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..