2021 GMC Sierra Cold Air Intake Installation

Installing a GMC Sierra Cold Air Intake

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably at least entertained the idea of installing a cold air intake on a truck. To be honest, why wouldn’t you? It’s relatively cheap, it doesn’t take a lot of time or experience to do yourself, and it has a lot of benefits for your truck. Because of that, a new cold air intake to replace your factory air filter is one of the first modifications every truck owner should make. This article will focus on a 2021 GMC Sierra cold air intake install, but you can find plenty of other installs for other makes and models on our site. 

In the video below, the YouTube channel Donslife walks you through the process of installing a cold air intake on a 2021 GMC Sierra AT4 (6.2L engine). As you’ll see, it’s a smooth operation and results in a much better sounding, looking, and performing truck.

Cold Air Inductions Kit

The specific Cold Air Inductions kit discussed in this video (Silverado and Sierra truck air intake) comes with all the pieces you’ll need for the installation. That includes the air induction housing, air filter element, PCV tube, inlet duct, and aluminum air intake tube. It’s compatible with 2019-2022 GMC Sierras with 6.2L V8 engines.

Benefits of GMC Sierra Cold Air Intake

The video discusses some of the primary benefits of installing a cold air intake. First, there are performance boosts. 

  • You can generally expect a 12 to 14 horsepower improvement after the GMC Sierra cold air intake is installed. You’ll also see a 2 to 3 mile per gallon improvement in gas mileage, on average. That’s always a perk when you drive a truck. 
  • As you see in the video, the process is simple to do and doesn’t take a lot of time. If you have the right tools and 30 minutes to spare, you should be able to swap out your factory air intake for a new cold air intake with no problems. 
  • Another perk that the video cited is that the design of our cold air intake utilizes the bottom of your truck’s air intake box so it’s an easier install and forms a nice, tight seal.
  • Our air intake tube is constructed of high quality aluminum, which doesn’t absorb as much heat from the engine. As a result, the incoming cooler air stays cool.

GMC Sierra Cold Air Intake Installation Process

Here’s the basic process for removing a factory air intake on your truck and replacing it with a high quality cold air intake from Cold Air Inductions. 

  • For safety reasons, disconnect the battery terminal. This will also help reset your system.
  • Start the removal by disconnecting the existing PCV hose (using the push tabs).
  • Disconnect (not remove) the mass air flow (MAF) sensor. 
  • Loosen the resonator and remove it from the throttle body. 
  • Remove the top of the factory air box (making sure to save the screws) and remove the factory filter as well.
  • Remove the MAF sensor from the removed housing, being very careful with it. Install it into the new aluminum air intake tube supplied with our kit. 
  • Attach the intake duct to the throttle body and loosely tighten it using hose clamps. Connect the PCV hose as well.
  • Insert the air filter element into the top of the air box (removing the protective film first). Insert the aluminum air intake tube into the filter element, and move it into place in the engine. Connect the aluminum air intake tube to the intake duct. 
  • Tighten all hose clamps and screws.
  • Reconnect the MAF sensor harness.
  • Reconnect your battery. 

It might look like a fair amount of steps, but the GMC Sierra cold air intake process goes very quick. With a little mechanical experience and the right tools, you’ll be hearing your engine come to life with a new voice in no time. 

How to Install a Cold Air Intake on a Chevy Silverado Trail Boss

Install a Cold Air Intake on a Chevy Silverado to Get More Power

One of the first things you probably did when you bought your new Silverado is to find a little open road and rev it up to hear that engine roar. If you love to hear that sound and feel your truck respond with lots of horsepower, you really should consider a cold air intake. When you install a cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado, you can immediately hear and feel the difference it makes, plus you’ll notice additional benefits as you drive it longer. In this blog, we’re turning to lmfscrew on YouTube to see what he thinks of a Cold Air Inductions cold air intake for his 2021 Chevy Silverado Z71 Trail Boss (with a 6.2L engine). Check it out below.

