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Add 16 HP to 2010 Ford F-150 5.4L V8 with AEM Cold Air Intake System

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

The Ford Motor Company was really onto something with the introduction of the first Ford F-Series pickup truck in 1948. The 1948 F-Series truck, also known as the “Bonus-Built”, featured innovative styling cues and cutting-edge optional equipment for its time. The first-generation F-Series was available with options such as a foot-operated windshield washer system as well as an optional passenger-side taillight and sun visor.

AEM Cold Air Intake System for 2010 Ford F-150 5.4L – 41-1101P

Over the past 60 years, the Ford Motor Company has continually improved the F-Series lineup of trucks. As a result of their untiring effort, the Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling full-size pickup truck for well over 30 years. Now in their 12th generation of the F-Series, the F150 pickup truck offers a variety of engine choices in addition to high-tech optional equipment such as an in-dash computer that connects to entertainment sources for news, traffic and sports updates.

So how can performance enthusiasts make America’s best-selling truck even better? With the addition of AEM’s new Cold Air Intake System for the 2010 Ford F150 with 5.4-liter V8 engine (part number 41-1101P for polished and 41-1101C for Gunmetal Gray).

The first order of business in designing the 41-1101 cold air intake system was to flow test the F150′s factory intake system. Several flow bench studies determined that the OEM equipment was highly restrictive. To rid the F150 of the restrictive factory components and enhance the airflow into the 5.4-liter engine, AEM engineers opted to use a massive 4-inch diameter inlet pipe with a 4×7-inch DRYFLOW air filter. AEM then chose to utilize the latest in Electronically Tuned Intake (ETI) technology to optimally tune the inlet pipe. By using an ETI module, AEM was able to place the F150′s mass airflow sensor (MAF) inside of the included powder coated heat shield, which substantially reduced inlet air temperatures. With the inlet tube diameter, air filter size, and MAF location optimized, the AEM ETI module (included) was calibrated to adjust the air density readings. This allowed the intake to provide a smooth flow of dense air needed for horsepower and torque gains while keeping the computer system within its ranges.

AEM estimates a 2010 F150 pickup with a 5.4 liter engine and this intake will gain 16.6 HP at 4,600 RPM. AEM testing shows peak horsepower is also improved significantly with the intake in place. Torque is also improved. See dyno chart for estimated torque gains.

The massive increase in performance is also coupled with outstanding filtration through AEM’s DRYFLOW performance air filter. For the 41-1101P and 41-1101C intake systems, AEM elected to use the 21-2257DK air filter. The 21-2257DK air filter’s construction consists of an flange inside diameter of 4-inches (102mm) and a height of 7-inches (178mm). AEM DRYFLOW air filters are reusable, washable synthetic air filters that have been designed for the optimum combination of airflow, filtration and performance. DRYFLOW filters utilize oil-free filtration media that offers extremely easy cleaning, durability and longevity. Installation is simple with AEM’s fully illustrated installation instructions.

For added filtration, AEM offers Filter Wraps that are manufactured from durable micro-screen materials that are pretreated with a proprietary hydrophobic process. AEM filter wraps repel water splashes and extend the filters service life. For the 41-1101 air intake system, AEM Filter Wraps are available as a separate accessory (Part Number: 1-4007).

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AEM’s Exhaust System Adds Power and Style to 2010 Kia Soul with 2.0 Liter Engine

January 29th, 2011 No comments

“Timing is everything” is an age-old adage that often rings true. In 2010, timing was definitely on Kia Motors’ side. With a stale reputation of being the manufacturer of inexpensive vehicles, Kia had been behind the scenes in the sport compact community for years. With the recent release of the Soul however, Kia has completely revamped its image. With that being said, the 2010 Kia Soul couldn’t have come at a better time for Kia Motors.

