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Rugged Ridge Cold Air Intake; Polished (97-06 4.0L Jeep Wrangler TJ)

Item J13775
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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan from and this is my review and installation of the Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs. There are a couple of different versions of this intake depending on which engine you have in your TJ so make sure you get the right one for your Wrangler.Today we're going to talk through the installation of the cold air intake which is a very simple one out of three wrenches. This will bolt directly in place of your factory intake without the need to do any major modifications. We're also going to talk through the construction and a few of the other features of this intake.A cold air intake is for those of you who want a little bit more noise from underneath the hood, especially when you stomp on the throttle, want a little bit more throttle response and maybe a couple more miles per gallon.Now, while letting your engine breathe either in or out a little bit easier should theoretically lead to more power, our engines are very, very efficient right from the factory. So a cold air intake like this, while it may add a few horse power, it's going to do it at the very top of the RPM range where we don't spend a ton of our time, so I wouldn't expect this to make your Jeep feel like a race car or get a ton of additional power from it. However, it will have those other benefits that we talked about.Now, if you're somebody who goes off-road and especially if you hit a lot of water crossings or a lot of mud, I probably would not recommend a cold air intake like this. It gets rid of the factory aqua box which can allow you to get water or moisture into the engine a lot easier which can cause problems such as hydrolocking. However, if you stay on the road or if you run dry trails and rocks, this could be a nice option for you if you're looking for a little bit more sound, a little more throttle response and a few more MPG.As far as construction goes, this is a polished aluminum intake tube. It does come with a black powder coated heat shield and a conical filter which is a dry filter. This does not require any sort of oiling but it's also not going to be reusable. You can always attach a reusable filter onto this cold air intake once this one gets dirty if you want to, but again, this is not going to be a reusable filter which some cold air intakes will come with. That's something that helps to keep the cost of this intake down just a little bit.Now, the fact that this is a polished cold air intake tube, when you pop the hood, it is a little bit flashy. There are some black powdered coated options on the website as well if that's something that you would prefer, but if you like the slightly flashier polished intake tube or if you don't really care what it looks like under the hood and you're just looking for the benefits, then this is going to be a great option.As far as installation goes, again, this is a very simple one out of three wrenches. The first step is removing your factory intake and air box which is a fairly simple process. You will have to also remove your air temperature sensor and the breather off of your valve cover. Once all of that stuff is removed, you can go ahead and install the weather stripping over your heat shield, install the heat shield, then install your pipe and your new air filter. You also attach your breather tube and your temp sensor into the new intake tube to make sure that everything is going to work well together.This does come with all the hardware, the clamps, everything that you need to get it installed, and again, the installation is going to be a very simple process. You will want to give yourself probably around an hour to get this installed but you won't need any specialty tools to get it done. Just some traditional hand tools.From a price versus value perspective, I think you do get a good bit of value out of this system. This is going to be a few dollars less than some of the other cold air intake systems that we do have on the website and it's still going to include all of the components of a lot of those other systems. If you're okay with the polished aluminum, the fact that this is an aluminum tube means it's going to hold up really well over time. You're not going to have to worry about any rusting issues as you would maybe with a steel tube and, again, this does come with an air filter that is not going to be reusable so if that's something that's important to you, you maybe want to look at one of those more expensive systems. However, if you're just looking for a little more throttle response, a little bit better miles per gallon and that sound from underneath the hood when you stomp on the throttle, this is going to be an appropriately priced option.So if you're looking to get a little more sound, a few more miles per gallon and a little bit more throttle response out of your Wrangler, a cold air intake might be the way to go. Again, I wouldn't recommend this if you do wheel in wet areas. However, if you stay on the rocks or you stay on the road, the cold air intake is a good way to get those benefits.So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs that you can find right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Kit Includes Air Intake Tube, Heat Shield, Throttle Body Spacer and Conical Dry Panel Filter
      • Increases Acceleration and Horsepower
      • Improves Fuel Efficiency by Up to 10 Percent
      • Fits 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ Models with 4.0L Engine


      Kit Includes. The Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Air Intake Kit includes an air intake tube, a heat shield, a throttle body spacer, and a conical dry panel filter.

      Functionality. Improve the performance of your jeep with the Rugged Ridge air intake system. It offers better throttle response and also increases the acceleration and horsepower of your vehicle. The polished aluminum mandrel-bent intake tube enhances the output of your vehicle and increases fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent.

