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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the JLT Cold Air Intake with Red Oiled Filter, available for the '09 and newer 5.7-liter Challenger without the shaker hood. You should be checking this out if you're looking to ditch the factory restrictive cold air intake or airbox in favor for an aftermarket one from a really reputable brand in the category, one that's going to help your engine breathe a lot better, optimize all the cold air being pulled in from the front end, and also block out a lot more of the microparticles that you don't want robbing your engine of its horsepower and torque. Now this one here, right off the bat, guys, does not require a tune, so you're able to bolt it up right out of the box. You don't have to worry about picking up a custom tune from the aftermarket world.So it's really easy to install for guys looking to cut costs there. This intake is one of the more premium options in the category. JLT is known for making some of the more premium options. It also has a red oiled filter. Now, JLT offers a red and a blue oiled filter which, of course, add totally different aesthetics under the hood depending on your color preference, but just know that the oiled filter there is washable and reusable, so when it comes time for routine maintenance, you don't have to pick up a new one, just pop it off, wash it, reoil it, and throw it right back on. It's going to be one of the best of both worlds type of situations when it comes to an aftermarket filter that uses a proprietary cotton gauze element to help bring in a lot more of that volume and cold air, and also block out a lot more of the particles that can otherwise damage the internals.Now, this guy is also going to use a roto-molded plastic tubing. It's also going to be a lot less air restricting, so you're going to get more volume pulled in and a lot less kinks like your factory intake would have. And we'll take a closer look at that side-by-side later on. Now the plastic tubing, as opposed to some of the metal options in the category, is going to be a lot better for heat dissipation, so it's not going to soak in all that hot engine bay heat. It's able to keep the cold air running through or blocking out some of those contaminants. This is going to have an open airbox as opposed to some of the more premium closed airbox situations. If you're not looking to spend all of that money, upwards of 400 bucks, this is going to be one of the better opened options. It has a weatherstrip seal already built-in out of the box, right around the airbox itself to help trap in the cold air under the hood while blocking out that excess engine bay heat. Finally, guys, the price tag for this one is going to come in right around 300 bucks. Install, I'm giving one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this with about an hour's worth of time from start to finish with very simple hand tools. Cold air intakes are known to be some of the easiest mods you can do to a vehicle, especially the Challenger here under the hood, so anybody can tackle it. With that said, I'll walk you through every step of the process. Let's get started.Tools used the install include a ratchet, 16 and 8-millimeter deep socket, extension, and an impact gun. First step of the uninstall here, of course, pop your hood. We're going to remove our engine cover. Now, if your Challenger does not have an engine cover, you can skip over that step, but we want to get that out of the way to get better access to the clamp holding our factory intake to our throttle body, so let's do that first. All right. In order to do that, you're basically just going to look straight up, pop that out of place, and set it aside. Next step here, we're just going to unplug our temperature sensor right here. We're just going to pinch and disconnect. Next up, you want to grab an 8-millimeter socket or a flat-head screwdriver and loosen up the clamp holding your tubing to your throttle body. Next, we're going to use the same 8-millimeter to head over to our airbox. There's one 10-millimeter bolt holding that guy in place, so let's get that off. We have one breather line at the backend of our airbox that we're just going to pull straight back. Just like that. Next up, we can remove the entire airbox. I'm going to lift up with my hand here on the resonator tube, just like that, disconnect it from the throttle body, lift straight up on the airbox, and set the entire assembly aside.So, we got our factory intake off of our '13 RT and it's on the table here next to our JLT intake, and I want to take you through some similarities and differences between the two kits. And I got to say the aftermarket intake here is going to be completely different than the factory intake from head to toe. First and foremost, let's talk about our filter because it really is the MVP of the kit here. Now, the JLT filter is actually an S&B filter which is a really, really high-quality filter that some of the more reputable brand names used in the category like JLT. The S&B filter I have here is a red 7-inch conical filter that's an oiled filter. Now, this oiled filter is going to use their proprietary cotton gauze technology, and it has the open velocity stack at the top end to really maximize the cold air coming through. The 360-degree conical filter is going to pull in more cold air in terms of volume than your drop-in filter from the factory. Now, the factory filter here is a dry paper element drop-in filter that's very common coming off the factory line from a lot of makes and models, and it's something that gets the job done but it's not really optimizing cold air intake and it's not really optimizing the way that it's filtering out all the particles you don't want getting in.The paper element is a more closed-off filter paper. The cotton gauze is more open-ended and it's going to help bring in the cold air. The oil there is going to help catch those smaller microparticles that would otherwise rob you of power getting through. Now, oiled filters there do require a little bit more maintenance than the dry filter counterparts. Oiled filters, however, are more of the best of both worlds situation. They're great for pulling in the cold air and they're great for all-weather climates. However, they do require you to pop it off, clean it, reoil it, and pop it back on. It is washable and reusable, just a little bit more involved. Dry filters, on the other hand, are typically known to be better for dry climate areas seeing a lot of air pollution. Oiled filters would typically get clogged up a little bit more often in those types of dry climate areas, in which case, dry filters are more of the way to go in that situation. But either way, personal preference, there are pros and cons to both