Cold air intakes help improve performance, keep the engine running smooth, and increase fuel economy. Anywhere between 5 and 20 horsepower can be added to your ride depending on your vehicle. Stock intakes on standard vehicles are usually fitted with disposable paper filters that eventually require replacement. Cold air intakes feature filters that last as long as 25,000 to 50,000 miles which will save you money from the constant replacements of stock filters. If you like better acceleration, sound, filtration, and fuel economy, than upgrading to a cold air intake should be a no-brainer!
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Some strategies used in designing cold-air intakes are:
Let's look at some examples of the features and benefits of some of the leading cold air intake manufacturers.
aFe Cold Air Intake Stage 1:
aFe stage 1 cold air intake heat shields are constructed of a single piece of powder-coated rugged 16 gauge steel for long lasting durability. One piece makes them easy to install without needing to cut or drill on anything. aFe stage 1 cold air intakes also use the stock intake tube which keeps costs down and also helps to make installation simple. aFe stage 1 cold air intakes use huge 360° radial flow high-performance conical air filters in three choices of media. They're easy to maintain, washable and reusable providing a lifetime of protection and performance.
Welded, one-piece heat shields use no additional brackets for the easiest installation possible.
aFe uses top-quality flexible rubber trim seal between the heat shield and vehicle hood to block hot air from the filter.
Specially developed velocity stack with 3 different angles dramatically increase airflow from the filter to the intake tube
aFe uses only top-quality hardware like stainless steel button head bolts and brass inserts.
AFE Cold Air Intake Stage 2:
aFe stage 2 cold air intake heat shields are made of the same high quality steel in a single piece for easy install and long life, and they include a powder-coated or brushed aluminum cover to help block hot engine air from entering the system and to keep the intake quieter. They also look great.
aFe stage 2 cold air intakes have a precision-molded plastic intake tube that maximizes air-flow volume and speed for optimal and noticable horsepower gains. And, like the Stage 1, the fiter is the same high-flow reusable type; available in 3 types of media.
Built-in ram scoop forces cold air to filter for greater efficiency and performance gains.
Raised stops on aFe tubes provide a more secure seal and eliminate slippage versus flat, straight tubes.
AIRAID® Intake Systems are designed to give your engine maximum air flow, which means more horsepower, torque and improved performance. Every AIRAID intake system is dyno tested and tuned for maximum performance and efficiency. By utilizing computer-aided design, AIRAID Intake Systems offer unmatched fit and a lifetime warranty. Each AIRAID® intake provides superior air filtration, since it comes with an AIRAID Premium Filter featuring their exclusive filter technology.
AIRAID® Premium Filters are constructed using the finest materials available today. All AIRAID® Premium Filters utilize a hand-poured urethane body that won’t crack, curl or shrink like other rubber or plastisol units used by our competitors. Filtration performance is second to none, and at No Extra Cost, thanks to the combination of our proprietary material and multiple cotton gauze layers. All AIRAID® Premium Filters are 100% washable, reusable and feature our Lifetime “No-Hassle” Warranty.
Volant Air Filter Box: Our Cross-Link polyethylene box is engineered to each specific application for low restriction and an increase in air volume. It insulates and protects the filter from engine heat, moisture, dust and debris to provide colder air to the engine for an increase in horsepower.
Volant Air Duct: Factory air inlet ducts use sound baffles and awkward bends which restrict flow. Our Cross-Link polyethylene air ducts are sculptured to give the engine less restrictive breathing. Incorporating larger diameters and unique bends, that can't be duplicated with metal ducts, allow for maximum airflow velocity and throttle response.
Volant Pro 5 Filter: Many of our intakes come with this cleanable and reusable high grade cotton filter media with five-layers of protection. It reduces air restriction and increases engine output by using precision pleat geometry, that optimizes airflow throughout the intake system. We recommend using Volant cleaning and oiling system for servicing the Pro 5 Filter.
NEW PowerCore® Filter: The PowerCore® air filter is the most revolutionary on the market. Manufactured by Donaldson® to Volant's specifications, the PowerCore® uses advanced Ultra-Web® NanoFiber® technology. This material is a high-quality synthetic, that won't deteriorate as easily as traditional paper element and cotton/gauze filter media, while also providing vastly improved filtration up to 99.99%. In addition, it's water resistant and never needs oiling. The PowerCore® works by directing air into the front of the filter, where it is channeled into its fluted design. The channels are alternately sealed, allowing air to enter through an open flute and forcing it to exit out an adjacent flute. This allows the air to be filtered in one pass through the Ultra-Web® NanoFiber® media with less restriction, allowing clean air to enter your engine for increased airflow and higher filtration efficiency. This technology allows the PowerCore® air filter to include a 4 year or 100,000 miles warranty when used in urban conditions.
Volant offers Polished Aluminum or Carbon Fiber Look lids. (Some of our older applications and low production intake kits have the carbon fiber look lid.)
Polished Aluminum Lid: Available on all Volant's popular intake systems, this embossed and polished lid features a high-grade neoprene foam backing for good sound insulation that enhances your engine compartment.
Carbon Fiber Lid: Made from ABS plastic with a carbon fiber appearance for a custom look. This lid is included on older applications and low production air intake kits.
High Performance Silicon Connectors: Our silicone hose connectors provide flexibility while maintaining strength and thermal stability. They won't crack or deform over time like rubber connectors.
Stainless Steel Clamps: We only use marine-grade, stainless steel clamps to provide a solid seal that won't loosen or deteriorate.