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PICS! NEW Volant CAI (pics/install/review) Part#162576

So I had the LMI Hammer CAI on my car for about 4 weeks. It was a nice looking piece, I did not see a performance increase but I did like the look compared to the stock intake tube/silencer. Unfortunately, when I was installing it I broke it. What I think happened was I tightened the throttle body clamps over the carbon fiber that wasnt positioned over the actually throttle body extension correctly (the metal throttle body extension obviously provides structural support for the carbon fiber intake tube end when your clamping it down). Anyways, it ended up getting warped. It is not cracked or anything just deformed now, but it still works fine with the TB sleeves on. So I started looking at other CAIs on the market for the 2011-12 models, and there really arent many good options out there yet for the 5.7Ls (2011-current). But I did come across the new Volant CAI, and it appears to be a well built unit, that also incorporates a fender pull tube. I havent ever really seen an install or review of this product for our Challengers so I thought I would make a thread on it to share my thoughts/experience with my compatriots here. Now, I dont care about gains with a CAI, because I know gains from any CAI are negligible (if any). I just like the look of it under the hood. So lets not get into a CAI gains debate here please. I have several intake options that I have already purchased, just because I was curious about the differences. I have the stock unit (which is never going on my car again), I have the 2011-current Charger intake tube that I put on when I take my car to the dealership ($70), I have the now slightly deformed LMI Hammer, and lastly the Volant CAI. I would have stopped at the LMI Hammer purchase but it met an untimely demise.

So I put my Challenger on some Rhino Ramps in front of my house and got to work installing the new Volant CAI for the 5.7Ls. You only have to put your car on ramps/jacks if you plan on installing the fender pull tube onto the bottom of the Volant air-box. You can chose not to install the fender pull tube, and the Volant unit will still pull air exactly how the stock unit pulls air; through the triangle cutout below the stock air-box. With the exception that the Volant unit also has a cutout which faces the grill/headlights to draw in additional air.

If you choose to install the fender pull tube onto the bottom of the Volant air-box you will need to do the following (at least in my experience):

UPDATE: I think you can just drop the unit down into the car with the fender pull tube already attached. Eliminating the need to do steps 1-4 below.

  1. Remove the belly pan and splash shields from underneath the car
  2. Undo the front left (drivers side) portion of your rocker panel (and removal of splash guards if you have those).
  3. Remove the front left drivers side wheel-well liner
  4. Install the fender pull Volant tube onto the bottom of the Volant air-box using the provided clamps and a sleeve.
Removing and re-installing the front drivers side wheel-well liner was by far the most difficult part of the whole install, everything else was pretty easy.

I will say though that the Volant CAI does give my car a deeper sound over stock, and the LMI Hammer. I noticed a distinct increase in my exhaust note. Anyways here are some pictures I will probably have to do this in several threads because I have like 14 or so pictures.
 

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pics of Volant CAI install

Here are some pictures of the Volant filter. This passage is taken from their website:

NEW Volant Filters with PowerCore® Filtration Technology: Manufactured by Donaldson® to Volant's applications, this filter uses advanced technology for improved efficiency. This material is a high-quality synthetic, that won't deteriorate as easily as traditional paper element and cotton/gauze filter media, while also providing vastly improved filtration up to 99.97%. In addition, it's water resistant and never needs oiling. PowerCore Filtration Technology works by directing air into the front of the filter, where it is channeled into its fluted design. The channels are alternately sealed, allowing air to enter through an open flute and forcing it to exit out an adjacent flute. This allows the air to be filtered in one pass through the filter media with less restriction, allowing clean air to enter your engine for increased airflow and higher filtration efficiency. This technology allows the filter to include a 4 year or 100,000 miles warranty when used in urban conditions.
 

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More pics of the air-box, etc.
 

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Pictures from underneath the car showing the fender pull tube attached to the bottom of the Volant air-box.
 

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Awesome. :cheers:


It's about time someone else noticed Volant. Good choice with the filters too; Made by Donaldson and top of the line quality and filtration.

The only thing that keeps me from getting one of these (and I found a site that sells them for $252 shipped) is how throaty it's gonna be. I initially bought an AFE stage II and where it was a very nice intake with good quality, I thought it sounded obnoxious. It was entirely too loud for me.

How loud is it vs the stock air box? I'm running a 6.1 air box. Have you driven it yet and with the scoop, what did you pay for it?
 

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Awesome. :cheers:


It's about time someone else noticed Volant. Good choice with the filters too; Made by Donaldson and top of the line quality and filtration.