Adding to a growing lineup of box-shaped economy vehicles such as the Honda Element, Nissan Cube and Scion xB, the Kia Soul brings with it a unique style and plentiful list of features. The Soul, designed in Kia’s California-based Design Center, blends a combination of boxy shape and curvy bodylines to create an unusually attractive vehicle. In addition, the Soul is available with a slew of enthusiast “must-haves” such as steering wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth hands-free compatibility, auxiliary input jacks and much more.

One aspect of the Kia Soul that has left enthusiasts wanting more however is in the horsepower department. In an attempt to remedy this issue, Kia has offered the Soul with the choice of either an economical 1.6-liter engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant. For horsepower-hungry enthusiasts that sprang for the 2.0-liter equipped Soul, even more horsepower is now available with the release of AEM’s Axle-Back Exhaust System (part number: 600-0100).

With many criteria in mind, AEM’s engineers tested several iterations of exhaust systems for the Kia Soul during the research and development stages. As data was collected and development continued, an axle-back version proved to offer the best combination of performance, sound and style. In this configuration, AEM concluded that 409 stainless steel tubing in a 2.5-inch diameter should be used to channel exhaust gases to a 304 stainless steel AEM muffler. From the high-flow muffler, a brushed stainless steel exhaust tip was welded with precision to mount in the factory exhaust exit location of the Soul’s rear bumper.

The new AEM Axle-Back Exhaust System for the Soul accents the Kia’s unique style appropriately. The system delivers a sporty sound while maintaining a comfortable drone-free cabin environment. On the dyno, the 600-0100 exhaust also enhances the Soul’s performance with additional horsepower and torque. A two horsepower increase was recorded at 5,500 RPM with the exhaust installed. Peak horsepower also realized an increase from 109 to 110 horsepower. Torque figures were increased by two ft/lb at 4,400 RPM as well. Additionally, peak torque increased from 106 to 107 ft/lb with the exhaust system in place. For an even bigger performance gain, AEM offers a Cold Air Intake System for the 2.0-liter Soul (part number: 21-691) that has been designed to complement the exhaust system. Testing of the air intake system revealed an increase of 6.67 horsepower at 6,500 RPM. The 21-691 cold air intake kit is available in either a polished finish (part number: 21-691P) or in a gunmetal gray finish (part number: 21-691C).

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Add 12 Horsepower to 2.0L Hyundai Genesis Coupe with AEM Performance Exhaust System

January 26th, 2011 No comments

Since its introduction, the Hyundai Genesis Coupe has been subjected to several comparison-based reviews to higher-horsepower vehicles such as the Nissan 370Z and Ford Mustang. Despite the fact that the 2.0-liter turbocharged coupe generates a meager 210 horsepower, it has gone on to earn high accolades from performance enthusiasts. Additionally, the combination of aftermarket support and its tuner-friendly design has helped the four-cylinder coupe gain traction among its high-performance counterparts in the sports car market.

At the close of 2010, AEM had successfully released two components that greatly enhanced the four-cylinder Genesis Coupe’s performance. AEM’s 21-687C Cold Air Intake for the 2.0L Coupe was the first component to be released to the aftermarket community by AEM and it offered an estimated increase of seven horsepower, which is substantial. Following the availability of the Cold Air Intake system, AEM introduced a comprehensive bolt-in charge air intercooler system (part number: 26-2100C), which afforded a significant reduction in post intercooler air temperature for the turbocharged coupe.

To further embrace the “total tuning” concept, AEM now announces the release of its Turbo-Back Exhaust System for the 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe with the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (part number: 600-0600). AEM’s all-new exhaust systems aim to provide an increase in performance and power along with a sporty sound while maintaining OEM standards in fit and finish.

For the 600-0600 exhaust system, AEM began construction by gathering high-quality components. Three-inch diameter 304 stainless steel mandrel-bent tubing was used throughout the system. Additionally, every connection utilizes OEM-quality 3/8-inch thick stainless steel flanges and O-rings. Even the four exhaust tips of the 600-0600 exhaust system are brushed stainless steel.

