im not sure, i would be concerned wtih long term engineering, like i said i dont know anything about MAC, but i know that the K&N intakes have countless hours in R&D to make sure they are reliable and provide acceptable performance throughout their serviceable life
i would buy a kit, i think graniteguy sells the gibson kits. you get top notch welding, mandrel bent pipes, and a pipe size you know will work, plus it bolts right up. ive had a lot of rough experience with custom work in the past and ill only go wtih bolt on
I tried several, but tend to lean toward the volant cold air intake, performs as good as any and the price is better. I have had better results using the airhog oil/cleaner however. More stays on the filter and out of your engine compartment. I would also recommend a water repelent outerwares prefilter or at least some kind of splash guard.
i have a Mac as well and have been impressed with it. Its not loud except in the mornings when the truck is warming up and it gets loud when you step on the gas. i only paid $125 for mine and it's emissions legal. Some of the K & N intakes aren't emissions legal and some are: If that's a big deal where you live, then you need to go to their website and they'll tell you.
i have Magnaflow exhaust and i had it custom built for $274, or i could've gotten the kit for $750ish, with my student discount. it's sounds really good and it's not drawny or sounds nasty either. Its got a nice rumble sound to it
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I personally dont think youll notice any performance difference between them. Go with the MAC cause its cheaper and will give the same affect. I have a K&N that i got for free for being a proto truck for their 77 series intake. I like it but wouldnt have ever paid full price for the kit for the benefits it gave. MAC is priced about right for the gains youll notice so i say go that route.
the real world performance gains of most systems are pretty close, some may look better on a flow bench, but thats about it. Go by price or personal preferance. I would however recommend one that uses plastic rather than some that use aluminum or other metals. I have seen tests done that prove the plastic intakes transfer less engine heat. I have also had better luck using the fram airhog oil as to k/n or the volant oil, it seems to stay on the filter a-lot better, as to drying out toward to bottom side and covering everything under it with a light coat of filter oil. I also have had great luck using a "green filters" filter. They are top quality.
wow justin, who quoted you that much for the kit!!!
but that was for borla though...remember i was on my borla hunt for a good 3 months but i didn't want to spend $700+ for it so i went to magnaflow. They were around $500m so i just went to the muffler shop to get prices with those mufflers and duals and he gave me the right price for what i wanted. There isn't an authorized Borla dealer here so i scrapped that too. I got it done right then when he said $274....
IMHO, the MAC is the better intake. It's cheaper, well engineered, and you'r not paying extra for a name. I've been very happy with mine.
I just replaced the filter element on mine, as I've had it for about 40,000 miles. I was going to clean it, but it was just $30 for a brand new one from MAC. Can't beat that.
I realise this post is kinda old but im pokeing around a bit and Im just curious, what about the AEM brute force intake? no oiling the filter! I put one on my 4.0 and I love it, only time it seams really loud, or when I can hear it is when I just start the engine and its warming up.
Its a bit pricey, up there around k&n but if you wanna avoid haveing to oil the filter, ide highly recomend AEM.