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Old September 10th, 2009, 12:13 AM   #1
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What do you think is the best cold air intake to put on my 96 silverado? 5.7L vortec, 4x4

I've been looking for a while and i've found everything from cheap looking short ram intakes that cost $65 to the ever present K&N FIPIKs at $349. I don't really want to go breaking the bank over an air intake, but I don't wanna cheap piece-o-shit that's about as good as a basket of door knobs

Any ideas? Any other suggestions for easy to do budget mps/hp enhancers? not really looking to get headers, i like stock manifolds just fine, unless it's that much of a difference
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Old September 10th, 2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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What do you think is the best cold air intake to put on my 96 silverado?
The one GM makes that is already on your truck. It will flow more than what your motor needs. Take the money you was going to spend on that and get a high performance ignition system!
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Old September 10th, 2009, 08:38 AM   #3
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replace your air filter with a high flow filter of your choice and call it good. and yes headers do make a big improvement. everything i ever put headers on gained quite a bit of power and torque. edelbrock makes a shorty header with y pipe design that bolts to stock exhaust system. only cost around 3-400 and should improve your numbers by 20-30
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Know any good places to get a performance ingnition system?

Kodiak- any suggestions on a filter? just replace the stock cone filter with a high flow one like a K&N?
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i personally like K&N but alot of people say bad things. i have a K&N on everything i own even my quad and have never had any trouble. clean and oil it every 6 months and it's trouble free. just make sure not to over oil it. just a light coating is enough.

as for the ignition you can't really do much besides upgrade the coil and make sure the cap and rotor are fresh. MSD, accel and others make a coil for it i think
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Personally I would get MSD coil, cap, rotor and plug wires and then use AC Delco spark plugs...it is a proven combo for chevy's. The reason I say to upgrade your ignition is because unburnt gas is power and economy loss, your motor will only perform as good as your ignition system lets it so all my mods start there. Kodiak is right headers will make a big difference on your truck, if you want to keep it legal I would run headers into a 3" y-pipe then a high flow cat and then a 3" in dual 2 1/2" out and run duals out the back. This system will flow good up to 400hp. As far as filters I will not use an oiled filter again because I had a K&N mess up my MAF Sensor, I did not oil it, this was fresh out of the box and had 8,000 miles on it. I am looking at a dry flow filter now and it also is guarantied for life, it will flow just as good as a K&N, filters better, does not need oil and cost about the same. I have heard many good things about these filters. http://www.aemintakes.com/
After you do these three mods I would install a Cam and Custom tune...that will really wake that motor up!
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Filter I would get an AEM dry flow they are nice. But they are right about intake unless you get a nice one (aem or kn) for really really cheap they are not worth the money.
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Personally I would get MSD coil, cap, rotor and plug wires and then use AC Delco spark plugs...it is a proven combo for chevy's. The reason I say to upgrade your ignition is because unburnt gas is power and economy loss, your motor will only perform as good as your ignition system lets it so all my mods start there. Kodiak is right headers will make a big difference on your truck, if you want to keep it legal I would run headers into a 3" y-pipe then a high flow cat and then a 3" in dual 2 1/2" out and run duals out the back. This system will flow good up to 400hp. As far as filters I will not use an oiled filter again because I had a K&N mess up my MAF Sensor, I did not oil it, this was fresh out of the box and had 8,000 miles on it. I am looking at a dry flow filter now and it also is guarantied for life, it will flow just as good as a K&N, filters better, does not need oil and cost about the same. I have heard many good things about these filters. http://www.aemintakes.com/
After you do these three mods I would install a Cam and Custom tune...that will really wake that motor up!
I've got duals now, stock cats with flow-something (supposed to be a flowmaster knockoff)

I was thinking about just getting the edelbrock shorty headers to bolt up to my existing y-pipe. I don't watn to get high flow cats becaus I don't want my exhaust too loud, i like a rumble but not very loud

any good places to get the MSD ignition parts?

And thanks for the AEM url, i've been looking at a few of those too
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im just curious but why would anyone want to run a 3 inch system and taper it down to a 2.5" at the exit position.


to me thats like trying to fit the square block into the circle hole. just dont make one bit of since
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im just curious but why would anyone want to run a 3 inch system and taper it down to a 2.5" at the exit position.


to me thats like trying to fit the square block into the circle hole. just dont make one bit of since
If you are referring to disturbans post. He said singe 3" into dual 2.5".
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Show would would be better, ceramaic coating for Ti-Tech coating? i've been looking at the edelbrock headers
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im just curious but why would anyone want to run a 3 inch system and taper it down to a 2.5" at the exit position.


