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Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake (11-20 5.7L HEMI)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys, Adam here with americanmuscle.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake available for the 2011 and newer 5.7 HEMI Challenger. Check this out if you're looking to ditch your factory cold air intake and replacing it with a very budget-friendly cold air intake that's gonna improve airflow to the engine bay for a better breathing engine, as well as give you a small bump in horsepower and torque numbers, something around single digits, as well as an improved throttle response and acceleration. This particular option here is gonna include a reusable and washable oil filter, that's a high-performance high filtration option. It's a little smaller than some of the other options out there, some of the more premium options This one is gonna outperform that factory airbox and the factory paper element filter, which we'll take a slightly closer look at and just a little bit, side by side. This one here, again, is a nonwoven synthetic material. It's very durable, it's very high in its filtration capabilities. Being an oiled filter, it is gonna trap in some of those extra small particles making sure they don't make its way into your intake, robbing you of some of that power.Because it is washable, when it comes time for routine maintenance, no need to pick up a new filter like you would have to with your factory paper element, pop this off, wash it, re-oil it, throw it right back in. It's as simple as that. The rest of the tubing here is made from an aluminum. This is essentially a straight pipe, as you can see. It's very, very unrestrictive. It doesn't have any kinks like your factory tubing would, really good for streamlining airflow and it's got a welded on fitting there for your factory breather line. That's also gonna be replaced and extended with this hose here included in the kit from Spectre. You also have a powder-coated heat shield, which is gonna come with its own weatherstripping that we'll install in a little bit here to trap in the cold air, making sure it's pulling in all of the cold air necessary for your intake, while also trapping out the engine heat. It's gonna seal into the inside of your hood, making sure that the engine heat stays out. It also has a flexible rubber elbow to make sure it's connected to the throttle body for an air leak free finish. All new clamps are included in the kit as well as couplers.This particular kit is one of, if not the most budget-friendly option in the category, comes in right around 150 bucks. And because of that, you're not gonna get all the bells and whistles as some of the more expensive or more premium options out there that you would expect from Airaid and Engine [SP], JLT, so on and so forth. This particular option is really just meant to help you get a better breathing engine without spending the extra bucks on all the bells and whistles that you might not want or need for your 5.7. If that's what you're looking for, this is a great way to go under the hood. The polished finish does give you a nice bright finish under the hood, stands out from the crowd. Make sure that you know it's an aftermarket intake without blending in, like some of the powder-coated options out there. With that said, install one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle this in the driveway at home with very simple hand tools in about an hour, maybe two at the absolute most. I'll take you guys through every step of the process, but first I wanna throw up our factory intake on the table and just show you guys some of the similarities and differences, then we'll start assembling our Spectre option and drop it into our 5.7.Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, 6, 8, and 16-millimeter deep sockets, flathead screwdriver, 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 a 5.7, this may be a little bit different for the guys out there with a 6.1, 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 it 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 step here, grab an 8-millimeter socket or flathead screwdriver, and we're just gonna loosen up the clamp holding the intake tubing to the throttle body. And there you should be able to 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. From 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 just gonna 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 is out of the way but there isn't an open hole there, can just thread that bolt back in there and tighten up that nut.Now, as you can see, we got our factory intake off of our 5.7 on the table next to the Spectre option, and I already took you through all the details of the Spectre intake, but giving you just a brief look at what that looks like next to your factory tubing, you can see it's a night and day difference. Well, this is the most affordable budget-friendly option it is still a big upgrade as far as airflow. Your factory tubing here being an all one piece connection has that accordion-like center, which does help it flex under the hood, but it's also gonna create a little bit more air turbulence, which then, of course, can rob you of a little bit of power without streamlining that airflow like this one will. Because it is unrestricted, you can expect a small bump in that throttle response and acceleration. The factory intake does have a pretty extensive heat shield or airbox trapping in that paper element filter. While we don't have the full airbox here with our cold air intake, we do just have that heat shield, you can expect that to probably get a little bit more of the hot air coming through than you would expect with a full airbox. But again, it is going to replace your filter with something a lot more high quality.You can expect this to filter out a lot more particles than your factory filter ever could, especially with it being an oiled option, which does tend to travel a lot more particles than a dry filter would. Now the debate between dry and oiled filters has been going on a while. Now, for most people, it's not gonna matter. They're within a 1% difference of each other as far as capabilities. It is typically known that oiled filters trap more particles. But because it is oil that tends to get clogged up a little bit more, requiring a little bit more maintenance a little more frequently, well, as a dry filter is a little better for guys in dry climate areas, seeing a lot more air pollution and debris because it does do a better job of pulling in more cold air and trapping particles as well. So with that all in mind, they are within a 1% difference. And to most people, it's not gonna make much of a difference here. Now, this is an oiled filter, like I said, which does trap a