Getting more power to your engine can be done in a variety of ways, but the most common way is by adding a cold air intake. A cold air intake completely replaces your current automotive air intake with longer intake tubes that provide more air with less restriction. This additional air flow is what gives your engine a boost in power. K&N intakes are made from the best materials that can handle all sorts of temperatures and will never corrode from dirt or debris.
The design of a cold air intake is longer than a K&N short ram air intake because it grabs cooler air from the lowest part of the vehicle while driving. K&N intakes use aluminum, carbon fiber or rubberized intake pipes that extend to lower parts of the front bumper. The filter of the cold air intake is then attached on the end to filter all of the incoming cold air. The K&N Typhoon air intake is a cold air intake system made specifically for your car, truck or SUV, and it will give you a bump in horsepower no matter what vehicle you have.
The cold air intake is also much harder to install. This air intake system consists of one or two pipes that are connected together by a coupling. The reason for two pipes would be to avoid other parts in the engine bay without restricting air flow. In newer cars, the engine bays are very cluttered with various moving parts and the cold air intake is designed to avoid these areas. K&N intakes are designed to be routed in an area where they will provide the most air for the engine. The K&N Apollo Universal Air Intake System is unique is the one air intake system that gives the owner a choice of where to route the intake tube.
In certain situations, the front bumper may have to be taken off in order to install the cold air intake. The air filterwill sometimes be located just inside the fender liner, but it depends on the vehicle. K&N intakes include the air filter which will allow the user longer service intervals and is easily washable and reusable. If the air filter is installed where access is limited, there is no worry because you may never have to service it as it can last up to 100,000 miles before cleaning.
K&N cold air intakes are not as loud as their short ram intakes either. The longer intake tube associated with the cold air intake gives off less noise than shorter intake tubes. The sound can be resonated more, but still offers a growl when you punch the pedal.
Price may also be a factor for some people, as the cold air intake is almost always more costly than the short ram intake system. All K&N intakes differ in price due to their design and what kind of materials they are made from. Since the short ram air intake system uses less material, it becomes less expensive than the cold air intake.
Driving with a cold air intake through rainy areas and puddle may result in problems, however, due to the fact that each cold air intake is installed towards the lower part of your front bumper, it can succumb to water, which will destroy the engine. If you were to drive through puddles, the intake will suck up the water and therefore, hydro-locking the engine. When this happens to an automotive engine, it becomes useless and either needs to be rebuilt or replaced. If you happen to have a K&N cold air intake, you should always use caution and avoid puddles or floods at all costs.
K&N intakes avoid the hot air from the engine bay. Cold air intakes do not suffer from heat soak as much as short ram intakes do. They are far enough from various moving parts of the engine that they can avoid the hot air. When hot air is sucked in through the intake, the engine is not as efficient as when it receives cold air. The cold air intake will never bog the vehicle down, which is sometimes common with a short ram air intake system, especially in warmer temperatures. K&N intakes do come with a heat shield to protect the air filter even more from heat soak and ensure that there is cool air flowing through the intake.