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Photo 1/25 | A29378 Thumb | Supercharging the 4.7L Dodge Dakota
Photo 2/25 | P84220 Image Large | Supercharging the 4.7L Dodge Dakota
Photo 3/25 | P84221 Image Large | The installation begins with removing the factory air intake ducting. This includes the air filter and resonator that sit over the intake manifold.
Photo 4/25 | P84222 Image Large | The mass air flow sensor and intake ducting are removed before the throttle body linkage and throttle body.
Photo 5/25 | P84223 Image Large | The installation also requires the removal of the alternator and A/C compressor. We merely pushed it out of the way.
Photo 6/25 | P84224 Image Large | The Dakota uses a coil-on plug ignition system and these must be unbolted from the intake manifold before they can be removed.
Photo 7/25 | P84225 Image Large | The fuel rail must also be removed. It is necessary to use a special fuel line release plug to aid in the removal of the fuel supply line to the fuel rail.
Photo 8/25 | P84226 Image Large | With the plastic intake manifold removed, this is what the lifter valley looks like. Theres plenty of room for a new intake and supercharger.
Photo 9/25 | P84227 Image Large | Extra fuel is delivered by tapping into the fuel line with a T adapter. This extra line will provide fuel for the two extra fuel injectors supplied with the kit.
Photo 10/25 | P84228 Image Large | The Kenne Bell Optimizer provides the leads for the extra fuel injectors, firing them whenever boost and fuel requirements are high.
Photo 11/25 | P84229 Image Large | The fuel rail is reinstalled backwards and bolted onto the cylinder head, similar to the way it was removed. The fuel inlet lines are also reinstalled.
Photo 12/25 | P84230 Image Large | The factory intake manifold O-rings are reused on the Kenne Bell intake. If one is cut or damaged during removal, it must be replaced.
Photo 13/25 | P84231 Image Large | The supercharger assembly is placed onto the engine, but before sliding it in all the way, it is recommended that you attach the fuel injector connections and fuel line at the rear of the unit.
Photo 14/25 | P84232 Image Large | The remainder of the factory wiring harness is reinstalled, as are the throttle linkage and factory throttle body. Theres enough slack in the throttle linkage to move it over several inches as required.
Photo 15/25 | P84236 Image Large | Similarly, a bracket is provided to raise the alternator and pushes it aside. These simply bolt onto the engine block in the factory location.
Photo 16/25 | P84237 Image Large | The supercharger bracket supports the supercharger and provides an additional pulley for proper belt placement and tension.
Photo 17/25 | P84238 Image Large | With the bracket in place, the alternator and A/C compressor are reinstalled in their new positions.
Photo 18/25 | P84239 Image Large | The Boost-A-Pump module is mounted on the fender wall and is plugged into the provided wiring harness.
Photo 19/25 | P84240 Image Large | The Kenne Bell kit also comes with its own sensors, including an additional knock sensor to prevent detonation from causing any damage to the engine while under boost. This is an added safety measure to the Optimizer Computer.
Photo 20/25 | P84241 Image Large | The computer itself is also mounted on the firewall, away from heat, and is plugged in with the supplied wiring harness.
Photo 21/25 | P84242 Image Large | The intake hose and mass air sensor are then reinstalled onto the factory throttle body.
Photo 22/25 | P84243 Image Large | This may seem like a strange part of the installation, but Kenne Bell wanted to get cold air from behind the bumper.
Photo 23/25 | P84244 Image Large | The ducting was routed from the mass air sensor through the fender and extends out so that it protrudes just in front of the driver-side tire. The battery must be removed for clearance.
Photo 24/25 | P84245 Image Large | A cone-style K&N air filter is secured to the ducting with a small adapter. The bumper is then reinstalled and the Dakota can breathe some cold air, adding to the amount of boost available for the supercharger.
Photo 25/25 | P84263 Image Large | Heres what the finished installation looks like. Kenne Bell offers the kit in polished and unpolished finishes. KB also recommends using at least 92-octane fuel for this application.