(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com and today we're taking a closer look at and installing the SR Performance cold air intake for the '11 and newer 5.7 liter HEMI equipped Challengers. You should be checking this out if you're looking for the most budget-friendly cold air intake in the category, something to keep that cost down while still giving you an upgrade over your factory airbox. This comes with a very simple kit, not any of the bells and whistles you'd get from a $400 plus premium option but you're still getting a really decent package here. The big star of the show is going to be your filter. This is a big upgrade over your factory paper element filter. While it is a smaller conical filter than some of the ones in the category, it does have a washable and reusable quality to it. That's great for the guys not looking to have to pick up a new filter to replace their factory paper element one every time routine maintenance comes around. Pop this off, wash it, re-oil it, and throw it right back in. It is an oiled filter. Now in the category, there are oiled and there are dry filters. Now, they are within a 1% difference of performance between each other but I will say oiled filters are typically known to be able to filter out a little bit more of the dirt, dust, and particles that you don't want getting into your engine bay than a dry filter, but dry filters on the other hand are typically a better option for guys in dry weather climates seeing a lot more air pollution because oiled filters do get clogged up a little bit faster than dry. So it just requires a little bit more maintenance. When you pop it off, clean it up, you'll just re-oil it. It's as simple as that. It is a non-woven, synthetic filter here with a diamond wire mesh outer layer, making sure that it's trapping out some of those particles. This does come with that polished aluminum top, it does with a polished aluminum intake tubing as well. This is about as simple as it gets. But it does not have any kinks, it is a completely unrestrictive tubing. As you can see, straight through, like a straight pipe kind of exhaust here. No need to say mandrel bends because there is no bends to it. It's a straight pipe. This will connect to the elbow going to your throttle body and then the other end will have another coupler connecting to your filter. This does have a welded on nipple or hose fitting on the end here, so no need to install a separate fitting to connect to your new breather hose. That is going to be located here, replacing your factory one, and I'll talk about that a little bit later on when we get to installing it. Your heat shield is another billet aluminum black powder-coated heat shield. Black powder coating gives it a little bit more of a tougher look under the hood, blends it in a little bit more, and it is very durable. It's pre-bent, everything's taken care of for you, no need to make any modifications to it. The only thing that we will do is install our weatherstripping. The weatherstripping is going to seal that heat shield up under the hood and closing that filter, making sure it's trapping out all of the excess engine heat and focusing all its attention on the cold air. That's going to be a huge plus here. Now again, keep in mind, this system comes in right around a hundred bucks. It is the most affordable option in the category, which means that it does not have a completely closed airbox. It doesn't have the bells and whistles like I said earlier but it is very affordable. With I said, the install is going to get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter here. It's one of the easiest things you can do under the hood. With that said, what do you say we get started? Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a ratchet, 6 millimeter, 8 millimeter, 16 millimeter, and 17 millimeter deep sockets, and a 15 millimeter wrench. 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 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 going to 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 want to remove the fitting for the sensor itself which you're just going to 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 going to 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. From here, we're going to disconnect the hose, the breather line on this end. Just going to 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 going to set all this aside. Now, this bracket was used to hold on that factory intake at the extension portion. So, we're just going to go ahead and remove it because we're not going to need it for our aftermarket intake. So, I'm going to 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. This way, the bracket's out of the way but there isn't an open hole there. Just thread the bolt back in there and tighten up that nut. Well guys, we've finally got our factory airbox off of our '13 5.7 you see behind me sitting next to our SR Performance. And I know I gave you all the details of the new cold air intake kit, but I wanted to show you a side-by-side comparison just to give you a closer idea as to what's particularly changing. Your factory intake tubing is pretty kinked. As you can see, it has that flexible middle which can cause a pretty decent amount of air turbulence. Air turbulence is going to translate to robbed power. It's not going to provide you with as much power as it could with a straight tubing with no kinks and no air restrictions. That's going to be a huge replacement here. This is a larger diameter pulling in a lot more cold air and it's not going to restrict any of that air flow, streamlining it to your throttle body. The other thing I wanted to mention here is that factory airbox trapping in that flat paper element filter. While this does do a decent job blocking out excess engine heat, it's not going to maximize the space to pull in more cold air and invite more cold air in. It does go straight down into the inlet underneath but it's not very open for the air coming through the grille. That's not going to be the case here with your heat shield. It's going to be a little bit more inviting of that cold air while also blocking out some of that engine heat. So big upgrade there as well. We also have a velocity stack we're going to attach to our filter and we'll talk about that in just a little bit. For now, we're going to transfer our mass air flow sensor into the rubber grommet on our elbow. We're also going to assemble a few couplers on the ends of the tubing and then from there we'll talk about our heat shield. Step number one with assembling everything is to grab your factory mass air flow sensor and insert it into the rubber grommet on the elbow that will connect to your throttle body. If this grommet isn't all ready installed right out of the box, make sure you grab it from the kit and preinstall that before you get started on your mass air flow sensor. From here, insert your mass air flow sensor while holding the grommet from the inside as well. You're going to be twisting and pushing this through until it's in. Seat that right down to the O-ring and make sure it's facing the front toward your throttle body. Once that's secured in place, we can start moving on to attaching our couplers to our tubing. You want to grab the tubing and the elbow. You do have the option to install your elbow to the throttle body first and then the tubing in the vehicle. I actually like to do it on the table