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So if you own an '09 to '18 Ram 1500 and it's got the 5.7 Hemi under the hood and you're looking for one of the most affordable cold air intakes to make some decent power without actually tuning your truck, you should be checking out the Series 63 AirCharger cold air intake from K&N. Now K&N has been around longer than I've been alive and because of that, they do a pretty good job of making some decent power without actually requiring a tune. We actually ran our truck on the Dyno bone stock and our truck made 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Then went ahead and installed the Series 63 AirCharger, we left everything else the same. Our truck ended up making 298 horsepower and 301 pound-feet of torque. That makes for some pretty impressive gains of 10 horsepower and 21 pound-feet of torque at the peak. Now if you take a second look at those graphs though, you'll see some pretty nice curve gains. Those curve gains are really nice because that's what you're gonna feel when you're driving around. Other reason I really like the Series 63 besides the price and the performance is how easily it installs. This is an open element design so it completely changes up the way the air box sits. However, it reuses all the factory hardware and it installs the way that the original intake is installed on the truck so there's no custom modification required to install this intake. For that reason, I'm gonna give the install a very easy one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter. It should actually take about an hour to install this with basic hand tools so it's a great first mod if you've never done anything to your truck before. So again, if you like the price of the Series 63 and you want to make some decent power without really having to turn a lot of wrenches, you should stick around. I'm gonna show you guys how to install this intake in just a moment.To install your new K&N intake, you'll need the following tools: a 10-millimeter wrench, a standard drive ratchet, an 8-millimeter socket, a 10-millimeter socket, a 13-millimeter socket, a 3-millimeter Allen key, a 4-millimeter Allen key, and a cutting tool. Optional but helpful tools include extensions and swivel sockets, a cordless impact, and small pry tool. So before we install our new intake, obviously we have to remove our factory intake. It's pretty straightforward, the only tool you'll need for this is an 8-millimeter socket to loosen the clamp holding the intake tube to the throttle body. Once you've loosened that clamp, you can disconnect your intake temperature sensor on the intake tube. You'll also want to disconnect the breather hose on the air box then you can actually pull the entire assembly out of the vehicle as one piece.So once you've got your factory intake tube removed, the next step is pulling your engine cover and removing the crankcase ventilation hose from the engine side. Now the instructions do say you do have to cut that hose, we've actually found a way to avoid doing that. So once you pull all this stuff out, go ahead put that hose aside and I'll show you guys what to do later. So now that we have our factory intake removed as well as our breather hose and engine cover, we can finally start assembling our new K&N. But before we do that, I wanted to point out some cool differences between these two. Obviously, the big factor here is we're going from this ugly closed plastic box to an open element design with the very cool conical filter that K&N is known for I think it really cleans up the engine bay, makes it a lot better. I'm also not a fan of the factory plastic on this box. I really like the metal that they use for the heat shield here. It's got a nice black powder coat finish so it blends in well but it honestly just looks a lot better because it has a cool textured finish to it and the same applies to the new K&N intake tube. Now before we fully discard our factory air box and tube, we do have to pull our factory intake temperature sensor. This is hand tightened on plastic so just take your time go ahead and hand loosen it. You don't need any tools for this. Once you got that intake temperature sensor pulled, you can actually discard the factory intake tube and box completely. Now, obviously, we have to install that temperature sensor on our new intake tube. K&N provides you with a little rubber grommet and it's the same deal, all you gotta do is hand tighten it. You don't have to use any tools for this. So now that you got your temperature sensor in your intake tube, you can set that aside. Next step is setting up your new air box. Depending on what model year your truck is will dictate which of the plates that you're using as you can see in front of me. Pretty easy, if your truck is a 2013 or newer and it has those AC lines running near the factory air box, you're gonna need the one with the cutout. In our case, we're using a 2014 Ram so that's what we're gonna go with. Now to secure the plates to the air box, it's really easy. All you're gonna to do is grab the Allen head bolts in the kit. You're also gonna need a small Allen key and you're gonna fit those bolts with these small washers in order to secure them to the threaded holes on the larger portion of the new air box. All right. Once you have the air box assembled, the next step is installing the weatherstripping. You might have a little bit of excess once you've got