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Post CAI Evaluation

I see a lot of posts and questions about CAI's, so I thought I'd do a little checking and do some comparisons. Everything is based on my Ram, 2010 with the Hemi. I'm sure there are other CAI's out there but these are the more common ones.

BFI $329.00 not enclosed and not out in the cold air.
K&N $322.00 partially enclosed and not in the cold air.
Airaid $365.00 partially enclosed and uses some cold air from fender connection, would use full cold air if it was fully enclosed

AFE Stage 1 $336.00 fully enclosed and uses cold air from the fender connection.
Volant $405.00 fully enclosed but has hole in bottom for scoop attachment which would be easy to block. Uses outside air connection on fender.

For my money were I to buy a CAI, I'd go for the fully enclosed CAI's hands down. CAI means "Cold" Air Intake. In my mind any CAI that does not get its air from outside the engine compartment is not a true CAI.
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Thanks for the info. RB.
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Add AFE Stage 1 to your list and go check it out.
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Add AFE Stage 1 to your list and go check it out.
Thanks, like I said, I'm sure there are others out there. Pretty much the purpose of this thread was to bring them out in the open.
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Or, you could opt for the 100% enclosed 100% cold air system that already comes with the truck,,, $0.00
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Nice info RB, this should help some folks with their decision
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Good comparison there RB! Guess if it were me, I agree with the Volant for the enclosure, just wish they didn't have to make them so freakin' HUGE, lol! I like the look of it with just the filter, IMO.

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Some good info there Rootbeer, just to add on the AirAid, it does seal to the underside of the hood
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as far as the BFI. the air temp is only 6 degrees difference. the air temp while the truck is idling is only 16 degrees difference. if you ever look at a cai that has a heat shield around it its basically for mounting purposes. its really not doing that much.
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as far as the BFI. the air temp is only 6 degrees difference. the air temp while the truck is idling is only 16 degrees difference. if you ever look at a cai that has a heat shield around it its basically for mounting purposes. its really not doing that much.
True about the heat shield, however the brands that are fully enclosed and get their air from outside the engine compartment provide significantly cooler/colder air. This results in increased performance and efficiency.
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