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Rightline Gear Builds a Unique Jeep Wrangler JK for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas

AIRAID Jeep Air Intake 311-132 Installed

Rightline knew that their Jeep would spend a lot of time on and off the road, so they carefully selected upgrades known for their benefits, durability, and reliability. They added AIRAID cold air intake 311-132 to their build because, frankly, Jeeps need all the help they can get when it comes to performance. They installed the intake right in the company parking lot in under an hour.

AIRAID Jeep Wrangler JK Air Intake 311-132 Installed

The AIRAID MXP system for the late-model Wrangler JK features a sealed box design. Knowing that Jeep owners would most likely use their vehicles extensively off-road, AIRAID chose to protect the filter in a closed box with an aluminum lid. The box makes use of the factory cold air inlet duct, which is capable of flowing plenty of air to the filter inside the box.

Every automotive enthusiast knows about the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association's annual trade show, and most of them anticipate seeing the coverage of drool-worthy products and over-the-top vehicles that companies and customizers alike build to showcase new products. Most of these vehicles are trailer queens; immaculately detailed and dressed up with all of the latest accessories and modifications, very few of them will ever see street use. In fact, nearly all of them arrive on trailers, most of which are enclosed so that the vehicles' immaculate paint isn't tarnished with road grime. More than a few of them don't even run. One company set out to do things a little differently for the 2015 SEMA show. Rightline Gear manufactures an innovative line of weatherproof storage bags aimed at the Jeep market, and what better way to showcase their products than by building a Jeep and then driving it from their North Carolina headquarters all the way to the SEMA show in Las Vegas? The company did just that, but due to the distances involved, they had to be careful about the accessories they added. Only durable and reliable products would get them all the way across the country and back, which is why they chose to outfit their 2013 Jeep Wrangler JK with an AIRAID cold air intake system and a few other products from trusted manufacturers.

Jeep Wrangler at SEMA with AIRAID

Most companies trailer their show vehicles to SEMA, but Rightline wanted to showcase the durability of their equipment and those of other manufacturers by driving their show vehicle all the way from North Carolina to Las Vegas. As expected there was some weather along the way. The duffle bags on the roof rack are Rightline’s waterproof storage bags, and they definitely got put to the test.

A JK was a natural choice for Rightline Gear. After all, they specialize in Jeep storage solutions and the JK is the hottest platform in the off-road market right now. The company started with a bone stock two-door Sport model, but it didn't stay stock for very long. First up was a 3-inch lift kit from MaxTrac Suspension, followed closely by a set of 35x12.50R17 BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires wrapped around a set of 17x9 Ultra Vagabond wheels. Bushwacker flares got the nod to help clear the larger tires, while the interior benefitted from a host of upgrades from Tuffy, Rhino Linings, Wet Okole, and several other manufacturers. Since Rightline intended to use the Jeep as a calling card on the trails following the SEMA show, the exterior was protected with OR-Fab bumpers and rock sliders, and a Bulldog winch was added just in case things got a little out of hand off-road.

Jeep Wrangler at SEMA Booth with AIRAID

After a full day getting the road grime off the Jeep, the company loaded the Jeep into their booth. The Jeep served as a calling card to showcase Rightline’s full complement of weatherproof Jeep storage solutions.

Jeeps have never been known to be powerhouses, and this is especially true of the late-model Wrangler. While the PentaStar 3.6L V6 is a vast improvement over the 3.8L in 2007-2011 Wranglers, it's still not exactly neck-snapping when you step on the throttle. However, the engine is extremely responsive to an enhanced induction, which is why Rightline reached out to AIRAID for one of their MXP cold air intake systems. A complete kit, the AIRAID MXP system replaces everything from the throttle body out. A new intake box replaces the factory unit, and a new intake tube optimizes airflow to the engine. The JK MXP system is a slight departure from other AIRAID MXP designs in that it has an airbox with a lid, as opposed to an open-style airbox like most other applications. AIRAID chose a sealed box design knowing that most Jeeps will be used off-road, and a sealed box help protect against mud and water ingestion. The box makes use of the factory cold air inlet duct, and is also compatible with popular aftermarket snorkel systems such as those manufactured by ARB and AEV. Inside the box is a premium AIRAID filter available with SynthaFlow oiled filter media in red, or SynthaMax dry filter media in red, blue, or black. Rightline chose the SynthaMax dry filter for their application, and they reported an immediate increase in throttle response as well as overall engine performance. The part number they used for installation is 311-132.

