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K&N vs. MAC

i know i know, but no im not searching i just dont feel like it, pros and cons of each from some of you smart folk would be much appreciated......
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lol. good luck with finding smart folk.

kn has a heatshield. that would be the main deal.

there's talk about the plastic tube of the kn not absorbing as much heat as the metal pipe of the mac.

the fact that kn's tube is designed to the shape that they want for airflow, vs a mac which is limited to a pipe with the same diameter is another factor.

in all three - K&N is better than mac. Mac is not a bad option though for the $$'s. It's hard to quantify the differences in HP. If the mac is 80% hp to kn's 100% hp the price has to be a factor.
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^ What he said
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If u live in California the k&n is legal for smog check, but the mac is illegal for smog.
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why would it be illegal?
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why would it be illegal?
I forgot why but cretin brands like k&n, injen, AEM, and some other brands r legal for smog. But if u have an off brand or modify u air intake they won’t smog your vehicle. Even if u get pulled over by a cop and tells u 2 open your hood up. He can give you a fixit ticket for the illegal intake.
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i had a k&n on my explorer, then switched to Mac, i deffinetly like the mac better, i know its a diff engine but between the two id say mac.
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i have never used mac. i have had k&n, airhog, airaid, poweradder, and green. out of all the ones i was most pleased with the k&n
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lol. good luck with finding smart folk.

kn has a heatshield. that would be the main deal.

there's talk about the plastic tube of the kn not absorbing as much heat as the metal pipe of the mac.

the fact that kn's tube is designed to the shape that they want for airflow, vs a mac which is limited to a pipe with the same diameter is another factor.

in all three - K&N is better than mac. Mac is not a bad option though for the $$'s. It's hard to quantify the differences in HP. If the mac is 80% hp to kn's 100% hp the price has to be a factor.
That sounds good, dunno wtf it means but it sounded damn good, oh and I have a MAC and love it.
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the MAC intake isn't SMOG legal because they are not registered, to get SMOG exemption for your product you have to show proof that it keeps the emissions the same or makes them better, pay a good sized fee and register any and all changes in the production
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well i got the mac coming so i guess i will just wait and see.......
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