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I drive about 6*000*to 8*000*miles per year in dirt road full of dust. I was wondering if a CAI was a good option for me. I really like to sound + fuel economy + more HP, but I don't know if the dust will be a major problem, even with a good maintenance...

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Not if you get a good quality filter, such as K&N or AFE. Your cleaning interval will be much shorter. These are actually better filters than what is in your truck now.

Alternately, a flat panel filter from either company is a definite improvement to consider as well, just from a protection and filtering standpoint.
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Not if you get a good quality filter, such as K&N or AFE. Your cleaning interval will be much shorter. These are actually better filters than what is in your truck now.

Alternately, a flat panel filter from either company is a definite improvement to consider as well, just from a protection and filtering standpoint.
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I am biased, because I use Amsoil in everything, but I use an Amsoil Drop in filter in my cummins, and I LOVE it. I know for us diesel guys, K&N is frowned upon, because it's proven to not filter as good as most aftermarket filters. IMHO, a decent drop in filter for the factory airbox will filter great. It won't get you that "sound" you are looking for really though.
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The 09, 10, and 11 OEM cai's are excellent with one minor flaw, the filter itself is not as free flowing as it could be.

I have yet to see an actual reports of benefits by adding an aftermarket CAI on a Gen 4 Ram.
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If ingesting dirt is a concern, add an Outerwear prefilter. I use one on my ATV and it couts down on the service interval on my filter. http://www.outerwearsracing.com/
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I was also going to mention one of the covers for the filter as well. That will help out as well. If you get a good filter then you wont have to worry. Like said above the stock filter is worse then any aftermarket one you would buy.

If you go with an oiled filter then it will trap dirt. I have one in my truck and I work construction. I am in dust all the time, and it is pretty bad at times. I can see the amount of dirt and crap the filter stopped from going into the motor.

Look into getting a box style filter. They have ones the seal up to the hood, or ones that have their own top. That will help stop everything from getting to the filter except air. If you get a CAI like a BFI then it is exposed to everything and will need maintenance more often.
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