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It's Joe from AmericanTrucks. In this video we're going over the AFE Momentum GT cold air intake with Pro DRY S filter in black fitting all '14 to '18 5.3-liter-powered Silverado 1500s. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you if you're looking for a no-tune required 50-state legal closed-box cold air intake that's not only going to add power and sound, but it's also gonna look good in the engine bay as well.So, diving into the Momentum GT, what do we have going on here? First things first, let's touch on a big topic, that Pro DRY S filter. Now, this is also available with the oil version if you wanna go that route. However, benefits of a dry filter are going to be basically this. It's going to offer superior filtration when compared to an oil filter at the cost of airflow. If you live in a dry climate somewhere where there's desert, sand, a lot of dust, a dry filter is what you're gonna want. Also, when comparing this to an oiled filter, it is gonna last a little bit longer before you need to take this out and clean it. And also a dry filter, you can only do that so many times before it needs to be completely replaced where an oiled filter you can take it off, clean it and re-oil it indefinitely. So, it depends on really where you wanna be. If you're looking for superior filtration, dry is where you wanna be. If you're looking to get the most airflow, oiled is probably what you wanna go with. Now, other than that, this is going to feature a closed box design. As you guys can see, it does have a giant intake on the side here that's going to pull air from the fender just like the factory stuff does. However, this one is gonna be a little bit bigger. You also have a urethane plug right up front here. You can remove this if you're looking to get a little bit more airflow. And you have an awesome window here with the aFe Power logo right on the front of it, which adds a really nice touch to any 5.3-liter engine bay.Now, moving down to our intake tube, this is gonna be one-piece smooth bore rotomolded plastic. It's got a black textured finish on there, which is gonna be a perfect match for the engine bay. We got the aFe Power logo right at that 90 degree bend and into throttle body, we have some brand new clamps and a new coupler, again with the aFe logo on there to really tie the whole thing together.Let's talk about what you can expect to feel with this cold air intake. Now, the numbers I'm about to give, this was on aFe's Dynojet with their truck under a perfect scenario. They sell 12 horsepower and 15-foot pounds of torque, which is really, really not bad as far as a no-tune required cold air intake hose. To see those gains, usually high single-digit, that's where you'd expect to be with something like this with no supporting mods. So, 12, 15, really not bad and solid gains out of a cold air intake like this one. Now, again, this is gonna be a no-tune required cold air intake, so you'll see all of those numbers and basically all the gains with no computer ECU tuning required. You can run this alongside a tune if you do wish so, and those numbers are only gonna get bigger if you do. Now, also another huge benefit about this system is this is going to be CARB-compliant. So, if you live in a state that adopts those emission standards, California Air and Resources Board, this is gonna pass smog every time. So, again, no matter where you live, all 50 states, this is gonna pass inspection, and you're gonna be able to get those gains too.So, next up, let's talk about pricing. This one is gonna be a little bit more toward the expensive side as far as pricing goes. Looking right about 425 bucks to pick up this kit. Now, do I think it's worth it? Yep. I have no complaints about this one. Build quality is solid all the way through. It's a solid upgrade over the factory stuff, and if this is what you're looking for, it can be definitely well worth the price. Even included in that is gonna be aFe's limited lifetime warranty.Let's get to the good stuff. Let me show you how to get this installed on your 5.3 motor. Now, this is gonna be a really easy job, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, should take at most an hour if you come with the right tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you what tools you'll need and how it's done. Tools I use for this install will include a ratchet, 11 and 8-millimeter sockets, T20 Torx bit, small extension, and a Phillips head screwdriver.All right, so over by the truck we're gonna start our factory uninstall by disconnecting the mass airflow sensor. There's a red tab here. All you have to do is pull that up. Then you can push down on that release tab in there, and that will disconnect. Next thing we're gonna grab is the 8-millimeter socket on an extension, or you can do it with a flat head, but we're just gonna loosen up this clamp around the airbox tube. So, I'm moving up the intake on this big airbox passenger side, you're gonna find the crankcase vent hose. What we're gonna do is press down on that tab