(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at, and of course, installing the HPS Short Ram Cold Air Intake in Blue, available for the '11 and newer 5.7L-equipped HEMI Challengers, without the shaker hood. You should be checking this out if you're looking to ditch that factory air box to pick up something that's gonna help your engine breathe a lot better and perform a lot better, increasing horsepower and torque numbers, giving you a better throttle response and acceleration off the line, all with a dry reusable filter. This HPS kit is pretty affordable, but has a huge upgrade over your factory performance. The key component in this kit is actually gonna be the air filter. Now HPS uses K&N's dry filter for their kit, and if you don't know anything about K&N filters, they're one of the most premium options in the market because they specialize in filters and have been for so many years. This dry filter is obviously a conical filter, which is gonna be a big upgrade compared to your factory flat paper element filter. It's got a diamond wire mesh outer layer on top of a multi-layer cotton gauze. This is gonna do a lot better filtering out all the particles and elements that you don't want entering your engine bay, while pulling in all of the cold air that you do want. That in combination with this aluminum black powder-coated heat shield is gonna make sure that it's keeping out all the hot engine bay heat, and just pulling in that cold air. It's also got this blue aluminum intake tubing, and the mandrel-bent tubing here is gonna streamline the airflow from the intake filter all the way to your throttle body and intake manifold, without any hiccups or restrictions like your factory tubing would have. There's not gonna be any air turbulence which can rob you of power, and there's not gonna be any kinks that can cause some restrictions in that flow. This is a really cool option too, because it is powder coated in blue, which some guys might love, and if not, there are a ton of other options on the site. The blue is definitely gonna pop under the hood and it's great for guys taking their cars to a lot of shows looking to show off that engine bay. With all that said, they do have branded HPS couplers, making sure there's no leaks, leak-free seals on every corner of the intake. You've also got 6061 aluminum T-bolt clamps, which are gonna hold everything together. New hose fittings and hoses, as well as the weather stripping to seal up under the hood. This entire kit is gonna come in right about the $300 mark and the install is gonna get a very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. You can tackle this in about an hour, maybe two at the absolute most, depending on your experience, but either way it's extremely simple. The first thing we're gonna do is take you to the uninstall of the factory air box, come back on the table, take a look at them, comparing side by side, then we're going to assemble a couple of these things on the table here. We've got the included velocity stack that will also install directly to the tubing assembling and a couple of the couplers and the T-bolt clamps, and then we'll get ready to throw it on under the hood. So what do you say we get started? Tools used in this install include an impact gun, quarter-inch and 3/8 inch ratchets, 8, 10, 12 and 16-millimeter deep sockets, 15-millimeter wrench, and wire cutters. All right. Step number one for the uninstall of course just pop off your engine cover. Now of course we're working with the 5.7L. This may be a little bit different for the guys out there with a 6.1L, but shouldn't vary too much. Just pop off that engine cover and just set it aside. Next up we're gonna do our sensor right on the side of the tubing that connects to the throttle body. It's really just a pinch, and disconnect. From there you actually wanna remove the fitting for the sensor itself, which you're just gonna twist and pull straight back on. This is extremely sensitive, so set this aside and just make sure it's out of the way of any danger. Next up here, grab an 8-millimeter socket or a flathead screwdriver, and we're just gonna loosen up the clamp holding the intake tubing to the throttle body. From there, you should be able to just twist it up, pull this back. Before we can remove this, we have one more bolt to remove as well as a hose, and then the whole thing will come off in one piece. All right. Next step is the bolt holding the factory heat shield to the front support. That's also an 8-millimeter. Just loosen that up and take that out. And here we're gonna disconnect the hose, the breather line on this end, just gonna wiggle it back and forth and pull it straight back. At this point, we should be able to disconnect this from the throttle body and pull it all up in one piece. All right. This will pull straight up, pull out of the throttle body. Can lift up on this end here, and we're just gonna set all this aside. Now, this bracket was used to hold on that factory intake at the extension portion, so we're gonna just go ahead and remove it because we're not