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Air Intake Systems
|If you haven't done so yet... I
recommend you read the section on air filtration so
you'll be able to put the information together and get
the big picture.
For those of you who have decided you want to take your air intake to the next level, past the mere installation of a high air flow filter such as the K&N, the next consideration would logically be an installation of an air intake system.
Of these are the AirRaid, K&N FilterCharger, The Iceman Cool Air System, AEM cold air intake systems just to name the more popular manufacturers.
Wait.....What The Hell Is A Air Intake System ?
To me it appears they have taken K.N.'s original ideal on air filtration and added their filter ( or even K&N filter) and attached a hunk of tube to in.
Each one, "in an effort to not to copy the other" put their little twist on the concoction and called it " the most advanced air intake system available". Gee............makes it kinda hard to choose which one....don't it!
The systems basically appear to be long shiny & brightly colored tube with filters stuck on the end, there claim to fame lay's in that the pipe they use have no kinks or corrugations that will restrict the flow of air to the intake manifold (fuel injected engines don't have carburetors only an air flow gate.) All claim increased air flow over standard air filters.
In most of these "air induction systems" the the tube is actually longer than the duct from you original air filter housing to the intake manifold,. You'd figure the longer the duct the more internal resistance to air flow and less cfms delivered to the engine. It seam's what their trying to accomplish is to pull cooler air in to the intake than supposedly the stock housing & filter. For you information as far as the 4.7 litter and possibly other engines available, the stock filter is already set up to pull cold air well away from the immediate engine area and appears do so with less duct length.
Why cold air? I imagine it's because cold air is denser and heavier than warm air ..... meaning that their is actually more air in a cold cubic foot then in a warm cubic foot... so in theory you'd be delivering a higher volume of air into the engine. And the more volume of air you can cram in the cylinder walls the more powerful the explosions are going to be..........need I say............ more horsepower.
Well...Does All This Stuff Work?
I imagine a nice smooth pipe might allow air to travel just a bit more smoother than the stock duct on our vehicles and you know.... it just might increase horsepower by adding about......a whole....one or maybe even a one & half horsepower.....that gotta be worth two hundred dollars at least?
Or is it quite possibly that shiny & brightly colored tube...has something to do with the increase in horsepower?
Okay, I believe you will gain more horsepower than just having the stock air system.... but the resulting increase in performance would be little over just installing a K&N or other hi-flow air filter. The fancy tube with the fancy claims will probably give you a 1-2 horsepower gain, not enough for me to justify two hundred additional dollars.
The good point is that these systems are fairly easy to install and maintain and even a small increase in horsepower performance is better than none. And whether it adds a few horsepower or a ton, each addition is something you've made your own mind up on and chosen, it's something you've done and by all means....... it should be enjoyed.
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