How to Install an Aftermarket Air Intake
One of the most inexpensive and beneficial products that will increase horsepower in your truck and increase car performance, is an aftermarket performance air intake system. Aftermarket air intakes such as a Cold Air Intakes and Short Ram Intakes, improve your performance, sound, and gas mileage of your vehicle. Click ahead for our article on cold air vs short ram intakes.
When installed properly in your vehicle, these system can easily pay for themselves. We have put together a page intended to help explain the installation of these systems. Though this is a basic guide, we recommend the owner to refer to the manufacturers’ instructions due to the huge variety of available vehicles and intake systems.
Determine What Works Best for Your Vehicle
Most vehicles have an aftermarket product lineup that features an air intake system. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, the selection may have a huge selection due to the amount of performance air intake systems available.
What to Know Before Installing Your New Intake
Whether the system you are installing is a Cold Air Intake or a Short Ram System, make sure you let the engine cool down before you begin any work on the motor. For most vehicles, the area of interest is a location that tends to get very hot. If the product you are installing is a Short Ram System you will only need some basic tools and what you received in the mail or purchased in person.
A Cold Air Intake may require an additional step of jacking your vehicle off the ground or using ramps. The purpose of this is so the owner can install the bottom half of the Cold Air Intake. Do not let this scare you though, this is only to reach the places you need so that you can bolt the system down.
Remove the Stock Air Intake
Unplug the battery cables, the negative terminal (black) first then the positive terminal (red). The installation consists of removing the stock air system starting with the air filter. Then remove the big plastic box that the filter was in located on the left or right side of the engine bay depending on the make and model of your vehicle.
There are parts that will be attached by hose clamps, round metal rings that may need to be loosened with a screwdriver. You will likely need to unplug a couple of air sensors which feed information to the car’s computer. Keep in mind to be delicate with these parts as you do not want to harm or damage them.
Should You Keep the Stock Intake?
We recommend that you keep your stock intake system should you have any problems with your new intake system that you purchased. Out of the box, it is very rare that you will have any problems, however, if you do, without your stock intake system, you won’t be able to drive your vehicle.
We recommend setting the stock intake aside until you know the new one works properly. For extra precaution, owners can hold on to the stock intake system for however long in case anything were to ever happen to the performance intake system.
Installing the New Air Intake System
If your new intake is a Cold Air Intake, like we said in the Before You Install section, you will most likely be required to climb under the vehicle to complete the installation. Install the new intake system as directed in the installation manual. In most cases, the owner will install some form of heat shield first.
Next the tubing is installed and secured with the hose clamps. Plug the sensors that were unplugged from the old stock intake system onto the install air intake system. Lastly install the high flow air filter. Once everything is installed, go back through the entire system to make sure everything is tightened down. Fasten the battery terminals back in…in reverse order.
Finally, you are DONE! Now go hit the open road and enjoy your new performance gains. Most performance air intake systems are built to the highest quality, however, we recommend picking up the air cleaning system. The air cleaning systems are very inexpensive and when you need it you will have it! Here’s an example of a popular air cleaning kit for K&N Air Intakes.
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