Why Replace Factory Filter?

As he mentions in the video above, why should you replace your factory air filter and install a cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado? For the Chevy Silverado Trail Boss, it’s not like it’s an ugly factory unit to begin with and it certainly does work fine. So why bother?

  • First, a cold air intake increases the volume of air entering your engine and ensures it is cooler air, both of which increase your engine’s power. Whether your truck is a few years old or brand new, it’s nice to get a little more power out of your engine when you can. Using our 6.2L cold air intake kit, you can expect gains of 12-14 horsepower. This kit can also be used on 2019, 2020, or 2021 Silverados or GMC Sierras, in addition to several popular 2021 SUVs.
  • If you drive a truck, your top priority probably isn’t gas mileage (or you’d be driving a Prius instead). But if you can improve it with a simple tweak, why wouldn’t you? Swapping out a stock air filter with a cold air intake system can increase your fuel efficiency by a few miles per gallon, which is always a plus when you regularly drive a larger truck, like the Trail Boss. 
  • It’s also very simple to install a cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado. If you’re interested in optimizing your truck’s power and fuel efficiency, you’re probably already more than capable of installing a cold air intake within 30 minutes.

How to Install Cold Air Intake on a Chevy Silverado Trail Boss

As we mentioned above, replacing a factory air filter with a cold air intake system is relatively simple. You can see the process in the video above. But here’s a quick breakdown of how to install a cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado.

  1. Disconnect the negative terminal of your battery – for safety’s sake.
  2. Disconnect and remove the factory PCV hose and snip all connecting zip ties.
  3. Disconnect your mass air flow (MAF) sensor.
  4. Pull the top/lid of the factory air box (the bottom is retained in place) out, as well as the factory air filter.
  5. Remove the MAF sensor from your existing air tube, being careful to not damage it. Replace it in the new air tube.
  6. Install the inlet elbow onto the throttle body and attach the PCV hose.
  7. Insert the air filter into the top of the filter box housing, after removing the protective sticker from the plexiglass window.
  8. Install the intake tube onto the filter and loosely tighten the hose clamp.
  9. Install the top of the air box and tube and tighten bolts, hose clamps, etc.
  10. Connect your MAF sensor and snug all bolts throughout.
  11. Reconnect the negative terminal of the battery.

The Best Modifications to Increase Chevy Silverado Fuel Efficiency

How to Increase Chevy Silverado Fuel Efficiency

If you’re wondering how to improve a truck’s gas mileage, you’re not alone. After all, that’s one of the biggest downfalls of owning a truck – most of them aren’t super friendly on your bank account when it comes time to fill it up. In a way, that’s unfortunately kind of the price of admission. If you want the benefits of a big truck (e.g., towing, clearance, power), you need to live with bad truck gas mileage. While modern fuel-efficient trucks are getting better in this area, there are some ways to increase Chevy Silverado fuel efficiency, even in an older model. These would apply to most other truck brands and cars as well. In the video below by Lonestar Hawaiian, you can see how he tackles this problem with his 2007 Chevy Silverado. Check it out below.

How You Can Easily Increase Chevy Silverado Fuel Efficiency

There are a few ways you can tackle this problem. None of them will be miraculous and double your truck’s miles per gallon or anything, but if you use them in combination, you can get a noticeable difference for your Chevy. And when you use a truck on a daily basis, it’s all about the small gains here and there so you can make a long-term difference.

  • Basic Maintenance – one of the easiest things you can do to increase Chevy Silverado fuel efficiency is to just maintain your truck well. When you keep up with basic maintenance (i.e., changing the fluids on a regular basis, keeping your tires properly inflated, keeping air filters clean, etc.), your truck is able to perform more efficiently.
  • Cold Air Intake – swapping out your stock air filter with a Silverado cold air intake system will definitely make a noticeable difference to your truck’s gas mileage. This system pumps a higher volume of cooler air into your engine, which increases the oxygen content and produces a cleaner, more efficient combustion cycle. In the video above, you saw that Lonestar Hawaiian was installing a cold air intake on his 2007 Chevy Silverado, with the primary goal of increasing miles per gallon. With his 2020 Trail Boss, which he already updated with a cold air intake, he noticed a pretty significant increase in fuel efficiency (16.5 to 21 mpg). One of the benefits of our intake system is that you get a clear, plexiglass window to monitor how dirty the air filter is and see when it needs to be changed.

