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Hey guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com, today we're taking a closer look at and of course installing our Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with a SynthaFlow Oiled Filter, available for the '11 and newer 5.7 Hemi, 6.4 Hemi, and 3.6 V6 Challenger. You should be checking this out for your own Challenger if you're looking to ditch the factory intake tubing as well as the filter to pick up a filter that is gonna be way bigger of an upgrade to give you a horsepower and torque gains as well as throttle response and acceleration and just a better filtration capability. This particular option is their Synthaflow Oiled Filter, and if you're shopping around in the category you've noticed a lot of different options. Not only just a wide range of brands but Airaid themselves has several to choose from. Their cold air dam intake is not a full complete cold air intake as far as tubing going back to the throttle body, but instead, you're replacing your factory heat shield, paper element filter and some of the couplers in the tubing to just give you a more budget-friendly option with some big upgrades.The biggest thing right here is going to be that oiled filter. As you can see it has a red multilayer cotton gauze finish in a conical shape with a diamond wire mesh outer layer. This is gonna have a 99.99% filtration capability and filtration efficiency rate, which is a huge upgrade over the factory option. This thing here being an oiled filter is gonna do a much better job filtering out those tiny particles that will then get caught in that oil while also pulling in a lot more cold air than your factory filter ever could. With that said, there is also this option in the dry filter as well with both a black finish and a blue finish.As far as black and blue goes, that's just an appearance thing personal preference of course. But dry versus oil is a debate that goes on a lot. Dry versus oiled filters are within a 1% difference of performance capabilities and the amount of cold air it's pulling in. But depending on your location, you might wanna pick one up over the other. The dry filter option which is the black or blue option in the category is a great choice for guys out there in a lot more dry climate areas seeing a lot more air pollution and debris because all of that won't clog up in the oiled filter.The oil filter does tend to get clogged up a little bit more requiring some more maintenance which means when you pop it off and wash it you just also have to reoil it. However, oiled filters will do a better job filtering out some of those particles while also pulling in cold air. So, there is a given take to it but I will say within 1% difference the oiled filter here is the most common aftermarket filter to pick up because it does have a really big performance benefit. With that said, this is an eco-friendly washable reusable. When it comes time for routine maintenance, you just pop this thing off, wash it, you can throw it right back in without having to pick up a new filter like you would with your factory option. It also comes with an upgraded heat shield, that's a black powder-coated aluminum option that has weatherstripping that'll seal in up against the inside of your hood to keep all the excess engine bay heat out while pulling in the cold air for the intake tubing. We'll assemble that and just a little bit but it also comes with a velocity stack that will then bolt up to the heat shield. That's gonna help streamline that air into your factory tubing.This is a really good way to keep the budget down. Airaid offers some of the most premium options in the category which can get a little bit more expensive around the 400 plus dollar mark. This one here comes in right around 250 because it doesn't come with all the bells and whistles of a full intake tubing, while still reaping the benefits of one of the best filters on the market. Airaid's been around for years and this is their absolute specialty, they're one of the kings in the category. It comes with other couplers and fittings as well. It's worth noting that since this kit does fit the 3.6, 5.7 and 6.4, there are a couple of different fittings and couplers in the kit, as well as hoses for the different engine types. You wanna make sure that you're using the one specific to your application. Because we're working with our 2013 5.7 Challenger behind me, we'll be using the 5.7 fittings. The install instructions in your kit will determine which ones are which and which ones you should use for application. So, make sure you're taking a look at that before you start the install.Install gets one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home with very simple hand tools. And because it's not a full intake, it should only take an hour, maybe even a little bit less. I'll take you through every step of the process. But the first thing I wanna show you is how to get that factory intake out, we'll take a look at that side- by-side comparing the filters. We'll start assembling some things on the table, and then we'll get to the install.Tools using this install include an impact gun, or a ratchet, an 8 and 10-millimeter deep socket, 530 second and 3/16 hex sockets, Phillips head and flathead screwdrivers. The uninstall is extremely easy. All we need to pop off is our factory heat shield with the filter. And in order to do that step number one, is to remove your crankcase breather hose, just push straight back on that. The second step, grab your impact gun or your ratchet and an 8-millimeter socket, remove the retainer bolt holding that onto the frame. We're gonna set that aside and loosen up this clamp holding the heat shield to the factory tubing. From there you can disconnect, lift straight up, and the factory heat shield is removed, you can set this aside.So, we finally got that factory intake filter off of our 5.7 on the table next