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Cold air intake vs k&n air filter

This is a discussion on Cold air intake vs k&n air filter within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; I have in my trans am a k&n air filter, but am trying to get more power. The air intake ...

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    Junior Member Apueschel's Avatar
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    Cold air intake vs k&n air filter

    I have in my trans am a k&n air filter, but am trying to get more power. The air intake uses the same space as the air filter so what is going to give me better performance?

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    For a mostly stock setup a slp lid is the best bang for your buck upgrade. Fast toys makes a 104 mm lid but that is geared more for people going towards bigger intake setups like the fast and requires a few different things to make it all work correctly and get the most out of it.
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    I have the sop lid right now with the air filter. Is that better performance than a cold air filter

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    I'm sure Jeff will chime in on this one.
    Dump that K&N and go back to the stock air filter.
    With out the Ram Air hood, I think a cold air intake would be better then a stock/SLP lid with a stock Trans Am hood.
    anyone agree?

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    You are correct, I will chime in...

    Honest answer - ditch the K&N as it allows too much dirt to enter your engine and the oiled media does not get along very well with the wires on our MAF's. You are much better off with a standard paper air filter. If you want to upgrade from a paper filter, then a dry media nanofiber style filter is your absolute best bet. More honesty - you will not feel or notice any performance difference with only an air filter swap, unless the filter you are running is plugged solid with debris.

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    Just say no to oiled filters.
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    The slp lid is a cold air intake imo. Our cars draw air from a lid so the only thing you can get is a lid that flows more air "which the slp is one of the better ones out there" or a volant intake. If you don't want the slp lid look at the volant intake for your year/model car.
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