  • Reduce Drag – most people don’t realize how much drag an average pickup truck creates when it moves down the road. This friction with the air slows the truck down and makes it work harder. By simply installing a tonneau cover over your truck bed, you can really reduce the drag on your truck, which will help you eke out some more miles per gallon. Plus, it keeps your gear secure and dry, so why wouldn’t you want one anyway?
  • Engine Programmer/Tuner – you can use an engine tuner or programmer on many modern vehicles, including 5.3 or 6.2L Chevy Silverado’s. Essentially, this little plug-in machine can help you dial in how you want your engine to run to increase Chevy Silverado fuel efficiency or power.
  • Slow Down – yeah, it’s obvious and probably a little annoying to hear, but it’s true. When you hit the gas to hear that beautiful engine roar (especially after a cold air intake or aftermarket exhaust system), you’re consuming a lot more gas than if you just reasonably accelerate. If you want to see a boost to your fuel efficiency, then take it easy – you’re probably not on a race track. If you are, well…then let her rip.

The Power of a Chevy Camaro Cold Air Intake

Here’s Why You Should Have a Camaro Cold Air Intake

No matter how you slice it, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one heck of a car. It’s powerful, fast, responsive, and looks incredible. But if you’re a Camaro owner, you’re probably always wondering how you can improve it a bit, eke out a little more performance, or make it truly stand out in some way. That’s part of the fun of owning it, right? A ridiculously easy way to accomplish that is with a Camaro cold air intake, particularly our Elite Carbon Series cold air intake. In the video below, we turn to Lonestar Hawaiian on Youtube for an in-depth look at installing this system in his dream car, the Camaro ZL1. What do you think?

Check Out the Camaro Cold Air Intake 

This particular cold air intake fits onto a 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, or 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 with a 6.2L V8 engine. The kit comes with the air box, intake tube, air filter, coupler, stainless steel clamps, and installation manual. The clear plexiglass viewing window in the air box is very functional in that it helps you monitor the filter for replacement, but it also brings some major style points when you pop the hood. The epoxy finish on the air box and intake tube also add a nice shine underneath the hood.

The Elite Carbon Series for this Camaro cold air intake is really something special. The system produces all the same great benefits of the Elite Series system (i.e., more power, better fuel efficiency, and cooler sound), but the air box and intake tube pieces are constructed from a beautiful and glossy carbon fiber. Because carbon fiber is lightweight, strong, and resistant to temperature changes, it’s the ideal material to use on your Camaro. It reduces the weight compared to other aftermarket air intakes constructed of metal. Also, the carbon fiber air box naturally maintains a cooler temperature than a metal or plastic material would, which improves your power and fuel efficiency even more. It’s the perfect solution for a Camaro owner.

Installing a Camaro Cold Air Intake 

In terms of installing an aftermarket air intake system, it’s really pretty simple. You will likely need to disconnect the negative battery terminal first, which will help reset the system. Loosen the associated hose clamps and unscrew the MAF sensor from your factory air intake tube – be sure to keep this tucked away somewhere safe as it can be expensive to replace. Then slide the air intake tube off of the throttle body and remove the air box and tube. At this point, you should be all set to install a new cold air intake.

If you watched the video from Lonestar Hawaiian above, one of the nicest features of this cold air intake system is that it is designed to be bolted right into place. Fit the new one into place (which may take a little adjustment), and bolt it down. Super easy. Within 20-30 minutes, you can have a brand new, performance-boosting, jaw-dropping cold air intake on your Chevy Camaro ZL1. The results? It looks fantastic and makes your car sound like a Camaro ought to sound. As Lonestar Hawaiian notes in the video, it may not be a dramatic change to your fuel economy. But who really cares about the gas efficiency when you’re talking about maximizing horsepower and going faster?

