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Air Intake Systems: Cold Air vs. Short Ram
Cold Air Intake: This type of air intake system is generally positioned so that the filter is set as far away from engine heat as possible; in many cases it is located in the fender or in an area of the engine that has minimal heat exposure (the positioning varies depending on the design of the engine).
This type of intake system is used to increase the vehicle’s combustion. Cold air is denser than warm air, and therefore contains more oxygen. Oxygen as we know, when mixed with fuel and ignited, creates a small explosion or “combustion” which drives the pistons and propels the vehicle forward.
When we talk about “cold air” we’re not talking arctic temperatures. Cold air refers to air that is colder than the air immediately surrounding the engine. By positioning the system away from the center of the engine, it allows the intake system to draw in denser, more oxygen-rich air, improving combustion.
Cold air intakes are generally more costly than short ram intakes. This is due to the length and curvature of the piping required to draw in cooler air. Because of its complexity, manufacturers spend a lot of money engineering systems that maintain a high level of efficiency.
Special care must be taken if positioning the air filter behind the bumper, as it can be vulnerable to moisture in extremely wet weather. To counteract this, cold air systems are generally made with a two-piece intake tube allowing you to convert the cold air system to a short ram system.
Short Ram Intakes:
Designed to fit into the existing intake compartment, this type of system is the most widely used, due to its lower cost and ease of installation. Some manufacturers like aFe, AIRAID, and K&N, design their short ram systems with heat shields to help deal with engine heat.
When the hood of the engine is closed, a seal is made between the heat shield and the hood, sectioning off the filter from the heat of the engine. If a heat shield is not used, hot air is drawn into the intake system, resulting in less horsepower than if a cold air system is used.