Hello guys and girls. I set out today to install a Mopar CAI on my 2010 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie. As I opened the box I was so optimistic to be doing this mod myself. I have never been into fixing or upgrading anything but usually when I tackle something, most of the time I get it done.
Tools needed: You'd think Mopar cold tell you this in the instructions.
13mm Socket wrench
Flat head screw driver
Ladder or Chair
Jack and jack stands if you have them, I don't.
Soapy water....believe me it helps.
And big serving of patience.
This is what the contents of the box look like once spread out.
And then my nightmare began as I opened that bastard bag of washers, bolts, and nuts. I never knew that you could use a bolt with no nut until today. Thanks to Remerson and My4Sons for helping me figure this out.
Turns out that since some of the pieces of the airbox have a theaded part, that's what holds the bolts and hence no nut needed.
My4Sons recommended that I should build the box first. Once I figured out the hardware issue (no nuts) this part was as easy as it got. The box is very solid and the pieces feel heavy duty.
Once the box is built using the bolts, flat washers, and locking washers, I attached the rubber tubbing. Some of it has to be trimmed to fit since it's a little too long.
This tubing is a bit of a pain in the butt to get on as the fit is very tight.
Once the box is built, then comes the real ordeal. Let me say again that I've never really worked on cars so if you are a mechanic or always tinkered with cars or trucks then this doesn't apply to you. The instructions from MOPAR leave a lot to be desired.
1. They don't tell you what tools you need.
2. The instructions at vague.
3. The pictures could be better.
I jacked up the passenger side of the truck to get some space to work under the wheel well.
Removing the fender covers to gain access to under side of the air box. I removed the screws that hold the fender cover and then met with these bastards. All I can is "WHY?? WHY?? Who's the fu(*$#*$# that invented these things?"
Also, when removing the fender cover you have to watch out for this abs cable because it's attached to the fender by another clip.
Then Removed the air box and tubing. That part was easy until I had to remove the air sensor. Instructions say to pull on red tab. Easy enough. But then they say to press on clip. What clip? Well it took me about 5 minutes to figure out that part. They mean that black part with the yellow arrow that doesn't look like a clip.
Removed the engine cover and disconnected the rubber tubing that goes from the engine to the intake.
The airbox mounts to the truck using different hardware. One bracket holds it from the bottom, another from the front using the radiator support bolt, and one onto the firewall frame.
The bolts are all tightened in the end once the box is in place. Gotta be careful here as it's easy to forget to tighten some bolts. Once tightened, the box sits very firmly.
Then I put together the tubing. The black piece is corrugated on the outside but smooth on the inside. I attached the silver tubing to the rubber tubing with the clamps provided and then attached the original sensor from the other tubing. Removing that sensor was another 10 minute battle. I ended up using a vise grip. If you remove that thing with your hands, and I'll kiss your butt.
I put the tube in place following the instructions. It takes a little trial and error to line everything up and fit the filter. The soapy water is helpful is inserting the filter onto the rubber seal that goes on the end of the silver tubing. Then the clamps are tightened.
Don't forget to connect the senson using the provided extension cable.
Here's the tubing that runs from the CAI tube to the engine. This was another 5 minute battle to get it to seat all the way in.
So here's the before:
The end result of 4 hours plus of frustration.
I turned on the truck and revved it up and that's when I noticed a difference. It sounds deeper and louder than with the original setup. I will drive it later and see what it sounds and feels like.
I really wanted to do a step by step setup but at the pace I was going I would have never finished. It took me over 4 hours so imagine if I would have stopped to take pictures of everything. Hope this give you an idea of what's involved and what to watch out for.