Re: Best CAI for the SRT in a very hot Climate ?
Sorry for the delay. I'm still in China and my email (with thread updates) is unreliable at best right now. Been too busy to check back.
First, I'm no expert. There are a lot of guys with more experience than me. Your question is already answered but I'll just recap. For the most part, IMO, the short ram is not gonna help, it's gonna hurt you. Heat soak is the reason. While your engine is cool it's gonna help some because it pulls a lot more air in than stock. Once your motor heats up, which doesn't take long BTW, it's going to be pulling in hot air. Heat shield, thermal wrap, doesn't matter. The true CAI also heat soaks but at least it's pulling air in from outside the engine bay. All gains from any basic mods on these motors are negligible at best. From my understanding tuning for the 2014 is not fully unlocked. Some vendors say it is, but it isn't. I'm not knowledgeable enough to explain why, but from my understanding a WK1 can be fully tuned whereas no WK2s can be. Perhaps it's just the '14s. Regardless, your motor isn't able to take full advantage of the extra air. I've heard the stock tune can adapt some but not enough. That's why a true CAI can only help a little. You don't need a tune to take advantage of cooler air, only extra air flow. Therefore the big benefit of a true CAI is the colder air, not the extra air flow.
Once again, I'm not an expert. My opinions are based on removing emotion and the desire to mod from the equation and only looking at credible/non-biased sources of information. My information is a combination of my experience + non-biased sources + common sense.
People do CAI because of the "mod bug". It's an inexpensive way to feel like your vehicle is modded. I did exhaust for sound, not HP. Sure I'd love more HP but I'm not counting on it. The K&N filter is not going to give you anything you'll notice, but at least you can reason it's better than stock and hopefully satisfy your urge to mod. The real benefit, from what I have read, is as the filter gets dirty you will lose air flow with stock but the K&N keeps flowing well.
Regardless of your decision, good luck! I know it's frustrating not to have a lot of options but that is and has been the Mopar curse. Sure it would be great to have options that Chevy and Ford people have, but I still wouldn't trade places with them.