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i have the vararam and it seems to have made a difference but no throaty tone. where does the vararam stack up
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I was looking for the option for none of the above...Vararam is the only choice IMO true Ram Air
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Most who race their 4G Hemi's remove the big fugly plastic engine cover,
Why? because its nothing more than a huge heat trap that bakes your plastic intake runners and raises intake air temps.
When hot air rises it collects under the cover where your intake runners are.

The Vararam basically does the same thing as the stock engine cover, only worse
because it actually steals air that would likely have gone towards circulating under hood air near your intake runners.

It also blocks part of your radiator and sucks in hot air near the rad when you're not moving, or in stop&go traffic.
From my experience, ramming cold air from the lower bumper area makes more sense to me than in front of a Hot radiator.
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Sorry, but I ran the Airaid for a full year, and the hood "seal" is completely half-assed. as is the aFe and K&N.

Close your hood slowly and see if it makes contact all around the box,
it doesn't, in fact it only goes around 3 sides, barely making contact at the rear. Chalk the edge of the seal and see if it marks your hoodliner ,

I even tried to use some pipe insulation in an attempt to help remedy this design flaw, but gave up and bought a Volant, for less than I paid for the Airaid.







The entire fender side gap is still exposed, due to the hood strut
Also, look at all the right angles the air has to follow to get to the TB from the fender port.
Now compare that to the direction of flow from fender port to TB on the Volant.



NOW consider that the Volant has an optional port in the bottom for a 3.5" cold air tube that the others do not offer...








Dont think you need that extra cold air?
if you're truck is bone stock, maybe you dont. I wanted more, why?

Here's what the stock fender opening looks like for EVERY other CAI
remove the airbox and you'll see the headlight bucket blocks 90% of the already small intake tube of most air boxes.(including stock)





Here's the view from the outside with the headlight removed...




That's why the Airaid is a "Failed" CAI along with many others,
when there isn't enough air from the limited fender opening, hot engine air from the failed seal along the top gets sucked in.

Want to save some money, put a K&N drop-in flat filter into the stock box, it's already a sealed CAI,
then drill a hole in the base for a feeder tube for extra cold air if you want more.

If you want the best and dont mind the extra cost, the Volant is the best CAI choice.
The Powercore filter is so effecient, my truck was no faster when I ran it with no filter at all.

Track Slips are what drive my decisions,
if the Airaid was better I'd still have mine on my truck instead of in my basement.
Fantastic comparison..sometimes I think about replacing my aFe, but I've heard people have great results with aFe, and I've had great results, even though the design sorta sucks..you didn't mention the Vararam, what are your thoughts about it?
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..you didn't mention the Vararam, what are your thoughts about it?
scroll back to the post just before you replied
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Thanks, I don't see how I could have missed that..
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I'm actually running dual tubes to feed my Volant now
Lowes Hardware, about $16 for 3 flex tubes (extend up to 19") and two collector/connectors.

One tube goes up the fender to force feed the stock fender opening,
the other goes directly to the bottom of the Volant box.

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Stock airbox is good. Aftermarket drop in filter is big enough to feed a stock to mildly modified engine. The problem is the fender inlet is a big restriction.

Between the two choices on your poll, I'd go with airaid. Personally though, I use an airaid drop in(synmesh or whatever it is, oil less filter).

The vararam is probably the best option right now. It's not a "heat trap" at all, the hot air can vent out from under it since it's flat. It's also not really ram air but it's a good intake, sort of like a "ramish" air intake lol. Volant looks pretty good too(assuming you use the lower ducting part). If you don't use the lower part it's still drawing from the fender well...
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The vararam is probably the best option right now. It's not a "heat trap" at all, the hot air can vent out from under it since it's flat. It's also not really ram air but it's a good intake, sort of like a "ramish" air intake lol.
Dont use a Vararam in Winter conditions if you get snow where you live...


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Hey guys I figured I would post up some pics from my drive to and from work which is about 45 minuets each way. We had about a foot of light fluffy snow today so it is a little extreme but none the less this is what we drive in some times. So be you own judge, Ill get a few better pics up shortly. That dirt around the outside edge of the lid is filled up with water and the filter was soaking wet and dripping water when i took it off.


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heres a couple more of the smaller ones it would let me load. You can see and as i mentioned before in the second pic on the driver side its full of water and the filter was soaked
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Yeah well with any "ram air" you have to be careful with water/snow/etc. intrusion. Realistically a wet filter won't hurt the engine, it'll slow airflow, and obviously is annoying and an inconvenience. Depending on where you live this may or may not be an issue. I plan on a ram air setup in mine to finish my intake sometime, but I'm in FL and the most I have to worry about is some rain, but hopefully I'll plan it out where it won't be an issue. I could see snow packing/building up and being a PITA...
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