So as a few of you might know, I just recently went through a big layoff at my previous job. So money is tight right now but the mod struggle is real.
I wanted to swap my intake but I wanted to keep it tasteful and not be messy. I also could not afford a $350 kit.
So the items for my project included...
Airaid Modular Intake Tube - Picked this up for $140
AEM Dry Intake Filter - $50
Blowfish Sound Tube Delete - $10
Sanding Paper - $1
Strong glue that worked on plastic - $4
Cutting utility - Already had this
So the normal intake tube has the accordion piece for flexibility (maybe other things but who cares). The normal intake tube also has a baffle underneath it. Also, the air inlet duct has another huge baffle on it. Not to mention the sound tube being annoying.
So my ultimate goal was to give the air more of a straight shot through the intake and delete the sound tube.
I cut off the baffle on the air inlet. Sanded the small circular area down. And Capped it off with a durable piece of plastic.
Then I replaced the stock intake filter.
Afterwards, I was going to remove the entire sound tube. But I only removed the first half and capped off both sides. The Airaid tube came with a sound tube cap, and I used the blowfish sound tube delete on the sound tube itself. This way, if I ever want to add it back, I only have to plug in the first half instead of trying to get my hand behind the engine. Which on the 2015-2016, is a tight fit.
Plus the 2nd half of the sound tube has 2 mounting points that is still connected so it is very secure.
The final part was replacing the Intake tube itself.
All in all, took my 1 hour for everything.
Now my experience after the install. And I have driven it for 2 days now. Throttle response is better and smoother. Used to, the car would choke a bit when trying to take off in 2nd gear. Unless I gave it plenty of gas. And this is with 3.73s.
Now, taking off in 2nd is very smooth. I use this now instead of 1st gear usually.
The car just feels more responsive now throughout the entire low range. Definitely worth the $205 spent.
Now, I don't hear the swooshing sound of the intake. Because I am still using the stock intake box (I wanted a covered intake anyways). But now I don't hear the fake noise from the sound tube so I can enjoy listening to what the V8 really sounds like and the exhaust.
I had my wife rev it yesterday and the exhaust sounds just a hair deeper and just a hair louder. The normal person wouldn't notice but since I have driven the car throughout all of its changes so far, I can notice. And I get a nice deep POP if I rev it high enough. Which I did not get before.