Cold Air Intake Vs. Short Ram Intake: What’s the Difference?

Cold Air Intake Vs. Short Ram IntakeMany high-performance car owners eventually replace the factory air intake system with an aftermarket variety. Simply switching your air intake can add an additional five to twenty horsepower to your engine. There are two primary aftermarket intake systems: cold air intake vs. short ram intake. We’ll give a brief overview of these two varieties and how they differ.

Cold Air Intake System

As suggested in its name, a cold air intake is designed to draw in as much cool air as possible. This enhances engine performance since cold air has a richer concentration of oxygen. Cold air intakes are often placed in the fender or to the rear or side of the engine. This prevents it from drawing heat generated by the engine.

Cold air intake systems are not compatible in every car model. An auto service technician can determine if a cold air intake is compatible with your car. Or he might recommend a short ram intake system as more feasible.

Short Ram Intake System

Short ram intake systems fit right into the slot of the factory intake. This makes it much easier and more affordable to install. They have an aluminum pipe and an open element air filter. Stock variants, on the other hand, consist of a rubber pipe and an air box. The aluminum pipe in a short ram is also smooth, compared to the accordion-like shape in a stock intake.

Short ram systems improve performance by removing the resonator and silencer box found in stock intakes. These components reduce induction noise but also restrict airflow by increasing the distance the air has to travel.

We Install Both Cold Air and Short Ram Intakes

Give your engine a few extra horses by replacing the factory air intake. NW Performance and Off Road provides both cold air intakes and short ram intakes for all car makes and models, including off-road vehicles.

Edited by Justin Vorhees

Air Intake Replacement for Enhanced Engine Performance

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