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Really dumb questions about CAI...

Okay, first off I know that the gains are minimal but I always like the fun of hearing the larger filter at first, I like wasting money I guess.

Anyways, dumb questions...saw the Legmaker, can’t find anything about install, someone mentioned cutting the wheel well??

With the Hellcat box, can you fit a larger conical air filter like what’s found on the normal CAI you install?

Here’s why I started this thread...how on earth can you install a CAI with an open top if the hood has the vent directly above the filter?! Wouldn’t it just suck in all the water/rain and right into your engine? Click image for larger version

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The Hellcat box is closed. Pulls cold air from the headlight opening, and the fender. It would be a flat filter in the Hellcat air box. The Hellcat filter flows more if you want better flow. There are aftermarket flat filters as well, but I don't know you'll gain anything.

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The Hellcat box is closed. Pulls cold air from the headlight opening, and the fender. It would be a flat filter in the Hellcat air box. The Hellcat filter flows more is you want better flow. There are aftermarket flat filters as well, but I don't know you'll gain anything.

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Your link didn’t work. Yeah, I know the hellcat version is closed. But I’ve seen brands online with open box and i was incredibly confused how that would ever work.


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There are open top ones with a hole in front you can connect a tube to. They draw cold air from the headlight, the fender, and hot under hood air from the top. If you want bling, just get the one looks best to you. If you want the most cold air, get the hellcat lower box and keep it closed.

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There are open top ones with a hole in front you can connect a tube to. They draw cold air from the headlight, the fender, and hot under hood air from the top. If you want bling, just get the one looks best to you. If you want the most cold air, get the hellcat lower box and keep it closed.

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Yeah I will probably go hellcat just to make the headlamp functional even if it does absolutely nothing. Sorry though I don’t think I’m conveying what I meant well. The open top kinds I’ve seen are directly below the hood vent...how does that not get water soaked?!

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Oh, I didn't realize. If it's directly below the hood vent, it does get wet. Not sure I've seen an open CAI on a Hellcat for that very reason. They do also make aftermarket covers/diverters meant to keep water off. I know @Booky has a Legmaker on his hellcat, but I think it's the fender draw type. Not sure if it gets wet...or if he drives it in the rain, lol. I suspect he washes it though

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BTW the Hellcat tube does bring in extra cold air, so it is functional. Less effective if the CAI is open at the top of course
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Oh, I didn't realize. If it's directly below the hood vent, it does get wet. Not sure I've seen an open CAI on a Hellcat for that very reason. They do also make aftermarket covers/diverters meant to keep water off. I know @Booky has a Legmaker on his hellcat, but I think it's the fender draw type. Not sure if it gets wet...or if he drives it in the rain, lol. I suspect he washes it though

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Lol that’s what I thought, I was so confused how anyone can sell them? A wet filter is
not a good idea lol. I hope he washes that beast and keeps it spot shined! Glad I’m not crazy though.


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JLT makes vent covers for their intakes. There are others as well. I remember someone here made some homemade one from clear plastic I believe

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P.S. If you install a Hellcat hood on a non Hellcat, you'd want to get the ABS cover as well, as the ABS piping sits right under the other cover. On second thought, get the ABS cover anyway, as it looks so much better with it



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