Check Out the 2021 Chevy Tahoe Cold Air Intake System

Why You Need a Chevy Tahoe Cold Air Intake System

When you own a large SUV, such as a Chevrolet Tahoe, you crave the same things of a truck owner. You want your SUV to be more powerful, you’d like it to be more fuel efficient (and cheaper at the pump), and you’d definitely like it to sound awesome when you hit the accelerator. You know, that nice throaty rumble? We’re here to tell you there’s an easy way to gain all three: install a Chevy Tahoe cold air intake system. The best part is that it’s an easy install process that nearly anyone can do at home. So if you have a 2021 Chevy Tahoe (5.3L V8 engine) and you’re looking to gain some major perks, keep on reading.

Cold Air Inductions sent the Elite Series cold air intake system to Youtuber Leaman Griffin to try it out. Here’s what he thought of the install process and final results.

Installing a Cold Air Intake System

The 2021 Chevy Tahoe cold air intake system fits 5.3L V8 engines of the Chevy Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado. In fact, the install process for this kit is the same as doing it for a 2020 Chevy Silverado, which is covered in another video. Don’t be nervous about replacing the factory parts, because this kit fits seamlessly into the factory seating and lines up with all the bolt holes for a snug and professional end result. As Leaman mentions in the video above, it takes only 15-20 minutes to install the kit, so you can easily do it after work one day and still have time to test drive it.

The Elite Series products are built to last with exceptional quality and attention to detail. From stainless steel clamps to thermal or powder-coated finishes, you will get everything you need to replace your old engine air intake system quickly and know it will stand up to the test. 

Why Install a Cold Air Intake?

There are many reasons you’d want to install a Chevy Tahoe cold air intake. Here are the most compelling reasons for most people:

  • More Horsepower – even if you don’t take your SUV off the beaten path much, it’s nice to know you have power under the hood for when you want it. Numerous dyno tests show that you can gain 12 to 14 horsepower from simply adding a Chevy Tahoe cold air intake. For 15-20 minutes of effort, it’s really an easy trade-off.
  • Better Fuel Economy – cooler air carries more oxygen, so it’s a cleaner and more powerful combustion cycle. Our top-notch air filters are specially engineered to trap tiny particles while maximizing air flow, and our insulated air boxes keep the air in the system as cool as possible.
  • Cooler Sounding Engine – not that this is necessarily last, but who doesn’t want a cooler sounding SUV?

So if you have a 2021 Chevy Tahoe and you’re thinking the benefits above sound good to you, consider replacing a cold air intake system. It’s a huge pay-off for very little effort.

Checking Out the Camaro ZL1 Elite Carbon Cold Air Intake

Replacing Your Camaro’s Stock Intake with an Elite Carbon Cold Air Intake

If fast cars and horsepower are your thing, you’ve no doubt at least thought about replacing your stock air intake system before. Dyno tests show that after replacing the factory option with a cold air intake system, you’ll see a positive bump in horsepower, speed, and performance. Plus, it will generally sound a lot better, look more polished, and may even increase your fuel efficiency. So what’s stopping you? With the ZL1 Elite Carbon Series from Cold Air Inductions, you can easily replace it yourself.

ZL1 Elite Carbon Series Intake System

Before we jump into how to switch out your stock version for the ZL1 Elite Carbon Series intake, here’s exactly what you get when you purchase this option. Nearly the entire ZL1 Elite Carbon Series system is constructed of carbon fiber material, which is lightweight, extremely strong and durable, resistant to corrosion, and helps dissipate heat quickly. The intake tube is sleek and the air filter box/housing comes with a clear plexiglass window to see the filter inside the filter box and know when it needs to be cleaned out or swapped. The stainless steel clamps keep the system firmly in place when tightened down, and the flexible coupler makes it easy to attach to the throttle body. It also comes with a high performance air filter. This kit can be used for a 2017-2021 Camaro ZL1.

