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K&N vs. Volant - Which Cold Air Intake Performs & Sounds Best?

K&N vs. Volant

When you take a deep breath, you’re filling your lungs (often to capacity) and, in doing so, delivering oxygen-rich blood to your brain. This need for air is believed to be the primary reason we yawn. So, the next time you’re in one of those endless staff meetings and feel a yawn coming on, take a deep breath to avoid drawing the boss’s unwanted attention.

Unfortunately, your engine doesn’t have the luxury of being able to take a deep breath, especially if it’s laboring under stock intake components. Stock air intake systems are designed primarily to eliminate engine noise and are constructed of metal pipes with more twists and turns than a mouse maze. This design makes them highly-restrictive in regard to performance and the overall efficiency of your vehicle.

Aftermarket air intake systems replace those underperforming stock components, providing a smoother pathway for air to enter the engine. This enhancement steamlines your intake system to pave the way for the greatest improvement to overall horsepower and torque of any other performance upgrade. In fact, cold air intakes are proven to instantly add up to 18 hp of added punch-packing power and 40 lbs of torque.

Two of the most popular aftermarket brands known the world over are K&N and Volant. They’ve remained popular, both producing high-performance parts for decades, because their products are designed for simple installation and, more importantly, unique to your make, model and year.

K&N FIPK Air Intake (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)

K&N 63 Series AirCharger High-Flow Intake Kit

The Benefits of a K&N Cold Air Intake

K&N intakes – like the 69 Series Typhoon or, more generally, K&N replacement filters – are constructed of durable materials that far outlast comparable stock components. Which begs the question: are they really comparable? The secret behind their power is the unique combination of the custom-engineered intake pipe, a handy heat shield and K&N’s legendary Filtercharger cotton-gauze filter, which is both washable and endlessly reusable.

Volant Cold Air Intakes

Volant Cold Air Intakes

The Benefits of a Volant Cold Air Intake

Similarly, Volant products include patented features that deliver vast quantities of fresh, power-enhancing air to your engine, including a massive air duct. The Volant Cold Air Intake (pictured) also includes an enclosed air box to further boost power and efficiency, which has been shown to provide an increase in gas mileage by 1 to 2 miles per gallon. The Volant Ram Air Scoop, meanwhile, is crafted from durable X-Link polyethylene which won’t conduct heat the way lesser metal scoops do. After all, the goal is to reduce heat, not turn it up!

Volant is also highly geared toward personalization, manufacturing unique filters for your specific make, model and year. Choices include the original high-performance cotton-gauze filter with cleaning intervals of 35,000-50,000 miles and the all-new oil-free PowerCore air filter, requiring maintenance once every 100,000 miles. No, that’s not a typo.

What’s the Right Cold Air Intake for You?

The Chevy modifications available in air intake systems have quickly become some of the most popular upgrades in the aftermarket industry. Whether purchased as a kit or piece by piece, aftermarket parts give you a noticeable boost in power while reducing the frequency with which you’ll have to visit the pump.

Product Comparison
K&N FIPK Air Intake (Fuel Injection Performance Kit)
K&N 63 Series AirCharger High-Flow Intake Kit
Volant Cold Air Intakes
Product Name
Sale Price
Customer Rating (2K+) (1K+) (1K+)
Ease of Installation
Filter TypeOiledOiledOil-Free

MaterialCrosslink NylonCrosslink NylonCrosslink Nylon
StyleShort Ram IntakeShort Ram IntakeShort Ram Intake
Warranty10-year/100,000-mile warranty10-year/100,000-mile warranty1-year warranty

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