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Cold Air Intake Installation


A cold air intake is an aftermarket performance upgrade you can install on your car, truck, or SUV to increase the horsepower and torque of your motor. Short Ram Intake, Mega Ram Intake, Cool Air Intake, Cold Air Intake, Aftermarket Intake, CAI, and cone intake are some of the common terms used for this engine performance modification, but they all come down to the same basic idea: Remove your overly restrictive stock (factory) air box and filter and replace it with an aftermarket system.

A motor produces power by taking air (oxygen), mixing it with a combustible fuel, and introducing an ignition spark to produce power. By increasing the amount of air flow into your motor, you can correspondingly increase the power output by the combustion process. Adding additional fuel to the combustion process is easy, all you have to do is install larger injectors and/or change the programming of your vehicles ECU. Increasing air flow in your motor is more challenging which is where a cold air intake comes into play.

A cold air intake system increases airflow into your motor by dropping the temperature of the air sucked into the motor. Colder air, is denser air which results in more oxygen within a smaller volume of air. More oxygen in the combustion process means more power. Another benefit of cold air intakes comes from the reduction in air flow resistance. Cold air intake manufacturers have gone to great lengths to remove any restrictions to airflow throughout the intake piping. The interior of the piping in a cold air system has been polished and ever turn in the piping has been tuned to reduce air flow resistance. Cold air intakes also decrease air turbulence within the piping which also improves airflow and volume into the combustion chamber.

The most common strategies aftermarket cold air intake manufacturers utilize to improve air flow through a CAI are: increasing the diameter of the air intake filter and piping, smoothing the interior of the intake to reduce air resistance, providing a more direct route from the air source to the engines intake manifold, using a more efficient and less restrictive air filter, and tuning the length and curves in the intake piping to provide maximum airflow at certain engine speeds.

When it comes to increasing airflow into a motor to improve performance, there are many options. Superchargers, turbochargers, and cold air intakes all increase airflow resulting in increased horsepower and torque. Of these options, a cold air intake is an easy and affordable solution to implement without overly impacting your fuel consumption. CAI’s are a cheap alternative for improved performance when you have the money or time to invest in a major engine modification like a turbo-charger. They are also a critical component to support other modifications such as a turbocharger, supercharger, and performance exhaust system. If you plan on doing a larger upgrade, a cold air intake is a great modification to start with now that will also support your larger engine performance modifications later.

Benefits of Cold Air Intakes

Enhanced Sound

A cold air intake offers on unmatched aggressive sound that true automotive enthusiasts crave. There is nothing better on a performance car, truck, or SUV than a roaring engine sound to show everyone how capable your vehicle is under the hood. Cold air intakes allow more air to course through the engine and typically remove restrictive sound dampening systems to produce an engine sound that most can lovers find thrilling.

If you’re not a fan of the increased noise, there are aftermarket intake systems which can muffle the nose while still providing the increased performance and engine efficiency.

Improved Power and Acceleration

If you install a cold air intake from a reputable manufacturer such as K&N, Volant, or Airaid, or Spectre, your car, truck, or SUV can experience increased horsepower. Reputable manufacturers invest in the research and development in the cold air intake systems they produce to ensure they have a measurable improvement over your stock air intake system. The level of increased horsepower you can expect from a cold air intake installation varies from vehicle to vehicle due to the interplay of other engine components. Typically cold air intakes result in a 5 to 20 horsepower increasing depending on the vehicle and engine size. If you are planning additional modifications such as a performance exhaust and supercharger, a cold air intake could compound the horsepower improvements.

Cold air intake can also improve your motors responsiveness during acceleration thanks to the increased air available for combustion with an aftermarket intake system. With the additional air available, your motor is capable of reaching your desired speed quicker than a stock intake system on a car. Anybody who enjoys racing cars understand how much faster acceleration improves the enjoying of your car, truck, or SUV.

Increased Fuel Economy

Motors rely on a perfect mixture of air and fuel in order to produce the combustion explosion required to power your car, truck, or SUV. If your vehicle is not getting the air it requires to create the ideal air/fuel ratio for combustion, your vehicle will consume more fuel to compensate for lack of oxygen.

Car, truck, and SUV manufacturers design the factory intake system to be quiet rather than fuel efficient. As a result, they tend to incorporate more fuel into the air/fuel mixture to still produce the desired power. By opening up your air flow with an aftermarket intake system, your motor can consume more oxygen which translates to improved MPG’s.

More Effective Filtration

Most stock air intake systems that come standard on car, trucks, and SUVs utilize a disposable paper filter to catch road debris and filter the air coming into your motor. A paper filter is decent at catching road debris, however they require regular replacement and tend to restrict air flow into the engine. Aftermarket cold air intake systems are not only reusable due to their construction and design, they are also far more effective at allowing air to flow through the filter while simultaneously filtering even the smallest of air contaminants