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So, if you own a '09 to '14 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 Hemi motor and you've been looking at cold air intakes, well, then, you might be a little bit overwhelmed because there are a lot to choose from. So, I'm gonna help you narrow it down. If you're looking for an intake that provides some decent horsepower and torque gains, is 50 state legal, and does not require a tune, and is generally speaking one of the most affordable in the category, then you should be checking out the Series 57 FIPK from K&N. K&N really does not need an introduction. They've been around longer than I've been alive and as a result, they've gotten pretty good at making some decent horsepower and torque with their cold air intakes. We're all here for the numbers, right? So, let's take a look. We actually ran our truck on the Dyno bone stock and our truck made 288 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. We then installed the Series 57 and we left everything else the same and we ran the truck again. We ended up making 298 horsepower and 301 pound-feet of torque. That makes for peak gains of 10 horsepower and 21 pound-feet of torque which is again certainly pretty impressive for not actually tuning our truck. What's really nice if you take a look at those graphs are the curve gains. The curve gains are pretty substantial as well. That's what you're gonna feel all the way from idle to redline, aka when you're driving around on the streets. Now, beside from the price and the performance, I like the FIPK for another reason and that's how easily it installs. I like the shape of the heat shield. It reuses the factory duct for that cold air, and because of the way the heat shield is built, it also insulates the open element when the hood closed, so you're still drawing in cold air and it doesn't require any custom modification to install. For that reason, I'm gonna give the install a very easy one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. It shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to an hour to get the Series 57 installed. So, if you like the price, you like the performance, go ahead and stick around. I'm actually gonna show you guys how to get this done. 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 a 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 also wanna disconnect the breather hose on the air box and then you can actually pull the entire assembly out of the vehicle as one piece. So, once you 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 and 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. It makes it look a lot better. I'm also not a fan of the factory plastic on this box. I really like the metal that they used for the heat shield. It's got a nice black powdered 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 gonna 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 a cutout. In our case, we're using a 2014 Ram, so that's one where we gonna go with. Now, to secure the plates to the air box, it's really easy. All you're gonna 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 the 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. It may 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. In order to tighten this down to the heat shield, you're gonna need to grab the two other Allen head bolts in the kit. You'll wanna set those up with crush washers and flat washers. Once you 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 size clamps in the kit and you'll also need an 8-millimeter socket to tighten those down. 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 use your 13-millimeter socket to pull that one and I'll show you guys where the one is. So, that 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 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 and 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 then you're gonna grab the elbow barb fitting as well. You'll 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 to bypass cutting this entirely and I'll show you guys how this installs in the truck in a little bit. Now, once you got that set up, you also wanna install the straight barb fitting into the intake tube. That 9-inch section's gonna connect here. So, once you got the barb fitting set up and you got all your hosing cut and you got this little setup like I have here, you'll 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've got 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 it 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 got the extension connected to the barb fitting, tighten it down with your 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 intake temperature sensor hooked back up, that actually wraps up the install. And that also wraps up my review of K&N's Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake fitting your '09 to '14 Ram 1500. I'm Travis, thanks for watching and for all things Ram, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2009-2014 5.7L||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||High-Density Polyethylene Tube |
Cotton Gauze Filter
|Manufacturer:||K&N||Computer Tune Required:||No|
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