Because the Explorer is so darn quiet to begin with, the extra sound from the new CAI is not very loud. You will notice it but others may not.I've been thinking about this mod too. How does it impact noise?
My goal is an throaty boost in sound while wide open, but relatively quiet during normal operation.
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There is no airflow from radiator to OEM intake opening when moving forward.A piece of cardboard between the intake and radiator. There is an air gap that allows crossflow from the radiator.
Remove intake shroud. It is restrictive and doesn't need to be there.
Drill holes in the lower filter box that line up with the front headlight hole. You can also put holes in the metal there for better airflow.
The airbox is right above the front wheelwell so you could open up a hole there for airflow and glue some fine stainless steel mesh to the bottom of the box.
There is also a piece of the upper right airflow diverter that can be removed, allowing some extra intake from the main grille.
If you are following this still.... curious on what your recommendations are than for more air intake?All so cold Cold air intakes for Explorer lose power in every day driving because they take in hot air from under the hood. Even with heat shield, there is planty of gaps to suck in hot air. They only make power with open hood on a dyno.
There are multiple tests on SHO forum where people ran slower 1/4 with CAI vs OEM.
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OEM is best solution. The only small restriction in OEM intake, is snorkle leading to radiator support - which needed in order to keep air colder, so car does not pull timing.If you are following this still.... curious on what your recommendations are than for more air intake?
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