Jeep Wrangler in Moab with AIRAID

After a long trip across the country and an even longer week at the SEMA show, the Rightline crew made a small detour to Moab in order to test out their Jeep build and also reap some of the benefits of all the hard work of previous weeks.

As with most SEMA projects, the build was down to the wire, but the Rightline team was able to get the job done with some help from T and A Offroad. The Jeep made the long trip to Las Vegas without a hitch, and after a full day in the parking lot detailing the Jeep, they loaded it into the SEMA show for the week. The Jeep was a huge success for the company and attracted a lot of attention to both it and the company's innovative storage bags and storage gear. After the show, they couldn't resist driving back to North Carolina via Moab, where they spent a day checking out the slick rock trails and enjoying the benefits of all their hard work.

AIRAID offers an extensive line of cold air intake systems for Jeep vehicles, including the Jeep Wrangler Air Intakes, Jeep Cherokee Air Intakes, and Jeep Grand Cherokee Air Intakes. All of AIRAID's Jeep intake systems are designed to simply bolt into place and work with the factory tuning. For more information on AIRAID's Jeep cold air intake systems, visit our Jeep air intakes page. For more information on AIRAID intakes in general, check out our article on AIRAID intakes explained.


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Jeep Wrangler AIRAID Drop-In Replacement Air Filter Helps Deliver Power in Just Minutes

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AIRAID's 863-425 drop-in replacement filter for 2012-2015 Jeep Wrangler JKs has a unique shape that makes use of all the available space in the stock air box in order to increase the surface area of the filter media. This enables the filter to go longer between cleanings.

Jeeps are a dominant force in the off-road world, and with good reason: solid axles front and rear, a compact chassis that maximizes approach and departure angles, and low-range grunt to get up and over obstacles on the trail. Jeeps were meant to be used off the pavement, but that also means that Jeep engine air filters work overtime to keep dirt and debris out of the engine. AIRAID offers a simple air filter upgrade with the 863-425 drop-in replacement filter that improves performance in just a few minutes.

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In addition to the 863-425 air filter featured here, similar versions are available in red with either oiled (860-425) or non-oiled (861-425) filter media. All three filters offer similar performance benefits, so which one is best is a matter of personal preference.

Stock paper air filters do an adequate job of filtering dirty outside air, but they also introduce restrictions and they are expensive to replace. Depending on the environment, just one off-road outing can render a stock filter packed with dirt and in need of replacement. Rather than replacing a dirty stock filter, a better option is to upgrade the Jeep with a washable and reusable low-restriction air filter from AIRAID.

At first glance, AIRAID's drop-in replacement filter for 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Jeep JK Wranglers looks quite a bit different from a stock replacement. Rather than a traditional flat-panel filter, the AIRAID filter has a cone shape that makes use of all the available space in the stock air box. The purpose of the unique shape is to increase the surface area of the filter media, which extends service intervals and enables the AIRAID filter to last longer in dirty environments before it has to be serviced. More filter surface area also means that the AIRAID filter maintains effective filtration.

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The AIRAID drop-in replacement filter for the Jeep Wrangler is washable and reusable. AIRAID recommends using the 790-558 dry filter cleaning solution on the 863-425 when it is time to service the filter. Simply follow the instructions on the back of the bottle to clean this and other AIRAID SynthaMax dry filters.

The base of the filter is constructed of a durable polyurethane material that matches the sealing surface of the air box, and the sealing edges are reinforced internally to ensure the seal is not compromised. In other words, the filter will not warp or deform once clamped into place. Though the filter appears to be quite a bit different than the stock filter, no modifications are needed and installation is as simple as replacing a stock air filter.

Aside from more filter surface area, a big advantage of the 863-425 drop-in filter for the JK is that it is washable and reusable. The filter utilizes AIRAID's exclusive SynthaMax dry blue media, meaning that no oil is needed or recommended when servicing the filter. Simply spray a liberal amount of AIRAID's filter cleaning solution on to the filter from the outside, let it soak for a few minutes, and then rinse it from the inside out using low pressure clean tap water. Let the filter air dry, and it's ready for installation.

In addition to the 863-425 that features dry blue filter media, AIRAID offers the 861-425 dry filter in red and the 860-425 filter with traditional SynthaFlow oiled filter media.

The 860-425, 861-425, and 863-425 drop-in replacement filters fit the following vehicles:

2015 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2014 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2013 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6
2012 Jeep Wrangler 3.6L V6

For more information visit the AIRAID's drop-in filters page, the Jeep Wrangler air intakes page, or the air filters for the Jeep Wrangler page.


