Installing A CAI Carbon Fiber Chevy Camaro Cold Air Intake

Discover how you can unlock the true potential of your Camaro with Cold Air Inductions’ Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake system. In this detailed video summary, we’ll look into the performance enhancements and sleek design of one of the most recommended upgrades for any Camaro enthusiast.

A Closer Look at Performance and Installation

Key Highlights

You get the peace of mind that comes with a beautiful colored manual with step-by-step instructions, really, anybody can do this install.

Lucas, IDriveFast

In the video, Lucas with IDriveFast installs a carbon fiber cold air intake for his 2018 Camaro LZ1 1LE. Right off the bat, he notices two things about the Elite Carbon Series Intake that make it stand out from other air intake systems:

  • Stylish, Innovative Design: The intake is crafted from high-quality carbon fiber, ensuring durability while adding a custom edge to your engine bay.
  • Ease of Installation: Like all Cold Air Induction intakes, the Elite Carbon Series is easy to install. It bolts right into the factory location using factory hardware and clamps.

Real Performance Gains

Cold Air Inductions is the #1 air intake out there for the Camaro…and a lot of other vehicles. I will say the carbon fiber on it is immaculate…beautiful.”

Lucas, IDriveFast

Like every CAI intake, the Elite Carbon Series is one of the most extensively developed intake systems on the market. That way, you can be sure you’re not only getting a great-looking intake but also getting real performance gains, including:

  • Enhanced Engine Performance: The system is designed to significantly improve airflow to your engine, which can increase horsepower and torque. That optimized airflow also allows your engine to perform better under various conditions.
  • Heat Reduction: The carbon fiber material acts as a natural heat barrier, keeping incoming air cooler than stock intakes or plastic intakes from other brands.
  • Sound Enhancement: Not only does the intake system improve performance, but it also enhances the sound of your engine, giving you a more satisfying driving experience.

Explore how Cold Air Inductions utilizes state-of-the-art technology to craft intakes that offer superior performance. Check out the Elite Series Technology page to learn more about the research and development behind these advanced systems.

Why Choose Cold Air Inductions?

Cold Air Inductions has been a leading manufacturer of sealed cold air intake systems since 2004. All our intake kits are designed and engineered for specific vehicles to deliver noticeable improvements over stock performance and come with a lifetime warranty. In addition to the Elite Carbon Cold Air Intakes, we also offer other Cold Air Intakes for the Camaro.

If you’re ready to make your Camaro stand out, contact us to order your CAI cold air intake kit today!

The First Mods You Should Make On A Chevy Camaro

If you own a fifth- or sixth-generation Camaro, there are plenty of great mods you can do to enhance its performance and looks. Even a base Camaro is a potent vehicle, the 3.6-liter V6 pumps out between 304 and 335hp depending on the model year, and the 6.2-liter V8 makes up to 455hp in stock form. The supercharged V8, meanwhile, delivers a sledgehammer 650hp.

But more is always better, and Motor Fire put together a great video showing five of the best mods that will give you the extra power and visual edge to let your Camaro stand out from the crowd.

1.) A Cold Air Inductions Intake System

There’s simply no better or quicker way to enhance the intake sound and performance of your Camaro than with a CAI Cold Air Induction System. Thanks to precision engineering and comprehensive installation instructions, our CAI intakes can be installed in minutes and show gains of 11 rear wheel horsepower on average. We stock intakes for a wide variety of 5th and 6th Gen Camaro models:

Check out this video by Motor Fire, demonstrating the benefits of our CAI cold air intake in 6th Gen V8 Camaro:

For a stock look that takes just minutes to install, the CAI cold air intake is your only choice. Motor Fire mentions that you get better throttle response, more power, and improved fuel economy. All without needing to tune the ECU.

2.) Oil Catch Can

The second-best upgrade is also under the hood. It is an oil catch can that reduces carbon build-up on the intake valves and increases air turbulence to improve oil separation. It’s one of the cheapest and best mods you can do to extend the life of your engine. Installation time is just 20 minutes.

3.) Aftermarket Exhaust

Replacing your restrictive stock exhaust with a free-flowing aftermarket system will improve your car’s exhaust sound and unleash a few more horses in the process. Doing a full cat-back exhaust isn’t a cheap upgrade, but it is the most comprehensive way to add power and unleash your Camaro’s sound. After all, you get what you pay for.

A more cost-effective route is to do an axle-back muffler replacement. This will enhance the exhaust sound and the upgraded tailpipe tips will look great, too. There are plenty of different systems out there, so pick the one that works best for you.