The only thing that keeps me from getting one of these (and I found a site that sells them for $252 shipped) is how throaty it's gonna be. I initially bought an AFE stage II and where it was a very nice intake with good quality, I thought it sounded obnoxious. It was entirely too loud for me.

How loud is it vs the stock air box? I'm running a 6.1 air box. Have you driven it yet and with the scoop, what did you pay for it?
I know, I don't understand why Volant has been ignored so much thus far. I am really impressed with the build quality and design, even if there is no horsepower gains per-se.

It is definitely more throaty than the stock intake, and the LMI Hammer in my opinion. It almost sounds like I have a aftermarket exhaust on my car inside the cabin. I don't think it is over the top though, the increase is subtle, it just makes it sound more like a muscle car at cruising speeds and WOT when inside the cabin.

I don't know if this is just my experience though. I think it sounds really nice, maybe ill try and get an interior sound video clip posted soon for you. I paid $280 (without tax) at a local performance shop here in San Diego.

When you say the scoop what are you referring to exactly? Do you mean the fender pull tube?
 

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Well, I've been eyeballing Volant's now for a couple months. I just bought an AFE filter for my stock air box and I've been more than happy with the 6.1 box so far. I didn't expect any gains but maybe another mpg or two I was hoping for. I don't care for K&N and I think their filters are garbage. I fail to understand why EVERYONE and their grandmother here swears by them.

http://www.challengertalk.com/forums/f175/afe-filters-75866/

What made you get the Donaldson filter vs the 5 layered oiled synthetic cone?

I'm a hair away from doing this but I just cant stand the super loud throatiness. I think the engine loses it's refinement sound with an intake on it. My AFE Stage II lasted about 200 miles before I sold it. I just couldn't take it.

I was also looking at the Volant's box and I was thinking if I did this, I might seal up the front of the box so that it gets all it's air from underneath. Great pics too.
 

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I have a Volant on my 300C and had always hoped to see one for the 392. Just checked their site and see they still don't have one for my SRT. Too bad, because I would have probably bought one.

Yours looks really nice OHSNAP!

JFF:D
 

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I have been waiting for this intake for several months, and I finally got one on 04/07/12 for $254 from new level motorsports.... no sales tax & free shipping. I did not get the 100k mile filter because I planned on periodically changing/ cleaning it.... I got the Volant Pro-5 Filter.

The fit & quality is very good, and the actual (interior) intake noise is only slightly noticeable @ full throttle.... if you have an after market exhaust (Corsa Extreme) you will really have to listen to hear the difference.

I haven't noticed any mpg increase because I have been too busy enjoy 3500+ RMP shifts.... the car's nose rises nicely under the harder acceleration
 

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Well, I've been eyeballing Volant's now for a couple months. I just bought an AFE filter for my stock air box and I've been more than happy with the 6.1 box so far. I didn't expect any gains but maybe another mpg or two I was hoping for. I don't care for K&N and I think their filters are garbage. I fail to understand why EVERYONE and their grandmother here swears by them.

http://www.challengertalk.com/forums/f175/afe-filters-75866/

What made you get the Donaldson filter vs the 5 layered oiled synthetic cone?

I'm a hair away from doing this but I just cant stand the super loud throatiness. I think the engine loses it's refinement sound with an intake on it. My AFE Stage II lasted about 200 miles before I sold it. I just couldn't take it.

I was also looking at the Volant's box and I was thinking if I did this, I might seal up the front of the box so that it gets all it's air from underneath. Great pics too.
I like the Donaldson filter because I thought the design was intriguing and unique. I wanted to see the difference between that and the traditional cone shaped filters on the market. Its not super loud were I think it would be a problem, I don't know what the Stage II sounded like. And maybe the filters make a difference in sound level. I wouldn't categorize the sound difference as engine noise either, but rather the exhaust sounds deeper and little bit louder. But this is all just my opinion though.

Sealing up the box from the front would be interesting but what would you use to accomplish that?
 

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I have a Volant on my 300C and had always hoped to see one for the 392. Just checked their site and see they still don't have one for my SRT. Too bad, because I would have probably bought one.

Yours looks really nice OHSNAP!

JFF:D

Thanks, I've always liked the way Volants looked, they always seem to have a good quality air-box, not just a flimsy heat shield.
 

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Another thing I forgot to mention, you don't have to do any wire splicing to install this, unlike some other fender pull CAIs. I will post a video soon showing a sound clip next time I drive my car.
 

