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Simple Upgrades for Your Ram 1500 That Add Performance and Protection

2010 Ram 1500 with K&N intake

K&N makes air filters, cold air intakes, and a variety of oil filters for the Ram 1500

While the Ram name began to be used in 1981, the trucks to which the named was affixed were largely upgraded versions of the Dodge D Series which debuted in 1972. What many consider to be the first true Ram truck for the 1994 model year. Its design not only broke with the past but separated it from other pickups of the time, with its “big rig” truck styling.

This is considered the Second Generation of Ram 1500, and was produced until 2001. The new design and the truck underneath it completely up-ended the pickup truck market, with Ram sales going from 78,000 units in 1993 to 240,000 in 1994 and 410,000 in 1995. Engines offered in the 1994 – 2001 Ram 1500 carried over from the first generation Ram and included the 3.9L V6, 5.2L V8, and 5.9L V8. In the middle of the model run, the RAM 1500 5.9L Magnum V8 was upgraded from 230 horsepower to 245 horsepower.

The third generation Ram 1500 bowed for the 2002 model year. The third generation featured an all-new frame, suspension, interiors, sheet metal, and engines. Dodge replaced the 3.9L V6, which was based on the old 318 V8 LA design, with a more modern 3.7L Magnum V6. The Magnum 4.7L V8 was revised several times during the third gen, and then after two years, the 5.9L Magnum was replaced by the 5.7L Hemi V8. In addition, from 2002 – 2007 Dodge offered the Viper V10 engine in a RAM and marketed it as the SRT-10.

The fourth generation Ram was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Show. Features added for the 2009 model included a new four-door cab, a five-link coil spring rear suspension on the 1500, a new available Hemi engine, and the Rambox, which provides for secure storage inside the truck’s bed walls. For the 2014 model year a 3.0L V6 EcoDiesel was added to the engine options for the 1500. The fourth generation Ram remains in production at least through the 2017 model year.

K&N OE Replacement Air Filters

The K&N 57-1529 FIPK Intake increases power by 15.7 HP while meeting all emmissions standards

The K&N 57-1529 intake adds an estimated 15.7 HP to your 5.7L Ram

The first performance upgrade Ram truck owners often turn to is to swap their OEM filter with a K&N replacement air filter. Constructed of layers of washable cotton gauze material, K&N OE replacement air filters have been designed to deliver a 50% increase in airflow, increased horsepower, and increased acceleration for your Ram 1500. All replacement filter designs are subjected to airflow test measurements as well as filtration efficiency in K&N’s own laboratory utilizing international ISO 5011 test protocols. In addition, the K&N OE replacement air filters are covered by a 10-year/Million Mile Limited Warranty and are engineered to be used for up to 50,000 between cleanings, depending upon your driving conditions.

K&N OE Replacement Air Filters for Dodge Ram 1500 & Ram 1500

2009-2012 Ram 1500 3.7L K&N 33-2247

2009-2013 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N 33-2247

2009-2012 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 33-2247

2013-2017 Ram 1500 3.6L K&N 33-2247

2013-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 33-2247

K&N Performance Air Intake Systems Intake

The intake system of new cars and trucks is often compromised and as a result doesn't deliver as much fresh air as the engine can draw. K&N performance air intake systems replace the entire restrictive factory air intake system with an aerodynamically-engineered intake tube and oversized conical filter. Most systems include a heat shield to isolate the intake from being contaminated by hot engine air. K&N performance air intake systems are dyno tested to estimate the horsepower gain you can expect with a K&N system installed. Applications for the 2009 – 2017 Ram 1500 include:

The layered and oiled cotton filter media in K&N OE Replacement Filters improve intake airflow

Constructed of layers of treated cotton, K&N OE replacement air filters can increase airflow by 50%

2009-2012 Ram 1500 3.7L K&N 57 Series FIPK Air Intake 57-1537 +7.4 estimated HP Gain

2009-2013 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N 77 Series Performance Air Intake 77-1529KP +6.8 estimated HP Gain

2009-2013 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N 63 Series AirCharger Intake 63-1529 +10.8 estimated HP Gain

2012-2013 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N 57 Series FIPK Performance Intake 57-1529 +8.6 estimated HP Gain

