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Easy, economical performance mods

Seeking advice on how to get performance gains without tearing everything apart or going broke.

Easy, economical performance mods

Postby tweedy2013chevy [OP] » Jan 18 2021, 5:39pm

Hey, all.

I purchased a 2013 Silverado 1500 4x4 Crew Cab about a week ago.

I'd love to hear some thoughts about how to get a bit more HPs and torx in ways that I can do (I have moderate mechanic skills) and that aren't crazy expensive. Here are a couple of first thoughts I've been having:

--Cold air intake. What's a good kind to get? Is K&N the only way to go? Or are there just as good "bang for my buck" alternatives? What would y'all recommend?
--Tuning: Same questions as with cold air intake.

What else? Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby ricka182 » Jan 18 2021, 6:59pm

Welcome to the forum.

Nothing is cheap and easy really, especially not making your truck faster and/or more powerful.

CAI - You already have one. The stock box pulls air from the fender wall, which is much cooler than any exposed filter that looks "K&N Cool", so to speak... You'd really be wasting money. The only thing that may do something, which is minimal at best, is an Airaid MIT tube, but those are usually $150+ for a plastic tube. It will straighten out the airflow, making it a bit easier to the throttle. It also increase sound, which is why people think they get extra power. Dynos to prove them are bunk as well, because they like to do them when it's cold out, or first thing in the morning, etc when air is cooler, etc... And really, unless you tow a lot, or drive reguarly in redline RPMs, you get nothing out of a CAI.

Tuner - Look into www.diablewtune.com. Lew is a vendor on this site, and he can hook you up with a tuner and a custom tune. On that generation of truck, a tune can make a lot of differences, from shifting to power, etc.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby GBSierraSLE » Jan 18 2021, 7:36pm

Yep... what Rick said. A Lew tune makes a world of difference in the way my '13 drives. Much more crisp and eager to go, shifts when it should and not went it shouldn't.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby tweedy2013chevy [OP] » Jan 18 2021, 7:48pm

Understand. Thanks so much for the advice. I'll check out DiabLew tune.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby shakenfake » Jan 18 2021, 8:04pm

Easy economical and performance don’t even belong in the same sentence. A cam swap is going to get you more than a tune alone, although you will need a tune.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby Regalguy80 » Jan 21 2021, 8:44pm

I put this in my stock air box. Made a big difference over the stock paper filter. Its washable and was only 35 bucks and free shipping. Since a paper filter is to be changed every oil change, it's already paid for itself.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby CapeBretonSierra » Feb 22 2021, 2:01am

If you have to oil that filter there are a few studies out that actually prove the filter oil gets on the airlflow sensor that is in the tube and can actually foul the sensor. And depending on the amount of oil on the filter you can actually decrease the air flow again that is only if this is a filter you have to oil , If not just disregard all that.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby Regalguy80 » Feb 23 2021, 3:53am

Most stories I here about these filters is oil being added to a wet filter. Either way, they've been deemed safe to use on automotive applications except in ca. In the case of over oiling... it's the consumer who is responsible to properly apply the filter to their application. Been running these types of filters for 20 plus years with no issues. I think it's funny though. Over oiling is on the consumer and they over oil it causing themselves issues and then it's a bad air filter...lol. please
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby Regalguy80 » Feb 23 2021, 4:09am

Studies show that an unserviced intake system at 100,000km the engine will lose 5hp. So if you put in a high flow air filter you can gain back 5hp. Economy tip number 1: service engine first. Saved hp is made hp.
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Re: Easy, economical performance mods

Postby bk2life » Feb 23 2021, 8:51am

Remove big stock muffler and weird exhaust backpressure flap. Install free-flowing aftermarket muffler. Add CAI of your choice, and then drop truck off for dyno tuning. It will feel like a different truck. And real dyno tuning, not a generic computer thing. Although they do help, their still not as good as an actual legit dyno tune.
That’s about all you can do, until adding header, free flowing cats, camshaft, etc. Those aren’t cheap.
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