gonna need it for our aftermarket intake. So I'm gonna take a 16-millimeter socket and just remove this bolt.At this point, you can grab a 15-millimeter wrench to hold the inside bolt. Grab your 16 socket again, and just pop off the nut on the outside. She can be a little rusty. All right, this way the bracket's out of the way but there isn't an open hole there, and just thread that bolt back in there and tighten up that nut. Now I know we've already talked a lot about the details of the HPS kit here, but I wanted to give you guys a side by side comparison now that we have our factory air box out of position on our 5.7L. Now we have this all together in one piece and if I was to take this lid off, you would see the flat paper element filter that comes on a lot of these cars from the factory. Ford, Dodge, Chevy, they all do the same thing. Those paper element filters do an okay job filtering out all of the excess engine heat because of the heat shield, but they're not gonna do the greatest of jobs filtering out all the excess particles and pulling in the most cold air. Needless to say, the factory tubing here is definitely not streamlining much. You can see it's got a lot of opportunity for kinks and a lot of opportunity for that turbulent airflow. That is all being replaced. You can see this is actually going to be mimicking the positioning of the factory tubing, but it's streamlining that air. And the fact that this is gonna be a 360 design instead of a flat paper element, this is gonna do a hell of a lot better job pulling in as much cold air as it can. It's definitely gonna outperform the factory one in every way possible. Now I will say that this heat shield that you're getting in the aftermarket kit here may not do the best job of filtering out excess engine heat, but it is gonna do a lot better job opening this up to pull cold air in. Now I know I sound repetitive. It sounds like the same thing over and over, but you have to keep in mind that each different element of the kit has a specific job, all of which is all revolving around pulling in that air. So this one does come with the weather stripping here to seal up on the inside of that hood, so that will definitely help keep hot air out. Now what we're gonna have to do is set this aside, assemble a couple of things on this tubing. We're gonna do couplers on both sides with the clamps, the two couplers you see here. We're also gonna work on putting in our factory mass airflow sensor to the side here. It'll come with a rubber grommet that we're gonna use to insert that into position, then we'll take it over to the heat shield, assemble the weather stripping, and then drop it in under the hood. So first off, let's get rid of this. All right. Now that we have the factory intake out of the way, we're gonna take the side of our tubing going to the throttle body with that pre-drilled hole here, and we're gonna insert the rubber grommet that's gonna isolate and hold in place our factory mass airflow sensor. Just gonna squeeze that around the lip there. What we're actually gonna do is just take the MAF sensor and set it into place by twisting and pushing at the same time. We'll be able to squeeze that in. The next step is to install our velocity stack on the end that's gonna go toward the filter. Grab your shorter of the two couplers. We're going to install that on the velocity stack first. We're gonna take one of our clamps, insert that over the coupler, and put that on over the velocity stack. Seat that all the way down. Make sure you're orienting your coupler properly. For this, grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Directly next to that, take another coupler and set it into place over the end of your tubing. On the opposite end, we're gonna do something very similar. We're gonna take another one of our clamps, set that over the end that's gonna go toward the throttle body. When inserting this, you want to put the coupler about halfway in, to make sure that the other half is going to account for the end of the throttle body. Rotate your clamp upward, tighten it down. Now what I like to do is to take the last clamp and just set it over the top here. Might be a good idea to just tighten it down a little bit so it holds itself in place. You don't want to over tighten it so that it doesn't fit over the throttle body. Next step, grab that weather stripping and just line it across the top, down this loop, and back up. All right. Once we get around to the other end, we're just gonna cut the excess off. Just make sure the rest of it seats properly, and we're good to move on. Now we're gonna take what we cut off and cut it to length on the bottom and on this side here. So I'm just gonna lay this out, cut right about here. I'm using wire cutters for this, but of course you could use anything that you see fit. I think this is the easiest solution. All right. Now we're gonna take the rest of that excess, line it across the top, and we'll cut any off of that. The next step is under the hood, grab your threaded tab included in the kit, and insert that with threading facing