Some of you have seen the Minivan Hater in various automotive magazines and all the different tech articles that poor truck has been through. But in some cases it was a necessity and you know the truck is 19 years old so, yeah it’s got some aches and pains, kind of like the owner. HA!
One of the key items on any engine that seems to get overlooked is the air induction system. That mentality is more prominent toward engines that don’t have any modifications and is just an everyday kind of truck.
But if you’re looking to improve gas mileage, horsepower and just looking badass, then an air intake is definitely a item you want on your truck to enhance its performance.
There are a lot of air intake systems on the market today and some are awesome and give you noticeable performance and some are, well, they look awesome.
Which brings us to Spectre Intake Systems, or as they like to be called SPEED BY SPECTRE. We like both names because it has Spectre in the title. We also wanted to mention that Spectre is part of the K&N Engineering family so you know that you’re getting quality performance here folks.
This kit P/N 9903K comes with a black filter. We chose Black for a couple of reasons. One it looks cool, and until a darker color comes around we have to settle for black. This kit can be used on any 96-99 GM vehicle with a 5.0 or a 5.7 engine. The MiniVan Hater happens to have the 5.7 350 cu in. motor.
The beauty of this kit, is that it can be installed by almost anyone if you have some mechanical skills and some hand tools. Probably the hardest part of installing this kit is removing your old stock induction system because it’s been on the vehicle for a number of years and in some cases has been neglected with caked on dirt and can make it hard to remove. In some cases we have taken a vehicle to the local car wash and degrease the engine and made it all nice and shiney so that when we install the new intake it all looks fresh and new. But that’s just us.
We’re lucky because the MiniVan Hater pretty much always has a clean engine bay and so we didn’t really need to prep for the install other than just open the hood.
As talented as we think we are we couldn’t hold the camera and a screwdriver at the same time so we enlisted the help of automotive wizard and “Keeper of the tools” as he likes to be called.
Tito can fix anything, we call him the Latino McGyver of the Inland Empire! As we mentioned Tito has a mobile automotive repair service which means he comes to you if you need any kind of auto repair, but in this case we went to Tito, cause he has a garage with all kinds of cool stuff to look at!
So, there you have it folks, we just installed a SPECTRE COLD AIR INTAKE 9903K with the black filter and it looks awesome. The MiniVanHater once again get’s a breath of fresh air and we can hit the open road again. As for Tito, he keeps following us around so he can tell everyone he did the install. Please share this with your friends, folks, because we are running out of places to hide from the keeper of the tool!