| AEM intake systems are possibly one of the most advanced and efficient intakes today. They are guaranteed and to maximize your A4's ability to breath deeply and perform under any type of extreme conditions. AEM Intake Systems are designed to produce massive horsepower and torque gains as well as better engine sound when used as a replacement for the factory airbox and air filter. AEM intake systems are designed, tuned, and dyno-tested to fit specific cars and trucks, and include an oversized AEM Dryflow synthetic washable air filter for optimum air flow, filtration, and performance while allowing easy oil-free cleaning. AEM creates these intake systems using mandrel-bent aluminum intake tubes, powder coated heat shields, and high quality hardware designed to reduce restriction and reduce intake temperature. |
AEM pioneered the cold air induction system for sport compact cars in 1994.
AEM Air Induction Systems
Quick Tips for Cold Air System Installation:
With so many new applications available through AEM, we recommend reviewing the instructions for your system thoroughly prior to installing an AEM Air Induction System. This will save you time.
What is a C.A.R.B. E.O. number?
Most AEM intake systems either carry an exemption or have been submitted to the California Air Resources Board for an Executive Order (CARB EO) number, exempting them from the prohibitions of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 27156, which states that you cannot modify your car in the area of the emission control system. The C.A.R.B. E.O. number allows you to legally use the AEM intake system on your car.
What’s the Difference between a Cold Air System (CAS) and a Short Ram (SRS)?
In most cases a CAS will out perform a SRS. AEM emphasizes developing power in the lower to mid range of the power band, since this is the area of the power band typically used in daily driving. A CAS is typically longer and places the air filter outside of the engine bay to achieve ambient inlet air temperatures. A SRS places the air filter under the hood and uses a shorter inlet pipe than the CAS. In some cases, the SRS is preferred over the CAS due to inlet tract length tuning. The power advantage gained by using the correct diameter and length of tube negates the advantage of cooler inlet air in these cases. In these instances AEM only offers SRS because there was no advantage to using the CAS.
Will an AEM air intake void my new car warranty?
NO. The only time this can happen is from improper installation that causes damage to a vehicle system. If a service technician denies your warranty claim ONLY because the car is modified with an AEM intake system and the vehicle system failure was not a direct result of the installation and use of an AEM intake, please refer him to the Magnusson Moss Warranty act.
What does the soft mount do and how important is it?
The majority of AEM air intake system designs mount to a vehicle in two locations. One mounting location is to the engine at the throttle body and the “cold"" or filter end of the inlet pipe mounts to the body of the car. The movement of the engine on the engine mounts allows it to rock inside the engine bay, so we compensate for engine motion by using a soft mount that provides a flexible link for the inlet pipe between the engine and the body of the car. If you do not install the soft mount properly the inlet tube may break at the bracket weld and void the warranty on the intake system. Our instructions provide a detailed diagram of proper installation of the soft mount, and are viewable from the search results page for each application.
I have an engine swap. Which intake should I use?
AEM manufactures hybrid intake systems for some Honda and Acura models with popular engine swaps. These intakes are a direct fit and fully warranted. For cars with other engine swaps, we do not recommend using our intake because of potential fitment problems. If you elect to purchase an AEM intake for your engine swap application, we cannot guarantee proper fitment and any modifications to the intake system will void the manufacturer warranty.
What is the warranty on my AEM intake?
AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle. AEM will not honor this warranty due to mechanical damage (i.e. improper installation or fitment), damage from misuse, accidents or flying debris. AEM will not warrant its powdercoating if the finish has been cleaned with a hydrocarbon-based solvent. The powdercoating should only be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. Proof of purchase of both the vehicle and AEM intake system is required for redemption of a warranty claim.
This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the AEM part. In no event shall this warranty exceed the original purchase price of the AEM part nor shall AEM be responsible for special, incidental or consequential damages or cost incurred due to the failure of this product. Warranty claims to AEM must be transportation prepaid and accompanied with dated proof of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of product and is non-transferable. Improper use or installation, use for racing, accident, abuse, unauthorized repairs or alterations voids this warranty. AEM disclaims any liability for consequential damages due to breach of any written or implied warranty on all products manufactured by AEM. Warranty returns will only be accepted by AEM when accompanied by a valid Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Credit for defective products will be issued pending inspection. Product must be received by AEM within 30 days of the date RMA is issued.
AEM DRYFLOW Air Filters
What makes the DRYFLOW filter better than oiled cotton-gauze filters?
DRYFLOW filters have several features that make them better than cotton-gauze. Typical DRYFLOW air filters have a better filtering efficiency than cotton-gauze filters. Also the cleaning process doesn't include oil for DRYFLOW air filters. This removes the mess and question of how much oil to put on the filter.
What is the DRYFLOW filter made of?
The DRYFLOW filter is made from a single-layer of pre-pleated polyester synthetic filter media with a nylon-reinforced internal cage for added structural rigidity. For conical filters, the base and cap are made from polyurethane, which will not shrink or crack. Our Brute Force HD Diesel oval filters use deep pleats and Zytel 15% GF plastic for the cap and base. This construction assists in the overall structural rigidity (oval Diesel DRYFLOW filters use 12.5 square-feet of media for maximum flow, approximately 1350 CFM).
Will the DRYFLOW filter affect my warranty?
DRYFLOW air filters will not void your vehicle warranty.
How long will a DRYFLOW filter last?