out into the rubber grommet on your wheel well. The next step is to drop in the heat shield into that factory location, lining up that tab with the bracket on the heat shield and the top tab with the factory location on the front end. I'm gonna use the factory bolt to thread this down. They do include new hardware. I just find it easier to use the factory one, since I leave it laying here. You can also use the one included in the kit. Grab the other bolt included in the kit, along with a washer, and tighten that down to the tab you just input into the rubber grommet. All right, now tighten both of these down with your socket. All right, the one on that grommet's gonna be a 10-mill, and the one on the tab is that factory 8-millimeter. The next step is to install the extension bracket that's gonna hold the tubing on to the block itself. As you can see, we have this open threaded hole on the block. We're gonna take the bolt included in the kit, this is a 12-millimeter. Install this bracket right to the block. Make sure you have a washer, included in the kit, already over that bolt. Also, make sure that the flat portion of the bracket is on the block. The curved portion is gonna go directly to the intake tubing. Grab a 12-millimeter socket and tighten that down. With that bracket installed, the next step will be to drop in your tubing. Now first, you're gonna connect it to the throttle body and then lower this down, matching it up with that bracket. If it's not lined up, take the tubing off, adjust the bracket, tighten it back down, and then redo that step. Ours is looking pretty good, so I'm gonna tighten the bolt down to the threading on the tubing, then we're gonna tighten up the throttle body clamp. And with this, we're gonna go straight down through that bracket, and hand tighten this down to our tubing, and then we'll come back with a ratchet or a wrench and we'll tighten it down ourselves. All right. We got that threaded on by hand. I'm gonna go down here with my 10-millimeter socket and just tighten it up. Next, grab your 10-millimeter socket and tighten up that throttle body clamp. The next step here is to drop on our K&N filter with the clamp. Make sure you have that clamp all the way around there. Have that oriented facing up so you can access it. Grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten down the clamp. Next up, grab the breather hose included in the kit, and the fitting. Insert the fitting into one end. The opposite end is gonna go into the fitting on your hose. Seat that all the way back, then the factory tubing is gonna go to the other end of that fitting. Perfect. You don't need any clamps. These seat themselves and will hold themselves on. Two steps left. Step number one, connect the harness to your MAF sensor. Step number two, drop on your engine cover. Once that's in place, you're good to go. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the HPS Short Ram Cold Air Intake in Blue, available for the '11 and newer 5.7L Challengers without the shaker hood, and you can get your set right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Features, Description, Specs & Installation
Unmatched Power and Performance. Ramp up your Dodge Challenger's power and performance with this blue HPS Short Ram Air Cold Intake. This innovative cold air intake has been engineered to draw more cold air into your vehicle’s engine compartment to make it perform even more efficiently. In fact, this intake is capable of adding 11 horsepower and 12.7 ft/lb torque to your engine’s output.
No-Tune Installation. Designed for precision performance, this air intake is built using computer-aided technology. It therefore increases your engine’s power using your vehicle’s OE tune to eliminate the need for custom tuning after installation. However, AmericanMuscle highly recommends reprogramming your car’s ECU to take advantage of the features this air intake offers.
Large Capacity Air Filter. This air intake comes with an HPS high-flow conical air filter, which features an increased surface area and dust capacity. Its improved surface area allows for better air flow for improved engine performance. Additionally, this air filter captures even more dust and debris, and can be washed and reused for up to 100,000 miles.
Straightforward Installation. This cold air intake comes with a bolt-on design. It installs using your car’s stock installation locations in about 2 hours without the need for any modifications.
Backed by a Million-Mile Warranty. This excellent air intake carries HPS’s limited million-mile warranty against defects in material or workmanship. Please note that some exclusions may apply.
Not CARB Certified. This HPS Short Ram Air Cold Intake in blue is not CARB certified at this time. It is not legal for use in California or other states to conform to California emission laws.
Application. This Blue HPS Short Ram Air Cold Intake is built for all 2011-2020 Dodge Challenger 5.7L models without Shaker Hoods.
Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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