Increasing the Power on My 2009 Dodge Ram 1500

March 17th, 2010 by admin

One of the first things I wanted to do to my 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 2wd 5.7 hemi Crew Cab Big Horn Edition was to increase the power. Adding these performance parts really made a difference:

Magnaflow cat back dual exit exhaust

1. I first installed a Magnaflow cat back dual exit exhaust. This was a complete bolt-on system, which I installed in my driveway. The install took about 2 hours and was easy with clear instructions and details. When removing or installing the piping from the hangers, use WD40 (or similar lubricant) to make install easier. The outcome was better fuel economy, power, and tone. I am very pleased with the Magnaflow exhaust because it has a lower tone on acceleration, but when you get on the freeway for a long drive it doesn’t drive you nuts with a drone sound.

Airaid Intake system

2. My next bolt-on power adder was an Airaid Intake system, along with Airaid’s matching throttle body spacer. The new air intake was complete with filter, heat shield, tube, and all the hardware. The spacer had the longer bolts and washers required for install. It took about 30 minutes and the detailed instructions made it clear to assemble. The gains were fuel economy and power. On my truck I saw about 2 MPG increase and more bottom end torque, which was noticeable.

3. My last power adder was a Hypertech Max Energy Programmer. This was the easiest to install – it took less than 30 minutes. All I did was plug the programmer into my OBD2 port, select a few Yes/No answers, and the 15Hp/25FP torque was installed. The programmer is easy to read and very clear on adjustments.

Keep an eye out for my next post where I’ll be talking about even more of the upgrades I’ve made to my Dodge Ram.

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