4.) New Wheels

Replacement wheels aren’t going to enhance your Camaro’s acceleration, but they will definitely improve its looks. Motor Fire recommends Z28 wheels because they look great on any Camaro, but if your budget is tight, powder coating factory wheels is also an option.

Fitting larger diameter or wider wheels will really enhance your car’s looks and can also improve handling and grip levels. Just remember that fitting very low profile tires can make the ride much harder over bumps.

5.) Body Kits and Ground Effects

Some Camaros come with aero components from the factory. If yours didn’t, adding them to a stock car can instantly enhance the aesthetics of even a base V6 Camaro.

Adding splitters, side skirts and a rear wing can give your car a very racy and aggressive look, and unless you go for a pure carbon-fiber option, it can also be reasonably cost effective.

Get The Best Cold Air Intake On The Market For Your Camaro

Whatever upgrade you plan for your Camaro, make sure to install a cold air intake first. Cold Air Inductions is the leading manufacturer of sealed air box intake systems, and we offer a lifetime warranty. We use real-world dyno testing procedures to deliver real-world benefits. Our systems fit without any changes to the OEM sensors or connections.

Check out our range of high-quality Camaro intakes here. Then contact our team to order the cold air induction kit that delivers on its promises.

Easy Camaro Power Adder: The Cold Air Inductions Intake

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is one heck of a car. It’s responsive, powerful, and has the speed to back up its incredible looks. But if you own one, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve it, get a little more performance, or make it really stand out.

An easy way to accomplish all of that is with 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.

Check Out The Carbon Elite CAI Camaro Cold Air Intake

“Everybody needs a little carbon fiber in their life.”

– Lonestar Hawaiian

As Lonestar Hawaiian says, this cold air intake is a great way to add a little carbon fiber to your life. It fits any 2017 to 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 with a 6.2-liter V8 engine and comes with an airbox, intake tube, air filter, coupler, stainless steel clamps, and installation manual. The airbox features a clear plexiglass window that helps you monitor the condition of your air filter and adds some major style points when you pop the hood.

The Elite Carbon Series takes that style to a whole new level. The system produces the same great benefits as the Elite Series system, but the air box and intake tube pieces are constructed from carbon fiber, which looks great and is lightweight, strong, and resistant to temperature changes. It naturally maintains a cooler temperature than a metal or plastic intake, which improves your power and fuel efficiency even more, making it the perfect solution for your Camaro.

Installing A Cold Air Inductions Camaro Cold Air Intake

Installing one of our cold air intake systems for your Camaro is pretty simple, typically requiring less than 30 minutes to complete the following steps:

  • First, disconnect the negative battery terminal, which will help reset the system.
  • Loosen the hose clamps and unscrew the MAF sensor from your factory air intake tube.
  • Slide the air intake tube off of the throttle body and remove the air box and tube.
  • Then, follow the instructions to hook up your new cold air intake. Remember to 

If you watched Lonestar Hawaiian’s video, you saw that one of the best features of this cold air intake system is that it is designed to bolt right into place. In practically no time, he had it hooked up and his Camaro back on the road.

Lonestar Hawaiian notes in his video that it may not dramatically change your fuel economy. But who cares about gas efficiency when you’re talking about increasing power and performance?

Why Should You 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. A cold air intake is a ridiculously easy way to eke out a little more performance, particularly our Elite Carbon Series cold air intake.

Cold Air Inductions has been a leading manufacturer of sealed air box intake systems since 2004. We offer a lifetime product warranty and do real power testing to ensure our intake kits deliver noticeable improvements over stock performance.

Contact us to order your Camaro CAI cold air intake kit today!

Five Simple Chevy Camaro Aftermarket Upgrades

If you’re a proud owner of a Chevy Camaro and looking to enhance its performance and style, upgrading certain components can make a significant difference. From boosting horsepower to improving aesthetics, these upgrades can transform your Camaro into something unique.

Among the various options available, a cold air intake from Cold Air Induction (CAI) stands out as the top choice, but other things may also improve your Camaro, including suspension upgrades, new wheels/tires, body kits and window tint. Let’s delve into the benefits of each upgrade.

1. Suspension Upgrades: A Better Handling Ride

Image Credit: LSXMag

Upgrading the suspension of your Chevy Camaro is a surefire way to enhance both handling and ride quality. Performance-oriented suspension components like upgraded shocks, struts, springs, and sway bars can minimize body roll, improve cornering ability, and provide a more responsive and comfortable ride. By investing in a quality suspension upgrade, you’ll experience improved stability and control during aggressive driving, making your Camaro a joy to maneuver on the road or track.

