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Unread 07-13-2013, 07:28 AM   #1
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Airhat swap question...

Hey all, I know the crumby stock air hat has to go. I read threads but havent found an answer. Does K&N CAI air hat (ive never seen one up close) have better flow then the Durango/Dakota air hat? Id rather save money with the durango set up but if the K&N is better or equal i may choose that route cause im not sure i want to hack up my hood to fit the durango air hat. Thanks for your knowledge in advance

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Unread 07-13-2013, 11:10 AM   #2
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K&N doesn't seat very well against the TB and it's prone to cracking.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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hey Polka, I saw in a thread that you did the Durango swap.. do you still have it? what are your thought about it after having it for some time? was it worth the effort hacking up the hood? can you think of anything better then the Durango swap currently or is that the best upgrade for the airhat? sorry for all the questions but you seem to know a good deal about this topic.
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Unread 07-13-2013, 06:50 PM   #4
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I still have it. I didn't mind cutting the hood. No one sees it and it doesn't look bad to me. I put some washers under where the hood bolts to the levers to raise it a little more. It was a very inexpensive bang for the buck mod. There are probably other ways to go about it but this was so cheap it was a no brainier for me. If you want to get nice clean cuts then remove the hood and hood insulation to cut it. It's only like 4 -6 bolts. Just mark where the hood latch was and where the hood raisers were so you can put it back easily. I painted it black afterwards.

If you don't have anything else modded like exhaust you might not notice much difference. I did notice that the gas pedal is more responsive and it accelerates easier. I also ported and polished my TB.
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Unread 07-14-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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did you keep the stock air box or did you go another route?
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Stock box. No point in anything else.
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Im running a durango hat and am happy with it. The mods you have to make to the hood are minimal and not noticeable from the outside.
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very cool. im going to hunt junk yards today and get this done. did you guys use the stock flex tubing as well? any tricks or surprises you think you could tell me about that would be helpful? thanks again guys.
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http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/d...5-9-a-1315001/
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Unread 07-15-2013, 07:02 PM   #10
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I ended up going and buying a flexible tube from the autoparts store. Some people had luck with the stock flex tubing and connecting it to the durango tubing, but after that came apart on the trail on me I decided to buy this thing.
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is it best to have the corrugated tubing or a straight solid tube? does it even matter?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 08:13 PM   #12
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A smooth straight tube should flow better (less restriction), but I doubt you'll ever notice. Going from my k&n to the durango airhat with the tube I linked, I couldn't tell a difference.
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