Dodge Ram Hemi Exhaust Headers - Horsepower Bolt-Ons

CGS Air Intake, JBA Header Exhaust

Bob Ryder
Sep 1, 2008
Photographers: Bob Ryder
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Improving engine performance is a continuous challenge for custom-truck enthusiasts. In this day and age of higher fuel costs, we are always looking for ways to enhance horsepower and increase fuel mileage. We couldn't help but add some bolt-ons to an '06 Dodge Ram equipped with the 5.7L Hemi V-8. Check out the images as we gained more than 30 hp in less than 4 hours.
CGS Motorsports: Air Intake System
We installed the CGS Motorsports performance air intake system for a more responsive throttle, increase in horsepower, and improved fuel mileage. The bolt-on kit consists of a straight 3-1/2-inch-diameter powdercoated air tube with airflow sensor port, cotton element pleats with a wire mesh casing, mounting bracket, and stainless mounting hardware.
JBA Performance Headers & Exhaust
Replacing the factory log-style exhaust manifolds with a pair of JBA 409 stainless shorty headers will increase the exhaust flow rate. The equal-length style header with 1-1/2-inch-diameter primary tubes that merge into a 3-inch-diameter collector with a medium-length inner cone will reduce scavenging while increasing both power and torque throughout the entire power curve. It utilized the factory catalytic converter with the JBA after-cat 3-inch-diameter exhaust with a tubular, flow-through after-cat muffler system.
From the Driver Seat:
Before installing the JBA performance exhaust stainless steel headers and after-cat exhaust, we strapped down the '06 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi onto the dynamic test system (DTS) dyno and made a couple of pulls, which resulted in....
Baseline DTS dyno
273 hp at 5,592 rpm
294 lb-ft of torque at 3,449 rpm
JBA headers and after-cat exhaust
293.6 hp at 5,406 rpm
307.2 lb-ft of torque at 4,101 rpm
Gains
21.6hp gain
13.2 lb-ft of torque gain
CGS air intake system
10.3hp gain
Total horsepower gain
31.9 hp from factory
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
TIME SPENT WORKING:
JBA headers and cat-back exhaust 3 hours
CGS air intake system 1 hour
MECHANICAL DIFFICULTY:
Intake system Easy
Headers and cat-back system Intermediate
Tools Used:
JBA headers and cat-back exhaust, air wrench 1/2-inch drive, 1/2-, 3/8 -, 7/16-, and 5/8-inch drive sockets; 3/8-, 1/2-, and 9/16-inch combo wrenches, and basic handtools
PARTS USED:
Part Number Price
CGS Motorsports intake system PN20124 $245.00
JBA Performance headers PN19619S $749.00
JBA Performance cat-back exhaust PN40-1535 $539.00
Total Cost:   $1,533.00

Sources

CGS Motorsports
Chino, CA 91710
19099020102
www.cgsmotorsports.com/
JBA Performance Exhaust
www.jbaheaders.com

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