2. Wheels and Tires: Amping Up Style And Performance

Swapping out the factory wheels and tires for high-performance counterparts can not only elevate the aesthetics of your Camaro but also enhance its grip and handling. Performance wheels made from lightweight materials reduce unsprung weight, leading to better acceleration, braking, and cornering capabilities. Pairing these wheels with high-performance tires engineered for improved traction and grip completes the package, allowing you to fully exploit your Camaro’s power and performance potential.

3. Performance Intakes: Boosting HP And Sound

One of the most gratifying upgrades for any Camaro owner is a cold air intake system. A high-quality intake kit optimizes air flow, allowing the engine to breathe more freely. This results in increased horsepower and torque, accompanied by a more pronounced engine sound (especially when you step on it) that exudes power and performance. Besides the performance gains, a well-designed intake kit can turn heads and give your Camaro engine bay an stand-out look. You can check out Cold Air Inductions high-quality intake intake kits for Camaros here.

4. Window Tint: Enhancing Aesthetics And Comfort

While not directly related to performance, window tinting is an upgrade that adds to the overall appeal and comfort of your Chevy Camaro. Tinted windows provide several benefits, including blocking harmful UV rays, reducing glare, and enhancing privacy. Additionally, window tinting helps regulate the interior temperature by minimizing heat buildup, ensuring a more comfortable driving experience, especially during hot summer months.

5. Body Kits: A Sleek And Unique Look

Body kits are meticulously designed to reduce air resistance, allowing the car to achieve better speed and fuel efficiency. They also help in channeling airflow in a manner that can keep the vehicle more grounded, providing enhanced stability at high speeds. Adding components such as front and rear bumpers, side skirts, and sometimes even a spoiler, provide a more aggressive and sporty look to the Camaro, making it stand out on the road. Besides the functional benefits, a body kit can significantly increase the resale value of the car, appealing to enthusiasts who appreciate a customized appearance.

Camaro Cold Air Intake Kits From Cold Air Inductions

Cold Air Induction systems are designed to provide noticeable performance improvements for the Chevy Camaro and come with a lifetime warranty. Our cold air intakes replace the stock intake with a more efficient design, drawing cooler air into the engine and increasing both horsepower and torque. By optimizing airflow, a CAI system helps your Camaro breathe easier and perform at its peak, improving throttle response and overall engine efficiency.

Contact us to order your CAI cold air intake kit today.

CAI vs. K&N Cold Air Intakes – Which Is Better?

Our cold air intake kits offer enhanced performance, improved fuel economy, and a great sound. Our customers tend to agree:

Why manufacturers don’t install this [intake] from the get-go is beyond me.” – Lonestar Hawaiian Garage

Lonestar Hawaiian Garage installed a CAI kit on their 2020 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss and was so impressed they decided to do the same to their 2007 Silverado, too.

Check out their video of the install and test drive. And read on to find out more about why our CAI cold air intakes are ahead of the competition.

The 2020 Silverado Cold Air Inductions Kit

Lonestar Hawaiian installed one of our CAI kits on their 2020 Silverado Trail Boss and loved the results. Aside from the impressive quality and fit and finish, the truck was also more efficient. Delivering 21mpg compared to 19.5mpg with the stock system.

Stock induction kits are made from ABS plastic. The main aim is to deaden the intake sound, which also restricts airflow. Plastic also can’t shield the intake tract from heat in the engine bay. All good reasons to eliminate the stock system as soon as possible.

Seeing the improvements on the 2020 truck, they decided it was time to get a kit for their 2007 Silverado as well. This vehicle was already fitted with a K&N system, but it was time for an upgrade. So out it came.

K&N Vs. Cold Air Inductions Kit

K&N intake

Comparing the two systems, it was clear that the CAI kit was better built, and more attention had been paid to the materials used and heat insulation. Notable benefits of Cold Air Inductions Kit vs K&N include:

  • Thermal-coated intake tube and air box
  • Plexiglass viewing port
  • Better quality components
  • Way larger air filter – better filtration and air volume

The K&N system had worked well over the years, but fuel economy was actually a bit worse compared to the stock system. Once the two kits were laid out on the table, the biggest differences were in the air box, intake tube, and filament filter.

“Build quality of the Cold Air Inductions intake is super strong and super sturdy.”  – Lonestar Hawaiian Garage

Lonestar Hawaiian used his “finger science” method to compare the two intake boxes. Not exactly scientific, but the differences in quality were obvious.

  • The CAI box is clearly better insulated with thicker material. And it has a fitted, stitched-on, pre-molded edge for precise fitment. The K&N system has a simple weather strip-like rubber seal, thinner metal, and no insulation at all.  
  • K&N uses a plastic intake tube for its design. The CAI system uses a thermal-coated metal intake tube. That means lower intake temperatures and more power.
  • And finally, the most obvious difference was CAI’s HUGE filament filter. This allows more air to be sucked into the engine and enhances the intake sound.

