Why Your Powerstroke Deserves an Upgraded Cold Air Intake
Attention Powerstroke owners, do you want to increase the power and fuel efficiency of your ride, while not emptying your bank account? Of course you do, who wouldn’t?! The best initial step when looking to make an upgrade to your engine is by replacing your restrictive factory air intake with a higher flowing, aftermarket cold air intake. Your diesel engine is essentially an air pump and in order to maximize its efficiency, it requires cool, DENSE air to create combustion at the right time. Without proper airflow, you end up having excessive fuel in the cylinders, causing heat, possibly even smoke. Remember learning about the Law of Conservation of Energy back in junior high that stated “energy can neither be created nor destroyed?” Well, here it is, being applied. If you can take better advantage of the diesel fuel’s capability to transform into power energy through proper combustion, it creates efficiency. Otherwise, it will turn into a wasted byproduct, in this case heat energy.
Over the years, due to the numerous engine design changes from the 7.3L to the 6.7L Powerstroke and everything in between, there have been changes to the air filtration design. However, one thing has truly remained constant, it does not deliver an adequate amount of air flow for true efficiency. That may seem silly, but all manufacturers are at fault here. Trucks are built for the masses, and honestly, while their prices are growing every year, they have to cut some corners in certain areas. The stock airbox and air filter design is tailored for those that bring their vehicle to the dealer and want a quick, inexpensive swap of the stock filter. However, by upgrading to an aftermarket cold air intake, you gain the advantage (in most cases) of a lifetime, reusable air filter that never needs to be replaced. Further, and the biggest gain for most, is the additional airflow that equates to more power and better fuel economy (you read that right, more MPG’s). By delivering adequate airflow to the engine, we’re applying that Law of Conservation of Energy again, turning the fuel into power energy, and not heat, or at least as much.
For most, upgrading with an aftermarket cold air intake, such as S&B Filters, AFE, AEM, Edge, Injen, and many other brands can be done simply with basic hand tools in your driveway in less than an hour. You’ll gain power, throttle response, a few MPG’s, and lower EGT’s (Exhaust Gas Temperatures). Plus, when you pop the hood, you can show off to all your buddies your upgraded engine bay bling. If you’d like to see popular cold air intakes for your Powerstroke, CLICK HERE.