If you clean and maintain your DRYFLOW filter, it will last for the life of your vehicle.
Does AEM make panel DRYFLOW filters for factory air boxes?
Yes, DRYFLOW Performance Panel Filters are now available for some models.
I have a competitor intake or AEM intake with an oiled filter. Can I upgrade to the DRYFLOW filter?
Whether you own an AEM intake system or competitor intake system, we encourage you to upgrade to the DRYFLOW air filter. The DRYFLOW delivers one of the highest filtration efficiencies available in an aftermarket performance air filter, and because you do not have to oil it, all the guesswork associated with servicing an oiled cotton gauze filter is eliminated.
How well does the DRYFLOW filter flow?
We design our DRYFLOW filters to exceed the flow requirements for the size of the engine that we designed the air intake for. Rest assured that we have taken flow into account for all of our intake designs and our DRYFLOW filters will deliver more than adequate flow for your vehicle.
Does the DRYFLOW filter flow as well as cotton-gauze elements?
Our DRYFLOW filter flows nearly as well as cotton gauze elements. In order to increase flow we add more pleats that are ¼"" deeper than much of the competition. Keep in mind that the DRYFLOW air filter typically has a higher filtration efficiency than a cotton-gauze air filter. It provides great filtering and provides air flow well beyond the requirements of your engine.
How often should I clean the DRYFLOW filter?
Frequency of cleaning for your DRYFLOW filter will depend on the conditions in which you drive. As a rule, we recommend that you clean your filter a minimum of every 30,000 miles, inspect it during oil changes and regular service intervals, and clean it if it appears to be reaching its dust holding capacity. If you live in particularly arid, dusty climates or venture off road, we recommend cleaning the filter every 3,000-5,000 miles.
How long does it take to clean the DRYFLOW filter?
The DRYFLOW filter media is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it does not soak up water. Under normal conditions, cleaning will take about an hour.
Is it necessary to oil my DRYFLOW filter?
NO! The DRYFLOW filter NEVER requires filter oil to trap dirt. It typically filters at a higher efficiency than oiled filters and blocks harmful dirt particles.
Will frequent cleanings affect the DRYFLOW filter's longevity?
No. The DRYFLOW filter’s polyester synthetic media can endure repeated cleanings without significantly degrading the media’s filtration capabilities. If you clean and maintain it properly it will last for the life of your vehicle.
What can I do if I am on the trail and need to clean my DRYFLOW air filter?
DRYFLOW filters for all of our intake systems exceed the flow requirements of the engine for extended service and we highly recommend cleaning them per the instructions in our Filter Cleaning System (Part number 21-110). If you feel you must clean the filter and do not have a cleaning system available to you, we suggest hitting it several times to knock the dirt off of the filter pleats and servicing your filter per AEM specifications as soon as possible. If it is absolutely necessary, use fresh water to rinse mud or heavy dirt off the element from the inside out to ensure the dirt does not wind up inside the filter, and clean the filter per AEM specifications as soon as possible.
Can I use a different type of cleaning solution on my DRYFLOW filter?
To ensure optimum performance and filtering capabilities, use AEM’s Filter Cleaning Solution (part number 21-110) or a mild multi purpose cleaner.
What is the warranty on my DRYFLOW air filter?
AEM warrants that its DRYFLOW Air Filter will last for the life of your vehicle.
What is a DRYFLOW Air Filter?
The AEM DRYFLOW air filter is constructed of gradient non-woven polyester fibers that are several layers deep, and as the name implies, it is a very efficient air filter that does not rely on oil to capture airborne contaminants from the inlet air stream. The DRYFLOW air filter is not a single layer barrier filter but rather a depth loading filter where the contaminant is captured through several layers of fibers.
How do we perform filter efficiency tests?
We use ISO 5011:2000 with ISO “A-2 Fine Dust"" as the contaminant. Southwest Research Institute performs the testing and determines flow rate criteria based on the average flow requirements of a typical engine on which the filter to be tested will be used. The concentration of the contaminant introduced into the air stream is significantly higher than what would be encountered in normal use in order to perform the test in a reasonable time. Typically, 2 flow rates are used for testing. 160 CFM is used for smaller displacement engines. 240 CFM is used for larger displacement engines.
AEM Air Intake System and DRYFLOW Air Filter Warranty PolicyAEM warrants that its air intake systems and DRYFLOW air filters will last for the life of your vehicle. AEM will not honor this warranty due to mechanical damage (i.e. improper installation or fitment), damage from misuse, accidents or flying debris. On air intakes AEM will not warrant its powder coating if the finish has been cleaned with a hydrocarbon-based solvent. The powder coating should only be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. Proof of purchase of both the vehicle and AEM part is required for redemption of a warranty claim. This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the AEM part. In no event shall this warranty exceed the original purchase price of the AEM part nor shall AEM be responsible for special, incidental or consequential damages or cost incurred due to the failure of this product. Warranty claims to AEM must be transportation prepaid and accompanied with dated proof of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of product and is non-transferable. Improper use or installation, use for racing, accident, abuse, unauthorized repairs or alterations voids this warranty. AEM disclaims any liability for consequential damages due to breach of any written or implied warranty on all products manufactured by AEM. Warranty returns will only be accepted by AEM when accompanied by a valid Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Credit for defective products will be issued pending inspection. Product must be received by AEM within 30 days of the date RMA is issued.