sides.Now, when it comes to the rest of the kit here, you're getting a roto-molded plastic tubing, kink-free, which means it's not going to have any of the air restrictions in the tubing like your factory one. And because it's a plastic, it's better with heat dissipation than a metal option which would typically heat up with the engine bay heat under the hood. Now, the rest of the kit is using high-quality silicone couplers and you get an open-ended roto-molded plastic airbox. The open-ended airbox with your new JLT kit is different than your completely closed box from the factory. Closed boxes typically keep out the engine bay heat a little bit better, but this does use a weatherstrip molding that's going to help sealing underneath the hood, blocking out that heat, and keeping in the cold air. There is just one thing we have to transfer over, our temperature sensor, so let's do that next.First things first, for transferring over our factory components, we want to transfer over the temperature sensor. You want to twist counter-clockwise, pull it straight out. Set your factory tubing aside. Next step, we want to look at our 90-degree elbow and take the factory temperature sensor and insert that into the open hole here. All right. This may require some trial and error. It might require a little bit of twisting to get it to sit in there properly. You want to make sure it's inserted all the way so that it gets a leak-free seal when it's flush up against it. Just like that.Next up, we can install that elbow onto the side of the tubing where the open hole grommet is. This is going to be the side that connects to the throttle body. This may take some trial and error as well. You may need to stick your hand in there to help guide this in place. We can now make sure it seats all the way on. Put your clamp on the edge there so that it's in place properly. Grab an 8-millimeter socket or a flat-head and tighten that down. Next, you want to take the new breather hose included in the kit. It already has a fitting installed on one side. This is going to go into the grommet pre-installed on your tubing. I'm just going to shuffle this guy down and connect it. Next up, take the heat shield included in the kit and drop it in place. Now, you'll notice there's a little tab coming off of the bottom. That's going to seat into this grommet in what's called the apron.Now, if your grommet is missing, check the bottom of your factory intake. If it's not there, you may need to replace it. There's one included in the kit that you can just pop in there, but obviously, our factory one is intact. So, I'm going to drop this in, and that tab is going to go right into there, and now we can grab our factory 8-millimeter bolt and put it back through this bracket. Grab your 8 socket and tighten that down. Next, we can drop our tubing into place. You want to make sure you're putting it through the open hole on your new airbox that you just put in, connect it to the throttle body with a clamp installed first, of course, push the clamp into position, and tighten that down with your 8 socket.Next, we want to take off our factory hose. That just pulls straight back. The new hose that we already connected on the table is now going to reach back around here and connect to that factory location. This, of course, may need a little bit of extra pressure applied to get that to snap on. Next, we can drop our filter into place with our clamp installed, pop that guy up, bring the clamp around, and tighten it down. Next, we can connect our temperature sensor. Now, this next step is optional, but your factory airbox is being held on by this bracket on the passenger side. Now, we no longer need this. It's no longer having a use, so I'm going to pop it off. I think it gives it a cleaner look under the hood but, of course, you can leave it on if you'd like. You're going to grab a 16 socket if you are going to remove it and pop that guy off. Okay. Set that aside. Last but not least, if your Challenger came with one, pop the engine cover back on. All right. And you're good to go.That's going to wrap up my review and install for the JLT Cold Air Intake with Red Oiled Filter, available for the '09 and newer 5.7 Challenger without the shaker hood. Get yours right here at americanmuscle.com.
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Increased Air Flow and Power. Installing a JLT Performance Cold Air Intake on your HEMI Challenger is a great way to increase its power and performance. By replacing your Challenger's restrictive stock factory intake with a high flow filter assembly you will see and feel a noticeable increase in rear wheel horsepower and torque with gains of up to 10-15 horsepower and 10-15 pound-feet of torque.
No Tune Required. JLT Performance engineered their Cold Air Intake to improve the performance of your V8 Challenger without the need of reprogramming your computer. By utilizing flow dynamics, this Intake will increase power using the original factory tune. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanMuscle recommends a custom tune to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best possible performance from this Cold Air Intake.
Reusable S&B Air Filter. The included high flow S&B air filter effectively filters out power robbing particles with its multi layer design. The filter captures microscopic contaminants before they can enter your Challenger's engine and do harm. Seeing that the filter is reusable there is no need to buy a new filter every few thousand miles. You can just clean the filter and reinstall - saving yourself money in the long haul.
Heat-Resistant Roto-Molded Plastic. This JLT Performance Cold Air Intake is precision-made from high-quality durable plastics to prevent engine heat from affecting the air charge. The roto-molded construction results in a smooth tube that increase airflow speed.
Straightforward Installation. This JLT Performance Cold Air Intake can be installed at home with detailed instructions and online installation videos available. Installation can be completed with common garage tools.
Lifetime Satisfaction Guarantee. This JLT Performance Cold Air Intake is warranted to be free of defects in materials or workmanship for the lifetime of the original retail purchaser, subject to some limitations. This warranty is non-transferable.
CARB-Certified for Model Years 2005 to 2016. This JLT Performance Cold Air Intake is CARB-certified for model years 2005 to 2016 with EO #D-761-4. CARB certification is pending approval for model years 2017, 2018, and 2021.
Application. This JLT Performance Cold Air Intake is designed for 2009-2021 5.7L V8 HEMI Dodge Challenger models without Shaker Hoods.
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(approx) 1 Hour
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