to our Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with the Oiled Filter. Just a quick side by side comparison, I know we already took you through all the details and all the materials here, but I took apart our factory top here and this is the lid that just unscrews and pops right off. Inside that, you'll find your factory paper element. That's a flat filter, very flexible, not oiled, so this is a dry filter. So, that comparing to your factory option is gonna be a big difference. And it's also...doesn't have all the thick multi-layer cotton gauze, it's not conical, so it's not gonna have the airflow streaming into the velocity stack and it also doesn't have the extra diamond wire mesh on the outside. So, filtration capabilities here are not even comparable to your new Airaid One. It's just simply not going to compare. This is something that is just gonna not stand the test of time, you're being robbed of a little bit of power, some power that you would get with an aftermarket intake just like this, and the heat shield that it comes with is just gonna allow more cold air to be sucked in.While this does do a good job of trapping out the excess engine heat, it's not doing the best job of pulling in more cold air. So, this is gonna be the best of both worlds. Just wanted to take a second to compare the two and show you guys some of the differences. I first wanna set this aside, we're gonna start assembling that heat shield and other aspects of it, and then we're gonna get to the install.The first step of assembling everything on your table here is to grab your heat shield panels, and they're essentially going to attach just like this. Now, we do have a few screws included in the kit, they're really small. So, just grab a Phillips head screwdriver, the washers, the screws, and the cap nuts. These are going to essentially bolt these together with these two open holes. So, we're gonna put that through the inside, line that up and set that nut into place. Now, the teeth on the backside of these knots are gonna grip the backside of this panel and keep it nice and tight.Now that we have all that assembled for our paneling, we're gonna assemble our velocity stack by bolting that up with the hardware provided. Once you tighten it down, you can grab your weatherstripping and we'll start to assemble them. In the kit, there are two thin, very small weatherstrippings included. You wanna make sure that you're installing those across the bottom here and across the opposite side paneling. Now, they will just squeeze right into place, you can just put pressure all around, pop that right on, that'll go on pretty simply. And then the same thing around this curved edge starting from the bottom.Next step, we're gonna set this aside. That will get installed in the vehicle in just a moment. But next, I wanna assemble things on our coupler. Now, there are three included in the kit, one is going to be for your 3.6-liter V6 models. This one here is for our 5.7 since we're working with our 2013 5.7 RT. And the third one is for the 6.4 liter 392 SRTs. So, this is the one we're gonna use.Now, you wanna make sure you're selecting the one for your application. And there are also different size grommets and different size hose fittings for each application. So we've got our 5.7 setup here, just make sure you're using the one for your motor. The instructions included in the kit will let you know which one goes where. So, next, we're gonna take our coupler and our rubber grommet for our 5.7 and just install this into place, that will hug the sides. Take your hose fitting and install that into the rubber grommet. You wanna make sure that that rubber grommet doesn't fall through, it'll just snap right into place. The hose that you're gonna install this to is also specific to each model, this is the one we're gonna use. We're not gonna install this just yet, we wanna make sure that this is gonna fit right on over our factory portion. So, that will go in once this is installed in the vehicle. You wanna mae sure you're pre-installing this before you get into the vehicle, the hose we'll install later on.All right, there's a couple of steps that we have to do before we can drop our heat shield in the place. Number one, grab a flathead screwdriver and pry off this retainer clip. We're not gonna need that for what we're doing. Once that's off, just set it aside. Secondly, we're gonna take the rubber grommet included in the kit that has the threading on the backside and install that onto the factory grommet on the inside of our fender well. We're just gonna push that straight down into position, if you need to, grease or lube can definitely help you get that in. Once that's in place, grab a 10-millimeter socket and an impact gun or ratchet and remove the bolt on the side of our fender. So, grab that socket and pop off that fender bolt. That's gonna get reinstalled in just a minute, so set that aside for now.The next step is to actually just drop our entire heat shield into place. Now, the bottom portion with that weather-stripping is gonna go between your abs line and the sheet metal. So, you wanna go straight down with this, lining up those bracket tabs. This tab here is gonna go underneath of that factory one, we're gonna bend that so that goes underneath, lining up those holes. While this bracket is attaching and lining up to the grommet we just installed.The side bracket you wanna make sure it lines up with the factory fender bolt. That one I'm actually gonna install right now, we can do that by hand then we'll come back with an impact gun. All right, I just wanna tighten up that fender bolt. Now, when you have this installed, you wanna make sure your velocity stack is seated properly with the larger portion on the inside. That's what's going to attach your new air filter. So, have that installed with the hex screws provided in the kit. I'm using a 530-second hex screw that tighten these down, we'll