How to Replace Air Intake System

The process of replacing an air intake system might seem a little confusing if you don’t do a lot of work on your car yourself. But it’s really pretty simple, especially when using this kit because it comes with everything you need and a great installation booklet. Check out the video below to see just how easy it is.

  1. Start by loosening the clamps and screws on your stock or existing air intake. Then make sure to carefully remove the mass air flow (MAF) sensor and detach the PCV tube. When everything is disconnected, pull the whole thing out of the car.
  2. Next, it’s assembly time, which is super simple. Attach the carbon fiber intake tube to the high performance filter by screwing them together. Insert the air filter portion into the filter housing box, and pop it into place. Place the foam gasket around the lower intake of the filter box.
  3. Slip the coupler boot onto the throttle body tube (paying attention to the text that indicates which way it should go on). Then slip the intake tube into the other side of the coupler boot. For this reason, you should attach the intake tube side first, and then rotate the air filter box down into place.
  4. Tighten the stainless steel clamps around the coupler boot first to ensure it is snug. Insert the retainer clips on the air filter body into the grommets on your car to attach them.
  5. Last, plug in the PCV tube again and gently reinsert the MAF sensor into the appropriate place on the intake tube. As you can see in the video, it may be a tight fit, so take it slowly so as not to cause any damage.

And just like that, you could have a better sounding, better looking, and better performing Camaro. As you can see, installing a cold air intake system is not that complicated, especially when you use the ZL1 Elite Carbon Series. It comes with some great instructions that you can follow, or you can just reference the video above for a more visual look at the process.

2020 Silverado Cold Air Intake Install, Video, and Review

Power, Performance, and Efficiency – The Best Cold Air Intake for 2020 Silverados

BY Lone-Star Hawaiian

There’s no doubt that Cold Air Intake systems are incredibly popular. Typically, the first thing “enthusiasts” do when they buy a car if it doesn’t already have one, is pull out the stock intake system and replace it with a “Cold Air Intake System.” Part of the reason they are so popular is 1) they are easy to install, and 2) they work well. And how they work is surprisingly elementary. Here is a recap of the install of a Cold Air Induction Elite Series cold air intake for my 2020 Silverado Trail Boss.

The Quick and Easy Way to Add Power and Save at the Pump

Shortly after purchasing my brand-new 2020 Silverado Trail Boss, I quickly noticed two things that needed to be changed, immediately. The first was the lack of “noise” a typical truck should make. Without an exhaust tone that was audible from the cab, it is near impossible to hear or feel your truck’s RPM. Without literally looking down at your tach, the amount of effort you’re asking from your tried-and-true V8 is a complete mystery. This was easily solved with a muffler delete kit from AFE, which quickly livened the truck up for a low cost and easy install. The truck is still equipped with a restrictive exhaust with cats and multiple resonators, so my neighbors don’t hate me…yet.

The next issue I needed to tackle was the hideous and extremely restrictive stock air intake system. When Chevrolet redesigned what is the “new and improved” Silverado for 2019, they redesigned the entire engine bay. The airbox moved from the passenger-side, where it lived for generations, to the driver-side of the engine bay. Also with the redesign came an extremely aggressive front end. Additional brackets were added at the front corners of the engine bay causing the stock air-box to be mounted much closer to the engine than the previous generations. When you move the stock plastic air box right next to the 8-cylinder furnace (also known as your engine), it’s easy to believe the air being fed through the stock filter and box is hotter than it needs to be. This is where a Cold Air Intake becomes a huge advantage.

Why Manufactures Don’t Do This from the Factory?