As for the actual layout of the system, AEM opted to retain the OEM routing paths in order to maintain OEM clearances to all critical systems. In doing so, AEM chose to begin the exhaust system at the turbo manifold. From the turbo manifold, the 600-0600 system includes a mandrel-bent downpipe with an integrated braided-steel section to ensure that any vibrations in the system are isolated from the chassis. Between the included downpipe and mid-pipe, the factory catalytic converter is retained. Following the mid-pipe to the rear of the vehicle, a single center-entry 304 stainless steel muffler was selected to vent the spent exhaust gases. Exiting the muffler are four OEM-quality brushed stainless steel exhaust tips.

On the dyno, the Genesis Coupe’s 600-0600 Exhaust System proved to enhance horsepower and torque output of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The 600-0600 exhaust system showed an estimated maximum gain of 12 horsepower at 5,600 RPM. Estimated peak horsepower was also improved from the stock baseline of 157 horsepower to 162 horsepower at the wheels with the exhaust system installed. Estimated torque output gained 14 ft/lb at 2,700 RPM with the exhaust in place. While these dyno numbers reflect the performance gains of the exhaust system alone, even more power can be gained with the addition of AEM’s Cold Air Intake System (21-687C) and Intercooler Kit (26-2100) as AEM has designed the 600-0600 Exhaust System to specifically complement those performance components.

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2010 Toyota Corolla AEM ETI Cold Air Intake Kit

January 25th, 2011 1 comment

Gone are the days of bolting on an intake system that just sits there and does nothing while the computer does all the work. AEM’s new 41-1403C Electronically Tuned Intake (ETi) system work’s with the Toyota Corolla’s computer to produce attention getting performance. With a majority of today’s air flow performance add-ons, the vehicle’s computer must adjust and compensate for the changes in air flow; however at times, the computer may be unable to completely adjust. With most modern vehicles, the mass air flow sensor reports the air flow properties to the computer, which in turn makes adjustments to the engine, transmission and fuel system to compensate and to keep things running smoothly.

To make sure the computer can compensate for these changes, the air flow must stay within a specific parameter. When the air flow goes outside this parameter, the computer can no longer adjust and in some cases a check engine light comes on. To combat this situation, many intake systems incorporate some sort of air flow modifier that either changes or restricts the air flow at or near the sensor to keep the air flow within the computer’s parameters.

Once again AEM is raising engineering standards with an all new series of innovative air intake systems. With its revolutionary ETI module and fully integrated design AEM has eliminated the need to restrict or stage an intake tube diameter as it crosses the MAF sensor.

AEM’s ETI intake system adjusts the sensor electronically to read proper air density instead of using physical tube designs intended to “trick” the MAF reading. This results in an efficient design with large horsepower and torque gains.

AEM decided to engineer an ETI cold air intake system for the 2010 Toyota Corolla with 1.8 liter engine because it is a great selling vehicle that could use some extra power and performance. Sure it is rated to get 34 miles to the gallon on the highway but it could use the extra boost an ETI air intake provides when passing and when the driver needs it.

Designed, tuned and dyno-tested specifically for 2010 Corolla models with a 1.8 liter engine, this easy to install intake comes with a lifetime limited warranty. AEM testing estimates a power gain of 6.9 HP @ 5700 RPM and a torque gain of 7.64 ft-lb tq @ 4400 RPM. See Dyno Chart for details. Actual results will vary depending on the condition of the vehicle, mileage, weather and other variables. Installation is relatively simple and is accomplished using basic tools.

Not only does the 41-1403C ETi intake system add quite a bit of horsepower at the wheels, it is also easy to install as seen in the iinstallation instruction sheet. The 41-1403C ETi air intake system has a durable gun metal gray powder coated finish and it comes with an AEM Dryflow air filter that is washable and reusable. AEM Dryflow air filters offer great filtration with little restriction and they don’t require oil. For wetter climates AEM also offers a water resistant filter wrap, part 1-4000, to help resist splashes of water.

