The Different Types of Air Intake Systems

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An air intake system sucks more air into your truck engine. The system doesn’t just keep the engine cool; it also helps to generate more horsepower. This is because better airflow translates to better horsepower on the road. Before heading online to buy one yourself, read this guide to the different types of air intake systems. That way, you can get the best performance-enhancing air intake system for your ride.

Cold Air Intake

Cold air intakes are great because cooler air is denser and more oxygen-rich than warm air. To put it simply, the cooler the air, the more powerful your engine will become. Cold air intakes can do this because their air filters sit farther away from the engine bay than other intakes.

This intake system also has a heat shield around the filter to keep the airflow as cool as possible. Commonly, you’ll spot cold air intakes behind grilles and bumpers. Since these devices are so effective for boosting engine performance, we have cold air intakes available among our selection of F150 Raptor accessories.

Ram-Air Intake

Ram-air intakes share a common factor with cold air intake systems—both devices can deliver cooler air to your engine. However, ram-air intake filters sit at the front of the car, near the engine. Don’t hesitate to ask your parts supplier if their ram-air intakes have heat shields to protect them from becoming too hot. If the engine is what generates heat, why place this intake system at the truck's front end? The answer is that ram-air intake systems send oxygen-rich cool air to the engine by sucking it in as the car travels forward. Such a setup can pack a powerful punch on the road.

Short Ram Intake

If you’re looking for a performance booster that won’t take up as much room as other systems, consider a short ram intake. Due to its smaller size, this intake system supplies air to the engine faster than the options above. That said, the air comes from the engine bay, meaning that short ram systems won’t provide the cool airflow that the other options on this list do. Short ram intakes aren’t useless, though. In fact, they’re perfect for anyone looking for a better throttle response.

As you can see, learning the different types of air intake systems is very simple. Now, hopefully, finding the best system for your ride will be simple too.


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