little bit more particles, but because of that requires some maintenance. When you do pop this off, and it's time to clean, you'll have to re-oil it and throw it right back in. That takes no time at all, and you can pick up that oil at your local auto parts store to get that taken care of every couple of thousand miles when you do your routine maintenance.With all that said, I wanna get this off the table, we have a couple of things to assemble. We've already gotten our factory air sensor off of our intake under the hood, that's gonna transfer over to the open hole on our elbow with a grommet. So we're gonna assemble that as well as assembling some of the couplers and the weatherstripping on our heat shield. First thing's first, let's get rid of this. All right, at this point, you wanna take that elbow that's gonna connect to your throttle body here, go to the open hole, grab the grommet included in the kit, and that's gonna insert into this open hole to hold your factory sensor. You're just gonna pinch it and push it through so that half of it's on the inside, half of it's on the outside. The ring there will hug perfectly and get nice and tight. Your factory sensor will install right onto the end of this. Now, this might take a little bit of time and patience, but you can just rotate this and finesse into the hole. Once that's in place, you wanna make sure you're orienting this toward the throttle body and that's good to go. Next up, I'm gonna assemble our weatherstripping to our heat shield. Now, it's essentially gonna drop into the vehicle just like this, and we're gonna assemble weatherstripping over the top end portion as well as the side going down to the bottom. You're given two pieces in the kit. We're gonna take one of those pieces and go across the side here, just gonna insert that all around the edges, slide that up to the top and feed it all the way around. Now, this may require you to trim this weatherstripping when it gets to the end here, which it looks like it is going to, but if we feed it all the way up here...yeah, see we have a couple of...maybe about two inches, an inch and a half that we're gonna have to trim off, so grab your wire cutters and just trim that excess. You can peel this, grab those wire cutters, and because there is a little bit of aluminum or metal in here holding it steady, it might take a little bit of elbow grease to pinch through. Can see that coming through. Just pull that straight off and then pop that excess back down. Perfect. Now we can do the same thing to the top end. And again, we have a little bit of excess. So we're gonna go ahead and cut that excess off. At this point, we're gonna install our velocity stack that comes out of that filter as you just saw into the back end of our heat shield. We're gonna need a clamp for that as well. The clamp is gonna go over one portion of our coupler, while this goes through, lift this up. We're gonna install the coupler to be outside. At this point, we can get that nice and snug with our socket, but enough so that we can still have room for adjustment. So once you have this in place and oriented where you need it to be, grab your 8-millimeter socket and just tighten that down. Now, of course, if we need to make room for adjustment later on, we still have that rotational ability, and we can tighten that down in just a little bit, but for now that's nice and snug. At this point, we can set our heat shield aside, bring that elbow back on, and to start putting clamps in place over the end of this elbow. So we have a clamp in place here, I'm just gonna tighten this down slightly, just so it hugs, that way it's hugging the elbow. Same thing is gonna go on the opposite end. At this point, we can head into the vehicle and start assembling this into position. All right, the first step is to grab that elbow and set it into place on your throttle body. I like to have those bolt heads on the clamps rotated up and easily accessible, so that way we can grab our socket and tighten it down. All right, the next step is to actually install our heat shield. Now before we can do so, grab the grommet included in the kit that has the threading, insert that threading into the factory grommet on your wheel well. It might take a little elbow grease to push that all the way in. Perfect. Once that's seated and secured, grab your heat shield. We're gonna put that into place. This bracket on the bottom, you're gonna use your 16-millimeter bolt included in the kit to bolt that to the threading in that grommet. So this goes straight down just like this. That bracket lines up with your factory retainer hole, grab the 16-millimeter bolt and washer, thread that through by hand. At this point, you can grab your 16-millimeter socket and tighten that down. Once that's bolted down to the inner fender well, grab your factory 8-millimeter bolt and tighten it up to the top bracket. The next step is your intake tubing. Now, before we can pop that into place, you wanna grab that final clamp and set it on over this coupler, rotating it so that it's facing upwards. Now, you wanna make sure the hose fitting is in a proper location because that's gonna connect here, gonna go into the coupler and then the coupler on our heat shield. Push that into place and extend it into the elbow. You can always loosen up that clamp if you need a little bit more flexibility. All right, once you have that in the place, grab your 8-millimeter socket and tighten down both of those clamps. Next up is your clamp with the filter. Now you can rotate this however you'd like. Some guys you might like the Spectre name facing upward, but because it's facing the inside of the engine bay, it's not really legible from this corner. What we're gonna do is rotate that downward, pop this on over that velocity stack, grab our 8-millimeter socket and tighten that down. Now, for your breather hose, you're actually completely replacing this factory one, so we are gonna have to pull this off. In order to do that, just pull straight back, it'll disconnect. I like to save this for later, in case you ever wanna revert back to stock. At this point, you wanna insert those small hose clamps. This one's gonna go over the new hose fitting on your intake tubing. The other one you wanna put on this end to go into that factory location. Now, these hose clamps are 6-millimeter screws, so I'm gonna use my 6-millimeter socket here to tighten that down. There's only two steps left. Step number one, reconnect our MAF sensor harness. Once you hear that click, just throw on your engine cover. Once that's popped in place, you're good to go. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake, fitting the '11 and newer 5.7 Challenger. Check this out right here at americanmuscle.com.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Specs & Installation

