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Hey everyone.. I figured I would post up pictures of my Volant install.. This was on my 2010, and was the 125406 kit for the 2009-2010 model with the Powercore filter..

Volant removed the horn bracket and ram air scoop from this kit.. Instead of the horn bracket, they provide two holes for mounting the factory bracket. Unfortunately, I dont think anyone at Volant actually verified that this would work -- or if they did, they don't tell you how to make it work. As you can tell from the picture, the holes are located right next to the headlight harness:



What I ended up doing was what renofrontier did with his.. I removed one of the horns from the bracket and wedged it between the Volant box and the headlight.. Then, reversed the position of the bracket so that the other one was kind of angled around the box. Its not pretty, but it works -- and was the only possible way I could come up with for getting the horns and the box in there. If I had more time and patience, I would have relocated them and extended the wires -- but, I didn't.



The rest are just some pictures of the install -- really doesn't look any different than what others have already posted..








Tie-wrapped breather tube from diff


Tight up against the brake lines from the ABS controller
 

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1 - why is the side air scopp not on there?

2 - why not simply extend the lines and mount them up front, where they work best ayways?
I guess you just looked at the pictures and didn't read what I posted..

Volant removed the horn bracket and ram air scoop from this kit..
The reason they did this is because the area where the scoop goes is now blocked on the 2010.. A portion of the condenser blocks where it went on the 2008 and earlier Frontiers.. Additionally, there is also a plastic panel next to that part of the condenser that completely blocks off the front. The reason I mentioned the part number in the title is because this is the new 12540/125406 kit for the 2009-2010 models.

If I had more time and patience, I would have relocated them and extended the wires -- but, I didn't.
Anyway, none of it is relevant as of now anyway -- I ended up removing the Volant from the truck and put the stock air box back on. While the Volant sounds great initially, it started to get on my nerves after driving the truck around quite a bit today.. I tried plugging the hole, and while that reduced some of the sound, the engine started sounding like it was being starved for air.. I will likely be posting it up in the FS forum at some point in the near future.

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i did read....didnt see where it said "i took pics without the front scoop on"...horn - guess i was thinking it would take less time than to try to make it fit to Volants holes. heck, you gotta drill out the holes they have anyways...its not a 5 minute fast-food install...takes time to get the ryhme.

as for sound - i felt the same way at first - too loud for my son to sleep....now i love the punch it gives and the sound is only there when i hammer the skinny pedal (which is more often than i care to divulge)
 

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Ooops.. You replied after I edited my last post.. Basically, 2010 has nowhere to put the ram air horn without modifying the front plastic, and even still, would be partially blocked by the condenser..
 

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..While the Volant sounds great initially, it started to get on my nerves after driving the truck around quite a bit today.. I tried plugging the hole, and while that reduced some of the sound, the engine started sounding like it was being starved for air.. I will likely be posting it up in the FS forum at some point in the near future...
^The Volant is one of the quieter CAIs; doubt there was any "starvation" since the stock box breathes through the same hole in the fender and a panel filter.
Annoying is the Nismo CAI I have now; swappin' to Volant :laugh:

btw. 08's have the AC condenser canister there too.
 

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^The Volant is one of the quieter CAIs; doubt there was any "starvation" since the stock box breathes through the same hole in the fender and a panel filter.
Annoying is the Nismo CAI I have now; swappin' to Volant :laugh:

btw. 08's have the AC condenser canister there too.
I dont know if the fact that it was a Powercore filter changes any of that.. Basically, it just didn't feel very responsive when I plugged the hole and the engine also started pinging, although I'm not sure if the pinging would be connected to airflow.

Anyway, as far as the sound goes -- I loved the sound when getting on it.. What I didn't care for was how it sounded (and felt) below 2K RPM.. I knew Volant was the quieter choice..

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Ooops.. You replied after I edited my last post.. Basically, 2010 has nowhere to put the ram air horn without modifying the front plastic, and even still, would be partially blocked by the condenser..
^The Volant is one of the quieter CAIs; doubt there was any "starvation" since the stock box breathes through the same hole in the fender and a panel filter.
Annoying is the Nismo CAI I have now; swappin' to Volant :laugh:

btw. 08's have the AC condenser canister there too.
my 07 has the condenser as well, but the forced air is still better than no air. i have maybe a 1/2" which the air gets into the intake...still not bad at 60mph
 

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I'll pop the grill off tomorrow and take a picture of how it is blocked on the 2010.. It isnt just the condenser blocking it now.
 

