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Old 11-07-2011, 11:03 PM
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I am looking for a CAI.What is the best to buy? And how much HP and torque?
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I have the K&N 63 series CAI. I am really happy with it. K&N claims 17 horsepower increase, with no loss (or gain) in torque. It is my understanding that some of the CAI's can give you a loss in torque, and some have metal boxes and tubes, which look cool, but is my understanding will generate more heat, wiich defeats the purpose of COLD air intakes.
I have to say the sound now with the CAI is a deeper growl, reminds me of the days of musclecars when the four barrel would kick in. Even my wife thinks it sounds pretty cool. The only change in performance i have noticed is the throttle response seems a bit crisper, especially from a standing start. Can't really say i have seen any increase in gas mileage, but then again with such a cool sound, it's hard not to play around a little.
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Check out this thread. It may contain some answers for you:


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Is there not a single answer to this? Why can't there be.

I want to know the following.

xyz = best HP gain...
ZYX = best MPG gain...
YZX = Coolest looks...
ZXY = Loudest...
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The 4th generation Rams (as indicated above) have an great 'true' CAI from the factory. About the only place it lacks, is in the filter (somewhat restricted) and the duct (too many wrinkles to offer optimized air flow), so an aftermarket CAI will normally only benefit the high RPM range.

To answer your questions -
1) Best HP gain - BFI
2) Best MPG gain - All of them will likely cause a 'reduction' in MPG because of the changed driving style. At least that's what the statistics seem to suggest.
3) Coolest looks - This is highly subjective. I personally really like the look of the Volant, and that is one of the criteria that affected my choice.
4) Loudest - Who knows?? I think my Volant is pretty loud, but it's not like I bought 15 different CAI's to compare them on the same truck, and other than a select few, no one changes their CAI on a regular basis, so I don't know if this question can be answered in a qualified fashion.

I installed a premium CAI on my 4th gen Ram and noticed a drop in MPG, and an increase in WOT performance, and a rather undesireable loud throttle sound at any position above 1/6th throttle. AND, I couldn't be happier.
I wanted -
a) Better WOT performance - check
b) Nice clean 'enclosed' look - check
c) Ability to handle future unintended engine mods - check
d) An air filter that will never need service for the life of the truck (in my possession) - check
e) Quiet stealthy operation - uncheck, nada, booooo (But it does sound pretty good. )

I got 80% of my 'wants' in the Volant package, and am warming up to the sound.
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Dodge actually has a good setup already BUT I'm pondering an air box mod to take full advantage of the stock CAI on mine. I have been looking at what Dodge has going on and with a 3-4 inch hole saw and a little ducting ran to the right spot under the front bumper, I feel it will run a little better myself. I already have a K&N air filter in it and this would bring it out a little more. With this I would only be out $10-$20 maybe.
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I'd go with an Airaid CAI. That's what I have and I think they look great. It's really a matter of preference on looks...they all produce the same results. Even if some claim more HP/TQ it will be to little of a difference to even notice.
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For what it's worth, my 06 runs better on the stock air box than the CAI I used to have on it. I would also recommend just dropping a K&N in if anything.
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Every Hemi that I have installed a CAI on has shown a noticible increase in throttle response and growl coming from under the hood. I like most people, enjoy the sound you get out of them. I think that the difference in HP and mileage gains between the brands currently available are minimal. You should go with the system that you like the looks of best or one that you can get a good deal on.


LU229- The OP asked what is the best CAI to buy. He didn't ask your opinion on if he should buy one or not.
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I put on Airaid - mainly because CT has same Emission standards as CA. I really like my Airaid.
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