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Cold Air Intake??

Is a cold air intake actually what it claims. the stock air box on the new rams look like they are basically already a cold air intake. what makes these after market ones so much better, is it because its a cone filter setup or what? can i really expect a 15 hp gain like the claim. also if they are the way to go will a 2011 kn cai fit on a 2012?
 

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well i would says that the filter is one of the thing that would give gains but also the tube itself(more the interior of the tube) copare to the factory one ,.
 

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cai affect warranty

will a cold air intake affect my warranty looking at getting a k&n but don't want issues with warranty
 

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no it wont void anything

its just the cai itself that wont be warranty by dodge
but it will be by k&n
 

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cai good or bad?

looking at purchasing a k&n cold air intake, any thoughts on this, will i notice any increase in power milage etc, any downsides to having this I've read that sometimes it will make your eco act funny? any thoughts/opinions? should i get one
 

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Yes, get one. It won't mess up your computer or your ECO mode operation. You will notice a difference in throttle response. Add an exhaust to the truck to take advantage of the better inflow.
 

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I have tried a couple different cai's and I went back to the stock box, I can't stand the noise they make. Our engines are very noisey, have a lot of resonance, hence the HEMI HAT. If I could get my hands on a BFI, that is about the only one I would use. It wont make a noticeable difference on the street, and I run a headlight track intake, so the stock box works for me.
 

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I have the Volant CAI, it's fully enclosed and it does not generate much more noise IMHO, over stock with my Magnaflow 18. I do know that the open CAI's will be much louder, I had this on my last truck (k&n). Of course I put these on at the same time so it may not completely accurate.
 

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Are you running a hellfire camshaft? Just curious.... If you are how do you like it? It's the one I'm really leaning towards getting.
 

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Out of all the exhaust changes I have done, that is the best sound I had. Bone stock exhaust from heads to tip except for a muffler delete. Once I get the new system fixed the way I want it, I think I will be happy, I'll post a sound clip. Still not sure if I want to dump it, or use the side exit before the rear tire that it has now.
 

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I ran a Volant on mine to get an idea of the sound, and it was pretty "vocal" compared to the stock setup. It was a good sound though, and I still want something in there...mainly a Volant or Vararam.
 

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so kinda been thinking bout purchasing a cai such as a air aid or k and n , but it seems to me that the stock air intake seems pretty well set up, closed from the engine bay unlike most cai that just have a heat shield, stock sucks air from fender, unlike open cai like k and n, seems to me the only thing that the aftermarket would have on these stock intake would be the cone free er flowing filter am i right? or am i missing something here? why people think cai so much better than stuck? whats ur opinion and or the facts behind this?
 

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Save your money. CAI will not do anything except make your truck louder when you get on it. If you really want to spend some money on your truck, buy something to increase the visual aspects. Window tint, steps, vent visors, wheels, although do not go bigger (you loose fuel milage),hood scoops, stripes just to name a few dress up items. Performance items are a waste of money and may void your warranty.
 

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Performance items are a waste of money and may void your warranty.
This statement is at best grossly misleading. There are a multitude of performance items on the market today (tuners and exhaust systems being but two examples) that will afford solid gains in horsepower and torque. There are also many that are a solid waste of your money, i.e. the proverbial "snake oil".

Your best bet is to do what you did - solicit opinions and advice from others who've tried aftermarket items on their trucks, then make your decision based on what you learn and what you want to do with your truck.

Regarding CAI's, I agree with your assessment - the stock airbox does a pretty good job and (in my opinion) your money is probably better spent elsewhere. I installed a Volant CAI on my truck shortly after I bought it, and the mileage actually dropped slightly (more airflow = more fuel burned) and all told, I'd have rather spent the $300 elsewhere. That being said, the cash I spent on a SuperChips tuner and Magnaflow exhaust reaped benefits that made the cost more than worth it!

Good luck with your rig, and post some pictures!
 

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i got a knn cai for 226$ its not so expensive,

as far as sound, i think just that was worth the money spend

as far as horse power, well if you dont do anything you wont get anything,... 15whp is not the end of the world but at the end if you take all the extra hp that you gain from every mod its there you'll get result

k&n certified that you get 15 whp,.. my self i think my truck did fell more responsive with it,.. and before it i had a k&n drop in filter

their is also a vendor on our site,.. vararam i think,.. that stats that their new cai will outperforme any other outhere garanted, i believe they says 1/2 a second to 60miles faster and 3th in the 1/4miles,...


anyway good shopping
 

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dmac, did you see this post in the 5.7 hemi mod section? Several of us have done this mod along with a less restrictive muffler. I don't think anyone has any definitive dyno results to guarantee mega power increases, but more air in and more exhaust out sounds better than the alternative...without megabucks.

http://www.ramforumz.com/showthread.php?t=63174
 

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im doign the same hting man... i ordered afe stage 2 dry filter and im getting a tuner and an exhaust in a few weeks with more air in like you said more air needs to go out as well so just getting the cai ....in a sense no wont help u(and u need to stay out of it)....but with all the mods together like crusher said oh most definetly....maybe what Dbryant said is the better route for u.... obvisously u didnt get this truck for mpgs so unless ur gunna spend a little bit more to actually see those gains just get something small at first and go from there.... headlights, HID kit, tints etc.....
 

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It does seem like some of the bolt on mods give you very little gains. However I had a 95 Z28 and after adding a CAI,headers, catback exhaust,MSD ignition and wires,Hypertech programmer and 3.73 gear it was a totally different car. Bolt on mods compliment each other but don't seem to do much by themselves. The real big gains usually come from head and cam changes IMHO.
 
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