Order here: 41-1403C

Product Specifications
Product Style: AEM Cold Air Intake System
Estimated Horsepower Gain: 6.9 HP @ 5700 RPM
Color: Gunmetal Gray
Replacement Filter: 21-202DK
Street Legal In All US States: No
TUV Approved (Europe): No
Weight: 7.6 lb (3.5 kg)
Product Box Length: 20.25 in (514 mm)
Product Box Width: 12.25 in (311 mm)
Product Box Height: 12.25 in (311 mm)

AEM Electronically Tuned Intake (ETI) Systems

The Next Generation of Intake Technology
Once again AEM is raising engineering standards with an all new series of innovative air intake systems. With a revolutionary ETI module and fully integrated design, we have eliminated the need to detune or stage an intake tube diameter as it crosses the MAF sensor. The sensor is electronically adjusted to read proper air density instead of using physical tube designs intended to “trick” the MAF reading. The result is bigger horsepower and torque gains.

TECH TALK:
Most modern fuel injected cars use a Mass Air flow (MAF) sensor to determine the air flow rate into the engine and meter fuel according to input from the sensor. The relation between the voltage output of the sensor and mass air flow is adversely affected by a shift to a larger diameter intake tube because the airspeed is reduced. This causes the MAF sensor to “under report” air flow causing a lean condition or triggering a Check Engine Light. To accommodate MAF sensor reporting, many intake systems reduce the diameter of the intake tube near the MAF sensor to stock or near stock size because of the need to maintain the correct air speed for the sensor to report the correct flow rate to the ECU.

AEM’s ETI Intake Systems use an alternative design approach that allows the intake tube to maintain its diameter, resulting in more air flow into the throttle body. The ETI Intake System allows AEM to tune an engine for even more power by avoiding any tube down-sizing that will reduce overall airflow and horsepower. Instead, the ETI electronically communicates with the MAF sensor to ensure an accurate amount of fuel is being delivered even though the tube is larger in size than the stock system. This means the vehicle maintains the calibration as intended by the factory while enjoying the benefits of our custom designed aftermarket intake system.

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Desert Racing’s Pro-4 and Pro-2 Series Driver Carl Renezeder

January 18th, 2011 No comments

What does it take to become Dirtsports’ Magazine Driver of the Year 2006 and Short Course Driver of the Year 2009? Well that’s what we wanted to know so we went right to the source, Carl Renezeder.

Renezeder has been taking home the checkered flag for over 18 years in various desert racing categories. His first major win came in 1994 in the Baja 1000-Class 1 and to date Carl has 92 short track wins under his belt including being able to boast that he is the only driver in history to capture a Pro-4 and Pro-2 championship in the same season. Pretty impressive, right? Carl also tells us that his competitive nature goes all the way back to childhood, playing water polo in high school and in college at UCLA, as well as, a motorcycle hobby he has had since he could drive. So, we wanted to know what got this competitive guy out of the pool and onto the short course desert tracks? “I raced in the desert in Class 1 buggies throughout the 1990′s, and then I saw short course racing on Speed in the late 1990′s and realized that was my kind of racing. It was a meld of motocross and desert racing; it had the side-by-side competition, and plenty of jumps. I competed in my first short course race in 1999 and the rest is history. I’ve been hooked ever since.” Of course Carl didn’t get to that first short course race all by himself. After he bought a Pro-2 in Southern California, he asked Curt LeDuc to prep it and bring it to his first race. Thanks to Curt’s help Carl was on his way and didn’t look back. Through the 2000′s Renezeder won not only dozens of races, but also championships just about every year in several sanctioning bodies like Championship Off Road Racing, World Series Off Road Racing, SCORE International Off Road Racing (including the Baja 1000 events) and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.

We all know the dirty, dusty, short course desert conditions can be tough on racing engines so we asked Carl about some of the products he uses. Coincidentally, one of the first products he told us about are his AEM filters. Carl says, “It’s a great partnership. We demand a lot from our trucks and our team; that means we demand the best from every product we use on our trucks. The AEM air filters have been fantastic. We know that if we don’t have to think twice about something that helps our trucks’ performance, then that’s one less worry as we head to staging for a race.”

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