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Old 09-15-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
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whats the best air intake for my 05 wrangler???

i would like to try to free up a few ponys just recently purchased my first jeep its an 05 with the 4.0 theres a few diff air intakes just wanna make sure i get the best one?? and what about a performance chip are they worth the money and or safe and whats the best one ???? not tryin to go too crazy with the motor just figured those two mods would free up a few hp without loosing reliability !

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The intake system on the Jeep is well designed and does what it is supposed to. While you may think you are getting more HP or torque, it is highly doubtful it is real and not just a "feels like it" effect. You are best saving your money and using it on other upgrades. Welcome to the forums

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And a chip wont do anything either.
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Or anything else you see in the market.
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I wouldn't waste the money unless your planning on installing a snorkel as well. Most of the after market intakes have a open element filter, If your planning on playing in the dirt and mud, these are a bad idea.
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Your stock air intake is the best. Spend your $$ elsewhere.
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What if, like me, he just likes the sound generated by using an after market intake and he's not looking for any added HP or Torque? Of the ones out there, what would be best?
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What if, like me, he just likes the sound generated by using an after market intake and he's not looking for any added HP or Torque? Of the ones out there, what would be best?
It is hard to say which one is best, it is kind of like asking someone which chocolate cake is best when they just said they don't like chocolate..
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It is hard to say which one is best, it is kind of like asking someone which chocolate cake is best when they just said they don't like chocolate..
Yeah, I gotcha. I should have phrased my question differently... which one is best at keeping the dust and dirt out while still giving you the cool sound? Any recommendations there or are they all pretty much the same?
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Yeah, I gotcha. I should have phrased my question differently... which one is best at keeping the dust and dirt out while still giving you the cool sound? Any recommendations there or are they all pretty much the same?
i have the brute force intake.

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i like it but want to snorkle so shes going up forsale
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Cool sound? sounds like someone is not getting enough personal attention. I would rather be quiet and have the police look at someone else.
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K&N 57 Series FIPK
57-1514-1 - K&N 57 Series FIPK, Performance Intake Kit

and the filters are washable and reusable so it is not an issue with dust from the trail.
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Ok, BUT, if someone would like to look for it...
It's been proven that filters like the K&N let more particulates through and that can damage your engine. I've already done the homework and posted it in another thread, not doing it again. Ya'll can do your own homework this time.

Best air intake: Factory with a WIX Gold filter.

I had someone GIVE me a K&N. I cleaned it, put it on my Jeep for running around town (since my WIX got dusted at Turkey Bay) and have noticed not one lick of difference.
Which reminds me, I need to go get a new air filter.
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i have the brute force on mine.works fine.like the fact i don't half to buy new filters.not found of the whistle sound though.
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First, while not all factory air intakes are, the TJ's is totally free breathing as it comes from the factory. It was specifically designed to have no restrictions and this comes right from Jeep engineering. SOME vehicles do perform better with an aftermarket air intake system, the TJ is not one of them. I would save your $$$.

And those with air filters like a K&N let FAR more dirt into the engine. After installing a K&N on my '97 TJ 12 years ago, it wasn't long before I discovered that the inside of my air intake tube and throttle body had turned dirty and grimy. It took not one but TWO prefilters on top of my K&N air filter to finally get it filtering the desert dust and silica out. The below photo shows my K&N with the two prefilters pulled back. The first prefilter was an Outerwears, the outer filter was a foam Unifilter. Once I was able to find a better replacement air filter, I moved the K&N to my garage shelf... never to be used again.

That TJ was stolen & the '04 Rubicon I bought as a replacement came with an Airaid air intake. I was SO thankful when I finally sold the Airaid a few weeks ago and was able to reinstall the factory OE air intake box with an AC-Delco paper element air filter. Now I can breathe easier knowing my engine is breathing clean air out in the dusty desert again. And there was ZERO difference in performance afterwards. No, I don't miss the Airaid at all.

As hard as it may be to believe after reading all the ads and hype for air intake systems, the TJ's air intake is pretty damned good right out of the factory. I wouldn't touch it, especially if you wheel where it gets dusty.
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Here's another vote for the OEM intake.

My Jeep had a POS aftermarket intake on it when I bought it. One of my first "mods" was to call Daveysjeeps.com and get an OEM intake.

