serves me correctly I think Tenn01PSD350 and I had a few discussions about it. Anyways I said screw it the 6637 is only $40 and if I dont like it it was $40. When I took off that K&N filter there was dust inside the filter and intake tube. I wiped it out with a rag and it had so much black dust on it, I couldnt believe that stuff was getting past the filter. So I made the switch to 6637 and will never go back. I got my proof and lucky I got it when I did before any more damage was done. Bottom line is there are plenty of great intake kits out there it all depends on how much $$$$ you want to throw down. Not saying that the 6637 is better than the AIS or AFE but for $40 you get awesome filtration. Cant beat that price.
 

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Smile improving air intake

Thanks all for the input. I did find extensive information about the 6637 on this site after I had posted my question. This looks like a good, inexpensive solution. Does making these changes affect warranty, or is that a question for the dealer ?

I am really enjoying reading the various threads, what an education !

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Old 05-11-2007, 12:09 PM
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i clean my K&N filter once every month or two. i have never had dirt in the intake tube.
 
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At what frequency should a 6637 typically be replaced / cleaned?
 
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When it's really dirty. No cleaning. Of course the interval depends on your driving conditions, like any filter but this one is big and flows well until it has collected quite a bit of dirt.
 
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I had a K&N for a very short period of time, and found dust in the intake tube just like Izzy posted above. Some people have that issue, and some don't. I think it all comes down to the environment you live in. If you live in dusty conditions, then the K&N is definately not for you. If not, then you can probably get away with it and not see problems.

After the dust issue, I swapped out for the 6637 filter. Ran that for more than 2 years and the intake tube stayed spotless.

Just the other week I got a killer deal on the AFE Stage II. I'm running the Proguard 7 filter with it and I'll be checking for any sign of dusting. I've heard great things about this filter so more than likely everything should be ok. If not, you guys will hear from me about it.
 
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Old 05-14-2007, 05:42 PM
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Question the air filter tests

So I read the tests on 7point3.com and it doesn't look like any of these aftermarket filters make a difference to performance or filtering or intake but some do change the sound. It seems to me unless you do other aftermarket improvements, exhaust chips etc there isn't much point. I think I will install gauges first, monitor then try an aftermarket air filter, maybe it will help.
Any comments would be appreciated.

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Old 05-14-2007, 08:24 PM
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your 2000 is out of factory warranty, go with the 6637 or the ais
 
 


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