tighten down from the outside as you see here. This side is gonna attach to our coupler that's gonna attach to our factory tubing. But at this portion before we get into that, we're gonna install the bolt down here to the grommet and the bolt up here to the factory tab.All right, your larger hex bolt is gonna go on with a flat washer down to that grommet lining up those holes and sorting that through, and just start that threading by hand. The last screw that's going into place is your 530-second fourth screw that's gonna attach this factory bracket with another flat washer. So, we have that in place we can gun that on. Now, our 3/16 socket is gonna tighten down that final one down by the grommet.The next step is a rubber coupler included in the kit. This is gonna install with your clamps. You wanna have one installed on each end but not tightened, it's gonna go on the other end of our velocity stack. Stretch that and if you need to loosen up those clamps to make sure that they can flex, slide that into place. Now, that first clamp on the velocity stack you can tighten down with an 8-millimeter socket or a flathead screwdriver. This one leave loose for now, grab the tubing included in the kit that has the host fitting installed attached to it that's gonna go in between.Now, this coupler or this hose fitting attaches a very specific way. You can see the locking tab on the factory tubing is gonna seat into this indent and you wanna make sure the hose fitting is facing the factory hose. Compress that to squeeze this into place, install it on to the coupler we just installed on our velocity stack. From there, install the factory tubing, rotating that into that tab. Perfect. Grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten down the factory clamp and your new one.Next up is to take our 5/8 tubing, the shorter one that we're gonna install that over the hose fitting that we installed on our coupler. You can stick your hand through the velocity stack to hold support while you push that through, and that'll connect down to the lock. On the other end, install the next fitting, that's gonna go straight down and on the opposite end your factory tubing.All right, the next step is to grab our oiled filter, drop that into place with a clamp around the end here, that's gonna wrap around that velocity stack, then just turn it so it flattens out and fills up the entire heat shield. Grab an 8-millimeter socket or a flathead screwdriver and tighten down this clamp.All right, there's only two steps left. Next one is gonna be our weather stripping around the outside of the box and the last one will be our engine cover.All right, the weather stripping is just going to snap into place right around the edges. And the inside of this stripping has aluminum or metal of some sort just to squeeze on so it'll hold itself in place. Just line the edges with it and that's done.The last step, just throw our engine cover back on. This cover you just wanna line up with the hose, and you'll be able to snap it into place making sure that your hose fits into that spot. Pressure all around to make sure it snaps in and you're good to go.Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with a SynthaFlow Oiled Filter available for the '11 and newer 5.7 Hemi, 6.4 Hemi, and 3.6 V6 Challenger. You can pick yours up right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Improves Power. Replace your Dodge Challenger’s restrictive factory filter assembly with the Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with SynthaFlow Oiled Filter and immediately notice the increase in your engine’s horsepower and torque. This cold air intake assembly will help your engine maintain its breathability. This, in turn, results in having a significant improvement in gas mileage and an overall boost in your engine’s performance.
Requires No Tuning. This cold air intake by Airaid is designed to give your Challenger an instant upgrade without having to perform computer reprogramming. Right after installation, you can take your car for a ride and feel the difference immediately.
Fitted with a 360-degree Washable Filter. This cold air dam assembly is equipped with the patented AIRAID® 360-degree conical air filter. Each filter is crafted from cotton gauze with non-woven synthetic that’s a lot more breathable and minimizes the restriction in the air flow. Moreover, this cold air dam features a huge open-element air inlet that delivers a steadier flow of cool air. Lastly, this air filter is washable and is suitable for continuous using.
Top-Quality Polyethylene Build. Constructed from top-grade high-density polyethylene, this cold air dam assembly is guaranteed for durability and rigid enough to withstand years of use. Each cold air dam comes with stainless steel clamps for added strength.
Straightforward OEM Installation. This cold air dam intake can be installed within 45 minutes. It uses your Dodge Challenger’s stock air filter mounting points so there’s no need for additional modifications, drilling, or cutting.
Backed by a No-Hassle Lifetime Warranty. Airaid provides a no-hassle lifetime warranty for this Cold Air Dam Intake. This warranty will cover for any factory defects found in both material and workmanship. To read more about the warranty limitations and exclusions, you may refer to the manufacturer’s website.
CARB Certified. This Cold Air Dam by AIRAID is CARB Certified. As such, this is legal for sale and use in all 50 US states. CARB EO Number: D-609-19.
Application. The Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with SynthaFlow Oiled Filter is suitable for use on all 2011-2021 3.6L, 5.7L, and 6.4L Dodge Challenger models. It is not compatible on Models with a Shaker Hood.
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(approx) 45 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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It is not compatible on Models with a Shaker Hood