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AIRAID Track Day Air Filters Give You an Edge on the Competition

AIRAID 700-450TD track day air filter

The AIRAID 700-450TD track day filter is one of our most popular sizes, featuring a 6" flange diameter and a compact height of just under 5 inches.

Racers are always looking for an edge over the competition and are willing to do anything to get a leg up. For many forms of motorsports that means adding more power, and racers spend an exhaustive amount of time and money building high-performance engines that will outperform other competitors, all in an effort to get to the top spot on the podium. Smart racers also want to protect their significant engine investments from dirt, debris, and other contaminants with an air filter, but most are also worried that an air filter might restrict airflow and therefore hurt performance. AIRAID developed their track day line of filters specifically for racers who want to maintain some level of engine protection while ensuring maximum airflow.

790-556 AIRAID air filter oil

Track day filters are shipped dry but can be oiled by the end user if needed. AIRAID highly recommends using only 790-556 AIRAID filter oil, which is specially formulated to work with AIRAID's filter media.

Racing engines have enormous airflow needs, and those needs are even more extreme with forced induction. Turbochargers and superchargers are both great ways to make power, but they also have internal components that are highly susceptible to damage from debris should it enter the intake tract. AIRAID track day filters like the 700-450TD were developed with racers in mind. All track day air filters feature the same quality construction as AIRAID filters intended for street use, including polyurethane casings that won't crack or warp over time, and a wire mesh screen for durability. Inside, track day filters include layers of cotton gauze to provide some filtration from dirt and contaminants while still maximizing airflow. To accomplish this, track day filters have fewer layers of filter media than normal performance filters intended for street use. This reduces restrictions, but it also means there is slightly less filtration than AIRAID's street filters. AIRAID track day filters are shipped dry, without any oil added, but they can be oiled by the user if desired to further enhance filtration.

799-450 pre-filter for the 700-450TD air filter

Pairing a 799-450 pre-filter with the 700-450TD is a good idea for long track sessions or situations where light moisture may be present. A pre-filter helps extend service intervals.

Because the 700-450TD is intended for racing, AIRAID highly recommends that it and other track day filters only be used in dry controlled pavement track conditions, such as a road circuit, oval, or autocross track. The 700-450TD is compatible with many production AIRAID cold air intake systems, so many daily driver or weekend racers will simply swap their normal performance filter for a track day filter once they reach their racing venue, and swap it back for the drive home. Installation takes just a couple of minutes and is no different than putting on a set of slicks or lowering air pressure as part of track prep.

The specs for the 700-450TD are as follows:
Air Filter Color: Grey
Air Filter Large End Diameter: 6 in (152 mm)
Air Filter Material: Cotton Gauze
Air Filter Shape: Tapered Conical
Base Outside Diameter: 6 in (152 mm)
Filter Material: Cotton Gauze
Flange Inside Diameter: 3.5 in (89 mm)
Flange Length: 1.375 in (35 mm)
Flanges: 1
Height: 5.875 in (149 mm)
Top Outside Diameter: 4.688 in (119 mm)
Weight: 1.5 lb (0.7 kg)

While track day filters are recommended for controlled conditions where maintaining filtration is a priority, racers might also consider AIRAID race day filters. These are built with a wire mesh screen but without any filter media and are strictly intended to keep large debris (rocks, tire marbles, etc) out of the intake tract. Available race day filter sizes can be viewed on our universal air filters page.

In addition to the 700-450TD, most other AIRAID performance filter sizes are available in track day variants, and all of them are backed by a 90-day warranty. To find an AIRAID track day filter for your application, simply visit our universal air filter page and compare the dimensions of your existing filter with the available track day options. Or, if you know the AIRAID part number for your existing filter, simply use our product search tool and enter the part number for your air filter and add a "TD" to the end. For example, a 700-470 filter is available in a track day version with part number 700-470TD.

You can view more information at the AIRAID Track Day and Race Day air filters page. You can also learn more about AIRAID's filtration technology and the different types of drop-in replacement air filter, universal air filters, and custom air filter assemblies.


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AIRAID Custom Air Intake Kit for Classic F-Body Chevys

AIRAID's F-Body cold air dam system fits 1967, 1968, and 1969 Chevy Camaros and Firebirds

AIRAID's F-Body cold air dam system fits 1967, 1968, and 1969 Chevy Camaros and Firebirds, which were the first-generation F-body cars that remain wildly popular today. The kit includes aluminum cold air dam panels, a filter adapter, and a premium AIRAID oiled filter. It is designed to be used with AIRAID's UBI custom intake components.

