April 11, 2006Hey peoples. I just got the k&n 77 series intake delivered to my house and it looks like a mess,lol. Can anyone offer advice or shortcuts to getting this intake put together or installed. I have instructions but CTW members can surely give me their personal opinions.
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April 11, 2006Well, when I was a kid I use to play with Legos. When I first bought my kits I would follow all of my directions and then if I didn't like what I had as a finished product, I would tweak it as it needed. I would have to suggest that you do the same. I have an Airaid air intake and I put it together as the directions stated. I like it just as it is but I would follow my directions first and then tweak as you need it.
April 11, 2006Here is a pic of the 63 series. I'm sure the 77 series will look similar after the install. It's actually easy to install just follow the step by step instructions. If you are unsure then maybe you'd be better having a shop install it. You could watch them to learn.
April 11, 2006Hey I just got my intake installed. Parts of it were hard to do but I got it. Ive noticed that when im at a stop it sounds like its going to die cause it idles so low but I guess thats normal. I havent noticed a huge difference in acceleration yet but I guess I will.
April 11, 2006Not to burst your buble DBACK but you should have gone with the 57 series like the one above your pic. The 77 series is made out of aluminum and it gets hot once it gets hot it creates hot air all of that hot air will then get sucked in into your engine perform poorly. You should recheck your installation because you should have notice major performance not an idle down performance.
I just had mine installed on my 2000 5.3 V8 and i love it sounda tough and performance is great. I called around before i made my purchase and most of the experts said to go with the 57 series unless i wanted a look that wont last to long.
Sorry! but i had to tell you i bet you can still return it. maybe.
April 11, 2006the material used for the intake is kinda negligible. At the velocity the air moves through the intake tube it doesnt have nearly enough time to heat up enough to cause a loss in performance. You will get heatsoak, though, if the filter is placed in a spot where it gathers heat directly. But once the air passes the filter its temp is pretty much set in stone.
And the polymer tube isnt a fail-safe either. On numerous accounts i have nearly burned myself while leaning on mine. The plastic gets pretty darn hot after been run for a while.
As for the install, congrats on doing it yourself.
April 12, 2006Congrats on the intake, I also have the 77 series and love it. The only part of the install I didnt like was the rubber gasket thing.
April 12, 2006Well for one I dont think im going to return the 77 series. I mean it was somewhat hell putting it on. But yeah RCL its cool that you have the same series intake. The hardest part was getting those screws to go into that hard circular thing. I thought my threads on my screws were defective but the guy at OReilleys told me that the factory that made that part probably allowed paint to get into those holes allowing resistance on getting the screws in. Either way I got it on by 940pm CDT. I had my radio all the way down and punched on the gas some but didnt get like a huge increase in power. I dont know if its going to take a short period to get used to it or what but I bet IF I ever go with another series intake I take it to a shop for professional installation. Honestly though I think what I did wouldve been the same things the mechanic wouldve done also. The only thing I didnt put on was that foamy trim that goes on the heat shield. I couldnt get the thing to stay on there so I said the heck with it. I guess my next engine mod will be platinum plugs&wires and possibly a T Tech transmission service. Im just going to mod the motor to the best of my ability before I go and lift the truck. I do want to lift before Summer gets here though. Im thinking body lift still but who knows,a suspension might be in the future too. The way money is right now and gas going to 3 bucks this Summer I might have to settle with a body lift. Can someone post pics of their 99-02 with a 3 inch body w/either 285s or 305s or even 315s. I need a visual idea of what my truck would look similar to. Thanks for the comments though everyone. Keep em coming!
April 12, 2006If you really want to take advantage of the intake, you should get a pair of headers, and finish off the exhaust. Intakes and full exhausts go together like peanut butter and jelly. You want as much air coming into the motor, then as much exhaust coming out.
After that a custom tune will really wake your motor up. You can have them tune the PCM with the new engine mods to help even more.
But i dont think youll notice a difference in power with spark plugs and wires.
April 12, 2006What do you mean quadkid? I have a Flowmaster 40 series muffler single in single out. I dont know what more I could do to it to help it breathe. I agree headers might help as well but what is their exact function? I know that might sound stupid but honestly I dontknow so thats why im asking. Headers seem to cost a fortune but im sure they are worth it. What else do you think I can do to my truck? Whats a PCM btw? And whats a custom tune? If I get all this information it might help me in the future.
April 12, 2006okay, well first off, headers are the first set of tubes your exhaust goes through, so by keeping your stock ones on there its like choking the system. The factory ones are pretty darn restrictive, so by even getting shortie headers youll notice some gains. I have edelbrock's TES system in mine. Theyre a long, equal tube design for awesome flow, and come with oversized pipes from the headers to the cats. I can definitely feel them at around 3k rpm.
As for your muffler, if you still have the stock tubing then its not doing as much as it could be. If i remember correctly, the stock tubes are 2.25" (if someone can verify that itd be great.) so by going to a larger tube like 2.5" youll again notice some changes.
A PCM is the Power Control Module. You can have them custom tuned to adjust various things like timing, shift points, air/fuel mixtures, etc etc. Think of it as a Hypertech programmer thats permanent (until reprogrammed again) and gives a lot more power. Ive been wanting one for a long time but havent convinced myself to save up for it. Do a google search for Wester's Garage, Nelson tunes, and wait4meperformance.com.
I hope this helps. If you need more info on anything check out the Performance and Engine forums. Theyre packed with useful info for ya.