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The Origin of the AEM Cold Air Intake

While AEM, as a company, had been around already for a few years doing car modification, its first AEM Cold Air intake was sold in 1994. It was designed to improve performance for the Honda CRX and came in an easy-to-install kit. It was such a hit that the company decided to continue to create air intakes for a wide range of vehicles.
As a company, AEM has always sought to bring improvements in speed and power through its products and modifications, and its line of AEM Intakes has been designed to meet those criteria.

What is different about an AEM Cold Air Intake

AEM makes different kinds of intakes for a lot of vehicles, and while the main focus of the company has always been on racing, there are benefits that every day, regular-use vehicles can gain as well.

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OEM or Factory intake systems, especially on older vehicles, are often made in a way that creates turbulence in the tube and uses additional hardware for sound control. AEM’s goal with every model of its air intake systems is to improve the design of the system so that it is virtually without turbulence or restriction and gives the best possible gains in horsepower and torque. 

AEM Cold Air Intake Pipe size and shape

The first difference between an OEM intake and an AEM intake is pipe size. AEM pipe size, for the most part, is larger in diameter than their OEM counterparts, which increases the amount of air that they can bring to the engine. However, while having a bigger pipe is awesome, AEM goes the extra mile by having their pipes be mandrel bent.

Shape matters

You’ve probably heard the term “mandrel bend” before, and no, it isn’t just a gimmick term that is meant to make something sound better than it actually is. Mandrel bending a tube allows for better airflow for two reasons. The first is that the smooth curve of the angle allows the pipe to maintain its diameter, whereas other types of bends often crimp or squeeze the air in the angle causing restriction in the airflow at every turn.

The second reason mandrel bending is good for airflow is because it removes sharp angles. Sharp angles are bad for airflow because as the air comes around the turn, the air on the edge will sluff off and curl back on itself creating a barrier of air known as turbulence. While it doesn’t block the whole tube, the turbulent air does constrict the amount of air that can pass through the tube. Having a smooth mandrel bend instead of a sharp angle removes this inside turbulence, and therefore increases the airflow.

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Computer Assisted Design

All AEM Cold air intake systems are made with Computer-assisted Design (CAD). CAD enables the AEM engineering team to craft their designs with a much higher level of precision than would be capable if it was being done by hand, making the end results of each design so much better. Additionally, having a computer to help with the math of the measurements makes it faster and more accurate. Whether racing on a dirt track or navigating the busy streets of a city, having an AEM cold air intake with an advanced design, will help your engine perform like never before.

Getting the Right AEM Cold Air Intake

The exact benefits that come from using an AEM cold air intake depend on the vehicle, the application, and the intake model used.  While the company hasn’t yet made an intake for every vehicle out there, they have made a lot of them. By searching your vehicle, you can see which model options are available for it, and what specific gains in horsepower, torque, and airflow are promised. 

You may notice as you are browsing that the intakes look different for each engine model. This is primarily because a cold air intake system provides the most benefits when it can access colder air from outside the engine compartment. This is key because the hot air inside the engine compartment provides fewer benefits since there's less oxygen content in it. To access the cold air, the intake usually has to reach over, or around other components of the engine; which is also why AEM cold air intake tubes are much longer than short ram intake tubes. 

Getting the right intake for your vehicle ensures that it will fit your engine and be able to access the airflow that you are hoping it will. Many AEM air intakes come with a soft mount to help compensate for the jostling and movement of the engine, and most AEM air intakes also have two different ways that they can be installed. If you get an AEM intake that is not engineered for your specific vehicle, then it will not function properly, and might not function at all. For more information on proper installation please refer to the user manual of the air intake system.

Different AEM Cold Air Intake Models

The Original AEM Cold Air Intake

The AEM cold air intake options, their cold air intakes stand out in their ability to work around other engine components to relocate the filter near the front fender where it can pull in cool air from the outside. These intakes have been engineered to improve performance for many different vehicle types including cars, trucks, and SUVs. Along with being functional, these intakes are made to look amazing and add aesthetic appeal to your engine bay. 

Each AEM Cold Air intake is made with high-quality, lightweight materials like aluminum, stainless steel, and silicone.  They are engineered with an aerodynamic design to assist the airflow from the filter to the engine. 

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AEM Brute Force Intakes

Brute Force Intakes are a powerful option for popular gas and diesel trucks and SUVs. They use AEM’s patented DRYFLOW air filter which is larger than the OEM filter and protects better from dust, dirt, and other grime and debris. The filter is protected from the heat of the engine by a heat shield made from steel that has been powder-coated for extra protection and durability. If you have a truck or SUV and are looking for an easy way to boost your engine’s performance we invite you to look up your vehicle and see what options AEM has available for you.


AEM Brute Force HD Diesel Air Intakes

The bigger the engine is the more air it needs to adequately perform. AEM knows this and didn’t leave the diesel engines high and dry. Their AEM Brute Force HD Diesel Air Intakes are designed to assist larger diesel engines like Cummins, Duramax, and Powerstroke to get the airflow that they need to run at their best. These intakes come with the same quality parts as the AEM Brute Force Intakes, except that they are bigger and engineered to handle the difficult driving circumstances that heavy-duty trucks encounter on their daily trips on the road.

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AEM Short Ram Air Intakes

The biggest difference between a short ram air intake and a cold air intake by AEM is that the short ram air intake is designed to fit within the engine compartment instead of extending outside it. While this does limit the availability of colder air, there are specific applications where having a short ram intake is as effective as having a cold air intake. AEM often utilizes special heat shields with short ram intakes to help moderate the temperature of the air being pulled in by the intake. 

Call 1-801-938-4891 to order your AEM Short Ram Air Intake.

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Dual Chamber Air Intakes

The Dual Chamber Air Intakes get their name from their unique design. Two pipes of different lengths and widths come together to create two chambers of different sizes. As air passes through these chambers, it creates different sound frequencies which help compound the airflow, allowing for more airflow to reach the engine than a regular air intake. 

For more information or to order your own AEM Dual Chamber Air Intake, call 1-801-938-4891.

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