Most hot-rodders are already aware of AIRAID's U-Build-It, or UBI, systems and components, which make fabricating your own custom intake system a breeze. AIRAID UBI systems were tailor-made for vehicles with engine swaps, such as street rods, muscle cars, and hot rods with performance engines. Whether it's a late-model LS engine, Ford Coyote, or shoehorning a big-block in a car that originally had a small-block or V-6, AIRAID UBI systems are a great option for any custom application. AIRAID also manufacturers a select number of vehicle-specific components for more popular applications, including GM A-bodies and F-bodies. The custom F-body cold air dam system provides a simple, bolt-on solution for any custom engine swap and adds a professional, finished look while allowing the car to benefit from all the attributes of a production cold air intake system.

AIRAID F-body CAD kits are available with 3", 3.5", and 4" filter adapters

The AIRAID F-body CAD kits are available with 3", 3.5", and 4" filter adapters to match the diameter of whatever UBI tubing is used on custom applications. The filter adapter includes a velocity stack at the filter attachment point to help promote airflow to the engine.

The AIRAID F-body cold air dam system works with all 1967-1969 Chevrolet F-bodies, including the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird. Both first-generation Camaros and Firebirds are immensely popular with hot-rodders, as both of these vehicles were major players in the muscle car wars of the mid-'60s. These days, many classic Camaro and Firebird owners are turning to modern technology to gain performance benefits that were unheard of when these vehicles were new. Big-blocks, fuel injection, and modern LS-based small-blocks are all popular swap candidates for classic muscle. AIRAID's UBI intake tubes, carb and throttle body hats, and couplers enable builders to route the engine intake over to the core support at the front of the engine bay, where it can draw in plenty of cool outside air.

F-Body cold air intake kit

The F-Body kit provides a finished, professional look to any custom engine installation. Notice how it follows the angle of the fender brace and keeps the filter tucked away toward the core support, where the filter can draw in cool outside air. The F-Body CAD system is available in driver or passenger corner configurations.

The AIRAID F-Body cold air dam system picks up where the regular UBI components leave off with specially formed aluminum panels designed to bolt into the corner of the engine compartment where the core support meets the fender. Both driver and passenger side cold air dam components are available, so the system is versatile enough to accommodate different builds and intake layouts. The specially formed aluminum panels use existing attachment points on the core support and forms to the radii of the fenderwell, so only minor drilling of the fenderwell is needed for installation. The panels help keep the air filter isolated from hot engine compartment air, while leaving plenty of forward-facing area for cool outside air to reach the filter. These panels also serve as the attachment point for an AIRAID filter adapter that is available with a 3", 3.5", or 4" diameter opening to match the diameter of the UBI tubing used between the engine's throttle body and the filter housing. AIRAID recommends connecting the UBI tubing from the engine to the filter adapter with an available urethane hump hose, which will absorb vibration and ensure a leak-free seal.

700-461 premium oiled AIRAID air filter

The F-Body kits include a 700-461 premium oiled filter, which is large enough to handle most performance engines. Though the kits come standard with oiled filters, the 701-461 filter is available that is the same size and has SynthaMax non-oiled filter media. For an extra layer of protection and filtrations, AIRAID recommends adding a 199-469 pre-filter as well.

In addition to the cold air dam panels and filter adapter, AIRAID includes a premium oiled filter 700-461 with the F-Body kit. The filter utilizes AIRAID's SynthaFlow oiled filter media, which features four layers of cotton gauze plus an additional synthetic layer of filter media. The extra synthetic layer helps improve filtration over other aftermarket performance filters while also helping to keep the filter oil suspended in the filter media. The filter also features a urethane casing, which won't crack or warp over time. The filter has a 6" flange diameter to match the filter adapter and measures 8-inches long. The filter is plenty big enough to keep even the most extreme street performance engines supplied with plenty of airflow without introducing restrictions. Best of all, the filter carries AIRAID's exclusive "No Hassle" warranty.

