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So, if you own a '14 to '18 Silverado with that 5.3 motor and you're looking for one of the most affordable, and in my humble opinion, one of the best looking Open Element Cold Air Intakes available, you should be checking out the Cold Air Intake from CGS Motorsports. This is one of my favorites because I think it does look the best out of a lot of the options available. It's also gonna be one of the most affordable Open Element designs. The only ones that are really gonna cost less than CGS's option are just gonna come with the tube and a paper element filter. You're not gonna get a high flow filter like this one and you're not gonna get a nice new heat shield that really cleans up the engine bay and gets rid of all that ugly plastic. What I really like about this thing is it does clean up everything nicely. The tube completely replaces that giant, ugly resonator box that your truck comes with. And it also replaces your factory breather tubes with something that looks a little bit cleaner and a little bit simpler. Now, what I really like about the CGS intake besides looks is performance. This is a no-tune required intake, so you will get some decent gains without having to tune your truck. You will also see a nice improvement in throttle response and you'll probably get a little bit of horsepower and torque gains, I'd say maybe mid to high single digits, maybe even low double digits without a tune. CGS also makes things convenient with the high flow filter here. This is washable and reusable. They say it'll last you about a hundred thousand miles. I'd say if you wash it every time you change your oil, you should be good to go. So, if you like everything about the CGS, you like the way it looks and you like some of those performance gains that I mentioned earlier, go ahead and stick around. We're gonna show you the install step-by-step. Very simple bolt-on job. It gets one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter. We should be able to get it done in about 30 minutes to an hour with basic hand tools. So, without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. And so, before we can install our new intake, we have to remove our old one first. To do that, we're gonna uninstall the actual air tube itself. You're gonna have two clamps, one connecting it to the air box, one connecting it to the throttle body. You can loosen those two clamps with an 8-millimeter socket or you can use a flat-head screwdriver. And we're also gonna pull to breather hoses off of either side of the air tube assembly as well. With both of those clamps loosened and both of the breather hose is pulled from either side of the engine, we're gonna go ahead and remove the first half of our factory air intake assembly. All right. The second half of removal is the air box itself. But before we do that, we have to unplug our MAP Sensor. Now, I'm just gonna pull the box out after I pull this out. So, as you can see, like I mentioned earlier, the CGS intake really cleans up the engine bay and it ditches all of these, let's face it, really ugly, big, bulky plastic. This thing, as you can see, it's kind of goofy looking. There's really no need for this giant resonator box. So, the CGS system ditches all that in favor of a nice, clean ceramic coated in the tube. Now, before we install the CGS system, we do have to swap over our MAP Sensor. Our MAP Sensor is tightened down using T-15 Torx bit screws. So, to loosen those screws, you will need a T-15 Torx head bit like the one I've got here. Now, the CGS intake does come with new fasteners, so you don't need to use those T-15 screws. You will need an Allen head key, however, to install your MAP Sensor before we install the CGS system. And so, now that we have the MAP Sensor pulled from our factory air box, we can go ahead and discard the factory air box, we're not gonna need anymore. Now, like I said, you're gonna use the new fasteners provided by CGS to install the MAP Sensor. You wanna make sure it's oriented in the right direction because if it is not it's not gonna meter incoming air correctly and your truck will not run right. You want the little opening on the MAP Sensor itself facing the outside of the intake. So, if you have it oriented the way that I do, you're gonna have this little sensor, the connection itself facing towards you. All right. Now, that we have our MAP Sensor installed on our new intake system, we can actually start installing our intake on our truck. We're gonna go ahead and start with the heat shield first. Now, before we install our heat shield, I wanted to show you where it's actually gonna secure to the truck. You're gonna be reusing factory hardware to install the heat shield itself. There's a 10-millimeter bolt down here that you're gonna go ahead and pull. That's gonna secure one of the two brackets on the heat shield. And there's a 13-millimeter radiator support bolt right here that's also gonna be supporting the head shield. Now, before I install the heat shield, I actually wanted to show you where the new intake tube is also gonna secure. You're gonna pull this rubber grommet out of your factory air box mounting plate. That's where that threaded bolt and nut are gonna secure on the new intake tube. All right. Now, that we have our heat shield installed and tightened down from those two factory bolts, we're gonna install our new intake. Like I mentioned earlier, this large nut and bolt are gonna thread through that little rubber grommet hole that we pulled the rubber grommet earlier. It's gonna be a little bit of a tight squeeze, getting a hand tool in here. But in our case, this is a 19-millimeter nut, so you'll need a 19-millimeter wrench. I recommend a ratcheting wrench. We're not gonna have a lot of leverage down there. All right. Now, that the first half of our intake tube is tightened down, we can install our new air filter and reconnect our MAP Sensor. The air filter clamp tightens down the same way the old ones were loosened and that's using a flat-head screwdriver or an 8-millimeter socket. Next, we're gonna install one of the rubber couplers and this is gonna tighten down on the first half of our intake tube. Once we do that, we're gonna install the second half of the intake tube and tighten it down to the throttle body. Again, you're gonna use two of the 8-millimeter head clamps from the kit. All right. With our intake tube all assembled, we're gonna tighten it down to the throttle body. To do that, you're gonna grab the last of the rubber couplers in the kit and you're gonna grab the last of the tube bend clamps. Same drill here, you're gonna tighten this down using an 8-millimeter socket or a flat-head screwdriver. The last step of our install is installing our new breather hoses. You have two plastic barb fittings on either side of the intake tube. I'm gonna take both hoses, slide them onto each barb fitting and then, slide them onto the factory locations where the original hoses were uninstalled. So, as you can see, the CGS Motorsports Cold Air Intake does install quite easily with nothing more than a couple of basic hand tools. It shouldn't take you more than 30 minutes to an hour like I said earlier. All other things consider that wraps up my review and install of the CGS Cold Air Intake fitting your '14 to '18 Silverado. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. And for all things Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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