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Old 07-14-2011, 07:21 PM   #1
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Question Ram-Air/ Hood Louver Questions

Hi guys-- I am thinking about the Banks Ram Air system, and also possibly hood louvers... Question 1- with no external access to air, is the Banks system REALLY a ram air system? 2- has anyone thought about(or actually made) a fabricated external ram-air inlet that you can connect to the inflow on a banks system? And 3- are hood louvers worth the money?

Living in Memphis, 99 degrees today, need to dissipate some of that under-hood heat!!

Thanks in advance guys.

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Old 07-15-2011, 04:48 AM   #2
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Can't help you with questions 1 and 2 but here's my .02 on question 3.

I've had hood louvres for about a year. Haven't noticed any change to running temperature (didn't expect to, the engine is designed to run at a particular temperature) but the heat coming out of the louvres is unbelievable, so maybe the cooling system gets an easier job, especially in stressful conditions - rock-crawling, beach/sand-dunes/towing/highway with AC running etc.

The big louvre panel is also covering some hail damage and fairly marginal '97 paint job, although that probably doesn't matter now that I've cut 6 big holes in the hood
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There are plenty of people who have fabricated direct outside air inlet via the cowl by modifying the stock and adding tubing, using other air boxes (Buick, Ford), putting a cone filter in the cowl and running the tube to the cowl or there is the Spectra air kit.
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Old 07-15-2011, 05:23 AM   #4
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wesboy.. ive been looking at those for a while.. mainly the PSC ones.. but id have to replace my spray nozzles to run theirs..

i saw some a while ago and cant find them, they had a cyclone cut out, sorta like the PSC spider.. and were about 20 bucks cheaper
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Hi guys-- I am thinking about the Banks Ram Air system, and also possibly hood louvers... Question 1- with no external access to air, is the Banks system REALLY a ram air system? 2- has anyone thought about(or actually made) a fabricated external ram-air inlet that you can connect to the inflow on a banks system? And 3- are hood louvers worth the money?

Living in Memphis, 99 degrees today, need to dissipate some of that under-hood heat!!

Thanks in advance guys.
1. No.
2. Yes.
3. Yes, but the Banks "system" is not.

I've test an AEM intake, the stock intake with the horn removed & installed. So far the coldest IAT's I've seen was with the stock box with a Ford Windstar fender horn shoved through the stock Jeep airbox horn hole. It sucks air from the headlight. I haven't tested a cowl intake yet, but have the parts to. The Windstar or F150 airbox from the junkyard makes the cowl intake easy and cheap, and it still uses a paper filter that actually filters unlike K&N style crap.
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Ok a friend brought up something I hadn't thought of-- if I do finagle a ram-air system( I was thinking perhaps fabricating something on the side of the hood-- kinda like the snorkel system for the JK but just a scoop running directly to the intake) will I have problems with rain entering? And if so how to prevent it?
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Old 07-15-2011, 12:27 PM   #7
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Can't help you with questions 1 and 2 but here's my .02 on question 3.

I've had hood louvres for about a year. Haven't noticed any change to running temperature (didn't expect to, the engine is designed to run at a particular temperature) but the heat coming out of the louvres is unbelievable, so maybe the cooling system gets an easier job, especially in stressful conditions - rock-crawling, beach/sand-dunes/towing/highway with AC running etc.

The big louvre panel is also covering some hail damage and fairly marginal '97 paint job, although that probably doesn't matter now that I've cut 6 big holes in the hood
Wesboy, this is the louver I have been lookingh at. Nice install! What did you use for your cutting? I was thinking angle grinder... but maybe the wife would buy the story that I need a Plasma Cutter for this particular job... hope springs eternal!!
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Truck master makes a a cowl scoop and a ram air scoop. Both put outside air direct into the factory air box.
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:48 AM   #9
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wesboy.. ive been looking at those for a while.. mainly the PSC ones.. but id have to replace my spray nozzles to run theirs..

i saw some a while ago and cant find them, they had a cyclone cut out, sorta like the PSC spider.. and were about 20 bucks cheaper
Mine are Hyline Offroad and they have 2 types. One for the single washer nozzle and one for the 2 washer nozzle.

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Wesboy, this is the louver I have been lookingh at. Nice install! What did you use for your cutting? I was thinking angle grinder... but maybe the wife would buy the story that I need a Plasma Cutter for this particular job... hope springs eternal!!
Yep, angle grinder, but needed to tidy it up with a dremel, which took ages.
Then hit it with rattle can dark green. It doesn't match but doesn't bother me.
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Ok a friend brought up something I hadn't thought of-- if I do finagle a ram-air system( I was thinking perhaps fabricating something on the side of the hood-- kinda like the snorkel system for the JK but just a scoop running directly to the intake) will I have problems with rain entering? And if so how to prevent it?
I know this is an old thread but, did you find any information on this question? I currently am wondering the same.

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