Here are the available AIRAID F-Body cold air dam systems:

Tube Size Mount Intake Tube
3" Driver Side 100-250
3" Passenger Side 100-253
3.5" Driver Side 100-251
3.5" Passenger Side 100-254
4" Driver Side 100-252

The F-Body cold air dam system is compatible with the following UBI master kits:

Tube Size Intake Tube Set
3" 101-300
3.5" 101-350
4" 101-400

For more information on AIRAID's UBI F-Body cold air dam system for 1967, 1968, and 1969 Chevrolet Camaro or Firebird, check out our custom F-Body intake kits page. For more information on AIRAID's UBI master kits, visit our custom air intakes master kits page, and you can also check out the wide variety of individual UBI intake components on our air intake components page. To locate the nearest AIRAID dealer, simply use our dealer search tool.


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1996-2000 GMC and Chevy Trucks, SUVs with AIRAID Cold Air Dam Intake Get More Power

Chevy truck with first generation Vortec engine

A proven performer, these CAD systems for 1996-2000 Chevy trucks have been helping first-generation Vortecs breathe easier and make more power for nearly 20 years.

The Vortec truck engines used in late 1990 Chevys and GMCs were the best and last examples of the original first-generation small-block Chevy engine. Sometimes referred to as L31, these engines used the same basic architecture as small-blocks dating back to 1955 but benefitted from modern engineering advancements to produce excellent power with the same legendary reliability that have made GM small-blocks the performance engine of choice for decades. Add the AIRAID 202-207 Cold Air Dam (CAD) to the mix and you have a winning combination for more power.

AIRAID 202-207 Cold Air Intake System for 1996-2000 GM Trucks

Weatherstripping positioned along the top of the Cold Air Dam panels seals against the underside of the hood when closed to keep the filter isolated from hot engine compartment air. The AIRAID system also looks clean and professional once installation is complete.

First released in 1996, the Vortec heads used on these engines outperformed most previous aftermarket performance heads right out of the box, and coupled with an all-new fuel injection system, these engines produced excellent power and torque that helped Chevy trucks maintain their dominance in the world of heavy hauling. Chevrolet may have spent a lot of time developing the engine itself, but somehow they coupled it to a dated intake system that kept the engines from reaching their fullest potential. AIRAID picked up where the factory left off and developed popular Cold Air Dam Intake Systems for 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Chevy trucks and SUVs that unlock additional power in first-generation Vortec engines while also improving their efficiency.

The 202-207 AIRAID Cold Air Dam system for 1996-2000 GM trucks and SUVs targets the most restrictive portions of the factory intake design: the stock airbox and the paper air filter element. As the name implies, the AIRAID intake kit includes Cold Air Dam panels, which are assembled with the supplied hardware and placed in the same location as the factory airbox. The CAD panels re-use factory mounting locations for easy installation, and there is no drilling or trimming required. The location enables the intake to re-use the factory cold air inlet duct in the fender but also provides additional forward-facing area for cool outside air to reach the filter. Blade-style weather-stripping positioned along the top of the panels seals against the hood to keep the filter isolated from hot engine compartment air, so the AIRAID design essentially uses the hood as a lid for the new air box. A relatively short powder coated aluminum tube connects the air box to the mass airflow sensor (MAF) and also includes provisions for mounting the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor. This ensures that both sensors receive proper air signals to work properly with the factory tuning because like most other AIRAID intakes, this system does not require any aftermarket tuning. The new air tube connects to the MAF sensor with a special stainless steel coupler that is also supplied with the kit.

Inside the CAD panels, the new intake tube is secured to the fenderwell with a supplied bracket and hardware. The tube is capped with a premium AIRAID filter that has much more surface area for filter media compared to the factory paper flat panel filter. More filter surface area means the filter is capable of flowing additional air to the engine without sacrificing any filtration. This airflow increase, combined with being able to draw in more cool outside air, is how the AIRAID system is able to improve power and efficiency with a simple bolt-on installation.

filter wrap for AIRAID 202-207 Cold Air Intake System for 1996-2000 GM Trucks

The CAD system is available with a traditional oiled filter in red, or with a SynthaMax dry filter in red, blue, or black. Along with these filters, AIRAID offers the 799-420 filter wrap for extra protection when needed.

The AIRAID Cold Air Intake for 1996-2000 GM trucks and SUVs is available with a variety of filter choices. The 200-207 system includes a traditional SynthaFlow red, oiled filter that features four layers of cotton gauze plus an additional synthetic layer that improves filtration and helps keep the oil suspended in the filter media. The 201-207 system includes a SynthaMax dry filter in red that has multiple layers of a synthetic filter material and does not need to be oiled. The 202-207 system includes a SynthaMax dry filter in black, while the 203-207 system includes a dry filter in blue. All three SythaMax dry filters use the same filter media and offer the same performance benefits, so only the filter color is different to suit individual preferences.