I put an Amsoil drop in filter in. Some like amsoil some do not.
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Here take a look at this thread http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/k-an...ake-59152.html

I put a K&N on mine that i got for free and yeah they aren't the best for dirt and dust but everyone told me what is the best on this thread
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My jeep came with a K&N and cold air intake (stock box and everything is gone) and I'd like to switch it out to a standard filter. Anyone have suggestions on what I should use? I'm mainly worried about getting something that will have enough airflow - as my local (small) parts place doesn't have anything that looks like it will work well.

Should note that I don't want to go back to stock, as I've got stuff mounted in the stock location.
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I'm mainly worried about getting something that will have enough airflow -
Believe it or not, the OE TJ air intake has sufficient air flow capacity to flow more air than the engine can consume at WOT (wide open throttle) and redline rpms. And the stock air filter that fits the OE air filter box has such a huge surface area that it doesn't restrict air flow either. AC-Delco's paper element air filter is consistently ranked at or near the top in terms of overall filter efficiency and air flow.

SOME air intake systems are restrictive, the TJ's is not. Really.
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i have the brute force on mine.works fine.like the fact i don't half to buy new filters.not found of the whistle sound though.
I like that whistle sound. It makes me smile.

And Kate... I've heard/read the reports on K&N's disappointing job of keeping out the bad stuff which is why I was asking about the best one to use. I don't want to use the stock setup because it doesn't whistle at me and let me hear the throttle body gulping down that air when I mash on the skinny pedal. So, maybe I can find an intake setup that minimizes the amount of mud and dirt splatter that reaches the filter and then use one of those WIX Gold filters that you mentioned (if I can find one that would fit).

Or, maybe I could just get Linda or you to ride along with me and whistle at me when I wheel.
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Believe it or not, the OE TJ air intake has sufficient air flow capacity to flow more air than the engine can consume at WOT (wide open throttle) and redline rpms. And the stock air filter that fits the OE air filter box has such a huge surface area that it doesn't restrict air flow either. AC-Delco's paper element air filter is consistently ranked at or near the top in terms of overall filter efficiency and air flow.

SOME air intake systems are restrictive, the TJ's is not. Really.
What about the JKs? I assume they're pretty good too. Now, if they'd make the cool sound I'd be set.

By the way, it's not worth it to me to spend upwards of several hundred dollars just to hear my intake sucking air. So, I may just be outta luck.
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Stick with what you got the stock air intake works just fine save your money and put it else where
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Cut your stock intake tube and get a new k&n filter thats how you spend the best money/// Makes the smae power ans sound as an aftermarket
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My jeep came with a K&N and cold air intake (stock box and everything is gone) and I'd like to switch it out to a standard filter. Anyone have suggestions on what I should use? I'm mainly worried about getting something that will have enough airflow - as my local (small) parts place doesn't have anything that looks like it will work well.

Should note that I don't want to go back to stock, as I've got stuff mounted in the stock location.
I understand that the stock filter works well, however, I don't have one currently. I want to find a filter sytem that will fit and function as well as stock to replace the K&N I have currently.
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I understand that the stock filter works well, however, I don't have one currently. I want to find a filter sytem that will fit and function as well as stock to replace the K&N I have currently.
I didn't either, I picked one up from a friend for free. OE air intake/filter boxes are a dime-a-dozen from those who replaced theirs when installing an aftermarket air intake.
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When I was reading about these a couple years ago most were of the opinion the AEM Brute Force provided the most additional power, which wasn't much! I also think the AEM (dry flow) filter is way better than K&N.
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My Jeep TJ had some aftermarket intake set up when I 1st got it within the first few days of ownership I found & purchased the stock air box & hose on e-Bay the aftermarket hot rod kid junk found a new home in the dumpster.
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i have a safari snorkel kit sealed factory air box with a k&n oem replacement filter noticed no gains as far as mpg . the filter element was in th truck when i bought it now that i have read this thread ill change it to the jeep factory paper filter i think i do mostly trail rides not alot of sand or anything just dust, and my snorkle makes a good sound WOT lol but you have to be listening for it haha
Wanted to add i work in the service industry and was talking with suppliers and they said over half the people that by such K&N dont maintain them properly have to service them to maintain there filtering ablity such as oil ect.
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I have a stock filter with a dog whistle in my bumper.
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