I am no expert nor do I claim to be but after seeing the popularity of threads regarding which intake is “best” I decided to put forth the time and effort to try evaluate a select few at a comparable level.
There are many intakes on the market ranging in price from $20 all the way to $450, but the ones I have chosen to evaluate (and their retail price) are:
-E-Bay “Ram Air” - $45
-Big Bully - $175
-K&N - $265
-Air Hammer HO (no longer in production) - $350 unfinished/ $435 custom powder coated
I have selected these intakes based on popularity and to get data for a good spread of price points. I really wish I could have tested more but funds did not permit.
For my comparison I plan on evaluating the intakes in the following categories:
-Appearance/ Build Quality
The goal here is to provide you with the information necessary to make your own judgement on which is “best” however I will also be stating my own opinions and thoughts as we go along.
Note: The E-Bay and Big Bully intake used for my evaluation are brand new and the Air Hammer and K&N have been heavily used.
Edit: A clarification on the state of intake filters, the K&N has been "heavily used" but was cleaned and oiled with the K&N kit a few days prior to the test. The Air Hammer HO is on it's third owner but I put a new filter on it about 6 months ago.