The installation itself took a little longer than intended. Mostly due to a bracket he wanted to retain for a future project. But the results were well worth it. And like all our systems, no changes were made to the harnesses, and OEM sensors were retained.

Immediate Driving Impressions

The results from the CAI intake install were immediate – most notably:

  • Better intake sound
  • Much lower intake temps

Out on the road, the first noticeable difference was the enhanced intake sound. That’s because the freer-flowing CAI system allows more air to be sucked into the engine. The superior design also showed up in the temperature difference under the hood. He recorded between 121 and 180 degrees in the engine bay, yet the intake box was at a far lower 93 degrees.

That is thanks to our state-of-the-art testing equipment, CAD engineering, and airflow analysis that each CAI kit goes through. While he didn’t get to compare fuel economy figures, judging by the performance of the CAI kit in the 2020 Silverado, it should also show an improvement

Time To Give Your Truck The CAI Upgrade

Cold Air Inductions has been a leading manufacturer of sealed air box intakes since 2004. Our products are built to last and come with a lifetime warranty.

Each kit is designed and tested to fit a specific vehicle. We use real-world dyno testing procedures to deliver real-world benefits. Check out some of the kits available for Chevy Silverados and Sierras here.

Get in touch with our team to order your CAI cold air induction kit today.

Metal vs Plastic Intakes: Pros And Cons

When it comes to enhancing the performance of your vehicle’s engine, upgrading the cold air intake system is a popular choice among enthusiasts. One of the key decisions you’ll face is whether to opt for a plastic or metal cold air intake. Each type has pros and cons, but metal cold air intakes offer a better solution for achieving optimal engine performance.

Read on as we explore the pros and cons of both options and explain why metal intakes are the best option. 

Plastic Cold Air Intakes

plastic cold air intake

Plastic cold air intakes are a popular accessory on many aftermarket auto part websites. These intakes are easier and cheaper to manufacture, typically using a rotational molding process. This process creates parts by pouring hot, liquid plastic into a mold that rotates, filling the void. While this process is inexpensive, it produces lower-quality parts which vary in thickness and can create air turbulence or reduced air optimization that can hinder any potential performance gains.  


  • Cost-Effective: Plastic intakes are generally cheaper to manufacture, resulting in a lower price point for consumers.
  • Lightweight: Plastic intakes are lighter than their metal counterparts, which can contribute to overall vehicle weight reduction.
  • Insulation: Plastic helps insulate against engine heat, preventing heat transfer and maintaining a lower intake air temperature.


  • Durability: Plastic can be more susceptible to cracking or breaking over time, especially when exposed to extreme temperatures or mechanical stress.
  • Heat Soak: Plastic intakes may suffer from heat soak, where accumulated engine heat affects the intake air temperature, potentially reducing performance gains.
  • Limited Airflow: Plastic’s structural limitations may hinder airflow optimization, limiting potential power gains.

Metal Cold Air Intakes

Chevy trailblazer intake

Metal cold air intakes offer a range of advantages that make them a superior choice for performance-oriented drivers. While they are typically more expensive than their plastic counterparts, better performance gains and a more durable and longer-lasting product more than offset that cost. Typically made from aluminum or stainless steel, they are better at shedding heat and can help dress up your engine bay.    


  • Durability and Longevity: Metal intakes are highly durable and less prone to damage, ensuring a longer lifespan and sustained performance.
  • Heat Dissipation: Metal efficiently dissipates heat, minimizing the risk of heat soak and maintaining a consistently cooler intake air temperature.
  • Improved Airflow: Metal intakes can be designed with smoother contours and larger diameters, enhancing airflow and potentially increasing horsepower and torque.
  • Engine Bay Aesthetics: Metal intakes often provide a polished and premium appearance that enhances the visual appeal of the engine bay.


  • Cost: Metal cold air intakes are generally more expensive due to the higher manufacturing and material costs.
  • Weight: Metal intakes are heavier than their plastic counterparts, which may have a marginal impact on overall vehicle weight.

The Superiority of Metal Cold Air Intakes

CAI intake

Metal cold air intakes offer a clear advantage over plastic counterparts in terms of durability, performance, and overall value. The ability to dissipate heat efficiently, maintain consistent intake air temperatures, and optimize airflow can significantly enhance engine power and responsiveness. While they may come at a slightly higher cost, the long-term benefits and improved performance make metal cold air intakes a superior investment for serious enthusiasts seeking to extract the most from their vehicle’s engine.