The cylinders in internal combustion engines generate power through controlled explosions with fuel and air. Typically, your stock engine does not receive as much air as it should for an optimal combustion cycle. Stock air intakes are designed to keep engine noise level to a minimum by using restrictive bends and a disposable filter usually at the expense of horsepower and efficiency. Surprising, right? If you are buying a truck, especially a Trail Boss, chances are you don’t expect the noise level to be kept to that of a Rolls-Royce. By freeing up the restrictive flow, you allow your engine to intake air more efficiently, and in a related benefit, it sounds dang good. But that’s only part of the advantage. 

The “Cold Air” portion of Cold Air Intakes provide both increased performance and better fuel efficiency, and how this works is pretty simple. If you think back to your 7th-grade chemistry class, you’ll remember that when you compare hot air to cold air, the air molecules of hot air are spread much further apart than cold air. As air is cooled it becomes much denser, which means more oxygen. If you have a charge of cold air into a confined area, like an engine cylinder, you have much more oxygen molecules in that cylinder than you would have with hot air. And more oxygen equals more powerful and efficient combustion. This results not only in increased horsepower (upwards of +14 hp with Cold Air Inductions system), but increased fuel efficiency. So, more power and you save money at the pump. Does it get any better?

The Cold Air Inductions intake system is constructed of high-quality heat-shielding material that prevents any heat soak. As you drive on hot summer days, you have confidence that the high flow filament filter and streamlined MAF tube will allow cold air to be sucked in through the shielded intake box to be converted into horsepower and big smiles. The combination of AFE’s muffler delete and Cold Air Inductions intake system creates an intoxicating sound that will most certainly lead to a very heavy right foot.

As an easy power-adding-gas-saving modification, the Cold Air Inductions intake system for the 2019–2020 Silverado is an absolute no-brainer. The truck feels lighter on its feet, and the throttle is crispy as a potato chip. The combination of sound and throttle response typically leads to feelings of horsepower gains, but this cannot be verified without a before/after dyno test. Even though I cannot verify the claimed +12 / +14 hp, I can claim an immediate increase in fuel efficiency. After several hundred miles driving, my highway mileage has increased from 19.5 mpg to 22 mpg. Cold Air Inductions’ intake on my Silverado is going to pay for itself in no time with these increases. But as for the smiles it puts on my face at wide-open throttle, it’s priceless.

 

YouTube: Lonestar Hawaiian

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Colorado Cold Air Intake Review, Install, and Dyno

Colorado Cold Air Intake Review, Install, and Dyno by Horsepower Obsessed

By Horsepower Obsessed

Does a COLD air intake add POWER to your Chevy Colorado?! Dyno before AND after! Colorado cold air intake review, install, and dyno test video by Horsepower Obsessed.

The Colorado cold air intake from Cold Air Inductions creates a few extra ponies, tested on the dyno, for my 2018 Chevy Colorado, but that isn’t the only benefit of this intake. Extra power is always welcome, but the sound of this thing makes is amazing! The engine and exhaust on the truck sound louder with the cold air intake installed under load and makes it sound more like a true “truck”. The convenience that comes with a reusable air filter that is easily visible through the top cover glass is just icing on the cake!

The install for this 2018 Chevy Colorado cold air intake was also one of the easiest I’ve ever had the privilege of doing myself and it is the only intake I know of for the Chevy Colorado that keeps the engine cover in place!

Colorado Cold Air Intake

Intake System Includes:

  • Insulated Aluminum Air Box
  • Air Box Lid with Clear Inspection Window
  • Thermal-Coated Intake Tube
  • High-Performance Air Filter
  • Installation Instructions

This Cold Air Intake Fits:

  • 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon 3.6L V6 2.5L I-4
  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon 2.8L Turbo-Diesel

NOTES: Not for sale or use in California.

NOTES: This is a direct replacement for the OEM air box. No modifications required on box itself.

Will My Aftermarket Parts Void my Warranty?

