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AEM Brute Force Intake

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i know that cold air intakes do almost nothing for power but my question is if anyone has one where would you put the mass airflow sensor? and also im sure many people have done a thread like this but is K&N air intakes easier to install or better? one of the only reasons i want the AEM Intake is because it comes in chrome which i think will look good under the hood.
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mass air flow sensor should stay in the same spot. Kit just replaces upstream airbox, and downstream piping to throttle body.
oh alright so it should stay between the piping and airbox?
Here was my AEM Brute Force. Advice, if you plan on going in the water at all, get a closed box intake like Volant or something. Not open filter or risk Hidro Lock on your engine.

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how much water we talking about? so mud puddles or like a swamp?
it looks really good
I have the same air intake.. I'd go back and get a closed one if I could do it over again.. The chrome pipe produces alot of heat which brings in less cool dense air.
what about that black plastic pipes K&N has? its not a closed box though...
The AEM and the K&N 77 series came in at the top of our list when we were testing intakes. As far as hydrolocking, you would have to be completely underwater before having to worry about it. I ran an AEM on my Tahoe with no problems whatsoever.

This is from the thread I made on intakes....

There are three different types of intakes:

Closed Box (ie. Volant, Outlaw)
Open Element (ie. AEM, K&N FIPK)
Drop In filter (ie. K&N)

When looking at manufacturers claims, one shouldn't just look at the HP numbers:

You need to look at the highest average airflow which is directly related to torque (subsequently HP).

Manifold pressure (MAP) is a measurement of restriction, the higher the number the less restriction, so this is another big point.

IAT (Intake Air Temp) recovery is another big factor in narrowing down a good intake.

Closed box intakes do better at lower speeds as there won't be as much of a heat soak issue. The open elements use metal shields which absorbs heat (heat soak).

The open element intakes drop temperatures a lot quicker at higher speeds which in turn creates denser air. The denser air allows for more airflow, which then of course makes more power.

This all being said, intakes (as well as exhausts) are a matter of personal preference, just taking off the stock tube takes off a lot of restriction. Realistically, the differences between intakes (ie. open vs. open and closed vs. closed) will be minimal. One thing I do encourage anyone who purchases an aftermarket unit to do, is check the fitment every couple hundred miles, these things find a way to wiggle loose and can cause a drop in performance as well as MPG.
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The only thing I noticed with the Intake was improved throttle response. Stock it takes a sec after you step on your gas pedal, with AEM it was instant go.

how much water we talking about? so mud puddles or like a swamp?
it looks really good
I meant if you are the type to go mudding and drive through deep water. Driving in teh rain or even puddles is cool.
alright thanks i think im going to go with the AEM it looks good and seems to be a good choice preformance wise.
The plastic still heats up, but the metal cools down faster than the plastic.
Oneword of advice. That pipe gets scratched after just one cleaning. I've had the same intake on my Expedition and the Silverado, both did it.
i ordered te AEM last night cant wait to get it
can you polish the scratches off? why does it scratch so easily? you are talking about like a brush scatching it right?
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