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Performance Air Intake System, Cold Air Intakes

Cold Air Intake and can be a great way to get a quick and easy boost in power for your vehicle. Cold Air Intake systems work in the same way: rerouting the stock air intake delivery system for the best performance out of your car. Normally, the air filter in your vehicle is located in the engine bay where it can be easily accessed and replaced. The problem with this is, the heat of the engine bay has adverse effects on your engine's performance.

The Cold Air Intake systems we offer extend the air intake tube to a lower position in your vehicle to collect denser (colder) air away from the hot engine bay. Also, the air filter is moved into a frontward position allowing for the cool air to be "rammed" into your engine, hence the term ram air intake or air induction intake that is used sometimes to refer to the intake pipes. This combination of cold and dense air being shot into your vehicle's engine results in immediate and noticeable performance gains.

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Cold Air Intake Brand Overview

AEM Cold Air Intake Pipes are probably the first intakes that come to mind when you think of the term "Cold Air." AEM was the first company to market their intakes as Cold Air Intakes, though they are by no means the only one. Injen RD Cold Air intakes and their rival Fujita F5 Cold Airs (Fujita was actually founded by ex-Injen people) are second in popularity to the market segment that prefers AEM Cold Air intakes for their Car. AEM Cold Air Intake pipes are usually available in Blue, Red, Grey (aka ceramic), and Polish colors.

Spyder Cold Air Intake Systems are for cost conscious tuners. Using the same basic designs as AEM Injen and Fujita Cold Air Intakes, Spyder Cold Airs deliver the same kind of power as the name brand intakes in the most cost effective design for your car. Spyder Cold Air Intake Systems are available in Red, Blue, Polish, and sometimes Black.

K&N FIPK Cold Air Intake systems use a completely different design approach than AEM Cold Airs and Spyder Cold Airs. Instead of aluminum, K&N FIPK intakes use specially molded plastic for maximum air flow and engine cooling. The filter placement is usually less aggressive than other cold air designs, instead using strategically placed heat shields to block the heat of the engine. Unlike the car Cold Airs by AEM and Spyder though, K&N FIPK the car Intakes are dyno proven for real world power upgrades. K&N also offers Typhoon style and Aircharger intakes depending on the year and model of the Car.

Brand Comparison AEM vs. Spyder vs. K&N:


AEM Cold Air Intake Systems

Pros: Name brand appeal, Aggressive design, Color Options, street legal (most applications)
Cons: Modification to splash guards sometimes required, high price, bypass valve necessary for rain

Spyder Cold Air Intake Systems

Pros: Extremely Affordable, Most Color Options, Aggressive sound (think Darth Vader)
Cons: Bare minimum design, Same cons as AEM (minus high price)

K&N FIPK Cold Air Intake Systems

Pros: Dyno Proven, K&N Million Mile Warranty & reputation, Street Legal, Best instructions
Cons: Conservative Design, Black only


Cold Air Intake System Frequently Asked Questions


Can I install my new Cold Air Intake myself?

If you have a decent amount of technical knowledge and can follow instructions, you should be able to follow the instructions and install a cold air intake onto your vehicle yourself. K&N FIPK intakes by far offer the best instructions with multiple pictures, though AEM is close behind.

What kind of power can I expect to get on my car from an AEM, Spyder, or K&N FIPK Cold Air Intake?

Power increases vary by application, but you could expect anywhere from a 3-15hp increase under optimal conditions. The K&N FIPK intakes we offer list the horsepower gain as dyno tested by K&N.

Are Cold Air Intakes safe in the rain?

NO CAR should ever be operated during flooding. Unlike short ram intakes, cold air intakes draw air from a relatively low position. Your vehicle can technically ingest water from rain puddles, streams, floods, etc if your car is lowered or the water is deep enough, and damage your engine. To prevent this, you could install the appropriate sized AEM Bypass valve onto your car's AEM or Spyder Cold Air Intake, however, we instead recommend switching to your vehicles stock intake system if you anticipate driving through flood conditions. K&N FIPK Intakes do not require bypass valves since their design is higher than AEM and Spyder, and are relatively safe from water ingestion.

What is the K&N Million Mile Warranty and does it apply to my intake?

For K&N FIPK, Aircharger, and Typhoon Intake systems, K&N offers an industry leading Million Mile Limited warranty against defects on intake systems properly installed on the vehicles from which they are designed, for one year from date of purchase (basically, no mile restrictions). Additionally, the vehicle must be used on paved roads only (no off road use whatsoever), not be used for any race or competition, not used for marine or industrial applications, and the filter must be properly cleaned using only K&N cleaner and air filter oil. Please see the K&N website for full details.

 

TunersDepot Cold Air Intake System Reviews & Ratings (105)

Our 105 Cold Air Intake System Reviews have an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Every customer can leave a review about our service and the product that was purchased. In order to leave your review for the purchased product, please log into MY ACCOUNT after you receive your order. We encourage all of our customers to take the time to share their experiences with our website with everyone.


Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Red)
Posted on Oct 23, 2014 by - (2011 - 2014 Hyundai Sonata)
Wrong part was sent. Very unhappy
Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Blue)
Posted on Oct 11, 2014 by - (2003 - 2004 Toyota Corolla)
fast shipping and very good price i like it
Injen® SP Cold Air Intake (Polish)
Posted on Sep 16, 2014 by - (2004 - 2008 Hyundai Tiburon)
This things sounds amazing! Adds power and looks great in the engine bay. Only drawback is it's really hard to install yourself because of how tricky it is to take the old intake out
K&N® Air Filter + Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Red)
Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by - (2011 - 2013 Chevrolet Cruze)
Only took about a week to get my intake. Got a check engine light for a bit, just went away in a day. You can know hear the turbo spooling and the factory bov alot much more. Sounds great. Hopefully helps on gas too. Sweet deaql. Will by from tuners from now on.
K&N® Air Filter + Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Black)
Posted on Jun 21, 2014 by - (2013 Scion FR-S)
great product at low price best customer service thank you guys
K&N® Air Filter + Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Polish)
Posted on Jun 4, 2014 by - (2002 - 2006 Nissan Altima)
Great communication with the agents.
Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Red)
Posted on Feb 2, 2014 by - (2001 - 2003 Dodge Stratus)
Absolutely love the product. Works just like it is suppose to. Was missing a few bolts but other than that it had everything. The shipping was horrible. It took eight days to process then another three or four to ship. Other than that I'm very satisfied with the product.
Spyder® Cold Air Intake System (Black)
Posted on Sep 14, 2013 by - (2007 - 2012 Nissan Altima)
Not happy.Item took 3 days to process after payment,then 4 days to ship after process (legitimately due to a holiday).Received box with no instruction.Item doesn't fit right.Will be returning.careful!

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