2009-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 77 Series Performance Air Intake 77-1561KP +10.3 estimated HP Gain

2009-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 63 Series AirCharger Intake 63-1561 +15.7 estimated HP Gain

Even some of the smaller V6 Ram engines can benefit from a K&N air intake

The K&N 77-1564KS performance air intake adds an estimated 12 HP to 3.6L Ram engines

2009-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 71 Series Blackhawk Air Intake 71-1561 +7.2 estimated HP Gain

2009-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N 57 Series FIPK Performance Intake 57-1561 +15.7 estimated HP Gain

2013-2017 Ram 1500 3.6L K&N 77 Series Performance Air Intake 77-1564KS +12.0 estimated HP Gain

2014-2017 Ram 1500 3.0L Diesel K&N 63 Series AirCharger Intake 63-1571 +11.2 estimated HP Gain

K&N air intake systems are relatively easy to install, typically in 90 minutes or less using the existing factory mounting points and a handful of commonly available tools.

K&N Oil Filters

The SS filter is well-suited for use by racing teams who want to keep a close eye on their engines

The metal SS oil filters can be disassembled, inspected, cleaned, and reinstalled repeatedly

As an expert in filtration K&N produces oil filters that block 99% of foreign material while maintaining a high oil flow rate. Further, K&N oil filters are compatible with both synthetic and conventional oils. K&N wrench-off oil filters are great for street, muscle car, or race applications. The wrench-off oil filters are a canister oil filter with a twist. Beyond being well-known for their durability and strength, they feature an easy wrench-off removal design with a one-inch nut welded to the end. K&N Performance Silver oil filters are designed to provide better engine performance by reducing oil filter restriction. They are engineered to handle all grades of synthetic and conventional motor oils, including blends, and use a pleated filtration media that provides increased capacity and outstanding filtration.

At the top of the range is the K&N washable and reusable billet automotive oil filter. The filter housings are machined from 6061 T6 billet aluminum for strength and durability. The filter is finished in a stainless steel micro-sheen and Neodymium magnets are embedded in the canister to remove harmful metallic debris. The internal filter cartridge is washable and can be reused repeatedly. Oil filter applications for Ram 1500 include:

2009-2012 Ram 1500 3.7L K&N HP-2011

2009-2012 Ram 1500 3.7L K&N PS-2011

A 1" nut welded to the end of the filter makes removal easier and less messy

Made of a heavier grade of steel, the HP oil filter features a 1" nut for easy removal

2009-2012 Ram 1500 3.7L K&N SS-2011

2009-2012 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N HP-2010

2009-2012 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N PS-2010

2009-2012 Ram 1500 4.7L K&N SS-2010

2009-2012 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N HP-2010

2009-2012 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N PS-2010

2009-2012 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N SS-2010

2013-2017 Ram 1500 3.6L K&N PS-7025

2013-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N HP-1017

2013-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N PS-1017

2013-2017 Ram 1500 5.7L K&N SS-1017

2014-2017 Ram 1500 3.0L Diesel K&N PF-4500

In addition to the filters described above, K&N offers a broad range of automotive performance parts which includes protective air filter wraps, clamp-on air filters, crankcase vent filters, plenums, carb adapters, K&N Stubstacks®, carbon fiber composites, filter components, air-fuel ratio monitors, inline fuel filters and fuel pumps, diesel fuel filters, and air restriction gauges. K&N also offers a wide variety of performance parts for motorcycles, scooters, motorhomes, personal watercraft, and boats, as well as lawn mowers, chainsaws and other mobile and auxiliary power equipment. And the K&N website makes it easy to find the right performance filter and other components for your vehicle.


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K&N is the world's leading manufacturer of washable performance air filters and air intake systems. K&N invented the reusable high flow cotton air filter in 1969 and has been perfecting the technology ever since. K&N is a world class filtration company selling air filters, oil filters, and air induction systems in the United Kingdom and in over 30 countries. K&N sells over 5,000 products designed for cars, trucks, motorcycles, engines, and industrial applications. K&N stands behind their products and their consumers 100%. The distinctive K&N logo represents performance from one of the original performance companies. For more information, visit knfilters.ca.