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Which is best MAC, K&N 57series, or K&N 77series?

Which will last? sound best? deliever the most performance from my 4banger?

the mac for $159.50
http://www.hillbankmotorsports.com/p...ducts_id=40468

the 57 series for $259.00
http://jusnesmodified.com/store/inde...44fc9ac310bc5b

the 77 series for $241.00
http://jusnesmodified.com/store/inde...44fc9ac310bc5b


If you have one of these on your 2.3L, what do you think??

I also plan to have an exhaust system installed eairly next year.
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I had a MAC on my 3.0 and it was good. I'd go with MAC, with the K&N all your paying the extra $100 for is the name.
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i dont know much about the MAC, but ive used K&N intakes in the past, they are VERY well engineered
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no one sells intakes for 92-94 :( I'd go with the K&N intakes for sure
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Would I feel any difference between the $259.00 K&N and the $159.50 MAC at all?
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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
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How much should I expect to pay for a muffler shop to put duals on my truck?
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with the gibson muffler but have the shop bend pipes and install it,,
what diameter pipe do you recommend?

With my xmas money, depending on how much I have left from the exhaust system install, Ill get one of the intakes to go with it,,

or I could always buy a kayak
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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
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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.
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volant is made by S&B, excellent quality parts and cheaper too, look for them to hit the site soon
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Do any of the kits come with a new MAF? or do they use the stock one?
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If you got a new MAF with the kits, the kits would cost like $400-600. The kits come with an adapter plate to mount the MAF and filter to the intake.
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I've run about at LEAST 50 bottles of Nitrous through my Mac intake. The intake has survived 4 manifold explosions as well.
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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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wow justin, who quoted you that much for the kit!!!
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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.
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i like the k&N only because my 77 series was free.. i dunno if i would have forked over the money for it
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How much should I expect to pay for a muffler shop to put duals on my truck?
Similar to this setup

with the gibson muffler but have the shop bend pipes and install it,,
what diameter pipe do you recommend?

With my xmas money, depending on how much I have left from the exhaust system install, Ill get one of the intakes to go with it,,

or I could always buy a kayak
rough estimate- $175
tubing diameter- 2 1/4
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I've run about at LEAST 50 bottles of Nitrous through my Mac intake. The intake has survived 4 manifold explosions as well.
sweeeet! I had one explosion, not on a Ranger. It broke my intake manifold into several pieces. Live and learn.
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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.
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wow justin, who quoted you that much for the kit!!!

hellz yeah...

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....
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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.
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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.
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From my understanding the only difference in the 2 K&N's are shiny factor. Other then that i think they are the same.

Honestly I doubt there is a difference in the MAC and K&N. Not a $100 difference anyway.
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