Will After Market Parts, Like Cold Air Intakes, Void My Warranty 

By: Leaman Griffin

One of the best things about buying a brand new vehicle is the Manufacturer’s Warranty. The peace of mind that you have knowing you won’t be forking out potentially thousands of dollars in repairs if your brand spanking new car or truck breaks down. It’s a luxury for sure, but does it mean that you aren’t allowed to customize your vehicle in fear of losing your safety net? Not necessarily.

Manufacturer’s (OEM) warranties have long been a sort of “black box” to most consumers. You know that you have a warranty, but you really don’t know the ins and outs of what is and what isn’t covered– especially as it relates to aftermarket parts.

Picture this, you just bought your first brand new truck! You have driven it for 500 miles already and the new is starting to become the norm. You get the inevitable itch to start searching the internet for upgrades and you stumble upon a sweet intake system. Just like any gear head, you want it. It’s not long before you are posting in your favorite forum asking for opinions and searching google for reviews and videos. Then you happen upon the one comment that ruins your mood. “You realize, if you install that, your warranty will be void”. Immediately you begin second-guessing if you should even touch your truck while it is under the OEM warranty. Rest assured, all hope is not lost for your aftermarket desires!

In comes the Magnuson-Moss Act. Enacted by Congress and signed by President Ford in 1975, this Federal statute governs warranties on consumer products. This does not require products to have warranties, but if they do, the warranties must comply with this law. There are a few main provisions to the act, but one, in particular, stands out. Commonly known as the “Tie-in Sales” provision, this portion of the Magnuson-Moss Act, prevents dealers from being able to force consumers to use OEM parts in order to maintain their vehicle’s warranty. The Manufacturer can, however, require consumers to use select parts if those parts are provided to the consumer free of charge under the warranty. This allows the consumer (you) to shop around for a competitive price for your repair and replacement parts without fear of voiding your warranty by installing them or having them installed. The act also prevents Manufacturers from voiding your warranty because you did not use their Service Department for normal scheduled maintenance and repairs.

Does this mean that you have the green light to buy that sweet sweet intake system you have been eyeing? Of course it does, but there are a few key points to remember. While the manufacturer

cannot void your warranty simply for having aftermarket parts on your car or truck, they can deny your claim if they find and prove that the aftermarket part you installed, or non-OEM service you had performed, was linked to the warranty claim. For example, if you went to a dealer for a warranty claim related to your suspension making noise, the only way they could deny your claim is if they proved that your aftermarket parts (in this case, an intake system) caused the noise in your suspension.

So rest assured, installing aftermarket parts on your car or truck, does not automatically mean that your warranty is void. The best way to ensure that you retain your warranty is to do your research! Only buy quality aftermarket parts with proven research behind them. Find an installer that has positive feedback and reviews. For DIYer’s, read the instructions carefully, take your time and don’t cut corners. All of these things will help ensure that your aftermarket parts are not at the center of your Warranty woes. So congratulations new car owners, and mod on!!

 

2019 Silverado Cold Air Intake Review | Cold Air Inductions Inc.

Getting a Quality 2019 Silverado Cold Air Intake for a Reasonable Price

In a world where car and truck Cold Air Intake brands are a dime a dozen, it can be hard to stand out. Like many performance enthusiasts,  my early days in the custom car and truck scene involved going to Ebay and finding the cheapest parts I could, then waiting weeks if not months for them to arrive from overseas (usually China).  It was all about spending the least amount of money, and having the most aftermarket parts on my ride.  Fast forward to today and not much has changed, except one thing.   I learned to understand the importance of quality aftermarket parts.

My current vehicle is a 2019 Silverado RST.   I purchased it back in March of 2019 and immediately I was looking for aftermarket parts to install.  A Cold Air Intake System for my 2019 Silverado rst was one of the first items on my list, as it is for most enthusiasts.  My search turned up very few results though, being that this is a new generation of Silverado in its first production year.  Enter Cold Air Inductions Inc.  They manufacture Cold Air Intakes for a wide variety of late model cars and trucks, and specifically several for GM and Chevy like Chevy Colorado intakes, Canyon intakes, and Camaro intakes.   After researching the company and the product, I decided to try them out. 