to me thats like trying to fit the square block into the circle hole. just dont make one bit of since
88-95 chevy/gmc sytems are stock with 3" pipe to the muffler, then it's but down to 2" for stock duals and 2.5" for stock single pipe
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Show would would be better, ceramaic coating for Ti-Tech coating? i've been looking at the edelbrock headers
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If you are referring to disturbans post. He said singe 3" into dual 2.5".
Correct...that way you will have the look of duals out back and only have to use one muffler, poor mans dual exhaust but a 3" single will out flow dual 2" exhaust. Dual 2.5" will out flow single 3"...a lot of people use this exact system on Camaros/Firebirds because it is hard to tuck up true dual exhaust and like I said it will flow plenty up to about a 400hp motor, any more hp then you want to start looking into dual 2.5" with X pipe or even dual 3".
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I have dual 2.5" pipes, now but the guy that did the exhaust f-ed it up, i told him to put 2 mufflers, becaue I have 2 cats and they went into 1 muffler, but he didn't have 2 of the same muffler so he just used one which was a single in dual out and he welded up a y pipe, so I have dual out from the motor single in to the muffler and dual out, f-ing retarted.

I'm going get get an AEM air intake and i'm looking at a set of shorty headers that'll boltl up to my stock pipes.

Any thoughts on a cam? if i put a new cam in do I have to change anything else along wih it? what about an intake, could i just use an intake with my stock TB or is it a better idea to get a better TB along with an intake? i'm really only looking for mpg and hp/torque gains just to have them, i don't offroad this truck much, it's my dd and I have other toys to play with lol
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I have dual 2.5" pipes, now but the guy that did the exhaust f-ed it up, i told him to put 2 mufflers, becaue I have 2 cats and they went into 1 muffler, but he didn't have 2 of the same muffler so he just used one which was a single in dual out and he welded up a y pipe, so I have dual out from the motor single in to the muffler and dual out, f-ing retarted.

I'm going get get an AEM air intake and i'm looking at a set of shorty headers that'll boltl up to my stock pipes.

Any thoughts on a cam? if i put a new cam in do I have to change anything else along wih it? what about an intake, could i just use an intake with my stock TB or is it a better idea to get a better TB along with an intake? i'm really only looking for mpg and hp/torque gains just to have them, i don't offroad this truck much, it's my dd and I have other toys to play with lol
Too many variables come into play for me to just recommend a cam for you. As you stated you are more interested in MPG...I would contact Comp Cams and tell them what gear ratio you are running, tire size, any mods you have made or plan on making. I would keep the stock TB it will flow just fine for your needs. I would also tell Comp Cams you plan on keeping original tune so you wont have to get your chip reprogrammed. Also your exhaust should flow just fine, you may think true duals will benefit you but they wont. The muffler will act like a cross over and help with scavenging, your bottle neck on the system will be the stock manifolds, headers will increase flow. For what you are after I would do headers first, ignition second, air intake third and then wake all those mods up with a cam. Since you are after MPG I would also run all synthetic fluids, Differentials, transmission, transfer case and motor oil. Our bravada got an average of 18 MPG on the freeway and I switched everything to Synthetics and aired the tires up 2 psi more. I also went from a 5w30 to a 0w30 synthetic oil to help cold starts and MPG and we are getting 20 on the freeway now and our average jumped from about 16 cty/hyw combined to about 17.5...thats a huge difference for just 2psi in the tires and fluid.
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Too many variables come into play for me to just recommend a cam for you. As you stated you are more interested in MPG...I would contact Comp Cams and tell them what gear ratio you are running, tire size, any mods you have made or plan on making. I would keep the stock TB it will flow just fine for your needs. I would also tell Comp Cams you plan on keeping original tune so you wont have to get your chip reprogrammed. Also your exhaust should flow just fine, you may think true duals will benefit you but they wont. The muffler will act like a cross over and help with scavenging, your bottle neck on the system will be the stock manifolds, headers will increase flow. For what you are after I would do headers first, ignition second, air intake third and then wake all those mods up with a cam. Since you are after MPG I would also run all synthetic fluids, Differentials, transmission, transfer case and motor oil. Our bravada got an average of 18 MPG on the freeway and I switched everything to Synthetics and aired the tires up 2 psi more. I also went from a 5w30 to a 0w30 synthetic oil to help cold starts and MPG and we are getting 20 on the freeway now and our average jumped from about 16 cty/hyw combined to about 17.5...thats a huge difference for just 2psi in the tires and fluid.
I don't necessarly want true duals, but I wanted a dual in dual out muffler, i like how that flows and it's cheaper than 2 mufflers

I run synthetic oil, but i wasn't sure about running sythetic everything. I was thinking about a cam, I wasn't 100% sure about it though, I might just go with headers, and an air intake and call it good. my truck gets about 18 highway 15 city as it is, which is pretty good, in my opinion

I don't really need it to be beffy really, i just want it to run at it's best and last for a long time
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Instead of a cam you could always install 1.6 rockers instead of the 1.5 factory rockers. This trick would be like adding a cam with just a little more lift and you could use your stock tune.
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