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So I thought that I'd put a buying guide together that we could sticky for those that are shopping for a custom cool air intake (CAI) for their 5.3L truck.
Let me know if I missed any and I'll update this post.

All prices listed are MSRP, you'll be able to find them at a lower cost if you search.

These are all the available CAI that are available for the 5.3L Colorado/Canyon...

Volant Cool Air Intake ($307)

Product #: 15753
Application: 09+ Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon LH8 V8s

Volant Cool Air Intake
10285 Indiana Ct.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Techical Support: 909-481-3888 x 232
Customer Service: 909-481-3888 x 225




AirDoc Cold Air Intake ($169.99 Plus shipping)

AirDoc Cold Air Intake
Part # H3A:
Application: 09+ Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon LH8 V8s
[email protected]


Photo credit: JakeF150


Tony Tube (These are no longer available, but... you can build one yourself)


Build it yourself for about $75...



Parts Source: (thanks onelow1ton)
Intercooler Pipe Fabrication - Silicone Intake Systems Auto Parts

Products:
1x T-Bolt Clamp for 3.5" Silicone Parts $2.60
2x T-Bolt Clamp for 3.75" Silicone Parts $5.20
1x Silicone Reducer, 3.75" to 3.5" - Black $11.99
1x T-Bolt Clamp for 4.0" Silicone Parts $2.60
1x 1' Straight Aluminum Pipe, 3.5" $14.99
1x Silicone Reducer, 90° bend - 4.0" to 3.5" - Black $19.99
1x Barbed fitting for the Vent Tube
1x (length, dimensions, etc) Hose for Vent


K&N ($59.99)

K&N Engineering, Inc.
PO Box 1329
Riverside, California 92502
(800) 858-3333
[email protected]

K&N Drop Air Filter
Part #33-2408

 

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Damn i wish i had that tony tube part list a year ago....woulda saved me alot of headache.
 

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Sooo what's worth doing? Going all out and spending $307 for the Volant? Lol What does any of these improve?

HP/Air induction, honestly, IMO, you won't net enough HP to justify spending 300 dollars on an intake, you can make one (like that tony tube) for 75 and you won't get AS much gains, but the gains will be more worth the money spent
 

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Well done Rich!

Goes to show that you don't have to spend big bucks to get the same result!
 

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I guess I'm confused with how the 1x Barbed fitting for the Vent Tube goes in the aluminum pipe... Requires drilling? What size Hose for Vent is used? Is there a tutorial for custom lh8 cais?
 

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so i am in the process of ordering all the parts to make my Tony Tube but im a little confused on what exactly these parts are and what sizes i need...

1x Barbed fitting for the Vent Tube
1x (length, dimensions, etc) Hose for Vent

...any help would be greatly appriciated...
 

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so i am in the process of ordering all the parts to make my Tony Tube but im a little confused on what exactly these parts are and what sizes i need...

1x Barbed fitting for the Vent Tube
1x (length, dimensions, etc) Hose for Vent

...any help would be greatly appriciated...
Sorry when I gave the info I could not remember the size of the vent tube but ill try to get it for you , but you van just go measure yours , I got mine from work , so I just grabbed scrap that fit and for the barbed fitting I found one that matched the tube size and drilled a hole in the tube and threaded it in but coated the threads with rtv and put rtv around the base to insure it was sealed and let it dry before I did the instal

Ill try and get these measurements today and post them and ill subscribe to this so I don't miss more questions
 

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Ok well I did not have something to mesure the tube exactly but I still had a scrap of it in my tool box and using a drill bit to check the size a 5/16 bit is loose but a 3/8 bit is tight so I'm guessing the barbed fitting I used was 3/8 and looking at it my tube is about 10-12" long here are some pix from right now

Keep in mind the 90* going to the TB will have to be trimmed so it will not hit the fan , do a little at a time but I think mine was like 1/4" off the bottom and between 1/2-3/4" on top to get it to twist up its the same thing that tony was doing on his and same thing air doc does to there's but don't quote my measurements as I did this over a year ago just do as I did trim to fit , I can fit my fingers between the fan blade and the 90*
 

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thankyou for all the pics n measurements, they were very helpful! ordering right now :)
 

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Glad I could help , when you do yours take lots of pic and do a how to or I can help you with the how to
thankyou for all your help the parts are on order :th_woot: great idea im deffinately going to make one! gotta help out my fellow V8 355's :salute:
 

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I had the Air Doc set up on mine for my dyno tune after cam install. I now have the Volant set up. I would suggest modding your box also bc the stock air box still causes restiction. Maybe cut a bigger breathing hole from the box into the fender opening. With the Air Docs setup and stock box my truck was pulling a vacume at WOT at higher RPM. Gonna be back on the dyno again soon, but won't have a good reference between the stock box and Volant as I will also have the LSXRT 102 on for this tune also.
 

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I have a airdoc tube i will sell for $75 shipped i have the steel tube that came with it, a aluminum tube i made, and both couplers and clamps.
 

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I have a airdoc tube i will sell for $75 shipped i have the steel tube that came with it, a aluminum tube i made, and both couplers and clamps.
I'll second that.. Have one laying around myself.
 
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