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Anotherwords, the volant intake system is crap.

I read so much issues with them... error codes, oxygen sensor damage, poor built quality, not standard install, and even worse performance.

Stick a K&N filter in and you'll get all the benefit you need from air flow. Want to go faster? Mash the gas pedal harder and you will go faster than anyone on the road.
 

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Alright.. I took a picture for you to see whats going on with the 2010 in addition to the condenser canister, and why Volant doesn't ship the ram air scoop with this particular kit (12540/125406 for 2009-2010s)

Yes, I suppose if you wanted to use the ram air scoop, you could remove or modify that plastic piece and order the 12640/126406 kit for the 05-08s.



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Anotherwords, the volant intake system is crap.

I read so much issues with them....
^I wouldn't go that far... >7/10 guys with CAIs are running Volants, so naturally there is alotta feedback regarding them.
I've had issues with my Nismo CAI for a while...

RickNY: the 05'+ guys have to pop that cover off for the scoop anyway.
 

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^I wouldn't go that far... >7/10 guys with CAIs are running Volants, so naturally there is alotta feedback regarding them.
I've had issues with my Nismo CAI for a while...

RickNY: the 05'+ guys have to pop that cover off for the scoop anyway.
I also wouldn't go that far.. Overall, I think the Volant system was OK.. They could improve their manufacturing tolerances and documentation -- but what it came down to was this: its a brand new truck, and after I installed it and ran around with it for a while, it didn't feel like a brand new truck anymore.. So it just wasn't for me. Thats all. Not knocking Volant here -- the sole reason I bought it was because so many guys here were happy with it.

The other reason I think Volant removed the ram air from the 2009-2010 kit is because the headlight design changed in 2009 and where prior to 2009, the left side of the headlight was fairly straight, in 2009, the headlights angle in more, leaving less room.

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Before I installed mine (05-08 model) I went to the dealership and checked to see if there was a difference between mine and the 10. I didn't look at the plastic shroud that needs to be removed or altered, but the rest was the same. The accumulator (cylinder) and the tubes were located in the same spots. Yes it blocks most of the ram horn intake.

Your brake lines are different from mine though. Honestly it looks like Volant didn't even look at a newer truck.

One of the mounting holes matched (top one). I had to dremel the other two and not use the lock washer on the bottom mount. The rest of their system installed without a hitch. The horns are a different story. Sounds like a dying giraffe. I should have listened to the groups experiences and just relocated them at the time. Will be relocating them next week.

Haven't really noticed the intake noise until I hit the accelerator.

But on the same day I installed a Banks system and its drowning out everything. That's my issue right now. Retrain my driving habits to reduce drone.

Edit: Apparently I am slow at this, noticed your pic you posted after I posted. It is the same shroud.
 

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...The horns are a different story. Sounds like a dying giraffe. I should have listened to the groups experiences and just relocated them at the time. Will be relocating them next week...
^did mine Sun. Extended the wires and fab'd a new mount..

^seems louder threre..
 

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I'm glad I read this post, I was thinking about this intake.

I better keep looking.

look at the injen.....i have and i am very happy with it. none of the install issues of volant. you dont touch the horn at all
 

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On my 09 I just took the black plastic piece out like you was talking about, and put the ram around the condenser.. The plastic piece comes out easy.. And I agree with the other guys, it's definitely not starving for air.. The volants are very good systems.. As far as trouble with volants on the frontiers I never had 1 problem outta mine at all... I ran volant on my explorer sport also with 0 problems. And both were in very good condition from the factory, high quality, and sturdy..
 

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I spoke with my dealer about CAI while I was getting my oil change.

Dealer reports people have had issues (namely oxygen sensor damage and engine lights) due to "VOLANT" CAI installs. THE TECHS STATES THESE PROBLEMS ARE USUALLY DUE TO INCORRECT INSTALL.

Lastly, I was told that if a dealer installs a NISMO CAI (nissan labor and nissan part), there will be NO issues with warranty.

Bottom line: If you have a fairly new truck (which should be everyone gen 2...hopefully everyone here got the extended warranty...) and are concerned with warranty, ONLY GET THE NISMO CAI AND ONLY GET IT INSTALLED AT YOUR DEALER. On a note, it is not recommended to install such mods on newer vehicles (less than 20k miles).
 

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Crazy that the Nissan dealer wants to install a Nismo intake.....

My Volant for my 05 is on the way. Everything I read about it has me pretty excited to install it.
 
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