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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today we're taking a closer look at and installing the BBK Chrome Cold Air Intake available for the 2008 and newer 5.7 and 6.1 HEMI equipped Challengers. You should be checking this out if you're looking to swap out your factory intake to pick one up that's gonna help your engine breathe a lot better, give you a small bump and horsepower and torque numbers as well as throttle response and acceleration gains. Now, this one, in particular, may not have all the bells and whistles that some of the more premium end stuff has, but it looks really good under the hood and has a big upgrade in the filter department. Now, the oiled filter is washable and reusable. Pop it off when it comes time for routine maintenance, wash it, re-oil it, throw it right back in and you're good to go. It's got a cotton gauze construction with a diamond wire mesh outer layer to help filter out all those unwanted particles and we'll dive in to take a closer look at that sitting next to the factory paper element filter in just a little bit. This one also has an aluminum intake tubing which you see there under the hood that's giving you that flashy kind of attractive finish under the hood. So, if you like something that stands out, this is a great way to go.Now, this particular kit comes in right around 300 bucks and the install is gonna get a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Literally, anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home. Guys, if I can do it with this thing on it, you can definitely do it. No questions asked. Now, simple hand tools again, took me about 30 maybe 45 minutes from start to finish. I'll take you through every step of the process. What do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, 3/8 ratchet, 20-millimeter wrench, 8 and 16-millimeter deep sockets, and a Phillips head screwdriver. The first step here is to grab your engine, cover it straight off by pulling up and setting it aside. Next step is to unplugged your air temperature sensor by just pinching and pulling straight back. Grab your breather line, connect it to your factory heat shield. You're gonna pull straight back on that as well to disconnect it. Next up, grab your 8-millimeter socket and we're gonna remove the bolt holding your factory heat shield to the rad support. Use that same socket to loosen up the clamp holding the tubing to the throttle body. From there, you can loosen that up, pull straight back and remove the whole thing in one piece. Next up we're actually just gonna remove this bracket. Now, this only holds on the sound tube connected to your factory intake, which most aftermarkets do not come with. So, grab a 16-millimeter deep socket and we're just gonna work back this nut and remove it altogether since we don't need it anymore. You wanna make sure you're holding onto it just in case you ever wanna revert back to stock.Well, guys, we got our factory intake off of our 5.7 behind me and it's on the table next to our BBK cold air intake. I wanna take you through some of the similarities, but mainly the differences between the two kits starting with our filter. Now, the factory filter is a flat paper element, it's not washable, not really reusable. You have to pick up a new one every time routine maintenance comes around and then really, that's not gonna be the case with a BBK option or really any aftermarket filter in the category. This is a washable and reusable oiled filter from BBK, conical cotton filter. Now, the cotton gauze has that wire mesh outing to make sure it's filtering out all of the particles you don't want getting into your engine bay, while also pulling in as much cold air as it can, more so than your factory one. Now, that working in conjunction with your new heat shield is gonna make sure it's trapping out all of the hot engine bay heat too. Now, your factory filter does come with a completely enclosed airbox which you can also get in the category as well with an aftermarket intake. That's not gonna be the case here with the BBK option, but it does come with weatherstripping to make sure it's ceiling out that heat and keeping the cold air in. One of the other things that you get with your factory intake box is that it has this little air duct at the bottom completely closed off but pushes down to the bottom of the engine bay, so it can pull cold air up from the bottom. Now, this one doesn't particularly have the air duct, but it is completely open in the bottom, so you still are retaining that cold air coming up from the bottom. So, that's something to keep in mind when shopping for your cold air intakes depending on how you want your airbox to be shaped. Your intake tubing here is aluminum as opposed to your factory plastic. Now, one of the good things about the aluminized tubing here is its mandrel bent, which means there's no kinks restricting the airflow. So, you get a better airflow going to your intake manifold. The other thing is it's extremely durable. Now, your factory option does tend to crack and break over time, but your new one here actually has some weight to it. You can feel how durable it is holding it in your hands. And on top of that, it's got that chrome or polished finish which just looks good under the hood for the guys looking for a little bit more underhood dress up. This does come with the signature blue BBK silicone couplers, which is gonna make sure you get a tight air leak finish. Now, we do have to transfer over our factory air temperature sensor you see here. We're gonna pop that along with the grommet into our new tubing then we're gonna set all our factory stuff aside. All right. To pull your air temperature sensor out, all you're gonna do is twist it and pull straight back. That'll pop it out. Just be really careful with it, you don't wanna damage the sensor portion at the bottom. From here, let's set our factory components aside. All right. The next step here is to grab the rubber grommet included in the kit. That's gonna seal this hole pre-drilled into the side of your tubing. This is gonna be the house for your old air sensor. So, you're gonna use this, align the sides. So, you're just gonna pinch it and set it into place. Might take you a few times going around and pinching it, just manipulate it into that hole. All right. Perfect. Once you get it seated all the way in there, you're gonna take your old air temperature sensor and you're gonna remove the O-ring seal. Now, this O-ring seal is gonna prevent it from seating and sealing inside your new grommet. So, you wanna remove that. Now, guys, if you ever plan on returning this back to stock, you wanna make sure you're holding on to this. Maybe you can put it in a Ziploc bag and put it in the BBK box. Whatever you see fit. Now, you're gonna insert this into your new grommet, kinda work it in so it seats all the way in there. Might take a few tries and you can use your fingers, put that inside to hold the grommet in place. Now, once you to get this seated, you wanna make sure it's facing the right direction. You want it to face the throttle body just like it was when you took it out of your