The engineers at the factory who designed your vehicle’s air intake system had other things to consider besides performance. They also had to factor intake noise, serviceability, and above all cost into the layout. The result is the compromise that came with your car or truck, a system that keeps dirt out of the engine and eases filter replacement, but is woefully inadequate in its primary task of channeling air into your engine.

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The air flow wizards at our performance air intake manufacturers are under no such constraints. They create each performance air intake kit with one goal in mind – to cram as much air as possible into your engine’s intake tract because they know that’s what’s needed to make horsepower. If you get a loud intake roar when you mash the pedal and have a huge exposed conical air filter where your air box used to be, then that’s just icing on the cake.

Our performance air intakes are superior to OE in 3 ways – material, surface area, and on cold air intakes, temperature reduction. Let’s start with material. The high-flow conical air filters in these kits have cotton gauze and/or synthetic filtration material, which flows air much better than OE paper. And because performance filters trap dirt throughout the depth of the filtering element, instead of it collecting on the surface like paper, you get consistently superior air flow, even as the filter collects dirt. And when the filter does get dirty, there’s no need to buy another one because they’re washable and reusable.

Besides better materials, it’s the huge increase in surface area over the OE filter that really enables these performance air filters to flow, and superior surfaces are also why the intake air tubes on our performance air intakes flow so much better than OE. Factory intake tubes can make sharp and awkward bends and have sound baffles, all of which conspire to reduce air flow. In contrast, performance air intake tubes are molded from polyurethane or constructed from mandrel bent aluminum, with larger diameters and smooth bends that are much more effective at routing large quantities of air into your engine.

For the ultimate in performance, choose a cold air intake system. Cooler, denser, air contains more oxygen for improved combustion and an even greater increase in horsepower than can be realized from increased air flow alone. Our manufacturers employ several methods to reduce temperatures. Some intakes have shields around the filter that seal to the hood, to separate the filter from engine heat, while others locate the air filter completely outside the engine compartment. Another proven method is to enclose the filter in a large volume air box located in the engine bay and draw in air from outside.

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I ordered my cold air intake on a Saturday, it was here by the following Friday. It was very easy and took roughly 30 minutes install. It sounds awesome, looks great and works even better! Fuel mileage improved and I noticed the increase in power instantly. I'd recommend it to anyone!
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