2010 Ram diesel intake/exhaust upgrade
2010 Dodge Cummins 6.7L kit from aFe adds power and lowers EGTs
by Bruce W. Smith
Owners of 2010-newer Ram diesels who want a little more pulling power might want to consider upgrading the factory intake and exhaust to let the engine breath easier. The aFe Performance Package (part#45-00082) is a complete air-flow solution producing 5hp and 12 lbs./ft. of torque.
This matched package, which retails for $725, contains the aFe Stage 2 MegaCannon air-intake system to handle bringing in maximum air volume and flow. This intake out-flowed the factory intake by 81 percent, according to aFe testing, while lowering exhaust gas temperatures (EGT).
The aFe intake system includes a durable 16-gauge, powder-coated heat shield holding a high-flow washable/reusable conical air filter made from 100-percent polyurethane so it’ll withstand multiple cleaning cycles.
The intake also includes a heat-insulating molded-plastic tube that replaces the stock intake tract and directs increased air flow with improved volumetric efficiency be eliminating the OEM sound baffles and other restrictions.
One the exhaust side, aFe’s “Large Bore” HD 4″ DPF-back exhaust replaces the factory muffler and smaller exhaust to continue with the air flow velocity with a very slight increase in exhaust note.
This exhaust upgrade also helps lower EGT’s for maximum performance when towing bigger loads. As an added value, aFe has thrown in a huge 6″ black powde-coated aFe Power Tip for that custom look. Check out our exhaust install photos.
This kit is 50-state legal (CARB E.O Number D-550-4). For more information: www.afepower.com; 951-493-7100.
We want to thank Daniel Parker at Truck Supply & Outfitters in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for allowing us to follow his installation.
And a special thanks to our friends at GearWrench who are always keeping us supplied with quality handtools that make these installs easier. The 80934 Tool Kit (above) handles the majority of our pickup upgrade needs.
Here’s how the Cummins cold-air intake is installed: