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My custom ram air

I was really bored this past weekend, so I decided to go to Home Depot........ and look around at stuff I cant afford. But while I was there I came across an aisle with dryer ducking and thought of a crazzy way to ram cold air into my airbox. So just for S's and G's I started fitting some different pieces together, while trying to visualize if it would fit or not. After getting some weird looks from the people that work there, I decided why not, and bought 25$ worth of aluminum dryer ducking. When I got home I was amazed at how well and close it all fitted together. I used 1 galvinized steel scoop, 2 90 degree 4 inch alluminum bends, and 1 4 inch alluminum tube. I had to drill 3 small holes into the very bottom of my radiator to attach the front scoop, which is held on by bolts, and drill a hole in the side of my airbox for the bend to go into. It was already realy cold when I took it out at 1 in the morning, but I did notice a little difference performance wise. When I got over 50 my check engine light came on, I can only assume b/c there was a big difference in air inflow. So when I got back I reset the computer and it has worked fine ever since. The entire thing can be taken appart in less than 3 min, so I figure, why not leave it. Besides, I have been getting some funny puzzled looks by people at stoplights as to what the hell it is. Also, if I feel the need to go off road, all I have to do is unscrew the front scoop and put an end cap on the tub, or just take the whole thing off. It may not be the most attractive ram air available, and yah its probably overkill, but it works for me.
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hope you dont mine, i made them to IMG tags for the lazy man...


have you thought about removing the front tag holder and puting the intake part in the valence opening?


interesting
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Add HP the redneck way. J/K LOL

How much hp you think you gain??
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thats awsome... u know where ill be saturday...


Have u drivin it in rain yet... u may get some water up there...

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um no offense but i doubt that does anything and it looks kinda trashy. the ****s and giggles part is cool and thats a funny picture but dont leave that on. gives rangers a bad name
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Yah like I said, im not going for the best looking truck award. Im just messing around with different things and seeing what it will do. But no, I didnt know I could make a hole behind the tag holder, I will look into that .... for how cheap this stuff is .... why not?
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i did the same kind of thing with my explorer, only i used the flex ducting for the whole thing, and pointed it out one of the empty foglight holes in my valance. the ridges and bends in the pipe kept any water from coming in. the way you have it set up WILL get you some cold air, if you had that air box sealed off it would be a virtual ram air. i think its a good idea and if you could clean it up some it should work well
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i'v also done this i did notice a little better performance but a decreese in gas Mpg :( looks like solid concept...few things here ad there and it should work/look great
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Isn't there some concept in reality, like if you want to put more air in, you need a bigger exhaust to let it out as well? What good does shoving air down the engines throat do if the exhaust is just as restrictive.
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is there anyway you can paint it black? That way it won't stick out as much.
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Hope you don't go offroading! :p
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Yah, painting it black is exactly what I had in mind. Also, when I find a beter place to relocate the scoop I will. And yes, I do plan on getting my exhaust system soon. But if I sealed the airbox off completely, would it have to work harder to suck air that much further?
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I think that will suck in water if you drive through a deep puddle or maybe if you go off roading. Other then that nice job maybe some black paint might make it look alittle better. I think it is worth a few horses when you are rolling.
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DEFINITELY if you do a deep water crossing. Look at my avatar. It would have been completely underwater -- and that was not the deepest part.
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why do you have to use a ROUND intake? look at the ram air transam and the Z28, they use a rectangle type ram air I would suggest you do the same.
I would never do seomthing like that just looks WAY to tacky for my taste and I don't ahve that much taste to begin with.

Def have fun if you go into any water, better have your tow straps ready LMAO.
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whos this guy ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ lol great ide i like it allot it looks a little bit redneck for me but once you figure everything out it will be the S H I T!!!!! lol im just kiding with the swear word part.. im trying to beat the system......
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...um... whoa... how "Unique"
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hope u dont suck a poor low flying bird in...

you could relocate to behind tag bracket, or behind grill, infront of radiator...we'd call it a SHORT ram intake!
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While that may be working as a "cold air" intake, theres simply no way for it to be working as a RAM air intake because you cut our airbox. Any air pressure that may be generated by the ducting will go right out the front of the box there. Maybe you can find an un-cut box at the junkyard, then you might see some actual pressurization and "ram air" effect. Until you do, its just a big cold air induction setup.
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I agree with Wowak, there will be no ram air until that hole is sealed. Cold air (while the truck is moving) sure, but no ram air effect.
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i want someone to give me one reason why it would suck up water if you drove through a puddle or a water crossing.

since the box isnt sealed, there is no suction on the intake he built, if you go through water, the engine will take the air from the box since its easier to get it from there. and since there is no suction in the tube itself, it will be hard for water to beat gravity up the tube into the intake. the only way water could get in is in the case of rain, and even then, the water is heavier than the air moving through, so it will gather in the first bend of the intake, then pour out.
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You are kidding right? If he hooks it up sealed to the air box, and you put the intake under water with the engine pulling air, you have a VERY big suction pump. He asked about the possibility of sealing the box, and it was posted how it's not really a ram-air intake without that. We're all talking about hydro-lock with respect to that.

In addition, if you SLAM into a puddle, the ram effect will force a wave of water up through the tube and into the air box. Even without hydro-locking, it can soak and block the filter.

So there's TWO reasons, lol! One for each possible scenario.
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why do you have to use a ROUND intake? look at the ram air transam and the Z28, they use a rectangle type ram air I would suggest you do the same.
I would never do seomthing like that just looks WAY to tacky for my taste and I don't ahve that much taste to begin with.

Def have fun if you go into any water, better have your tow straps ready LMAO.
No ram-air for Z28's... only the SS...
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well the box is obviously not sealed now anyway so the idea that it will suck up water just.... doesnt hold water

also judging at the way it looks mounted, slamming into a puddle would more likely rip the entire contraption off than allow water to slam up into it. so lets agree not to slam into puddles with it, mmmmkay
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lol! Well, I drive his truck, I promise not to slam into puddles! (crosses fingers behind back...)

And, to some extent we've missed it original thrust of this topic: he did something useful with very inexpensive, commonly available materials. That is still worth recognition. :)
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