Another thing I did this weekend was install the Volant PowerCore "Cool" Air Intake system.
Before the debate starts of "To Intake, or Not to Intake???", here are the main reasons I chose this particular system:
-Mostly closed intake box
-Donaldson's PowerCore filter (cylindrical kind that has more surface area than the standard pleated filters, 99.97% filtration efficiency, dry synthetic material is naturally water resistant, under "normal" use can last 4 years 100k miles before servicing)
-Added a pre-filter to help keep water and excess dust off the filter to prolong the life (with the haboobs and monsoons we get here, I figured it could use the help)
-Does not require cutting of the factory inlet tube/square (I want to retain the factory set up--just in case)
-No, I did not get it on the Dyno for pre- and post- results
-To each their own, right?
Also, as a reference point:
Stock Interior Exhaust/Intake Sounds
And if you'd rather watch a video instead of reading all the below:
Volant PowerCore Intake Install on JK 3.6L
Here's what you get with the setup:
-Intake tube with connection points for the vent tube and air temp sensor
-2 silicon connection sleeves (the smooth one goes on the throttle body side, and the "bump" one goes on the airbox side)
-Donaldson PowerCore filter with clamp
First thing I noticed was that the Volant airbox didn't have any drain holes. I helped myself and drilled 2 small pilot holes:
Here's a pic of the engine bay "before":
I started by removing and retaining the 2 bolts that are holding the reservoir tube:
I then worked to disconnect the air temp sensor (just the connection part.. not actually removing the sensor itself):
I then disconnected the vent/breather tube:
I then loosened the clamp on the intake tube at the throttle body:
Then loosened the clamp at the airbox:
Then, release the 4 hinged/clamp things on the airbox itself. Lift up on the airbox cover, and the whole unit should could come out with ease, leaving the base of the airbox. The base of the airbox simply pulls upward--there are 3 rubber grommets at the bottom that are holding it place. Just pull firmly.
For the install of the Volant box, I left all 3 rubber grommets on the Jeep. The Volant box will only use 2 of them. Before putting the Volant box in, remove the bolt that is/was between the TICM/Fuse box and the factory airbox. This bolt will be used to help secure the Volant box:
Next, I wanted to make sure I took the time to remove the air temp sensor carefully. On the factory intake tube, turn a quarter turn counter clock-wise--if you look, there is a slight "lock" in place. Once turned, gently wiggle and work it out.. straight out.. not crooked, but straight. Once I got it out, I immediately installed it onto the Volant intake tube to protect it. The Volant tube already has a rubber grommet installed. Simply (and gently) twist it into the grommet. The sensor has a rubber o-ring on it (mine was green). When inserting the sensor into the new intake tube, be sure NONE of the green is still showing on the outside. I pushed it in just a hair further to make it somewhat "flush" on the outside.
Next, work to install the "smooth" silicon sleeve onto the Volant intake tube (the side closest to the air temp sensor--which is the throttle body side). After realizing it wasn't going to be easy, I used just a little bit of WD40 for lubricant. MUCH easier after that. Be sure to slip on 2 of the clamps. Also, install the silicon sleeve with the "bump" (or "hump"?) onto the other end (airbox end), and slip on the 2 clamps. Next, work to fit the sleeve on the throttle body, then the connection to the airbox:
I then installed the PowerCore filter:
After realizing that the pre-filter is easier to install when the filter is out of the box, I removed the PowerCore filter, installed the pre-filter onto it, then re-installed it into the airbox:
Connect the air temp sensor connection:
Next, connect the vent/breather tube. This required a little twisting to re-route the tube to ensure there was no bind or touching of any hot parts:
After all this is done, install the cover for the airbox:
At this point, use 2 cable/hose "bolt" clamps to secure the reservoir tube close to the original location using the original bolts:
That's pretty much it. Here is a video of the interior sounds with the Volant intake system (keep in mind you'll also hear the aFe exhaust as well in the video clip).
Volant PowerCore Intake and aFe MACHForce Cat Back - Interior Sounds
Let me know if you have any questions.. Thanks!!