      Compatibility. These Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake is compatible with 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models with 4.0L engine.

      Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

      MPN# 17750.01

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (25)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 25 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • June 09, 2019

        3 2000 Wrangler - Gburgjeep14 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Pay attention here

        Very cheap bolts are sent for the throttle body spacer. Unless you’re a fab person or just don’t car what your cold air looks like you will have to plug the mass air flow hole in the tub because most jeeps in 97-06 don’t have that that I’m aware of so just heads up there I sent mine back for that reason because I’m too particular to have to fill a hole that shouldn’t even be there

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      • December 14, 2018

        5 2005 Wrangler - Keny Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good performance gain

        The installation was not difficult and directions were easy to follow. Saw improved performance especially in gears 4th, 5th and 6th. Needs improvement where back corner of heat shield attaches to jeep support rod, currently uses a cable tie. Maybe increase overall height of shield with a rolled in tunnel to slide down support rod and then attach hood seal to the top edge of the heat shield.

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      • November 16, 2018

        4 2004 Wrangler - StevenW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Cold air intake an throttle body spacer

        Over all easy install. Only reason I'm not giveing a 5 star is the first bolt I pulled out to put on my Jeep for the heat sheild broke. But I used the old one, from my stock box. An it worked just as well over all good product sounds great. Better throttle response. Gas mileage will check tomorrow. I'm satisfied with it so far.

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      • October 22, 2018

        5 2001 Wrangler - BruceS

        Air intake

        Can really feel the extra hp! Have to wait and see about better mpg.

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      • May 28, 2018

        4 2004 Wrangler - eleecam Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good to go

        Product is great looks nice The instruction that come could be a little better because they are in black and white so hard to make out. Also a digram of parts would help not just a list so you know what part they are refering to.

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      • May 06, 2018

        5 1997 Wrangler - RaymondM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake

        It was a very easy and quick installation and I was very pleased with the overall fit. The kit was fully stocked with all the parts shown (nothing missing like usual!) Slightly better performance out of my 4.0L but nothing to get excited about and I haven't seen any real gains in fuel mileage but that was not my intent when I purchased it. I would recommend this product as the overall look and make was very satisfying.

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      • November 11, 2017

        5 1998 Wrangler - JerryM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour



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      • September 23, 2017

        5 2006 Wrangler - OFDdoubledipper Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        A Great Deal

        Great bang for the buck. Incredibly fast shipping. Ordered on line and received the next day. Probably cause I'm in SC and it shipped from GA. Extremely easy install. Bonus that it came with throttle body spacer. Maybe a bit more power. Nice under hood sound. Adding exhaust and looking forward to combined results.

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      • September 12, 2017

        5 2004 Wrangler - MichaelS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        A little disapointed

        I love the product but. The product arrived damaged deep scratches in the aluminium. I put in on the jeep and took a picture to show the damage. Extreme terrain said because I installed the product they would not warranty it. I can no longer purchase products from a company that does not stand behind their products.

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      • August 15, 2017

        5 2004 Rubicon - TerriM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Awesome boost

        Gives my jeep the extra boost I was looking for...

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      Questions & Answers (8 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Is rugged rudge 17750.01 CARB compliant?

      • The Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake (Item #J13775) is CARB legal.

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      What country is this product manufactured in?

      Will this make my TJ idle at a higher RPM?

      • The Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake should not create a high idle condition.

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      will this improve gas mileage

      • This cold air intake will improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%.

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      Hello, would this be comparable with a 2.5l keep tj?

      • No, the Rugged Ridge Polished Aluminum Cold Air Intake is compatible with 1997-2006 TJ wranglers with the 4.0L engine only. Rugged Ridge has a version for the 2.5L engine here:

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      Will I need to use a tuner chip for this. I have a 2004 Jeep Wrangler tj. 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Intake Tube
      • (1) Heat Shield
      • (1) Weather Stripping
      • (1) Air Filter
      • (1) Throttle Body Coupling
      • (3) Large Hose Clamps
      • (1) Breather Hose
      • (2) Small Hose Clamps
      • (1) Throttle Body Spacer
      • (2) Throttle Body Gaskets
      • (3) Throttle Linkage Spacers
      • (1) Grommet
      • (1) Rubber Isolater Mount
      • Hardware

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

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