near the valve cover and that'll pop right off. Then you can spin that out of the way. There's one on the other side, and then we can disconnect the throttle body. Now, with everything loose, we can go ahead and pull away the intake tube. We can put that aside. Next thing we're gonna remove is the airbox, and that is literally gonna pull straight up and out, just like so.Now, before we go ahead and throw that old airbox away, we're gonna use a Phillips head screwdriver to scavenge that mass airflow sensor, and then we're gonna install it to our new intake tube with a T20 Torx bit. Now, the next little bit of prep work we're gonna have to do for our intake tube, we're gonna install these new breather hoses. Now, as you can see they are a different size. The shorter one is gonna go on the inside of the bend, so right here, and the longer one is gonna go on the outside. Next thing we're gonna do is get this coupler started on the back of our intake tube. Now, one thing I do wanna mention is there is actually two different couplers that come in this kit. One of them is a step down, I guess via the different size throttle body on your truck, but I went ahead and measured it up. This one with the hump in the middle is the one that we're gonna use at least for our 5.3. So, what we're gonna do is install that on the throttle body end right here. We're gonna make sure that aFe logo is pointing in nice and straight out. And with that installed, we can tighten down the clamp with an 8-millimeter socket. I'm gonna get this one started on the other side just so it's in place when we go to install this to the throttle body.Next thing we're gonna work on is our airbox. We're gonna grab this weatherstripping seal right here. We're just going to install this on the outside edge. This is where the air is gonna be coming in, so this is just gonna create a nice seal with the fender. Now, on the opposite side of the airbox, if we grab that and flip it around, you can see we have one big circle here, that's gonna be for our filter. I'm gonna go ahead and install this giant clamp first and then get our filter started. Now, we can tighten down that nut with an 11-millimeter socket.So, now that we have our Momentum GT completely built up, the airbox and the intake tube, I figured now would be the perfect time to put the two together so you can get the idea for the whole thing. We could put it next to our old factory stuff and draw some comparisons and differences between both of these two intake systems. Now, starting at the airbox, we do have upgrades here, obviously. Not only do these both feature a closed box design, but the aFe is gonna basically take things to the next level. Both of these are gonna have sort of like a Ram air intake on the side here, but the aFe's is gonna be much bigger. You also have the option to open that up on the front for a little bit more airflow with this urethane plug right here, I mentioned that earlier. That's a nice little touch, and you get the viewing window on top. Both of those features, not existent on the factory airbox at all, so a huge upgrade. Now, the filter that sits inside there, also gonna be a huge upgrade. Factory over here, we have basically what you guys have all seen, a flat paper air filter. Not great, does its job but not the best for airflow. Our new Pro DRY S conical filter, a lot bigger, a lot more surface area, which is great for a filter but it's also gonna provide you a lot more airflow as well, and that's exactly what you want out of any intake system. Now, the intake tube is where the upgrades are gonna get really drastic. You can see we're basically removing all this heft out of the factory stuff, that's gonna include this flex pipe right here, this big resonator box. All of that is gonna be going for basically what's just a smooth bore tube. So, getting rid of this resonator box gonna allow you to hear a little bit more induction noise, and in theory, this flex tube right here, not great for airflow, but losing all that stuff is really going to improve the overall performance of our intake. So, all we have to do is separate these two pieces. We're gonna head back to the truck and get everything bolted down.Starting with the airbox, we're just gonna get it in there past those hoses, and we're just gonna push it into those factory rubber grommets. Now, all we're gonna need to do for the intake tube is get that started on both of the filter and the throttle body. Now, we can tighten down the throttle body clamp with an 8-millimeter socket, and the filter clamp with an 11. And while we're here, you can go ahead and plug back in our MAF sensor, then push down on that red release tab, and then we can push on our breather hoses.Well, guys, that is gonna do it for my review and install of the aFe Momentum GT cold air intake with Pro DRY S filter in black fitting all '14 to '18 Silverado 1500s powered by that 5.3 motor. As always, guys, thanks for watching. Make sure you keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Silverado.
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