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Old 06-06-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Engine dress up

97 GT bought used with a black heavy duty plastic K&N CAI. Want to change pipe to chrome/polished look. Contacted K&N and they said best thing was to spend $300 on new one. Is this really the case or is there a more economical way to get a small piece of aluminum?
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Thats alot. If your just out for a polished pipe you can pick up an SR performance CAI for $80 and put your K&N filter on it. Looks just as good as a big name brand
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Would they fit together?
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You may have to use the whole sr pipe but i would imagine the filter would fit. If not the filter on it is great, its on american muscle and has great customer reviews
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Does your current CAI go down into the front fender like that? And ya my bay is dirty lol

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Personally the metal/chrome ones look tacky IMO I love the look of mine..

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K&N isn't a fender intake.
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gotta agree i like the black look or color matched look more. but if you want the polished look then i agree either SR or a cheap ebay tube will work the same as a name brand K&N
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I have the sr one off am and plasti dipped the chrome. Looks clean.
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Just trying to color coordinate the engine bay some. Most of the stuff is red or chrome so trying to stick to a theme.
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I have the sr one off am and plasti dipped the chrome. Looks clean.
^ I need to do this to mine
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Same here ive got chrome cobra wheels and now have red ford racing plug wires. Im not big into the blackout theme myself
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I've got the red top battery, red MSD distributors, red Ford Racing wires. I could stick with red and black but just don't like the mental image of it.
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Most important factor is heat.

Chrome ones get hot as hell and reduce performance.

The latest technology is the JLT Next Gen.

No bends and heat dispersing material.

I get comps on that Cai because it really stands out compared to old technology.
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Most important factor is heat.

Chrome ones get hot as hell and reduce performance.

The latest technology is the JLT Next Gen.

No bends and heat dispersing material.

I get comps on that Cai because it really stands out compared to old technology.
The only thing under your hood that isn't chrome is the CAI. I hear what your saying but this car will likely never see FI or anything aside from minor bolt ons so aesthetics is all I can do. I can't get any serious work done to the car here in Japan. Mustang is kryptonite to all car shops here. Love what you have under the hood!!
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Thanks man, but your car will get slower when you put a chrome CAI on.

You should try painting yours as suggested and see how you like it.

...or a couple of my buddy's had theirs wrapped, they looked bad *** and only cost 40 bucks.
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Most important factor is heat.

Chrome ones get hot as hell and reduce performance.

The latest technology is the JLT Next Gen.

No bends and heat dispersing material.

I get comps on that Cai because it really stands out compared to old technology.
According to physics, that's false.
The air charge is moving through the tube with enough velocity that it does not have the opportunity to pick up any environmental heat from the tube. If it does, the movement of the charge cools it back down. Both of these numbers are insignificant (we are talking fractions of a degree) to boot.
Maybe if you're hot lapping the car you could see a difference, but that's now due to having a screaming hot motor and everything else more than just the intake tube.
Think wind, moving air is cooler than stagnant air, that's why you can have a cool breeze on a hot day, and that air is traveling miles with thermals rising through it, hot spot heat emissions, convection currents, among others and it retains the cool temperature. Granted, some of this is due to internal convection and temperature regulation to maintain the air mass, but it's more or less obeying the same principles.
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I dynoed muxh HP less with chrome.

Anyone knows more about this.
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I dynoed muxh HP less with chrome.

Anyone knows more about this.
That is because you're FI. I'm sure it makes a difference there, but not for a stock or mildly modded motor.

C&L is one of the big names in induction and they use aluminum to show gains comparable to any other CAI.
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More heat equals worse performance no matter the conditions.

That is bottom line fact.

And my dyno was before I scd.

Went from chrome to plastic and had better numbers.
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American Muscle has in there website dyno videos of each cold air intake and air raid did the best. I have the old JLT set up and I will post a pic later when I get home of mine.
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American Muscle has in there website dyno videos of each cold air intake and air raid did the best. I have the old JLT set up and I will post a pic later when I get home of mine.
Airaid ftw

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Thanks man, but your car will get slower when you put a chrome CAI on.

You should try painting yours as suggested and see how you like it.

...or a couple of my buddy's had theirs wrapped, they looked bad *** and only cost 40 bucks.
Wrapped? As in vinyl?
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According to physics, that's false.
The air charge is moving through the tube with enough velocity that it does not have the opportunity to pick up any environmental heat from the tube. If it does, the movement of the charge cools it back down. Both of these numbers are insignificant (we are talking fractions of a degree) to boot.
Maybe if you're hot lapping the car you could see a difference, but that's now due to having a screaming hot motor and everything else more than just the intake tube.
Think wind, moving air is cooler than stagnant air, that's why you can have a cool breeze on a hot day, and that air is traveling miles with thermals rising through it, hot spot heat emissions, convection currents, among others and it retains the cool temperature. Granted, some of this is due to internal convection and temperature regulation to maintain the air mass, but it's more or less obeying the same principles.
I'm gonna agree with this guy. Sounds legit..
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I'll trust the dyno results over internet smack.
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I'll trust the dyno results over internet smack.
I will say my cai in my v6.. (Chrome) got so hot I couldn't touch it., in my v8 airaid one never got hot..
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http://www.google.com/search?tbm=isc...F6qo0AHisoC4BQ

Like wrap, you can do anything even design your own and do your rad cover too
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Chrome makes everything hotter.

Any reputable Mustang shop will tell you to get plastic.

Nuff said.
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Is that the JLT like mine?

It LOOKS AWESOME!
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It's the original JLT intake. They don't make it no more which I think it was a big mistake. I think the new one is nice too. It just needs to be painted it looks like a big plastic tube. I just painted mine
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It's the original JLT intake. They don't make it no more which I think it was a big mistake. I think the new one is nice too. It just needs to be painted it looks like a big plastic tube. I just painted mine
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What paint did you use?
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It's the original JLT intake. They don't make it no more which I think it was a big mistake. I think the new one is nice too. It just needs to be painted it looks like a big plastic tube. I just painted mine
Good call...the new Jlt ain't gonna be on anyone else's KB but mine. We were gonna cut it but like 6 hours with a heat gun and 2 guys we got it.

I would have bought the old one.

From the pics you can see same conical angle.

---------- Post added at 11:08 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:07 PM ----------

Only difference is they spent the money on the way more expensive mold for the one piece.

---------- Post added at 11:11 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:08 PM ----------

Different compound too... this one will crack.

That's about a 100k mold design and build for the one piece... at least.
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What paint did you use?
I used rustoleum high heat silver paint and a clear coat. Came out great.
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