here though. Make sure you have a clamp over the end here. You can actually just slide it right onto the tubing itself and then connect the elbow and the tubing. You want to make sure that the hose fitting and the coupler are facing the same way. Slide that clamp into position, grab an 8 millimeter socket or a flathead screwdriver and tighten it down. Now for the other end going into the throttle body, connect that rubber adapter to the inside. It's going to help it take shape and have a leak-free seal on the throttle body. This end is also going to receive one of those clamps. We're going to loosely install it now. On the opposite end, you're going to have another coupler going into your filter. So before you install that, have another clamp on deck, slide that into place, and then your coupler. You want to make sure that it's only about half way in. You don't want to have it too far in so that you don't have enough room for the filter to attach. Once you have this in place, again, grab your socket or your flathead and tighten it down. On that other end, again, is going to be another clamp but we're going to loosely install that for now. The next step here is going to be with your heat shield. Now, there are two strips of weatherstripping, there's a smaller one and a longer one. The longer one is going to go right across the top here, smaller one across the bottom and this curve here. Now start at the top and just feed that across. They'll snap right into place. At this point, you can take the shorter weatherstripping and attach it to the side here where all these curves are on the heat shield. Now, what do you say we drop this into place? All right. First step under the hood is to grab the adapter that's going to go into the rubber grommet on the inside of your wheel well. Just going to push that down into place. Grab your heat shield and drop that in next. We're gonna drop it in from the inside here, connecting that to the factory mounting location and the bracket down low to that grommet we just installed. Take the 17 millimeter bolt provided in the kit and thread it onto that grommet. I'm going to thread it down all the way by hand just to make life a little easier. And then up top here is going to be that factory 8 millimeter bolt with that washer. Thread that down by hand. Grab a 17 millimeter socket and ratchet and tighten down that bolt on the inside of your wheel well. This is going to keep the heat shield secure. Grab an 8 millimeter socket and tighten down the top one. Next step is to drop your tubing into place and to ensure that it connects properly to the throttle body it might be easier to take the adapter out and actually put that around the throttle body, drop this into place and connect that. Drop that down and face it toward your heat shield. Grab an 8 millimeter socket or a flathead and tighten down the clamp around the throttle body. The next step is your filter and the velocity stack. Now, this is going to go in first. You want to make sure that this is oriented closer to the rad. That's going to go through the opening on the heat shield and connect to the coupler on the end of your tubing. From here, slide that clamp down to the end and tighten it down with your socket. All right. And now you can attach your filter to the other end and tighten that down as well. All right. There's only a few steps left but the next step is our breather hose. Step one for our breather hose is to completely remove the factory one. Just pull straight back and twist and that will detach. Set that aside, it will not be reinstalled. On this end here, you want to take one of the smaller hose clamps, put that over the edge, and pop that on over the factory fitting. Hose clamp on the other end, twist off the red cap on the welded on fitting on our tubing and put the hose into place there. Now, these are 6 millimeter clamps, so grab a 6 millimeter socket or a flathead and tighten them down. Last step of the process before we throw our engine cover back on is to grab your sensor harness, just clip that back in. Once that's taken care of and all your clamps are tightened down, put the engine cover back on. It might be a good idea to wash off or wipe off the polished tubing just to get some fingerprints off of it, get it looking nice and bright. So now, we're going to throw the cover back on. Once you snap that back in place, you're good to go. Well guys, that's going to wrap up my review and install for the SR Performance cold air intake. You can get your SR Performance intake right here at americanmuscle.com.
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March 07, 2020
Very good product only complaint is intake sensor grommet doesn’t fit well definitely notice slight power gainHelpful (0)
January 18, 2020
I got everything that I need except for the adapter that goes into the wheel well.Helpful (0)
January 04, 2020
SR cold air intake
You get what you pay for, the instructions were not great but if you have done it before it's easy. Its functional and looks okay.Helpful (2)
December 08, 2019
Great product easy installation in 45 minutes looking great for the priceHelpful (0)
October 30, 2019
Such a great product for the value. Could notice the difference in power and throttle body response . Easy install .Helpful (1)
August 08, 2019
For the price its GREAT
Took less than an hour to install, made a difference in performanceHelpful (2)
July 30, 2019
Very nice for the price!
Overall this is a really nice kit for my Dodge Challenger R/T. The only negative thing I have to say about the set-up is that I'm not particularly fond of the rubber grommet that holds the MAF sensor. I believe that the design could be improved upon. That said, I would still highly recommend this CAI to anyone looking.Helpful (3)
February 23, 2019
It needs some improvement
This is a straight-forward cold air intake replacement for the factory airbox. It provides direct flow into the throttle body, as any cold-air intake does. Everything went pretty well, except for two items. The flow sensor fit is poor, you will spend a few minutes ensuring that you get the sensor moved to the CAI and after about the 3rd time pushing and replacing the rubber grommet you will figure it out. (This seriously added 10 minutes to the install) Sadly, when you go to put your cover back over the engine, you will see that the 5/8 breather hose is about 6" too short to fit any pre-cut positions on the cover. So as is typical you get what you pay for, I am heading to the parts store to get a proper length breather hose so that I can use the motor cover as designed. On the good side I did notice a slight increase in MPG. For under $100 it'll work for now, but definitely not a brand name I would seek out.Helpful (7)
January 29, 2019
SR Performance Cold Air Intake (11-19 5.7L HEMI)
This is a great product, you can't beat the price and it looks awesome under the hood. I noticed a slight increase in throttle response, nothing amazing but still noticeable. It's also great to be able to hear the car breath now.Helpful (8)
How do you keep the sensor from backing out of the 90 degree elbow when the elbow gets hot and seems to back out! it was placed all the way into gromet as shown in video. aslo the gromet for the sensor to fit intopops out partially when elbow get hot! Please advise to the fixes to these problems!
(approx) 30 Minutes
Simple installation for anyone.
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