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Factory Spec: 4.7-liter V8 engine - 310 horsepower, 330 lb-ft of torque.


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Old 01-30-2009, 10:43 PM
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Default CAI's. All basically the same???

I am looking at CAI's for my truck and have noticed a vast difference in pricing on ebay. I see that a genuine K&N Kit can run $300. Wheras this kit, which includes a K&N filter at the end ,

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is one third the price. Is the pipe made that different, or is the engine compartment baffle really worth $200??? Any input is appreciated.
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Old 01-31-2009, 01:39 AM
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One of the bigger differences in price has to do with the quality of the materials. Look at a K&N, Volant or AFE CAI kit. The inlet pipe is made of thermoplastic which doesn't heat up like the cheap, thin metal tubes offered with the cheaper kits.

Now, the whole reason for a CAI is to introduce Cold Air into the Intake, right? So if the air in that tube heats up before it gets to the engine, that kinda defeats the purpose of a CAI.

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:06 PM
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just received and installed my intake from Chrome Intakes (same company) as you see. Havent had it long enough to notice if it has helped improve fuel economy but it feels a little better but mostly sounds a hell of a lot better (sound does not = performance). I got the one that replaces the filter box and the resonator box in front of the throttlebody, attaching directly to the throttlebody. The materials arent bad quality as people would perceive. I've had my fair share of intakes including AEM which is "one of the best". The quality of the material is very similar. Even if the pipe wall thickness wasnt the same, what would it matter? Its only sucking air, not pressurized.

Im not too excited about the polished pipe so I'm painting it wrinkle black with some paint from Autozone. Should give it a more understated look.
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i know k&n makes an intake for the srt-4. there was a rubber elbow that was on it that would collapse once the turbo really started to suck air.

brand names usually mean good things. cheap ebay can also mean good things...
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:46 PM
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well, in this case, with my 02 4.7L ram, its just 2 45* bends and one nipple. How can you screw that up? "It is what it is" There's a rubber coupler coming off the throttlebody, then a 45* bend to the passenger side of the truck. There is then another coupler, and another 45* bend to the front of the truck. That is where the filter attaches.

Other companies may have better mounting provisions and incorporate attachments better, but its an air intake. As long as it makes the air route less restrictive, its doing its job. The piping thickness isnt paper thin so its not gonna collapse upon itself, lol.

I'm happy with mine from ChromeIntakes and am painting it with some wrinkle black paint as we speak. Just waiting for it to dry. Wish I would have taken some before pics, but whatever. I'll probably take some "after" photos to share.
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I'd love to see the final product!
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:18 PM
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me too, haha. Paint hasnt wrinkled yet but is in its drying phase. So we'll see. It was glossy, now has some orange peel, I hope it gets a good wrinkle. Going for a more "oem" look rather than a polished tube that we see so often.
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I've been running a similar CAI from the same company, in my Chryler 300 for over 2 years and it's been fine.
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the only downside I've seen so far is that there is no bracketry to help support the intake tubing. It rests right on top of the upper heater hose. Argh! So, I'm gonna have to rig up something to get it off the heater hose and support its own weight. The couplers also dont seem as high of quality as I've seen from past experiences. Simple trip to local speed shop will fix that though, no biggie.
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Build your own! lol save the money, times are tough right now and who has $300 to spend on something that will do the same thing for $50-60! IMO
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