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Old 09-06-2005, 09:31 AM   #1
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Has anyone replaced the cold air intake on their TV with an aftermarket unit?

I'm considering this as a possible option to ease fuel consumption. I've looked at the following manufactures, AEM, AFE, Airaid, Volant.

Pros/Cons? Improvement or Hype? Ease of Install?

I'm already doing the obvious; tire pressure, steady speed at the speed limit, easy acceleration, tonneau cover, no extra weight...

I'm driving an '04 GMC 2500 HD with the 6.0L V-8. Currently getting about 16 mpg.
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:31 AM   #2
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Has anyone replaced the cold air intake on their TV with an aftermarket unit?

I'm considering this as a possible option to ease fuel consumption. I've looked at the following manufactures, AEM, AFE, Airaid, Volant.

Pros/Cons? Improvement or Hype? Ease of Install?

I'm already doing the obvious; tire pressure, steady speed at the speed limit, easy acceleration, tonneau cover, no extra weight...

I'm driving an '04 GMC 2500 HD with the 6.0L V-8. Currently getting about 16 mpg.
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Old 09-08-2005, 06:30 AM   #3
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I put the K & D on my 8.1L 2500HD. I could not tell any difference in my milage. Still got 8 MPG towing, 10 or 11 around town empty.
Supposed to have more HP, but I did not need it nor did I ever test it.
It was expensive. Postive note, you do not change the filter, only clean it and this saves some money. They say cold air filter will help gas milage but I can not prove it.
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Old 09-09-2005, 05:49 PM   #4
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An aftermarket cold air intake alone will not give you any noticeable gains in horsepower or fuel economy. It is the other stuff that goes with it such as bigger exhaust and so forth. Even then, the gains may not be that much.
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Old 09-12-2005, 04:20 AM   #5
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Thanks Guys.

I've decided to skip the whole deal. The cold air intake is fairly inexpensive, but benfits seem marginal at best.

Adding a new exhaust system is expensive, about $1500. Payback is huge, in the neighborhood of 200,000 miles to make break even. This assumes maximum increases, I'm likely to get something less. Might be something to consider when this exhaust needs to be replaced.

So, for now, I'll keep a clean air filter, my foot off the floor, tire pressures up, light loads, tonneau cover and hope for tail winds.

I guess I can't really complain about mileage too loud. I have a coworker who is driving a Jeep Liberty and gets less mileage than I.
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Old 09-12-2005, 05:36 AM   #6
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Good choice Knute. I had tried the K&N,& chip in my Burb 454 with only marginal at best results. Changed back to specs and was better off. The Banks would be a nice addy if you were perhaps fulltiming and putting a lot of annual milage on the truck. As you said it takes a lot of use before payback. Happy Trails!!
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I have an AFE air intake system on my 04.5 Dodge and the only thing that I see is the turbo spools up a little quicker and the exhaust gas temperature (EGT) is lower when I tow. I also put on a straight threw muffler to let the heat out a little easier.

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