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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7949203962



It's ugly as hell, but for $46 shipped, I figured, why not? I don't mind the noise increase, and have had great luck with FIPKs on two vehicles in the past.

I'll be sure to report on how well it works, or doesn't.

Hopefully, I will have a K&N drop in with only 6,000 miles on it for sale soon. :D

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anestech* said:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7949203962



It's ugly as hell, but for $46 shipped, I figured, why not? I don't mind the noise increase, and have had great luck with FIPKs on two vehicles in the past.

I'll be sure to report on how well it works, or doesn't.

Hopefully, I will have a K&N drop in with only 6,000 miles on it for sale soon. :D

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good luck. I hope that filter actually filters for that price.
 

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If the filter looks a little "iffy" you could try one of those K&N Drycharger filter wraps for a little added insurance. I have one on my FIPK & its nice peace of mind with little or no air flow restriction.
 

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If the filter looks a little "iffy" you could try one of those K&N Drycharger filter wraps for a little added insurance. I have one on my FIPK & its nice peace of mind with little or no air flow restriction.
Yeah, I planed on a precharger for here in AZ, and a drycharger when I move to Seattle in June.

Dust is a bit more of a problem here than water. :D
 

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Yeah, I planed on a precharger for here in AZ, and a drycharger when I move to Seattle in June.

Dust is a bit more of a problem here than water. :D
where did you get your precharger?
 

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where did you get your precharger?
I haven't yet, I was gonna wait to see how big the filter is then order the correct one. And I can't remember where I got the drycharger for my FIPK in my old Jeep, pretty sure I ordered it online somewhere though... :(
 

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Oops, I though the prechargers were the oiled foam, dirtbike style ones. Those are the Airforce Pre-Cleaners. 90% reduction of dust with only 2% reduction in flow. THAT's what I will run here in AZ.

EDIT: If they make on to fit, otherwise I will just get a drycharger for all around use. Basically the same thing as the precharger, just a bit better at bouncing water off.
 

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The beauty of the Drycharger is it not only helps filter dirt, but it also sheds water off of you happen to get a little splash of water under the hood. The foam pre chargers just soak it in. I got mine from Performanceproducts.com
 

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Be careful when you recharge the filter with oil. Use a very light amount. The mass air sensors are very sensitive. I paid over 200 for mine and honestly I think it works way better in a plastic bag in my garage. To me the deckplate mod worked just as good and the factory drop in filter protects way better. Just hold the K&N filter up to the light and look through it. Too much daylight for my liking. Especially for offroading. Not trying to dis K&N obviously they do something right they seem to be very popular. Just letting you know my experience. Oh also the heatshield moves with the engine. Eventually cracking my inner fender where its lower mount is.

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Be careful when you recharge the filter with oil. Use a very light amount. The mass air sensors are very sensitive. I paid over 200 for mine and honestly I think it works way better in a plastic bag in my garage. To me the deckplate mod worked just as good and the factory drop in filter protects way better. Just hold the K&N filter up to the light and look through it. Too much daylight for my liking. Especially for offroading. Not trying to dis K&N obviously they do something right they seem to be very popular. Just letting you know my experience. Oh also the heatshield moves with the engine. Eventually cracking my inner fender where its lower mount is.

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Wow sound like you had a bad experience with yours! What did you try to install it on anyway? It doesn't sound anything like whats on my 3.4. I think most of the trouble people have with K&N's is the way they service them....too much oil or blowing them out with compressed air. I cannot see any daylight through mine, but for peace of mind I added the Drycharger, mainly for keeping out water. As for the heatshield moving with the engine??? How? Its bolted to the fender & rad support???? Not even connected to the engine. The actual intake tube is the only thing connected to the engine & it has space from the heatshield. I think you are a bit confused.... :confused: I took mine off to a direct comparison with my deck plate & K&N stock setup.....no comparison. With the FIPK Gen II my motor tachs up quicker & gets better mpg. Its back on as we speak.
 

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I'm confused as well. While K&N has some issues, it is a well know fact (stated by K&N themselves) that their filters filter better when dirty. They have some fitament issues from time to time, but that is the nature of products like this. The one I had on my jeep would rub the hood insulation, but that didn't effect the performance of anything, and it was a small price to pay for the much larger "pancake" are above the throttle body (similar looking to a 4 barrle carb on top of the intake manifold on the 5.2L Mangum V8s).

Many people do over oil them, and that can be a problem. But unlike the VAST majority of people (present company excluded, of course ;) ), I know how to read, and follow directions...

Granted, this think is a knock of, and probably a very cheap on at that. If I am uncomfortable with the filter, I will ditch it in favor of a REAL K&N, simple as that. And I will probably use a Drycharger or the foam one depending on my usage (again, here in AZ, dust is MUCH more of a concern than water).

And this particular unit doesn't come with a heat shield, which isn't a big concern to me. Heat shields don't help that much in my opinion, especially when the ambient air is 120* plus, like it is here. Hell, it rained here today, and still hit 71*, and has been over 80* this month.
 

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The lower bolt and rubber bushing setup that mount to the fender at the bottom of the heat shield ripped through the fender. As your engine moves it flexes the intake tube putting stress on your heatshield. To fix the problem I relocated one of the heatshield mounts. Yes this was on a 98 3.4 Taco. I have seen different kits that had skinnier intake tubes that did not have such a tight fit in the heatshield. Must depend on the kit. And yes the actual FIPK K&N kit I had, had a mount that supported the center of the tube from the engine.

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I ran the kit for years without any major problems. But soon came to the realization it was really any over kill that sucked mud and water (Main reason I removed it.) I am not trying to be rude so don't take offense. But isn't the main reason of this board to share info?? I was simply making you aware of what problems either myself or others ran into.
 

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I just got the funniest visual in my head...
hmm, something like 'hide the hamster'?
 

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Okay, this thing is actually decent quality. BUT IT WON'T FIT THE TRUCK. There is no way to hook up the MAF, therefore it is junk. It will be going back, and probably be getting this one: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7950794591&category=38634 as it has a place to put the MAF on...

The one above and this one below both seem to be an exact rip off of the AEM Bruteforce.



It seem to come with everything (except maybe a couple of the tiny hose clamps). After I return the one I have, I will give this one a shot.

EDIT: Found this article about intsalling the AEM, and from the pics it looks like this eBay one is just a generic one.

http://www.minitruckinweb.com/tech/0307mt_aem/

I'm gonna go for it once I get this wrong one returned.
 
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