Every diesel truck owner is very different. They have their dislikes and their likes, but we wanted to focus on rejuvenating a truck that has collected dust over the years. With the help of Sinister Diesel, we’re taking this 13-year old Dodge truck, a 2006 model 2500, and removing some of the restricting intake parts and replacing them with improved better flowing parts. Additionally, to free the exhaust better, we’re also going to upsize the exhaust to improve this engines flow.
Although everyone has their own spin on their parts, I think we can agree that no matter what, anything is better than the clogged up factory unit. There are many choices on performance intakes on these trucks, so it is important to know how it works and why. Sinister Diesel strives to create the best of the parts on the market.
Sinister Diesel intakes are designed, engineered and fabricated in-house to provide industry-leading performance and durability. All of their intakes utilize CNC mandrel bent aluminum tubing for maximum strength. Their kits include silicone couplers that are much more reliable than the OEM, heavy-duty hardware that you can count on when it matters most. Also, like most of their parts, they put their own spice on it with their unique Sinister Blue powder coating that is eye-catching and lasts for years.
- Precision CNC Mandrel Bent Aluminum Tubing for a Perfect Fit
- Oversized Long Lasting Reusable Cotton Oiled Filter Media
- Significantly Improved Throttle Response and Turbo Spool-up
- Great for Daily Driving, Towing or Race Day
- Perfect When Paired With a Sinister Diesel Exhaust or Tuner
- Polished and Powder Coated in our Signature Sinister Blue
- Easy, Drop-In Installation with Basic Hand Tools and Minimum Experience
- CNC Mandrel Bent Aluminum Intake Tube
- Reusable Oiled Cotton Media Filter
- Installation Hardware
- 5″ Diameter for reduced restriction and improved exhaust flow
- Improved Horsepower and Torque
- 409 Stainless Steel Construction
- Quicker Turbo Spool-up
- Lower Exhaust Gas Temperatures
- Improved Exhaust Note
- Includes both 18″ Muffler and 18″ Straight Pipe
- Polished Sinister Diesel Exhaust tip
- (1) Full Turbo-Back Exhaust System
- (1) 18-inch Muffler
- (1) 18-inch Straight Pipe
- Installation Hardware and Gaskets
- Polished Stainless Steel Exhaust Tip
At a glance, the quality of these parts is incredibly nice. The finish on the powder, the bends of the exhaust, and even the quality of the mounting hardware were incredibly nice. The owner of the truck, an everyday truck driver that works a normal job needs a truck that he can count on. On the weekends, this trucks sole purpose is to pull a very large camper. Although the truck did complete the job, the mileage wasn’t great, the sound wasn’t exciting, and he wanted more.
Cold Air Intake
Knowing the first thing to get the exhaust loose was to loosen the downpipe, we started under the hood. After removing the downpipe clamp, we left the exhaust alone until we were ready to lift the truck up in the air. Until then, it was time to get the extremely restrictive factory intake off the truck. The factory box had almost no inlets for air and for the ones that existed, they weren’t exactly high-performance.
With the factory box bolts removed, we then loosened the rubber booth connecting the air intake hose to the turbocharger. With that completely loose now, the factory system was removed from the engine bay of the truck. Now, all that is exposed is a bare engine bay and turbocharger waiting for a Sinister blue cold air intake.
Once we started to remove the clamps, yes, the rusty thirteen-year-old ones, we were thankful that our friends over at Sinister hooked us up with some heavy-duty ones. It wouldn’t have been pretty attempting to reuse the original ones. One clamp at a time and even breaking out the trusty Sawzall, the factory exhaust was out.
We got the exhaust system laid out on the floor so we could envision its layout prior to holding it up there and mocking it up. With the pieces laid out using the correct length pieces, we were ready to start slipping it all together. Firstly, the downpipe was fastened tight enough it wouldn’t fall off, but loose enough there was enough wiggle room. If you’ve done a downpipe before, you know how little room there is to reclamp it to the turbochargers exhaust housing.
After the downpipe, it was simply adding two 5-inch length pieces and a Sinister Diesel 18-inch muffler in between the two. After the length of the exhaust is installed, all that remains is the “over the axle” piece of pipe that ends up behind the passenger rear tire. With everything mocked the way we wanted, we went ahead and torqued all of the clamps down followed by the chrome 6-inch tip installed.
Well, we frantically lowered the truck down to the ground and fired it up. The went from a very muffled and quiet noise to a very throaty, deep Cummins growl. The newfound sound coming from this 5.9-liter engine screams up the road and sounds great in passing just after hearing that turbo scream out of this badass new air intake.
For more information about Sinister Diesel and all of the products that they offer, be sure and check out their website. Stay tuned to Diesel Army as we try out more great products from Sinister Diesel in the near future.