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Metal Intake tube.....Sounds better?

Ok well i was told that taking my stock rubber like air tube out and replacing it with an aftermarket stainless steel tude would make my truck sound alittle bit better? Is this true?
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well the bigger the tube the more air-flow...they say you'll get a deeper sound
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Yeah, you should get more resonance out of a SS steel tube than a plastic tube.
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do you know where i can get just the tube at? Ive looked but they either dont have it for my truck or i have to buy the whole air box/filter and everything?
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Auto Zone sell just the tube and brackets 29.99 I think
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I honestly don't know offhand. You are probably better off buying the whole setup so that you know you are getting everything you need for it to run correctly.
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I honestly don't know offhand. You are probably better off buying the whole setup so that you know you are getting everything you need for it to run correctly.
I mean i got the whole set up except the ss tube? thats all i need.......? why can't people just be nice and sell the tube? Ill check autozone.
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yea goto autozone I seen the tube at my AutoZone and I live in the sticks
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is it a ss tube? I dont want another rubber one. lol
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is it a ss tube? I dont want another rubber one. lol
for $29.99 at autozone it is probably just chrome plated or aluminum. doubt it's SS.

Mine is SS from Street Smart Design. Idk if they make them for the older 4.0 or not. I don't even think they offer them for the 3.0 anymore. Fitting issue I think.

www.ssd4u.com was their web site.

EDIT: They have a tube for a 4.0 OHV but it lists for 98-00. Don't know if it'd fit you 96.

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FRZN1001C 1998-2000 Ford Ranger and Mazda B 4.0 L OHV; T304 Hand Polished Stainless Steel Intake Tube $98.95

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will the chrom plated or aluminum sound any better? i dont see the make 4 my truck
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If by better you mean more like a high pitched whining noise as air rushes through a metal tube...then yah!

You will probably get a little more noise from switching over. For $30 I guess it's worth it to find out. But no intake or exhaust is gonna make a V6 sound like a V8.

Yeah i noticed they don't have it listed pre-98. If you went over to TRS you might see why...idk if they changed the intake on the 98 4.0 OHV from the 97 or not. Guessing they did, but TRS would probably have that info.
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i thought you were going to sell the stx Shane???
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If you're looking for more of a V8 sound and some more power as well, get a new set of cams.
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or put in a 302 or a 351
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^lol, a bit more work, but yeah, that works too.
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If you're looking for more of a V8 sound and some more power as well, get a new set of cams.
I've thought about going that route just not so sure about ripping the block apart. OHV means the cam is down in the 'V' of the engine and it uses "pushrods" to contact the rockers which open and close the valves. SOHC means your cams are up over the valves. I would guess yours (winks) are easier to get to than mine or shane's b/c of that but dont kow for sure.
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or put in a 302 or a 351

Yeah but i decided to keep it and make it into a 4 wheel truck. Not abusing the **** out of it but just to wheel it ya know? build it up alil more. Then ill be getting a semi nice car for a DD. why make payments if you dont have too....?
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If by better you mean more like a high pitched whining noise as air rushes through a metal tube...then yah!

You will probably get a little more noise from switching over. For $30 I guess it's worth it to find out. But no intake or exhaust is gonna make a V6 sound like a V8.

Yeah i noticed they don't have it listed pre-98. If you went over to TRS you might see why...idk if they changed the intake on the 98 4.0 OHV from the 97 or not. Guessing they did, but TRS would probably have that info.

sounds good than. Ill get in touch with em hopefully have here by tomarrow...?
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IS there anyway you can find it for me on autozone.com! my coputer is being gay!!!!!!
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I've thought about going that route just not so sure about ripping the block apart. OHV means the cam is down in the 'V' of the engine and it uses "pushrods" to contact the rockers which open and close the valves. SOHC means your cams are up over the valves. I would guess yours (winks) are easier to get to than mine or shane's b/c of that but dont kow for sure.
Hmm... I never knew about that, I thought all cams were at the top of the engine until now. Sounds like a bit of work to get to them, and therefore a bit more difficult than adding in an aluminum tube between two plastic parts. Thanks for the info Mike.
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Yeah but i decided to keep it and make it into a 4 wheel truck. Not abusing the **** out of it but just to wheel it ya know? build it up alil more. Then ill be getting a semi nice car for a DD. why make payments if you dont have too....?
sounds like a plan
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I went to napa,advanced autos and auozone and they said they have nothing for my truck like tthat!? WTF!? Can anyone show me on their web site (the metal intake tube)......I can't find it.....?
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It's possible they just used the Civic tubes those places sell. Some people have been known to get them to fit on their trucks. Idk if that's actually what that person did or if this will work on a 4.0 OHV.

There may not actually be a tube like that designed for a 4.0. Check out TRS and see what you can dig up on intakes for the 4.0 OHV.
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ok ill check again. kinda sucks but ill check.......
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