Why Choose A Cold Air Inductions Product?

At Cold Air Inductions, we do real power testing that shows actual power gains. Our cold air intake systems are built to the highest quality using OEM-quality fittings and retaining all of the original sensors. At CAI we’re Tier 1 OEM suppliers, and our kits include:

  • Inspection window on certain kits – great to check the reusable air filters
  • Powder-coated aluminum components to reduce intake temps
  • Perfectly insulated air boxes to maximize cold airflow
  • OEM-spec fasteners and connectors
  • Retention of stock OEM sensors

Cold Air Inductions has been a leading manufacturer of sealed cold air intake systems since 2004. All our intake kits are designed and engineered for specific vehicles to deliver noticeable improvements over stock performance and come with a lifetime warranty. 

Contact us to order your CAI cold air intake kit today.

How To Install A CAI Cold Air Intake On A Chevy Silverado Trail Boss

One of the first things you probably did when you bought your new Silverado was 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 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 article, we’re featuring YouTuber Chase at LMFSCREW and hearing what he thinks of the Cold Air Inductions cold air intake he installed on his 2021 Chevy Silverado Z71 Trail Boss (with a 6.2L engine). Check out the video below:

CAI Cold Air Intake Install: Step-By-Step

As you can see in the video, replacing a factory air filter with a cold air intake system is relatively simple. Here’s a quick breakdown of how to install a cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado:

silverado cold air intake
  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 airflow (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 not to damage it. Install 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.

Why Replace The Chevy Silverado Factory Filter?

silverado cold air intake

As Chase mentions in the video above, the factory filter is not the worst out there – so why should you replace your factory air filter and install a cold air intake on your Chevy Silverado? It’s not like it’s an ugly factory unit to begin with…and it technically 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?

“We all know about horsepower and torque…you get used to it…[but] you always want a little bit more. This thing is going to be absolutely sick!”  – Chase, LMFSCREW

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. Or, if you’ve modded your truck similarly to what Chase explains in the video. When you upgrade wheels and tires, you usually add some weigh. An intake can help with the extra work the engine will need to do as a result of those few extra pounds.

“Overall, it’s just a solid intake…I mean, it looks really good I don’t think we’re gonna see any negatives from it – only positives.”

Find Your Intake Online At Cold Air Inductions

silverado cold air intake

It’s very simple to install a CAI cold air intake on a Chevy Silverado. If you want to optimize your truck’s power and fuel efficiency, you’re probably already more than capable of installing a cold air intake within 30 minutes. Don’t just take our word for it – you can check out this and several other install videos on the CAI YouTube channel, and as Chase suggests:

“Maximize performance and style, cool [the] air, [get] more horsepower, more torque and better fuel economy…slap this baby on there and see what kind of gains you get!”  – Chase, LMFSCREW

CAI has been manufacturing cold-air intakes since 2004. We offer intakes made from the highest quality materials and crafted right here in the USA, delivering real power and great quality. Shop Cold Air Inductions online or contact us today!

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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MotorTrend Magazine 5th-Gen Camaro Bolt-On Mods – Mods For the Masses

When the 5th-generation Camaro finally hit dealer lots in 2009, it was clear that GM had designed a winner. Its brawny lines turned heads on the street, and new buyers bought them in droves. GM also delivered the goods when it came to the powertrain. The stock 6.2 V-8 in the manually-equipped LS3 SS model pumps out an impressive 426 horsepower and 400 horsepower in the automatic transmission-backed L99 version. That bump in power from the fourth-gen days comes in handy since these new models are over five hundred pounds heavier. Despite the Camaro putting on some weight, many owners have been able to click off low-13-second runs in the quarter bone stock with both combos.

Earlier this year we picked up a 2010 Camaro SS/RS packing the L99 engine and 6L80E automatic transmission combo. We looked for one with the slushbox because of all the time we spend in bumper-to-bumper Chicago traffic. New to us, but already sporting 6,800 miles, we just had to take advantage of the late spring weather this past April and made a bunch of bone stock passes at Great Lakes Dragaway. So just a week after purchase and armed with solicited (and unsolicited) advice on how to run strong times with this car, it took only 7 passes for us to click off an impressive 13.15 at 106.77mph, cutting a 1.95 on the stock Pirelli tires. Subsequent track outings netted similar times, but none better than that 13.15. And predictably the car slowed down as we headed into summer. Low 13’s were easy when it was 65F, but mid 13’s have become the norm now that’s it’s routinely in the 90’s. And once it got warm, our invincibility turned into apprehension when a C6 or other quick ride rolled up on us. More power was needed.