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volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

so i bought my 2011 wk2 in the middle of september, rushed to my shop to have my borla cutback installed but unfortunately had to wait for my intake since nothing had been released yet.

did a search this week and now k&n AND volant both have them out! Only thing is now i have a decision to make. The available options are...

K&N series 63 aircharger intake
K&N series 77 intake
Volant CAI

anyone already put one of these batboys on their hemi? please help!
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:38 PM
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

Volant - performs better and looks better. tad more expensive, but worth it IMO for a plastic pipe (no heatsoak), dry filter element (no oil spatter on MAF or clogging), and heatshield with front snorkel intact
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Volant - performs better and looks better. tad more expensive, but worth it IMO for a plastic pipe (no heatsoak), dry filter element (no oil spatter on MAF or clogging), and heatshield with front snorkel intact

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I love my Volant. I LOVE the fact that it is a dry filter that is good for 100k miles. Never have to re-oil, over-oil, clean, etc...

I will probably replace the filter after 30k miles just for my own piece of mind anyway...

Great sound and the butt dyno never lies
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

I spoke with a fellow at a car shop that does lots of tuning etc., he was very adamant that Volant was a much higher quality than K&N. Ordered shortly after and now waiting for it to arrive. Sounds like 3 votes for Volant so far....
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

I love the volant. Super easy to install as well.
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

Volant is on the way for me as well...I have had K&N, AEM and Volant on other vehicles and Volant's attention to detail just appears to be superior. Not to mention, I am not a fan of oiled filters.
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

Looking at the filter mouth and tube sizes I think the K&N system might make more power and better low end torque (smaller tube, nice radiused inlet into the filter) but it does not have the nice molded filter enclosure and dry filter. The volant design with the donaldson filter leaves very little space behind the snorkel opening for air to flow to the filter, it looks like it was designed for a cone filter not the oval one. It still performs well though, and is easier to maintain. It would take a dyno to tell the difference for sure.
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

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Looking at the filter mouth and tube sizes I think the K&N system might make more power and better low end torque (smaller tube, nice radiused inlet into the filter) but it does not have the nice molded filter enclosure and dry filter. The volant design with the donaldson filter leaves very little space behind the snorkel opening for air to flow to the filter, it looks like it was designed for a cone filter not the oval one. It still performs well though, and is easier to maintain. It would take a dyno to tell the difference for sure.
smaller tube will not net you more torque, scavenging works in the exhaust path, not the intake path. optimal intake is pure open, but we run into other issues then. the more air you can force into a motor the better. the donaldson was created specifically for large turbodiesel motors which suck in a huge volume of air, it will outflow the 5.7 Hemi just fine. Plus the 4" radius tapering down to 3.5" will force a higher velocity stack of air to hit the TB and will marginally create a better a/f mixture compared to just a straight pipe
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

I am thinking about trying out an extra big ol KN filter that should fit just fine on my volant and see what happens. I am not sure how the connection works inside there so I am going to look at that first. Definitely don't want to be pulling the dry filter out and not be able to get it back on.
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I am thinking about trying out an extra big ol KN filter that should fit just fine on my volant and see what happens. I am not sure how the connection works inside there so I am going to look at that first. Definitely don't want to be pulling the dry filter out and not be able to get it back on.
Why would you forgo the advantages of a dry filter and stick an oiled filter in its place?
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Re: volant or k&n intake for wk2 hemi?

I have one laying around. Just to see what would happen, If i did itd be more of a ram air. If you look in the scoop theres that big ol rubber bit covering half the filter. thats exposed to that scoop. Just tinkering really
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I have one laying around. Just to see what would happen, If i did itd be more of a ram air. If you look in the scoop theres that big ol rubber bit covering half the filter. thats exposed to that scoop. Just tinkering really
Ah, let us know how it turns out!
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