      Features

      • Effective Cold Air Intake
      • Improves Horsepower and Torque
      • Enhances Throttle Response
      • Red Reusable Low Restriction Air Filter
      • Non-Woven Synthetic Filter Material
      • High Polished Aluminum Tubing
      • Black Powder Coated Heat Shield
      • Limited Lifetime Warranty
      • 50-State CARB Certified (D-629-14)
      • Fits All 2011-2020 5.7L Dodge Challengers

      Description

      Improved Performance. If you're looking to give your 2011-2020 5.7L Dodge Challenger the boost it needs to completely dominate the car in the next lane, invest in Spectre Performance's Cold Air Intake. This intake improves airflow, creating significant gains in throttle response, horsepower, and torque, as well as in fuel economy and usable power, ensuring your Challenger remains at the front of the pack wherever you go.

      Reusable Filter. Crafted from non-woven synthetic material, the cold air intake's red filter is washable and reusable with a low restriction design for superior filtration, unbeatable airflow, and ideal engine protection. By effectively banishing power-robbing particles and other debris that could harm your engine, this filter keeps your Challenger operating under maximum potential.

      Strong Construction. Designed with polished aluminum tubing, the cold air intake is high-strength and durable, even boasting stainless steel clamps, rubber boots, and hardcore hardware for an OE fit and finish. The intake also comes with a black powder coated steel heat shield that protects against engine air entering the intake inlet and causing issues with your performance.

      Installation. Using the included boots, clamps, and hardware, this intake can be secured in just 1 hour from start to finish. The installation requires light mechanical skills to complete.

      Warranty. This intake is backed by a limited lifetime warranty against defects. Some limitations apply, so check out the full warranty for details.

      CARB Certified. Thanks to the intake's 50-state CARB certification, you'll be able to use the intake in every state, including California, without any worry. The CARB EO number is D-629-14.

      Application. Spectre Performance's Cold Air Intake is built to perfectly fit all 2011-2020 5.7L Dodge Challengers.

      Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Details

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Cold Air Intake
      • Velocity Stack
      • Boots
      • Clamps
      • Hardware
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