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Old 06-09-2011, 06:00 PM
Keatons92ranger Keatons92ranger is offline
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Question cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

So I want to put a cold air intake on my 92 ranger. Its a 4 banger 2.3l - and I'm wondering if anyone has done it, liked it, hated it? I've been told that I can actually get better performance from a regular K&N drop in air filter in the stock location.
If I do a cold air intake I will likely make my own out of spare pipe from a local exhaust shop.
Or if thats not gonna work for me I may buy a K&N system.
I'm curious as to the REAL HP gain?
I've heard BS as much as 40 HP... I find that hard to believe on a truck that makes about 80-90HP stock.
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:06 PM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

save ur money man, they are not worth it on our rangers
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Old 06-09-2011, 06:36 PM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

The way Ford designed our intake systems is cold air already. Go take out your air filter and look where the intake duct leads, right behind the headlight outside of the engine bay. I personally have a K&N drop in that I got from eBay for 15 bucks on the basis that it can be cleaned, not for the perceived HP gains. Maybe mine breathes a little better, maybe it doesn't, I couldn't tell you one way or another on the filters. All I do know is that the intake system that we have is cold air already, no need to spend 200 bucks unless you want to have a shiny tube under your hood.

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Old 06-14-2011, 07:12 AM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

I have a 97 and just did the drop in k&n but added smooth bore pipe and connectors from autozone. Did piping simply for clean look. No real gains. Definitely do a cleanable filter.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:16 AM
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leave them both alone, stock intake is all you need. CAIs will do nothing for you:

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Old 06-14-2011, 08:20 AM
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Agreed. I don't know why it doesn't matter much on Rangers, but it just doesn't. I say my 1/4 mile improve in my Mustang with intake/exhaust/tune but Rangers just dont see a gain to justify the cost. You want more power, either get blown or do a motor swap.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:42 AM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

I just recently added a K&N drop in to my 96 4cy. Besides the fact i was already in the need for a new filter i saw some key word some gain from my previous high mark of mpg. i would say about 2 mpgs over what i got from a regular paper filter. plus you only have to clean the K&N ever 50,000 miles and its garunteed for a million so whats to loose
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:12 PM
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I just recently added a K&N drop in to my 96 4cy. Besides the fact i was already in the need for a new filter i saw some key word some gain from my previous high mark of mpg. i would say about 2 mpgs over what i got from a regular paper filter. plus you only have to clean the K&N ever 50,000 miles and its garunteed for a million so whats to loose
No one will believe that. And when I switched from Motorcraft blend to Amsoil my fuel mileage increased by 2 also.........same nonsense.
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:22 PM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

If 2mpg could be gained by using a different air filter, it would come with it from the factory and Ford would makes millions of dollars, because fuel economy sells cars.
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:14 PM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

I kicked my ex wife out of my ranger and picked up 5 mpg
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:14 PM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

i wasnt saying it was a guaranteed thing just that my car is better from when i got it from the original owner. and like i said the truck was due for an air filter plus a tune up was done like a month ago so there were other factors. And when i bought the car it had a crappy paper filter in it. but i should have been clearer in my first post
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

So in other words... the filter didn't do anything, the other regular maintenance that was lacking to begin with made the difference, and brought it back to normal mpg.
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:12 AM
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Default Re: cold air intake vs. K&N drop in?

no i mean that it was the missing piece of my maintenance. and its better than the paper that was in there.
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