Silverado Cold Air Intake Unboxing

I received a tracking number for my order the very next day, which came as a nice surprise since usually with other manufacturers you have to wait days before your order shows as shipped. I ordered the Elite Series Cold Air Intake System for the 2019-2020 Silverado 1500 equipped with the 5.3L V8 engine (retail $379-$399).   After a few days of checking tracking every couple of hours, the intake system arrived!  The packaging was neat and well thought out.  Everything was wrapped and protected so as not to scratch any of the parts during transit.  Upon initial inspection, the quality of this Cold Air Intake System was outstanding.  All of the welds looked neat and even.  The intake tube was coated both inside and out, and all of the rubber connectors and clamps were high quality.   I was expecting the Cold Air box to be sheet metal and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it was actually thick cast metal.   The cast metal is still lightweight, but the extra thickness acts as a barrier keeping hot air out of the intake box.  They even went as far as to key the MAF port so that you can’t install the MAF sensor backwards.  All hardware was included, as well as very detailed instructions with photos. 

Silverado Cold Air Intake Install Video 

This Cold Air Intake System was very well engineered, and that showed during installation.  After skimming over the instructions to get a general sense of the task at hand, I collected my tools and began.   I only needed a few sockets, a few screwdrivers, and an allen wrench to complete the installation.  In true gearhead fashion, I installed the Cold Air Intake System in my driveway, mere feet from a nice shaded garage.  I was too eager to spend the extra 30 seconds pulling my truck inside.  Pulling off the Factory Air intake was probably the most difficult part of the entire process.  Once it was all removed, there were only a few bolts and clamps to tighten and I was done!  The fit is that of a factory setup.  Everything looks in its home and all of the components are showcased in the engine bay. 

Silverado Cold Air Intake Dyno Test/Review

Typically, a Cold Air Intake System won’t net you any performance gains without an ECM tune.  This prompted me to head straight to the Dyno and see for myself.  These trucks are still ECM locked from the factory, so any performance gains I see would surely be from the Intake System.   After establishing a baseline run of a whopping 277 horsepower to the rear wheels with the stock intake setup (and heavy 26″ wheels ), it was time to reinstall the Cold Air Inductions unit and let her rip once more!  I was surprised to see much smoother power delivery across the RPMs, especially in the higher range.  Overall I saw a gain of 5 horsepower to the wheels, and 6.5 foot pounds of torque with the peak horsepower hitting at 5300 RPM and the max torque at 4900 RPM.   All of this running on 87 octane pump gas.

The real fun with this Cold Air Intake System comes in the day to day driving.   Punch the throttle and you can hear the Intake Sucking air with force.   I’m used to hearing the engine revving as I accelerate through the RPMs, but the addition of this intake has deepened the sound drastically.   Trucks are not sporty by any means, but the more aggressive sound has me giving the throttle a little more foot than normal!    

As I am writing this I have had the Cold Air Inductions Inc. Cold Air Intake System on my truck for about a week, and around 1000 miles (I drive a lot).   The one thing I was the most pleased with was the additional gas mileage.  One of the great features of modern cars and trucks is the onboard computer systems.  I can see my average MPG over the last 50 miles, or 400 miles.   I keep a watch on the 400 mile average because it is the most accurate depiction of how I drive.  The 50 mile average is too affected by the occasional run up to 5k RPMs as well as sitting in traffic.  Only one of which I enjoy.  After a week of driving, my 400 mile average has gone up about .7 MPG.  While this is great, I’m sure it would have gone up more had I not enjoyed the throttle as much.  Rest assured, I will never know! 

In conclusion, I am very pleased with this addition to my 2019 Silverado.  The Cold Air Intake System again earned it’s spot as one of the first items that should be purchased when beginning to mod your car or truck, and Cold Air Inductions Inc. knocked it out of the park with this system.  Now it’s time to get back to the Internet and search for the next mod to my truck!