this installed so it's helpful to have a trim tool. All right. Now that your heat shield is all set up, you can install your filter adapter, this plastic O-ring-looking thing here. And we're gonna tighten this down to the heat shield. You're gonna need to grab the two other Allen head bolts in the kit. You wanna set those up with crush washers and flat washers. Once you've got this tightened down, you can also install the first of the two rubber couplers for the intake tube. For that, you're gonna need the two medium-sized clamps in the kit and you'll also need an 8-millimeter socket to tighten those down. All right. Now that our heat shield and our couplers and adapters are all set up, we're gonna install the brackets to secure the heat shield inside of our truck. Now, again, since we're using the 2013 or newer model year, we're gonna need the spacer for one of our brackets. You're gonna grab the remaining hex head bolts as well as the nylon locking nuts and the flat washers in the kit. To tighten all this stuff down, you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket and a 10-millimeter wrench. All right. So everything on our heat shield is finally ready to go. Now we can install it in the truck. To secure the heat shield inside the engine bay, we have to loosen two bolts. I'm gonna go ahead and show you where those bolts are located. To loosen those, you're gonna need a 13-millimeter socket and if you're using a power tool like me, it's helpful to have an extension because it is a tight space. So, like I said, there's two bolts inside the engine bay that we have to remove in order to secure our air box. One of those bolts is located right here and it's actually holding the factory air box mounting plate in place. So again, go ahead and use your 13-millimeter socket to pull that one and I'll show you guys where the other one is. So that other bolt that's kind of hidden is located right down here underneath the radiator cover and behind this AC line. Again, it's a pretty tight space so if you're using a power tool, it's helpful to have an extension and a swivel. All right. So once you've got those two bolts removed, you can install your heat shield and then you can reinstall those two bolts. When you put this in here, it is a squeeze. You wanna make sure this long bracket goes between the AC lines in the inside of the fender itself.All right. Now that we have our heat shield installed, we can move on with installing our intake tube, but before we do that, we're gonna address the whole crankcase ventilation hose thing. Now, I mentioned earlier that you can actually avoid cutting this if you want to do so. It's pretty straightforward. All you gotta do is grab the provided tubing in the kit that's designed to install on here and you're gonna grab the elbow barb fitting as well. You wanna cut a 5-inch section leading into the barb fitting and you wanna leave about a 9-inch section leading out of it. That's gonna allow you bypass cutting this entirely and I'll show you guys how this installs in the truck in a little bit. Now once you've got that set up, you also wanna install the straight barb fitting into the intake tube. That 9-inch section is gonna connect here. So once you got the barb fittings set up and you got all your hosing cut and you've got this little setup like I have here, you wanna tighten all this stuff together using the provided clamps in the kit. These are the smallest clamps in the kit and you wanna tighten these down with an 8-millimeter socket.All right. So once you get everything tightened down on our little tubing assembly, you wanna secure the 5-inch end of the assembly onto the end of the crankcase ventilation hose like I'm doing now. You wanna make sure you have one of the small clamps attached to it but you wanna leave it loose. We want this thing to have a little bit of play so it can spin freely like I'm doing right now. That way once we secure it to the intake tube, we can tighten down this clamp and we're also gonna throw one on this end and tighten down on the intake tube itself. All right. Now that we got our crankcase ventilation hose and our engine cover reinstalled, we can finally install our intake tube. Again, to tighten down all the clamps on the intake tube, you'll need that 8-millimeter socket.All right. Now that we have our intake tube installed, we can install the extension on our crankcase ventilation hose to the barb fitting on the intake tube itself. Before you do that, make sure you throw that smallest band clamp onto the extension. Then once you've got the extension connected to the barb fitting, tighten it down with the little 8-millimeter socket. All right. Now that we've got our crankcase ventilation reconnected, we can finally install our air filter and we can also install the extension for our intake temperature sensor. The kit comes with two of these extensions so just go ahead and test fit the connections to make sure you have the right one. To tighten down the air filter, you'll need that same 8-millimeter socket. So once you got your breather hose and your temperature sensor plugged in, that actually wraps up our install. It also wraps up my review of K&N's Series 63 AirCharger cold air intake fitting your '09 to '18 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi. I'm Travis, thanks for watching and for all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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