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Old 07-29-2010, 10:58 AM
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Just a quick question. I'm curious exactly what the purpose of the engine cover is? I installed my AEM CAI yesterday in about an hour and unless i'm missing something there's no way the engine cover will fit back on now.

I've just left it off, but it got me to thinking what exactly is the purpose of the engine cover? I'm thinking it just helps dirt/dust/debris from getting on or around the engine bay?

When Had my last car (Charger) and did the Mopar CAI I was able to put the engine cover back on with no problem. This CAI for the Ram is much bigger and the inlet Tube is straight up, so I can't see any way the engine cover would fit on now.
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i did the AFE cold air and the cover went back on without a problem...can you take some pics of engine bay to see the AEM set up. as far as i knwo the cover is for esthetics only...
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The engine cover is just a cosmetic thing on the 09+ I believe; I know that on the 3rd gen it was also the air box and helped baffle the engine noise. Without it, then engine is louder in the cab.
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Thanks for the replies...I pretty much expected it was just cosmetic as I remember guys on the Charger forum who had their engine bays painted colors to match their car and some of which were in shows, didn't have engine covers either.

I love the sound of the AEM, but it does have like an upward sloped tube..but it does look slick...you just can't put the engine cover back on...at least not that I can see. I'll post up pics later tonight when I get home.
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Here are the pics of the AEM. As you can see the tube is sloped UPWARDS towards the hood so I can't see any way at all to get the engine cover on. I think i'm just gonna leave it off anyway, but being that other people did other CAI installs and are still able to get their cover on...I'm guessing the design of those other CAI..(aka no upward sloping tube) is on those other models.
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ahh...now I see what you are talking about. That cover is just an aesthetic piece. You can do without it.
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Nice job on the install and now I know what you're talking about as well, but wouldn't worry about the engine cover, as has been said, you'll be fine without it.

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Excellent job on the install, looks great!
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The engine cover is just a cheap way of making the engine compartment look less cluttered.....purely cosmetics.

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Thanks on the CAI compliments.....That will be the only mod I do for a while...gotta save up the money now. I got a good deal on the AEM, $238 Shipped and that model normally goes for $308 shipped in gun metal or nearly $400 shipped polished. Sounds great too...I'm more then happy with it.
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