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I like the Donaldson filter because I thought the design was intriguing and unique. I wanted to see the difference between that and the traditional cone shaped filters on the market. Its not super loud were I think it would be a problem, I don't know what the Stage II sounded like. And maybe the filters make a difference in sound level. I wouldn't categorize the sound difference as engine noise either, but rather the exhaust sounds deeper and little bit louder. But this is all just my opinion though.

Sealing up the box from the front would be interesting but what would you use to accomplish that?
I'm not sure. I'd have to study the box itself and see what I could come up with. Something along the lines of a flat panel piece that could be glued to the front of the box would probably work.

I've owned previously 3 Duramax Diesel trucks and the later generations came with the Donaldson filters, just like that one. Now, they were HUGE but it's the same design. After years of testing, we (in the diesel community) confirmed that intakes weren't adding any power and in reality, nothing really out flowed or out filtered these Donaldson filters.

Ford Powerstrokes also used these filters. This intake is the best of both worlds. High flow and excellent filtration, not to mention that it costs around $250.

Having an enclosed air box is the key and all the open filter elements are doing is sucking in hot, under hood air.

My previous AFE Stage II was a nice system but like I said, it was ungodly loud. Fit and finish was good and I've always had good results with AFE in the past. It was just obnoxious at full throttle. Some people liked that I guess but I wasn't one of them. I removed it and sold it with less than 200 miles on it. I have a company car and don't drive my car a whole lot. I just rolled 11k miles on my 2010 but my mods are similar to yours. I'm also running a Fastman TB. My exhaust is stock, minus Jones Full Boar muffler swaps (reso's are still there), and the Predator 91 tune. I also have a Hypertech tune that to me, seems torquier down low but on this forum, it seems that you're an outcast unless you're running a Predator and K&N.

This Volant intrigued me though. I'd really be interested to see if you gained any mileage with it.
 

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sealy up the front might starve the engine of air.. That tube going into the fender looks smaller than the tube going from airbox to the engine. Looks like a choke point to me thats all. You might want to leave the front open.
 

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just ordered mine tonight .. 230 free shipping.. I think thats a good deal

Also how did you mount a catch can with this CAI? does it have to be fender mount? or will the standard mount work?
 

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just ordered mine tonight .. 230 free shipping.. I think thats a good deal

Also how did you mount a catch can with this CAI? does it have to be fender mount? or will the standard mount work?
That is a great price, where did you buy it from? I saw some sites that had it for cheap but I wasn't sure about their legitimacy.

You can mount a catch can with most any CAI I believe, in fact getting rid of the stock intake "silencer" allows for more mounting options. Standard mount will work just fine, it can be a tad tight as far as the air-temp. sensor cord reaching (but it will pretty easily). I am using the Moroso catch can which (from my pictures on the first page) utilizes a superior mounting solution in my opinion and also provides a drain plug at the bottom of the can.

When installing the Volant CAI, be careful when putting the 2 hex-head bolts into the unit (be careful not to strip them).

Also, I didn't follow the instructions exaclty for my install. For the fender pull tube which attaches inside the front drivers side fender area, I did not attach the black support brace to that tube. I thought the provided tube sleeve and clamps (2) were enough to keep the tube in place with relatively little movement.

I'll be interested to see what your opinion is as far as the sound difference vs. stock.
 

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from new level motorsports. I did not get the 100K dry filter. its really not worth the extra $30. you would still need to clean it. i can clean the one that comes with the regular CAI.

As far as the Catch can, i am looking to get a speedlogix one. i want to use the standard mount but didnt know if the plug to the IAT since it sticks out would be in the way or not.
 

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from new level motorsports. I did not get the 100K dry filter. its really not worth the extra $30. you would still need to clean it. i can clean the one that comes with the regular CAI.

As far as the Catch can, i am looking to get a speedlogix one. i want to use the standard mount but didnt know if the plug to the IAT since it sticks out would be in the way or not.
Yeah, New Level Motorsports is where I got mine; I didn't order it online though because they are located like 10 miles away from me luckily. So I just drove over during my lunch break and picked one up.

I got the 100k filter because I wanted to try a new filter design, also I don't plan on cleaning mine really ever (unless it obviously needs to be cleaned). At my driving rate, I will have 100,000 miles on my car in like 15 years, as its not my daily driver.
 

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I took one of those Donaldson filters from a friends Ford Powerstroke, banged it out and dirt and sand was coming out for a solid 10 minutes. The more I banged it out, the more sand and crap came out. I was amazed. Evidently, these filters can hold an obscene amount of dirt.
 

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I find that a good blow with an air compressor can keep it pretty clean. Just dont wait forever to do it.
 
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