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Old 08-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #1
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Cold air intake

I am putting a cold air intake on my jk has standard (3.8L) has anyone got ideas which I should go for? currently I am favouring the AFE Magnum Force sealed intake, but would like to know what others think & if you would recommend another brand. Banks? Air raid? this is the first mod to the motor & appreciate some opinions. The pic is off the Quadratec site as an example.

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Do a more detailed search on the topic before you spend your money; most of them reduce power.
How about a nice AEV snorkel instead? Think of the practicality of it.
You're on a trail creeping up a hill at 1.7 mph. It's 96 degrees outside, 296 degrees under the hood. And it's dusty today; don't forget the dust.
Now where would you rather be getting your intake air from? The oven under the hood? Or the relatively cool prefiltered outside air?

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Old 08-13-2009, 02:44 PM   #3
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I had been thinking of a snorkel ,so just deciding which is best. Have done some research & will keep looking. The snorkel does make sence, especially in this dusty area, thanks Hilldweller
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i have got a K&N 63 series cai, i think it sounds really cool and i also think it gave me some power gains, i chose this over a snorkel because i dont wheel much and i dont hit the dusty trail often either, i have got a 76' CJ-7 for the off road stuff.
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Snorkel would be fine if I didn't have to cut the hood, thats going to be costly to have someone do it, is also why I am hesitant
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get the banks cold air intake its a really nice setup and i herd on another forum ppl really like it
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Snorkel would be fine if I didn't have to cut the hood, thats going to be costly to have someone do it, is also why I am hesitant
I have not really looked but why would you need someone to professionally cut the side panel?



Don't look like it is that big of a hole and the metal is pretty thin to begin with.
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The AEV requires a rectangle notch in the hood; the River Raider requires a hole in the side panel.
Anybody without a Dremel and some sheet metal experience should refer the install to a bodyshop.

Ripp Mods has done dyno testing on all of the CAI's ----- but that testing didn't involve the high underhood heat generated offroad while wheeling in 4lo.
A CAI is fine for a street-queen or mall-crawler. Snorkels are for trails.
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The AEV snorkel looks better than most but cutting that rectangle out of the hood , well nooo! someone else can do that, lol. (imagining swirly cut marks on side my hood!) Heat reduction hood is nice but runs about $750 primed & has the vent already there but my pocket isn't bottomless unfortunately, so prob' won't go that way. I am sure Teraflex would be able to cut the hood for me anyhow, or the shop here in Moab. Appreciate your help!
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are there any reasonably priced snorkels for the 2009 JK without having to cut into the body or hood or get a new hood? I am leasing my 2008 JK. probably end up purchasing it unless at the end of the lease I want a brand new rubi.
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Did you see the Snorkel that Volante makes? Looks pretty sweet! I will prob go with the sealed AFE cause I spend more time on the streets than off road too. Not fond of putting holes where they don't belong.
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ok how does the Volant Snorkel install without cutting? please do tell!
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I never said you didn't have to cut. That's why I don't like a snorkel. I just think their snorkel looks good.
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I think some look ok but I am not a big fan of the asthetic's. I will go for whichever will work the best tho'
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I never said you didn't have to cut. That's why I don't like a snorkel. I just think their snorkel looks good.
Agree, they do look good. If I wasnt leasing, i would probably do it, but I cant wrap my head around cutting into my Jeep while its on lease, maybe that will be an upgrade if I decide to buy it.
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Volante will be a pain when you have to lift the hood.
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That's why I couldn't stand a lease. I have had my Rubicon for 8 days and this is the longest that I have left anything stock in 5 years. It's killing me, but I have to sell some stuff off my car I traded before I can buy anything for my Jeep.
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kewl, you got a Rubi. I wanted one, it just was a bit pricey for a 2009, so I went with the stock X. The only real difference is the power locks, windows, audio/gps system and suspension, right? Basically its the same vehicle after that, correct me if I am wrong. o maybe seats different too. Figured if I ended up keeping mine, I would upgrade parts as I go. Like I said, at 3 years, I might want to move on to a Rubi.

The reasons I like leases is that I have the option at 3 years to walk away, if I decide to keep it, no biggie, I am paying the same interest. the only real difference is sales tax, 5 percent more, which is work it for the option to walk.

Kansas City eh? were abouts? I am originally from KC with lots of family in St. Joe
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The real difference in a Rubicon are the stock tires/wheels, swaybar disconnects, D44 front axle, 4:1 tcase, & locking differentials.
You can build something better than a Rubicon but the Rubi is about all that most will ever need.
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My Rubi doesn't have navigation and that's fine with me. 1 less thing for someone to try to steal and if I can't find my way somewhere, I don't want to anyways. But I really like the lower gears in the diffs on the Rubi. I get about 19mpg with it and it's still bone stock.
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I have not really looked but why would you need someone to professionally cut the side panel?



Don't look like it is that big of a hole and the metal is pretty thin to begin with.
that is a sweet jeep but what is that bumber thing. it looks like it goes all the way over the hood and extends back. just wondering
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that is a sweet jeep but what is that bumber thing. it looks like it goes all the way over the hood and extends back. just wondering
I have no idea I just googled Safari snorkel. =P
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lol yea i kinda figured that after i posted the question. it just looks wierd. i almost thought it was a tow bar but there dosnt seem to be the connection stuff at the top. maby its the jeep version of a cow catcher i dunno wierd
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lol yea i kinda figured that after i posted the question. it just looks wierd. i almost thought it was a tow bar but there dosnt seem to be the connection stuff at the top. maby its the jeep version of a cow catcher i dunno wierd

Not only does it NOT keep you from flipping over but it keeps you from opening up your hood if it doesn't have a hinge.
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that is a sweet jeep but what is that bumber thing. it looks like it goes all the way over the hood and extends back. just wondering
Maybe the dude put his stinger on backwards?
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