An aFe Intake System Can Enhance Automobile Performance

aFe Intake System Can Enhance Automobile Performance

An aFe intake system can enhance automobile performance. [Image shared by aFe]

An aFe intake system (the aFe stands for advanced flow engineering) is relatively inexpensive and can dramatically enhance the performance of your automobile. These cold air intake systems fit on many different types of cars, though you have to select the assembly that works properly with your vehicle. Cold air intake systems can add power and torque to your automobile by providing an increased flow of cold air to your engine.

What is an aFe Intake System?

aFe intake systems are aftermarket part assemblies that typically consist of large, conical filters that are designed to increase air flow to the engine, which are housed in steel heat shields or plastic boxes that keep out hot air and direct cold air into the filter. Specially designed intake tubes take the air directly into the engine.

How Does an Intake System Work?

Cold air has a higher density than hot air, so cold air has a higher volume of oxygen, which feeds the combustion process in the engine. With the use of the heat shield and a large intake, the cold air intake system funnels cooler air more efficiently into the engine.

What Can an aFe Intake System Do for Your Vehicle?

With an aFe intake system, you can gain power, torque, and efficiency for your engine at a relatively low cost. You can expect to gain 20-40 horsepower from a cold air intake system. An intake system like this also affords low end gains in towing power and torque increases of 35-60 pounds per foot. With an efficiency increase, you can achieve a higher miles-per-gallon rate as well. Cold air intake systems like this can run you anywhere between $200 to $400. Even on the high end, this is not an expensive upgrade.

Installation of an Intake System

Installation of an assembly like this only takes 45 to 90 minutes. All you have to do is remove your vehicle’s stock air box and intake tract and install the intake system. No engine work or heavy modifications are necessary.

Any Side Effects of an Intake System?

Besides improving your automobile’s power, torque, and efficiency, cold air intake systems are said to change the noise of your engine. aFe intake systems produce a throatier growl due to the large, open intake. Many drivers actually prefer this new sound, as it makes their engine sound more powerful. Additionally, for some cold air intake systems, there is an increased danger of water getting into the engine due to the wider, exposed intake. However, this only applies in more extreme conditions, such as with flooding or fording rivers.

Intake System Conclusion

For the low price and the relative ease of installation, the aFe intake system is an excellent performance upgrade to buy for your car. You can add on horsepower points, increase your torque, and upgrade the efficiency of your engine without making any major modifications, all with the increased flow of fresh, cold air. Shop for an aFe intake system today and enjoy the increased performance of your car.

Have you ever installed and used a cold air intake system? Please let us know about your experiences in the comments below!

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  • Guest

    All of these (alleged) performance improvements appear to occur in the very high RPM of the engine, an area I prefer to avoid.

  • Stanley Reynolds

    They don’t make one for either of my cars. They appear to make the biggest difference in a diesel motor

  • Henrik Aleksander Nilsen

    A cold air intake is one of the most important upgrades you can ever do. It can add as much as 50 hp, but then you need to add carbon fiber on the air tube that goes to the manifold. Neons in the engine bay gives a lot of extra hp, but how much it does varies by the car. Painting the drum brakes red or blue adds 10-20 hp more, and don’t forget to drill a hole or more on the muffler to add additional 30hp. You should also add a bass box in the trunk. The more watts, the more hp you get.

    Unless the stock air intake is REALLY crappy and restricts a lot of air, you won’t get much more than 2-3 hp, maybe not even that. It’s mostly installed by shitheads in Hondas to make people think it’s a performance car.

    • Rob

      Sarcastic much lol

  • mastertechmark

    Any increase in performance with replacement units such as the one described in Mr Pirilo’s article would be directly related to the efficiency of the stock air intake system. Newer vehicles do a much better job of design and testing intake air flow rates. Therefore the older the car the more likely any perceived benefits would be.

  • frank

    I’ve a mazda3 2011 2.0L can I do the same
    modification as the video on the mini cooper