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Old 11-28-2009, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Does a Cold Air Intake Improve Gas Mileage?

I have a 2008 2.9 Colorado extended cab, 2WD automatic and was wondering if anyone here kept track of before and after mileage. Thanks.
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The one I had in mind was the K&N, if that makes any difference.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Say you spend $300 on a K&N...

You will literally see a fractional, and most likely a gain in gas mileage that you won't even notice (as long as you drive the same as before). So the $300 you just dropped on a K&N could pay for 9 or so fill-ups in your truck, which is more gas than you will EVER save with that K&N. If you want an intake, make your own.

Food for thought.
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Old 11-28-2009, 12:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Say you spend $300 on a K&N...

You will literally see a fractional, and most likely a gain in gas mileage that you won't even notice (as long as you drive the same as before). So the $300 you just dropped on a K&N could pay for 9 or so fill-ups in your truck, which is more gas than you will EVER save with that K&N. If you want an intake, make your own.

Food for thought.
I agree, go with a K+N filter and you will prolly get the same results and save money. I have just the filter.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:09 PM   #5 (permalink)
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It's easy to make an intake. Just buy the pipe from ebay for some other vehicle. Then get some couplings and a K&N filter that fits the pipe.

To cut it, you can probably use an exhaust pipe cutter, which is pretty inexpensive.

What some people do on the 3rd generation preludes is buy a cold air intake made for an Integra. Ebay for real cheap. Then just cut the pipe and couple it together to fit.

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Ebay has kits for other cars that are from $15-$50
http://motors.shop.ebay.com/_Car-Truck- ... air+intake

Summit has individual custom tubes that you will pay a lot more for
http://www.summitracing.com/search/Depa ... s=Rank|Asc
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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...or you can just buy conduit from your local harware store, which is just as easy, if not easier.
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Conduit intakes are ghetto :p no offense meant to anyone
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you want to get technical;

-You are most likely going to install an intake for performance.
-Conduit doesn't allow heat to pass through nearly as much as a metal intake tube. Therefore; more performance for less money.
-Talking about ghetto.? Ebay intakes are ghetto.
-You're a flaming idiot for coming on a COLORADO forum posting links to intake tubes for everything EXCEPT Colorados...on Ebay at that.?
-For what you suggest, he can just buy a K&N, that FITS, for cheaper.
-When someone like YOU makes a conduit intake, they tend to look shitty, whereas mine, along with many others, do NOT look shitty. If I'm going to do something, it is going to be done right, or it won't be done at all.

Think before you speak, tripledude.
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Old 11-29-2009, 06:40 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Default Re: Does a Cold Air Intake Improve Gas Mileage?

Thank you for the replies. I wasn't looking for performance, but saw a show on Speed where they said a cold air intake improves mileage. I was kind of skeptical.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't see how an intake kit improves mileage.

1. The stock intake is already cold air, most of the kits are drawing in warmer air than the stock setup. Cold intake air will lead to better spark advance, which will lead to fuel savings.
2. Restriction: the throttle plate causes all the restriction, the intake will only cause restriction a WOT.
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