Though these air intake systems were designed and released when these trucks were new, the design has withstood the test of time and remains a popular seller, and these cold air intake systems have received great reviews over the years. Best of all, like the rest of AIRAID’s intake products and cold air intake systems, these intakes are made in the USA and backed with a Limited Lifetime Warranty. For more information on Chevrolet or GMC cold air intake systems, visit our Chevrolet Air Intakes or GMC Air Intakes page. For more information about cold air intake kits and other AIRAID products for a specific vehicle application, simply use our Find Products page. For more information about a specific AIRAID product part number, use our Part Number Search tool. For more information about the AIRAID dealer nearest you, use our Dealer Search tool.

The 200-207, 201-207, 202-207, and 203-207 cold air intake systems fit an impressive number of GMC, Chevrolet, and Isuzu trucks and SUVs. These include:

2000 ISUZU HOMBRE 4.3L V6
2000 GMC YUKON DENALI 5.7L V8
2000 GMC SIERRA 1500 4.3L V6
2000 GMC K3500 5.7L V8
2000 GMC K2500 5.7L V8
2000 GMC C3500 5.7L V8
2000 GMC C2500 5.7L V8
2000 CHEVROLET TAHOE 5.7L V8
2000 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 4.3L V6
2000 CHEVROLET K3500 5.7L V8
2000 CHEVROLET K2500 5.7L V8
2000 CHEVROLET C3500 5.7L V8
2000 CHEVROLET C2500 5.7L V8
2000 CADILLAC ESCALADE 5.7L V8
1999 ISUZU HOMBRE 4.3L V6
1999 GMC YUKON DENALI 6.5L V8 Diesel
1999 GMC YUKON DENALI 5.7L V8
1999 GMC YUKON 5.7L V8
1999 GMC SIERRA 1500 4.3L V6
1999 GMC K3500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 GMC K2500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 GMC K1500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC K1500 5.0L V8
1999 GMC C3500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 GMC C2500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 GMC C1500 5.7L V8
1999 GMC C1500 5.0L V8
1999 CHEVROLET TAHOE 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET SILVERADO 1500 4.3L V6
1999 CHEVROLET K3500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET K2500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET K1500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET K1500 5.0L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C3500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C2500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C1500 5.7L V8
1999 CHEVROLET C1500 5.0L V8
1999 CADILLAC ESCALADE 5.7L V8
1998 ISUZU HOMBRE 4.3L V6
1998 GMC YUKON 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K3500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K2500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K2500 5.0L V8
1998 GMC K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K1500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC K1500 5.0L V8
1998 GMC K1500 4.3L V6
1998 GMC C3500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 GMC C2500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC C2500 5.0L V8
1998 GMC C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 GMC C1500 5.7L V8
1998 GMC C1500 5.0L V8
1998 GMC C1500 4.3L V6
1998 CHEVROLET TAHOE 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K3500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K2500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K2500 5.0L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K1500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K1500 5.0L V8
1998 CHEVROLET K1500 4.3L V6
1998 CHEVROLET C3500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C2500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C2500 5.0L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C1500 5.7L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C1500 5.0L V8
1998 CHEVROLET C1500 4.3L V6
1997 ISUZU HOMBRE 4.3L V6
1997 GMC YUKON 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K3500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K2500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K1500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC K1500 5.0L V8
1997 GMC K1500 4.3L V6
1997 GMC C3500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 GMC C2500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC C2500 5.0L V8
1997 GMC C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 GMC C1500 5.7L V8
1997 GMC C1500 5.0L V8
1997 GMC C1500 4.3L V6
1997 CHEVROLET TAHOE 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K3500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K2500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 5.0L V8
1997 CHEVROLET K1500 4.3L V6
1997 CHEVROLET C3500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C2500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C2500 5.0L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C1500 5.7L V8
1997 CHEVROLET C1500 5.0L V8
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1996 GMC C2500 5.7L V8
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1996 GMC C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
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1996 GMC C1500 5.0L V8
1996 GMC C1500 4.3L V6
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1996 CHEVROLET K3500 5.7L V8
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1996 CHEVROLET K2500 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 5.0L V8
1996 CHEVROLET K1500 4.3L V6
1996 CHEVROLET C3500 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET C2500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET C2500 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET C2500 5.0L V8
1996 CHEVROLET C1500 SUBURBAN 5.7L V8
1996 CHEVROLET C1500 5.7L V8
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Do Cold Air Intakes Really Work?

