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my initial thoughts is that it makes my motor sound like a monster...it does sound like it appreciates having more flow than before taking off lid... just for fun I'm gonna do some logging and have my tuner tweak it to see if we could fine tune the 'smog' mode for more git up and go... and for anyone who likes to compare wheel sizing... running 20's vs 17's does bog it down a bit, it's pretty noticeable..but the 20's are sexy... my 17's need new tires so will be runnng 20's for a few months..

 

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yes, you're right, the snorkel does pull from an open area in the front corner and is not sealed/separated from the main engine area...in our version someone made a plastic vent up front that pulled air from grill and directed it to the area where snorkel resides..
 

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man, nothing gets by you..hehe. Those are my oil bypass filters...suppose to get superior oil filtration (installed this at about 60k miles) and I don't change my oil til 25k/once a year.
 

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man, nothing gets by you..hehe. Those are my oil bypass filters...suppose to get superior oil filtration (installed this at about 60k miles) and I don't change my oil til 25k/once a year.
I thought they might be. There was another member who put one on his Cummins the other day but it was mounted differently
 

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So is the air grabber something that could be bought or would I have to mod something myself?
The "Air Grabber" can definitely be modified to fit the 3rd gen Rams, but it takes a little work and reverse engineering. This is what I did.
 

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The "Air Grabber" can definitely be modified to fit the 3rd gen Rams, but it takes a little work and reverse engineering. This is what I did.
Sorry should have specified, was referencing the part on chefreds truck that grabs some air and directs it to the open snorkel on the stock box.

And Hndgnnr, on ours (3rd gen) it is not completely cold air. It probably pulls some cold air but the box still pulls air from the engine bay so it isn't a completely cai. For reference take a look at the picture I posted a couple posts up.
 

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Hey, all. As much as I would love to read 62 pages about all the info on CA I that has been posted to this forum, I unfortunately would rather ask the question directly and seek opinions from everyone. I am stuck on pulling the trigger to buy the Vararam intake for my 2012 ram. I am seeing alot of negative reviews of quality and fitment issues. I just want to reach out to actually vararam owners and how you all like it? Also I am seeing alot of research on certain ram owners upgrading the throttle body with this air intake upgrade. Any and all info is greatly appreciated. I am not looking to highly modify my ram. Just looking for AIR INTAKE, TUNER, TB upgrade (possibly). Just so everyone knows what I am looking to do. I have had very fast cars in my life I really just like my Ram as is just looking to add a little hear and there. I have already done a custom exhaust and led upgrades on the whole truck. Thanks again everyone!!!!!!
 

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Vararam gets two thumbs up for quality and performance from me.
 

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I know I'm not as well versed in the cold air intakes as most of the people on this site, but I do know that getting cold air into an engine is VERY hard. If you scoop it up from near the bottom of the truck, your getting the heat coming off the road in the summers. If you wanna say you don't get that heat in the winter, correct, but at that time the filter can be put just about anywhere in the engine bay. Bringing it in from next to the radiator is about the best place as far as I can see, but the air will heat up as, it travels to the TB. IMO unless you wrap it in some type of water jacket, the air warms up. I think you should look for a slight lowering of temp, but the air flow to the engine is what's important.
 

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:smileup: Cold air is kinda OK, but the ECM will adjust for most of the changes, however--

The main aspect of aftermkt CAI's is--and not usually talked about, is-----

The amount of AIR RESTRICTION/OBSTRUCTIONS/TURNS from the air intake to the Throttle Body and as mentioned, the stock intake system uses pretty COLD AIR, however the amount of BLACK plastic absorbs all the engine bay heat and that system is FULL of air angles and turns--

That's why almost any aftermkt system will provide a SLIGHT INCREASE IN EFFECIENCY--

Ya just gotta go with your FLOW

I'm in favor of the VARARAM--PROPERLY INSTALLWED-

Whatever

:thk: JIMBO
 

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:smileup: Cold air is kinda OK, but the ECM will adjust for most of the changes, however--

The main aspect of aftermkt CAI's is--and not usually talked about, is-----

The amount of AIR RESTRICTION/OBSTRUCTIONS/TURNS from the air intake to the Throttle Body and as mentioned, the stock intake system uses pretty COLD AIR, however the amount of BLACK plastic absorbs all the engine bay heat and that system is FULL of air angles and turns--

That's why almost any aftermkt system will provide a SLIGHT INCREASE IN EFFECIENCY--

Ya just gotta go with your FLOW

I'm in favor of the VARARAM--PROPERLY INSTALLWED-

Whatever

:thk: JIMBO
Please define "properly installed" as opposed to improperly installed. Seriously. Not trying to be a wise ass.

Thanks.
 
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