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I slipped blue painter tape under the edges and went all the way around the grille. Then I masked off everything else and painted mine. For the main grille, I removed the whole thing from the hood, there's about 7-9 bolts holding it in. For the strip on the bumper, I just used tape around the strip, then used plastic to cover the truck.
The CAI will make more noise, they eliminate the resonator that comes on the stock intake tube. If you look at the stock tube you'll see a box with vacuum lines running to it, that acts as a cushion to lower noise. The AFE is very similar to the K&N, it's not really a CAI but a short tube(or ram intake). These shorten the distance that air has to travel to meet your motor, which reduces the resistance allowing easier breathing in higher RPM.
The stock intake tube and Volant kit keep the distance which air has to travel. The longer the distance, the more torque will be produced(there are limits to this statement, not saying a mile long intake will give you 1000lbft of torque). This is a lesson I learned in my VW bug days.
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