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Old 05-20-2014, 10:21 AM
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Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

Part #311-212, SynthaMax Dry Air Filter
Fits 2011 - 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee (or Dodge Durango) 5.7L and 3.6L
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This installation was for my 2014 GC with the 3.6L

I chose the Airaid CAI because I wanted to keep the stock plastic intake (less heat transfer than an aftermarket metal tube), didn't want to deal with an oiled filter, low cost of product, and I did not want to modify the engine cover to fit some of the other brands of CAI's out there...including the Mopar CAI.

Here's what's included in the kit (hose is for 5.7L only, did not use)...





Installation:

Total Time - 45 minutes, very easy for the average person to do
Tools Needed: 4mm Allen Wrench, 8mm and 13mm sockets





Instructions were excellent, very easy to follow with nice pictures...no suprises. Here is a picture of the stock V6 airbox removed:





Here's a picture with just the Airaid heat shield & stock air intake installed:





And here's a picture of the completed project:





Driveability:

Weather: 50 to 75 degrees, combination of city & highway driving (mostly driving back & forth to work like usual, bumper to bumper on the highway at times), "ECO" mode on 100% of the time.

After a full week of having this installed, I have to say I'm very pleased. Can't say that I feel the extra 10 hp / 12 lbft the manufacturer states this CAI gives you (from dyno charts), but I can say that not only is the engine more responsive, I have observed an average 0.7 increase in gas mileage (up from the 0.4 mpg I saw using the aFe dry drop-in air filter instead of the stock filter)...20.9 mpg on average! Engine noise is slightly elevated at WOT, but at idle or just tooling around town you wouldn't even know you have it installed. I've installed other CAI's on my other vehicles in the past...some caused issues like MAF scatter or the engine/transmission to act funny, but I'm happy to report that NO issues like these were noticable!
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:56 AM
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

I've had mine on for 2+ years. It's a nice kit for the money. There weren't any "full" kits out when I bought mine. I probably would go with aFe now. I also have a Synthamax filter (on my K&N kit) for my other Pentastar (200). They are great filters.
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:20 PM
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

I've had the same kit on my V8 '14 for almost a year now; no complaints! Never had an MIL nor any other problems related to it. I too have not noticed an increase in HP, but it does sound a little better when I stomp on the go pedal.
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

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I've had the same kit on my V8 '14 for almost a year now; no complaints! Never had an MIL nor any other problems related to it. I too have not noticed an increase in HP, but it does sound a little better when I stomp on the go pedal.
I do want to empathize that aside from the increase in gas mileage I've observed, together with the slight increase in engine noise at WOT (not a problem at all BTW ), the best feature about this Airaid CAI for me is the increase in responsiveness. Even in ECO mode, the slightest changes in speed now are more instantaneous than before...it definitely feels quicker because of this improvement...less hesitation.
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

**UPDATE**

After driving another week with my new Airaid CAI (same boring 36 mile total back n' forth to work...city/highway), the gas mileage display on the dash has increased to between 21.3 to 21.7 mpg. Since owning my old 2014 V6 Limited (about 10,000 miles total) and my new 2014 V6 Overland (2,300 miles), I've NEVER seen the mileage in combination that high!



In addition, I noticed recently that there's a rubber seal attached to only the drivers side of the hood (right by the headlight assembly) and that it could be blocking airflow to the intake...so I removed it...three plastic fasteners together with an adhesive strip. IMO that rubber seal is there only to block sand/dirt/etc. from entering through the stock air intake since the seal doesn't exist on the other side of the hood...unfortunatley it also blocks the cooler outside air as well.
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

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**UPDATE**

In addition, I noticed recently that there's a rubber seal attached to only the drivers side of the hood (right by the headlight assembly) and that it could be blocking airflow to the intake...so I removed it...three plastic fasteners together with an adhesive strip. IMO that rubber seal is there only to block sand/dirt/etc. from entering through the stock air intake since the seal doesn't exist on the other side of the hood...unfortunatley it also blocks the cooler outside air as well.
I noticed that also, but figured it was there for a reason. It will also block water/snow in the case of storms. It seems it would allow more air without it, but a little worried about water.
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I noticed that also, but figured it was there for a reason. It will also block water/snow in the case of storms. It seems it would allow more air without it, but a little worried about water.
I hear you, but the only water situation I'd personally worry when it comes to installing this type of CAI would be from forging a river or pond...and water coming up from underneath through the engine compartment. Even without that rubber seal on the hood in place, I could only see water vapor/mist ever making it to the air filter coming from that slit between the headlight and the hood. You still have the secondary seal that rides all along the entire front of the engine compartment to block water, and if any water were to make it into the stock air intake, the flow would just hit the bottom of the CAI heat shield...then just drain down through the engine compartment.

I still feel that rubber seal on the drivers side of the hood is only for helping to block sand/dirt from entering the stock intake tube...and making it into the stock airbox...plugging up your stock air filter that much faster.
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

I think that part is technically called a Snow Blocker. My 10/10 2011 did not have one and I think they started showing up on the late 2011 or early 2012 productions. Not wanting to be shorted anything, I bought one and put it on my 2011. I figured somebody must have seen a need for having that thing there.
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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

It is kinda annoying just flopping around.. You could always get a prefilter or filter sock to keep it clean and moisture out.. Thinking about getting one myself


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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

Question for you guys...how does the CAI and other engine mods affect the warranty? I'd love to get a CAI but according to the nice lady at the jeep dealership anything other than mopar brand will void the warranty. Can you speak to that at all?


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Re: Installed an Airaid Cold Air Intake

There is actually a law or court ruling out there that says you have the right to buy quality aftermarket parts for your car and it can't void the warranty . Basically if your engine blows a gasket or something the failure would have to be proven to be cause by some after market part. So long story short, your good lol


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Question for you guys...how does the CAI and other engine mods affect the warranty? I'd love to get a CAI but according to the nice lady at the jeep dealership anything other than mopar brand will void the warranty. Can you speak to that at all?
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Very good question and its a very common one too.

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There is actually a law or court ruling out there that says you have the right to buy quality aftermarket parts for your car and it can't void the warranty . Basically if your engine blows a gasket or something the failure would have to be proven to be cause by some after market part. So long story short, your good lol
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Chicago, your correct bro. You can put ANY aftermarket mod on a car and if a part fails, they must prove the aftermarket part was the cause of failure. Cold air kits and exhaust systems will never cause a part or engine failure. If you suck in enough water with a cai, then that can be chocked up to driver negligence, seen it happen on a stock engine.

Pretty much bro, your good. Oh on more thing, engine tuning is a little more tricky with warranties because it directly controls how the engine runs.
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