AIRAID Cold Air Intake system

AIRAID Cold Air Intake systems work by replacing the restrictive parts of the factory intake system with those designed to optimize the flow of clean, cool outside air to the engine.

Cold air intake systems have been around for many years, and they have long been proven to increase vehicle power and performance. Cold air intakes have been the subject of countless magazine articles, television show segments, and independent tests, where in nearly all cases the intake systems manufactured by reputable companies like AIRAID have shown an increase in power. But how? Is it really as easy as slapping a racy-looking cone filter on the end of a tube? The answer is no, but it’s always a good idea to understand why a product works when shopping for upgrades to your own vehicle. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at exactly how cold air intake systems work.

Stock intake tubes usually include a variety of noise-canceling baffles and corrugated sections

Stock intake tubes usually include a variety of noise-canceling baffles and corrugated sections, both of which hamper airflow to the engine and don’t allow the engine to run as efficiently as it could.

It’s important to understand two basic things when discussing cold air intakes. First, cold air is denser than warm air, meaning cold air packs more oxygen molecules into an engine than hot air. More oxygen leads to more complete combustion, which equates to additional power and efficiency. Secondly, an engine is essentially a big air pump. It draws in air to mix with fuel, ignites the mixture, and expels the spent air mixture out of the exhaust. In an ideal world, the engine would be able to inhale as much air as it needed and exhale it with no restrictions to airflow either coming in or going out. The problem in the real world, however, is that the process of an engine drawing in air and expelling burned exhaust gases is very noisy. Anyone that has driven a vehicle with a broken exhaust system or been near an engine that is running with the intake system disconnected can understand just how loud an engine can be. Further, there needs to be some way to filter incoming air from dirt and debris because dirt will damage engine internals.

AIRAID intakes replace the factory air box with a more open design

AIRAID intakes replace the factory air box with a more open design, which improves airflow and allows the use of a larger air filter than stock. The weather-stripping along the top of the box seals against the hood, keeping the filter isolated from hot engine compartment air.

To cut down on the noise, OEM manufacturers place various baffles and mufflers on both the intake side of the engine and the exhaust, and they also add some type of filter to the inlet in order to protect the engine from foreign particles. The issue is that these baffles and mufflers seriously restrict the engine’s ability to inhale clean air and expel exhaust gasses. OEMs usually place a higher priority on noise reduction than engine efficiency. Factory designs often hamper engine performance further by placing the engine inlet duct in an area where it is exposed to hot engine compartment air rather than routing it to an area where the engine can draw in cool outside air. The end result is an engine that doesn’t run as efficiently or make as much power as it potentially could. Things like shrouded air boxes, undersized air filters, strategically placed baffles in the intake tubes, and inlet tracts routed near engine heat all restrict airflow and therefore hurt power and performance.

air filter adapter with venturi that smooths airflow to the engine

AIRAID uses several different methods to improve airflow. In this case, the filter adapter has a venturi built into it much like what you would see on a carburetor. A venturi smooths out and promotes additional airflow to the engine.

AIRAID cold air intake systems (and those from other reputable intake manufacturers) work by targeting the most restrictive portions of a typical stock intake system: the air box, the intake tube, and the air filter. They also place a priority on getting cool, outside air directly to the engine. Typical AIRAID Intakes replace all or a portion of the factory air box, which is where restrictions most often lie. By opening up the air box, the engine is able to draw in more cool outside air. The intake systems keep the air filter isolated from hot engine compartment air, make use of any factory cold air inlet duct present, and also add additional forward-facing areas for cold outside air to be drawn into the filter. A new intake tube often replaces the factory tube that is typically full of baffles and corrugations, and these replacement intake tubes further optimize airflow to the engine. The AIRAID intake tubes have provisions for any factory breathers and sensors, and ensure that mass air flow (MAF) sensors (when present) are in a position to work properly with the factory calibration. In the vast majority of cases, AIRAID intake systems do not require an aftermarket tune. To top it all off, AIRAID uses a large premium filter to keep the engine supplied with plenty of cool air without sacrificing filtration. AIRAID purposely increases the size of the filters used with an intake, which increases the surface area of the filter media. The larger the surface area, the greater the volume of air that a filter can pass while trapping harmful particulates. More surface area also means that a filter can go longer between cleanings, which is why recommended service intervals for an AIRAID premium filter are often longer than a stock paper filter.

