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So if you own a '14 to '18 5.3-liter powered Silverado or Sierra, then you've probably figured out by now that a cold air intake is one of the most popular mods that you can install on your truck for a couple of reasons. Number one, they're very easy. Number two, they're relatively affordable. And number three, they do provide an improvement in performance as far as throttle response, torque and horsepower is concerned. But the Volant PowerCore intake, in particular, is gonna be for the guy or gal who really takes their truck off-road and they throw it through a lot of mud or water. And I say that because of the closed element design that helps insulate and protect the air filter inside, and more importantly, I'm talking about the air filter provided in this kit itself. I'm actually referring to the PowerCore G2 air filter that's hiding inside of this box. It's actually made by a company called Donaldson Filtration. They are a big name in the industry, they make all kinds of high-performance intakes and they actually make industrial filtration systems for all kinds of industrial equipment. So it's safe to say they know what they're doing when it comes to protecting motors in vehicles and equipment that sees a lot of mud, dust and off-road work.Couple of the cool things going with this intake now if you are on the fence about going with a closed element design like this one versus an open element design, well it pretty much builds off of what I'm talking to. A closed element design is gonna protect that air filter and it's also gonna provide colder and denser air to the engine when you're driving around on city streets. And colder, denser air is gonna provide better combustion, better air to fuel mixture and thus better performance. This intake is also pretty cool because even though it has that unique filtration system, it's still CARB-certified in its 50 state legal. That's excellent if you live in a place like California where they have really strict emissions regulations and oftentimes they exclude a lot of intakes and aftermarket mods. So you get away with staying street-legal in those emissions-restricted states. And all that stuff is pretty nice considering that Volant PowerCore still comes in below the $400 price point which puts the price in line with a lot of the other intakes currently available. So that's a nice bonus considering you're getting this kind of research and development and this kind of filter that's designed to really protect your truck when you do take it off-road.Last thing to consider is the install, I said that all intakes install very easily and that is the case here. This is a bolt-on application, there's no permanent modification necessary underneath the hood, so for that reason I'm giving the install pretty soft one out of three wrenches on my difficult to meter and it shouldn't take you more than an hour or two to get this intake installed. I'm gonna show you guys what tools you need to get this installed then I'll walk you through the install step by step.All right, to install an intake at minimum, you'll need a standard drive ratchet with 8 and 10-millimeter socket and a Phillips head screwdriver. Optional but helpful tools include a couple of extension and a cordless impact.All right, so removing our factory intake is very straightforward, it's just a couple of sockets and a ratchet or an impact gun. We're gonna be loosening the clamps on the factory tube that secures the air intake to the throttle body, we're also gonna be removing our breather hoses for our crankcase ventilation. We're gonna be disconnecting our MAF sensor. We're gonna loosen the rod connecting the inside fender support then we're gonna pull our factory airbox and the mounting plate. There are a lot of steps here, but it's very simple, let's dive in and I'll show you guys how it's done.All right, so that clamp is kind of hard to show but it's tucked behind the resonator box right here and that's what securing the factory tube to the throttle body, so you'll need an 8-millimeter socket and it's helpful to have an extension because it is tucked down there pretty far. Now once you've loosened that clamp, we're gonna disconnect both of our breather hoses on either side of the box here, that's our crankcase ventilation. Those just have little press tabs, we'll press down on them with your thumb and they should pop free from the box.All right, once you disconnect that clamp and both breather hoses you can pull the factory tube off of the throttle body. All right, we're gonna move our way over to our factory airbox, we disconnect our MAF sensor. Simply pull up on this red tab, give it a little bit of a squeeze and you can pull it free. Then we're gonna loosen this clamp here, securing our factory airbox and our tube, and then we're gonna remove our factory tube and resonator box. All right, now at this point, you can also pull the factory airbox out of the vehicle. It's simply held into a plate underneath with a couple rubber grommets.All right, next we're gonna remove the mounting plate for the factory airbox, that's held in with four 10-millimeter bolts, it's helpful to have a long extension. All right, now that our factory airbox is removed, we have to remove this little support bracket right here, it's held in place with two 10-millimeter bolts. You can simply remove the plastic push pins holding your radiator cover in place, peel it aside, go ahead and remove these.All right, we have our factory intake and all the hardware removed, we got both of them on the table here that way you guys can see a nice comparison of how much nicer the new PowerCore air filter system is compared to the factory setup. And the big star of the show obviously is that PowerCore G2 air filter that I've been going on about, you could see that thing's massive. It's got all kinds of layers of filtration in it. It's actually made by a company called Donaldson, they're a big name in the industrial filtration industry, make a lot of off-road applications, so they got a big name in the game. Again, if you take your truck off-road and you really throw it through mud and dirt, this is the kind of filter that's gonna protect your motor from all those contaminants.Now before we ditch our factory intake, we do have to do some work to it. We gotta pull our factory MAF sensor free here, that's gonna be secured either using Torx head screws or in our luck we got Phillips heads screws, so go ahead and grab a Phillips head screwdriver, we'll pop that out and we'll swap that over to our new intake tube with the provided Phillips head screws in the kit as well as our little gasket here to seal it so we don't have air leaks.All right, now that we have our MAF sensor installed, we can ditch our factory intake system, do with it what you will. At any rate, we're gonna throw our airbox into the truck. Now if yours came with the filter already installed, you need to make sure you remove that, it's just a band clamp, you'll need your 8-millimeter socket for that. At any rate, once the filter is removed, go ahead and grab the airbox, grab two of those 10-millimeter bolts that we removed earlier from the mounting plate and I'll show you guys how to get this seated.All right, so our airbox is seated, we got our two little 10-millimeter bolts, it's kind of hard to show you guys but there's two holes inside of here, those are gonna mount into the original threaded holes that these bolts were removed from, so you'll need your 10-millimeter socket to tighten these down. All right, now that the airbox is secured, you can throw the filter in there. Make sure you got that band clamp on there and you'll need an 8-millimeter socket to tighten that down again. Now this is a bit of a squeeze, so it might be helpful to spray down this coupler here with some WD-40 or a spray lubricant, make it easier to slide the filter in place.All right, now that the air filter is secured, we can throw our little cover back on and we're also gonna reinstall the support bracket that we removed earlier. Now to get the cover on, you'll need that Phillips head screwdriver and again to get that support bracket in place you'll need your 10-millimeter socket.All right, now before we install our intake tube, we're gonna remove the breather hoses from our valve covers, so rotate them around to expose those little pins, squeeze on them and remove them. Once you remove those, you're gonna slide the new breather hoses in place, the short hose goes on the passenger side and the long hose goes on the driver side.All right, now we're gonna secure our rubber couplers for our intake tube, the coupler with both ends being the same diameter goes on the airbox side and again you'll need that 8-millimeter socket to tighten down the band clamps. All right, now the step down coupler goes on the throttle body with the smaller side meeting the throttle body itself and the larger side meeting the intake tube. All right, with both rubber couplers in place, you could throw your intake tube in place.All right, last couple steps here, we're gonna install our MAF sensor. Go ahead and put that back in place and push the red tab down and then fit both of your freezer hoses onto the new intake tube. So once you've got your MAF sensor plugged in and both breather hoses connected, that'll wrap up the install. And that also wraps up my review of the Volant PowerCore Closed Box Cold Air Intake. I'm Travis. Thanks for watching. Keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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