COLD AIR INDUCTION SYSTEMS
Cold air induction systems sometimes referred to as a Cold Air Intake, are a fairly inexpensive modification and easier to install than most other engine modifications. No, they won’t add quite as much power as the other engine modifications we do, but they will help your engine in some other ways.
Think of a factory air intake system as like having the flue that clogs up your head and restricts your breathing. Now go running. It’s not going to work very well, is it? A cold air intake is like amazing medicine that allows your engine to finally breath.
Cold air intakes move the air filter outside of the engine compartments air chamber so that cooler air can be sucked into the engine for combustion. Cooler air brings more oxygen (denser air) into the combustion chamber and that means more power. Think of how well your car pulls first thing in the morning before the engine compartment gets really hot. The filters are usually moved to the upper wheel well area or near a fender where there is more access to free-flowing, cooler air and less hot air from the engine.
Not only does a cold air intake reduce the air temperature, but it also increases airflow. Our tried and tested CAI systems remove the need for a box surrounding the air filter and instead use large diameter intake tubes that are smoother, have less bends and are often wider than the original factory ones. Removing the air box and using smoother tubes gives the engine uninterrupted airflow. When we can’t do this we then produce our own extruded filter housing that sucks cold air from the outside.
Cold air and more air sound good in theory, but no one gives a dam
about the theory when you’re trying to pass someone on the highway.
The good news is that although claims of actual horsepower and even increased fuel efficiency may vary, cold air intakes will in fact help increase your car’s performance.
By itself, you’ll probably notice an increase in power when the throttle is fully open. Some manufacturers claim as much as a 5- to 20-horsepower increase for their system. But if you team up the cold air intake with other engine modifications, like a new exhaust, you’ll create a much more efficient system. So think of it as just one part of many to increase your engine’s performance.
There are a few drawbacks to consider when installing a cold air intake though. If the air filter is too exposed and sucks up water, it’ll go straight into your engine and you’ll be up a creek. Pun intended.
Also, installing a cold air intake on some newer cars may void the engine manufacturer’s warranty. So look into this situation before starting, or at least understand that it could become a problem later on.
Other than that, install our cold air induction system specifically designed for your vehicle and hear the magnificent sound of free-flowing cool air to your engine — and enjoy a few extra horsepower as well. It may be just what your engine needs.