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Old 12-24-2012, 10:54 AM
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Lower radiator baffle mod???

Has anyone heard of this mod?? I was in contact with the man who makes Leg maker intakes and I was asking him about his intakes. In the email conversation, he sent me this link about this mod. Saying that this will get alot of fresh air inside the engine bay. Anyone do this mod or seen it done? Is it worth it??

Dodge Magnum - The Infamous LX Lower Radiator Baffle Mod ( also told him it says its for LX cars but he said it can be done for challengers too)

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I think you have to do something similar when you install a Volant CAI. I've definitely heard of the mod before, but don't know if and how much performance there is to gain. I have heard people say it made the car a little louder.
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I removed mine when installing the Mopar fender mount cai. All I can say is that I went from a best of 13.51 totally stock to a best of 13.207 with just the cai.

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So its just to remove the driver side lower baffle right??

Anyone have pictures of this??? Seems like an easy way to get more air to the CAI

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This was one of the original modifications done when the Great Intake Faceoff was occurring on the LXForums several years ago.

The principles still hold true, as this allows fresh air to fill the driver side lower fender area.

To see pictures of the actual removed part, go to the bottom of page 4 of the AEM intake installation instructions below.

http://www.carid.com/images/aem/air-...nstruction.pdf

Here is a list of things done along with the original test link:

1. Intake 'silencer' has been removed
2. Inner plastic baffle on drivers side next to radiator has been removed to allow direct air flow to intake area (the small triangular one on the bottom).
3. Master cylinder cover has been removed. Hand-over-the-hood-opening test says it vents heat well (thermometer tests coming).

http://www.lxforums.com/board/f71/in...und-1-a-33886/

Also, here is further reference to heat related modifications that resulted from a lot of user-based tests.

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i just did this myself while my car is in the garage for the winter...i also have the SRT chin spoiler on my R/T without the brake ducts, so the opening there adds to the fresh air.

and another thing that i just found out from a friend, but the 2011+ cars come with a"close out panel" that separates that area below the airbox and the radiator fan. this panel will keep what is known as "fan wash" from blowing heat into the airbox area. should really benefit those that have the fender pull intakes that place the filter right down in that area.

i was in the process of making one and he said he found out about a factory piece on newer challenger that were added in 2011. mines an 09 and his is a '10. neither had it, but i just ordered one up and will have it next week!

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i just did this myself while my car is in the garage for the winter...i also have the SRT chin spoiler on my R/T without the brake ducts, so the opening there adds to the fresh air.

and another thing that i just found out from a friend, but the 2011+ cars come with a"close out panel" that separates that area below the airbox and the radiator fan. this panel will keep what is known as "fan wash" from blowing heat into the airbox area. should really benefit those that have the fender pull intakes that place the filter right down in that area.

i was in the process of making one and he said he found out about a factory piece on newer challenger that were added in 2011. mines an 09 and his is a '10. neither had it, but i just ordered one up and will have it next week!

part number 68065531AC if anyone is interested.
Let us know how the install goes...with pics if possible! thanks for the info!
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Let us know how the install goes...with pics if possible! thanks for the info!
I'll let you know how it goes but it looks to just use 4 push fasteners. It's part #14 in this diagram:

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Im such a newbie at cars. This is all a foreign language to me. Is there anything with step by step pics to remove this baffle? I dont even know where to begin to look or if I should go through my hood or under the car
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Im such a newbie at cars. This is all a foreign language to me. Is there anything with step by step pics to remove this baffle? I dont even know where to begin to look or if I should go through my hood or under the car
I found it was easiest to get at it after removing the belly pan. After that it's just a matter of popping off the plastic rivets. You'll see it pretty easily from underneath on the drivers side.
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