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    Install a cold air intake on a Jeep Wrangler TJ

    There are a few things that you can do to a Wrangler (or any vehicle for that matter) that will improve power and fuel economy, and installing a cold air intake is one of them. The idea is to allow the engine to draw in large amounts of cool fresh air easily, aiding in the combustion process.

    In order to give this a try, I decided to install a cold air intake in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler. I went with the AeF air intake (you can read my thoughts on this particular intake here (aFe Cold Air Intake)).


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    Step 1 – Remove the factory air intake.

    As you can see from the shots below, the factory intake has a small horn that allow air into the air cleaner. While this isn’t great for drawing air in, it does an excellent job of keeping water out.



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    So, we need to begin by removing the factory setup. First unplug the hose going to the air box

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    Then carefully unplug the air sensor

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    Loosen the hose clamp that holds the intake onto the engine

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    Remove the bolts that hold the air box to the body of the Jeep

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    Now, remove the crossmember by unbolting both the front and back.

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    The final part of removing the factory setup is to remove the top radiator bolt

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    Step 2 - Install the new cold air intake

    Now that the factory stuff is out of the way, we just need to install the new cold air intake
    Start by bolting the new cold air intake base into place

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    Install the grommet into place and fish the cross member back through


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    Now you can clamp the engine side of the intake into place.

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    Then install the air sensor into the new intake

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    And connect the PCV valve into the new intake

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    Now you’re ready to install the filter itself. It secures into place with large hose clamps

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    The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    Here are some shots of the installed cold air intake. Overall it's a nice upgrade. My engine feels slightly more powerful, but that's most likely because it sounds tougher when you really get into the throttle (it sounds the same under normal driving but has a more throaty sound at full throttle.

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    Re: Install a cold air intake on a Jeep Wrangler TJ

    Nice write up Terry! I like your assistant in the 3rd and 4th pics..... I bet he helps with the hard to reach places. LOL!!
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    Re: Install a cold air intake on a Jeep Wrangler TJ

    I'd be interested to know if you actually experienced a significant increase in mileage after this install. From everything I can find, none of these systems offers a significant increase of power until one gets into RPMs above 3500, and I've yet to find any documentation at ALL which shows ANY gas mileage increase. None of the companies I've contacted was able- or willing- to provide any documentation.

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    Re: Install a cold air intake on a Jeep Wrangler TJ

    Quote Originally Posted by rfrenchu View Post
    I'd be interested to know if you actually experienced a significant increase in mileage after this install. From everything I can find, none of these systems offers a significant increase of power until one gets into RPMs above 3500, and I've yet to find any documentation at ALL which shows ANY gas mileage increase. None of the companies I've contacted was able- or willing- to provide any documentation.
    Cold air intakes alone will not increase HP. Sure you may see a boost up until the PCM relearns the idle and your are back to where you were with the stock set up. I monitored MPG saw a increase and saw it go away in 500 mi.
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    Re: The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    Question for you Terry. Me being the ignorant mechanic I am, you had mentioned the stock setup does a great job of keeping water out. What issues have you ran into with the upgrade? You have any quick fixes for the water problem (if any)? I really dig the look and have been a fan of cold air intake, but I like to play in the mud/bigger puddles.
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    Re: The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    Quote Originally Posted by pizaba View Post
    Question for you Terry. Me being the ignorant mechanic I am, you had mentioned the stock setup does a great job of keeping water out. What issues have you ran into with the upgrade? You have any quick fixes for the water problem (if any)? I really dig the look and have been a fan of cold air intake, but I like to play in the mud/bigger puddles.
    pizaba,
    I haven't had this into any deep water (I'm not a fan of water crossings), so I can't say that I've had any problems. The stock box does seem to give you a few extra inches over this one, but for most people (myself included) it's not a big deal.

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    Re: The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    In 2003, I was stationed at Fort Carson, there in Colorado Springs. I made friends with some hardcore off-roaders from a local 4WD shop. The cold-air intake systems weren't widely commercially available, and in the higher altitudes, the stock intake wasn't cutting it. The guys showed me how to remedy this: 1. On the 3 inch tube, that runs across the top of the engine (approximately above the left edge of the head cover). 2. Go to your local autoparts store and buy a "cone" filter (whatever brand you like). 3. Clamp it on to the air intake tube with a normal hose clamp.
    Yes... it's not "cold air". In the higher elevation, the idea was to get more oxygen. Also, if I remember my research, the "cold air" increases horsepower, but where our piece is is warmer air. I had read that the warmer air, like this, would increase the fuel burn. I liked the sucking sound of that thing pulling in the air!

    Recently, I added a throttle body spacer. This did kick up the horsepower (I could feel it)... I read the comment about the computer self adjusting... interesting. I could see this happening. Anyhow, we just took a 2000 mile road trip. My next modification, with this process, will need to be the exhaust. I've got good flow "in"... now we need to get a good flow "out"! Good stuff, Guys! This is my first post on here... glad to meet y'all.

    BTW... it's a 2000 Wranger, 4.0 Sport.

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    Re: The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    Quote Originally Posted by TerryMason View Post
    Here are some shots of the installed cold air intake. Overall it's a nice upgrade. My engine feels slightly more powerful, but that's most likely because it sounds tougher when you really get into the throttle (it sounds the same under normal driving but has a more throaty sound at full throttle.

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    This modification is safe when the rainy season
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    Re: The finished product - Jeep Cold Air Intake Install

    Quote Originally Posted by iwansudjatmiko View Post
    This modification is safe when the rainy season
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    Are you asking if it's safe?

    The aFe intake does a pretty good job of blocking water from underneath, but I'd bet that the stock air intake on a TJ would do a better job. My opinion is that if you're going through alot of water you should either stick with the stock intake, or upgrade to a snorkel.

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