Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the K&N Throttle Control Device. This is available for all '08 and new 5.7 and 6.1-equipped Challengers. Now, you should be lookin' at this if you're lookin' to increase your throttle response and acceleration while decreasing or even completely eliminating the throttle delay known as the drive-by-wire delay.
Now, what the drive-by-wire delay is, is the delay in time between the time you hit your throttle and the time your throttle body actually opens up and your car gets going on off the line. So reducing that delay time gives you quicker 0 to 60 times, quicker quarter-mile times, and, really, it's just gonna make driving a whole lot more fun.
Now, this device, in particular, is a little bit more unique than some of the other options in the category which typically use a square module or a different button that you click through the modes. This one is a rotating device which is actually completely simplified in comparison to some of the other guys out there. Now, the module itself, which we have tucked under the dash, is pretty large in comparison to some of the other options, but this one here, as far as a controller, is very different.
Now, the way this works is controlling this all the way to the left, or counterclockwise, is gonna make your car stock. So completely maxed out to the left, stock car, completely maxed out to the right, completely eliminating that throttle delay. So the more you turn it to the right, the more throttle increase you get. It's as simple as that.
The only thing about this device that is very different is it does require drilling to mount to this controller. Some of the other ones include 3M, you can just 3M it to the dashboard or somewhere in arm's reach. This actually lets you know you should drill a hole somewhere in the dash to mount this, which I think is actually gonna make it a lot more secure. But it does make it more permanent and does require some modification. I will say you can just run this cable to, say, your cup holder, if you just wanna leave it there, and you can pick it up, rotate it, put it back down. It can be that simple, but as far as the directions, K&N recommends mounting it.
Now, guys, it's worth noting that this is in no way, shape, or form adding any horsepower or torque to your Challenger. It is simply eliminating throttle delay and increasing throttle response and acceleration. Now, it'll feel like your car is more powerful, but, really, you're just eliminating any delay time in getting off the line. It makes a significant change in your driving style, it's hugely impactful, but it is not gonna be compared to a handheld tuner that would actually add power and torque.
Now, this is more affordable than a handheld tuner, and I will say it can be used in conjunction with a handheld tuner, which is always a plus. So if you've got a tuner, you got mods already thrown on your Challenger, you can still pick this up and reap the benefits. This one is gonna come in right around the $275 mark. Compared to other ones, it is a little bit more affordable, not by a ton, but it is worth noting there.
The install's gonna get two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter because it requires that drilling. Now, required is a strong word. Like I said, you can just place it somewhere, if that's your preference, without actually drilling, but if that's the route you're gonna go, I'd recommend taking a look at some of the other ones that are easier mounting solutions. But if you're looking for a more permanent option, this is a great option, and it's so much simpler to use.
Now, I'm gonna walk you through every step of the install, except for the drilling. We're working on our fleet car. We don't wanna tackle the drilling on our vehicle because it's returning to stock. But I'll show you guys my recommendation for the drilling selection. So what do you say we just jump right into it? Tools used in this install include a 1/4-inch ratchet and a 1/4-inch socket. It's also recommended to have a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit.
Guys, the first step here is to take your module from K&N, and you're gonna plug it into this bolt-down style connector. The way this works is you're not gonna pay attention to that bolt just yet. Just plug this in and get it seated. Once it's seated here, that's when you can start screwing that bolt in, and we're gonna use our 1/4-inch socket to tighten this guy down. Now, you don't wanna go too tight. You just wanna get it nice and snug, so that the connector can't disconnect. All right so that's snug. Give it a pull and make sure it doesn't come out.
Now, this small connector we're gonna take care of off the bat as well. That's gonna plug into your controller device or your remote here. The other end of that is a very small connector, and these two guys will plug right in. You'll hear that snap. Again, give that a small tug just to make sure it's secure. Now, this will get tucked under the dashboard. You can tuck it in just under here under this trim panel. Now, before we do that, we wanna go in, we're gonna unplug our throttle pedal harness and plug that into the new harness here. The other end of that harness is gonna plug into the stock location above the pedal itself. So that's what we're gonna do, so head underneath. We'll take care of this first and then tuck our device.
All right, at this point, you wanna peel back the carpeting above your throttle pedal. You're gonna go underneath and disconnect your throttle pedal harness. Now, for that, you're really just gonna pinch and disconnect. Grab the harness included in your kit. You're gonna plug that factory harness that you just disconnected into your new K&N harness. Those will click together. The other end here is gonna go into that factory location. All right, once that's clipped, just gonna drop this red locking tab, and it's good to lock in. Now you can mount your device under the dash.
All right, so what we're gonna do is mount our module and just tuck it in under this dashboard trim. Now, it's up to you exactly where you put it. You can even use zip ties included in the kit to secure it back. But most guys will literally just tuck this guy in, there's a spot for it right in there. All that excess wiring can get tucked and stay secure back there, and then you can put your carpeting trim back in place.
All right, guys, the last step of the process is all personal preference. You can mount this controller however you want. The install instructions do recommend using about a 1/4-inch drill bit and drill a hole somewhere in arm's reach to mount this device, so that you can control it on the fly. Now, we're not gonna be drilling into our fleet cars because this is returning back to stock. But just for video's purposes, I wanted to let you know I think, in my personal preference, I would mount it somewhere on the bottom of this trim, whether it be on the right side or the left by your trunk latch, simply because you can pull straight down on this trim panel and actually pop this off, feed your harness underneath. You can drill without worrying about seeing wires underneath. You can make sure it's all clean and good and ready to go. You can just pop it back in place like that. Now, I'd recommend doing it that way, and you really just mount this and then control it as such. Now, as far as controlling is concerned, rotated all the way to the left is completely stock. The more you rotate it to the right, the more throttle increase you'll get. So fully clockwise is the most increase, fully counterclockwise is bone stock. So it's as simple as that. There's an LED light right there that'll indicate what's going on and if it's functional. So as far as the install, that's all you need to know. Now, again, we're not drilling because it's our fleet vehicle, but at home I'd recommend doing it right to this panel because it's the easiest solution.
Guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the K&N Throttle Control Device, available for the '08 and newer Challenger. You can pick yours up right here at americanmuscle.com.