A friend of mine drives a Unique. He had the oval air cleaner. He (and the dyno guy) noticed that the front of the oval air cleaner was in front of the hood scoop opening. They changed it to an open element round air cleaner, and picked up 18hp.
IMO, a round element with the K&N Filter top is the way to go.
turboguy-Well, there aren't that many options that will work with the mass-flo systems. I am not sure what would be more flattering, but my hands are kind of tied to these two unless I add a supercharger. Not sure what i could do to make my engine compartment more flattering besides clean up the brake lines. I thought i had done a pretty nice job with everything
What are you runnin??
Oval definetly looks better since it matches the valve covers. I have the same thing, the only thing I don't like is that it covers my MSD dist. cover which look cool too. I see you have the K&N ...good idea, but you may want to consider what Bob says above. I'd like to see a apple to apples comparison with the oval K&N and the open filter round K&N? I can sure believe 18 HP with the filter that came with the oval it a real POS.
I dont feel any difference between the air cleaners. However, i did not make it to the dyno today to test the new sidepipes from sweet-thunder, so, when i do make it, i plan on testing the air cleaners as well. The air cleaner that i have with the oval air cleaner is a K&N and is far from a POS.
For some reason the car actually stalls when coming to a stop with the round air cleaner-strange. I do agree that the factory oval style air cleaner element that is only 1" tall is a POS, but not this one.
We will find out soon what the difference is. The old debates like this always make the dyno runs more fun.
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