factory intake. All right. From there, we can move on but remember to hold on to that O-ring if you ever wanna get back to stock.Next up here, grab the blue coupler included in the kit. We're gonna take one of the clamps, we're gonna insert that over one end. Now, the coupler does have BBK written on it, so you wanna make sure you're orienting it in a way that makes sense. If you want to read it from the front of the engine bay, make sure you're putting it on that way. So, we're gonna slide that over the edge here. Pretty simple. Orient it the way you want, get it facing the direction. You're basically gonna grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten down this clamp connecting it to the tubing where it will attach to the throttle body. Next, what I like to do is just take the other end clamp, lay it over the side here and I just like to get it a little snug just so it holds itself into place until we're ready to install it on the throttle body. From here, we can set this aside, grab our filter and start to work on that. Grab the hose fitting included in the kit. Now, I like to use the straight one. There is a 90-degree angle bent one if you wanna use that. I think this one's a little easier. We're actually going to install this into the precut hole in the rubber on your intake filter. Now, this is gonna be where your breather line is gonna connect, your vacuum line. So, what we're gonna do is take the threading and just basically start threading it on. Might take a little bit of pressure for it to catch because this is going on rubber. But once it does catch, just get it all the way in there. Now, if you really wanna make your life easier, grab a 22-millimeter wrench, can put it on the end here and just give it a couple of spins to get it all the way down. Once it's all the way down, you can set that aside.Next up, grab your heat shield. We're gonna grab the weatherstripping included in the kit and line the top end of it. It's gonna start here, work our way around, and end right about down here. It's really just as simple as pressing it into place. It's got aluminum around the lip, so it hugs the heat shield. Perfect. Now, the small one, the really thin one is gonna align this circle here to seal in where the tubing connects to the filter. This one might be a little bit trickier to get on, but you just wanna line it around that circle. Perfect. Next up, you're gonna grab this little aluminum plug or the spacer, this is going to install onto the bottom, this little angled edge on your heat shield. This gonna plug into the grommet on the inside of your wheel well. I'll show you that when we get to the installation, but for now, you're gonna grab this and the Phillips head screw and you're going to install it to the outside with a screw on the inside. Once you catch the threading, just thread it on as tight as you can. Grab a Phillips head, just give it one good turn, get it nice and snug. Now, you can grab your heat shield, drop this into place. That little chrome plug is gonna go right into the rubber grommet on the interior of your wheel well. Line up this bracket here with that top bolt. Take your factory bolt, thread that in a couple of threads by hand to get it to stick in place. All right. Next up, grab your tubing, we're gonna drop this into place going through the opening of your heat shield. The other side is gonna connect to your throttle body. All right. From here, grab your 8-millimeter socket and tighten it down to the throttle body. All right. That's gonna hold that tubing in place nicely. Now, we can seat our filter onto the other end of the tubing here.Now, when you do this, you wanna make sure you're lining the fitting up to the precut hole right at the top of your heat shield. Seat that in there. All right. Grab your socket and tighten down that clamp. Next step, we're gonna take our factory breather line. Just unplug it, just pull that straight out. We're gonna replace that with the tubing included in the kit. Take one end, plug it into that factory spot. The other end is gonna go into the fitting on your filter. All right. From here, plug in your air temperature sensor. Put your engine cover back on and you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the BBK Chrome Cold Air Intake available for all '08 and newer 5.7 and 6.1 Challengers. Check it out if you're looking for a pretty budget-friendly intake to replace your factory one. Gives you a small bump in horsepower and torque, some light throttle response gains and overall a better performing engine and an overall better performing filter. If you wanna pick yours up, you can do so right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Specs & Installation
Gain More HP and Torque. If you want more horsepower and torque, look no further than this BBK Chrome Cold Air Intake. It provides unrestricted airflow to your engine to help keep it cool and operating at peak performance, and it improves your throttle response.
Doesn’t Require Re-Tuning. There’s no re-tune required to install this cold air intake. It works with your factory tune, so you can put it on right out of the box.
High-Flow Cotton Filtration. This cold air intake has a cotton filter that prevents pollutants from getting to your engine and allows for plenty of airflow. It’s washable and reusable, so you don’t have to deal with buying replacements.
Tough and Durable. Only the most durable materials are used to craft this cold air intake, which resists damage from the elements and high heat. The chrome finish on this intake imparts a sleek appearance while safeguarding against corrosion.
Straightforward to Install. It’s simple to install this cold air intake because of its direct-fit design. All you’ll need to bolt this cold air intake on are standard hand tools and about an hour of time.
Warranty Coverage. BBK backs this cold air intake with a 1-year warranty. Refer to the manufacturer’s warranty documentation for complete terms and conditions.
Not CARB Certified. This cold air intake isn’t currently CARB certified. Therefore, it can’t be sold or used in the state of California.
Application. This BBK Chrome Cold Air Intake fits all 2008-2020 5.7L and 6.1L Dodge Challenger models, excluding active exhaust models.
Fitment: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
April 17, 2019
Does not fit
Tried every which way to get this component to mount and fit appropriately to a 2012 5.7 with no luck. Intake shield hole is extremely tight fitting when you slide the intake tube into it which prevent the filter from sitting flush with the shield. The intake tube does not align with the throttle body, it is about three inches too short. Even if you were to get it installed the IAT sensor harness is way too short to reach the BBK inlet. Shame cause the intake itself does look good and besides the fitment the materials seem to be of high quality. I’d like to add that I’ve ordered thousands of dollars worth of stuff from AM and they are an excellent company, I would give them 10 stars if I could.Helpful (2)
November 23, 2018
Really good product, didn’t take much to install, I works greatHelpful (2)
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