There are only so many ways to get more power out of your car… more fuel, more air, less weight, or lower gear ratios. Sure, if you have deep pockets you can install a forced induction system or nitrous. But if you’re looking for a quicker, more affordable option that’s easy to install, you may want to consider installing a cold air intake system in your car or truck. But first, let’s take a closer look at how your car’s air intake system works.
Modern cars come equipped from the factory with an intake system made up of four main parts – the air filter, mass air flow sensor, throttle body, and the intake manifold. Air is drawn in, mixed with fuel and sent to the engine cylinders. A stock air filter made out of paper is formed into tight pleats and sits inside a factory air filter box. The restrictive nature of the air filter box can limit airflow to your engine. This becomes worse as the paper filter gets dirty, reducing airflow even more. Standard intake systems also deliver warmer air to your engine causing it to work harder. When airflow is reduced, or the air temperature is hotter – your engine’s performance suffers.
Instead of a paper filter and restrictive factory box, a cold air intake uses large diameter intake tube(s) that have less bends and are wider and often times shorter than stock ones. Cool air is denser than warm air and the cold air intake brings more free-flowing, cooler air into the engine for combustion. The denser the air, the more fuel you can mix with it. This means more power. Think of it as the equivalent of easily drawing a deep breath, versus having the flu and trying to breathe when you have a stuffy nose. So, replacing the stock intake in your vehicle is essentially giving your car the opportunity to breathe freely and improving its performance, MPG, and the sound at the same time.
If you’re looking to maximize the performance of your ride, put installing a cold air intake on the top of your list. But don’t settle for just any intake kit. Quality matters. Call Fat Bob’s Garage at (415)484-7928 or visit us on the web at fatbobsgarage.com. Let’s talk about your needs and how we can help you achieve the goals that you have for your car or truck. We offer everything from performance parts, suspension, protection, and custom fabrication. Don’t forget to check out our July specials!