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candy08 01-04-2013 01:47 PM

Vararam sucked up Swamp water
I've tried to email you a few times Steve with no response. Trying to get an issue resolved. Maybe this will get your attention....:smileup:

emjohn4 01-04-2013 03:31 PM

Ok, I'll bite...

How did you get swamp water above the grill / hood line?

How much water was ingested?

candy08 01-04-2013 03:36 PM

I didnt get in water that deep. You can see it splashed over the side of the vararam. Not sure on the amount that got in. You can see a good amount made it onto the filter. What got into the engine, not sure. It isnt hydro locked, but the oil and cai are coming off in the AM tomorrow :D

Here's the truck, didn't even use 4wd going to the blind that day.....

emjohn4 01-04-2013 03:41 PM

Based on the amount of mud and water thrown about (on your pic) - I don't think any type of open element air filter is a good idea.

Street driven truck? Probably fine.

Just my opinion.

candy08 01-04-2013 03:48 PM


Originally Posted by emjohn4 (Post 975029)
Based on the amount of mud and water thrown about (on your pic) - I don't think any type of open element air filter is a good idea.

Street driven truck? Probably fine.

Just my opinion.

I did buy my truck to use it as a truck :smileup:

True story tho, just thought this one would be the best open air design. Maybe they should put that in the description. Until then I just want a refund so I can buy an S&B or Volant.

Ripper 01-04-2013 04:41 PM

With as little "splash" from having fun that is present on the truck in the picture it would not be "playing" in the mud that would worry me... It would be rain or snow. :umn:

Ram725 01-04-2013 05:21 PM

I've been looking at CAIs and when i started a thread It was between S&B and Vararam and another member said if that if the truck went off road at all too not get Vararam because of this exact issue. About to get a S&B here this week or next

snrusnak 01-04-2013 09:16 PM

Not to be a jerk to you candy, but really what did you expect? This is JMO, but come on any intake would suck up water for what you were using it in. You can see in the pictures that you had water splashing all over your engine bay, on the bottom of the hood, up on the cowl, the pcm, the brake booster, etc. Should the vararam seal to the hood better like they say? Yeah probably. But still this is to be expected IMO. I'd consider yourself lucky you don't have a damaged engine, and move on. Personally, I don't think they owe you a refund, but it will be very good of them if they offer it. Also, I may be wrong here, but there's a good chance SOMEWHERE it says not to use in this type of setting.

Again, not trying to be a jerk, just trying to put it in perspective. You took a truck that has an intake that has a clear open path to the filter/TB and were splashing around in deep muddy water.

I guess my point is, I wouldn't title the thread "vararam sucked up water", I'd title it "I splashed water on my vararam".

In any case, I hope you guys work it out and come to an agreement.

candy08 01-04-2013 09:47 PM

No worries man. I assumed thats why i never got a response.

Heres the thing. Not too sure how many trucks youve had, but Ive never cleaned the engine bay in my truck. I buy a truck to use my truck as truck on the farm and to hunt out of. With that said ive had this truck for 2 years. I have never cleaned the engine bay. Hell even on the wifes 135i ive never cleaned under the hood. Matter of fact the thread when i painted my tows the first week in december it got washed. The time before that it got washed was in July. Call ot what you want, but I treat it as a truck. Reguardless of the outcome, I do not recommend it to anyone that goes off pavement rather takin it easy or all out. This thread was just to let other buyers be aware of what can happe bc I wasnt. Whether or not vararam rectifies the situation its comin off the truck. Dependong on how vararam handles the situation depends on how I treat and recommend the company in the future. Either way I will be happy bc this will not be a future issue!

snrusnak 01-05-2013 10:17 AM

Maybe a snorkel would be good for your use?

I hear you, I've only owned trucks, and I know everyone uses their vehicles differently. I really try to take care of mine, however I also really don't care how dirty it is, I just want it to be protected and in good condition. I only wash my truck 1 or 2 times a year, and never clean the engine bay either(although I also never go off road). My engine bay is filthy though, but with sand instead of mud. But yeah everyone uses their vehicles differently, I think you could make a nice snorkel(not sure there are any on the market) that comes out the fender and up the A pillar, and that'd be a really nice setup for how you use your truck. It would also look great on your truck.

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