AIRAID air intake tube with PCV, breather hose and IAT sensor adaptors

AIRAID intake tubes always have provisions for all of the factory breather hoses and sensors to be retained with the intake system. In the case of this Mustang system, the installer can choose to keep or delete the factory sound tube that is routed to the engine compartment.

MAF sensor placement in air intake system

The placement of MAF sensors is critical with cold air intake systems. The insert on the right ensures that the MAF sensor receives a proper air signal with stock tuning, but the insert can be removed to provide additional airflow with custom tuning. This allows the intake to continue to work as additional performance modifications are made.

Though the principles of how cold air intakes work are fairly simple, the execution is pretty complicated. Air box and intake tube designs must increase airflow to the engine without creating additional turbulence, and the placement of certain sensors in the airflow path is critical. As modern engines and their management systems get more complex, they also become more sensitive to changes from the factory configuration. It is for these reasons that there are many hours in design and development work that go into each and every AIRAID intake. The newest AIRAID intake systems are designed using the latest computer modeling software, and sophisticated tools like flow benches and 3D printers to ensure a premium, well-fitting intake system. Further, each application is subject to countless hours of dyno testing and real-world driving conditions to ensure that every intake performs as it should without introducing any problems or “check engine” lights. Today’s vehicles often have more computing power than the typical home computer, so the days of simply sticking a filter on the end of a tube are long gone. By applying these and other tricks of the trade, AIRAID cold air intakes allow the engine to draw in more outside air, which in turn leads to more complete combustion and results in more power and acceleration.

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AIRAID Sponsored Driver Jordan Priestly Starts Race Season In New 2016 Chevy Camaro

MAVTV camera crew and AIRAID driver Jordan Priestley

The MAVTV camera crew documented AIRAID driver Jordan Priestley’s success as he placed second and third overall in the GT Class at the Optima Thunderhill Raceway

Before attending his first official race for the year, AIRAID driver Jordan Priestly took advantage of a local SCCA event in his 2011 JDP Motorsports Camaro for some extra seat time. The plan was to take both his 2011 and 2016 Camaro to Thunderhill Raceway for Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Race Series. Priestly is no stranger to these events. In fact he has done very well in the Optima Series, placing podium several times throughout last year as well as receiving multiple invites to compete at the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational throughout the past couple years.

JDP Motorsports 2016 Chevy Camaro

Jordan’s race schedule includes the Optima Series, NMCA West Autocross, SCCA, NASA, and the upcoming CAM Challenge

The JDP Motorsports 2016 Camaro was purchased mid December of last year. There was a lot of work to be done if Priestly planned on taking both cars to the first Optima event in California. Very few, if any, drivers had registered two different cars at an Optima Race with the intent for one driver to race both vehicles. Yet, this is exactly what Priestly had planned on doing at Thunderhill Raceway.

Surprisingly the 2016 Camaro, named Evilynn, did exceptionally well, placing second in its class after day one. Priestley’s 2011 Camaro had some grip issues on the autocross resulting in a fifth place ranking Saturday evening. By the end of Sunday Priestly took podium once again with a second and third place win in the Optima Series GT Class. Frankey, the 2011 Camaro, had pulled through after completing the Hot Lap Challenge with a second place overall finish while the 2016 Camaro took third. Jordan had commented that if not for the Design Challenge, Evilynn may have won first. This was pretty impressive since the 2016 Camaro was close to stock. Unfortunately, the stock appearance of the car resulted in a lower Design Challenge score, pushing Evilynn out of first and into third place overall.

AIRAID sponsored 2016 Camaro

Though almost stock, the AIRAID sponsored 2016 Camaro had no problem keeping up with the other competitors at the NMCA West Autocross

Once back at JDP Motorsport, Priestly swapped the tires on the 2011 Camaro for a new set of BFGoodrich Rival S tires in addition to some freshly built Ultimate Performance Detroit Speed/JRI dampers. As for the 2016 Camaro, there were no plans for upgrades before Priestly’s next race in Fontana. Before Optima Thunderhill Raceway, Evilynn did get a new set of Forgeline GA1R’s along with BFGoodrich Rival S tires. Though Priestly had kept the car almost stock, his plans for further modifications was just getting started.

Priestly first place in Modern Muscle Class at NMCA West Autocross

Priestly placed first in the Modern Muscle Class at the NMCA West Autocross in his 2016 JDP Motorsports Camaro

Both vehicles were loaded into the JPD Motorsports trailer once again for round two in Fontana, California. Priestly registered both Camaros to compete, this time at the NMCA West Hotchkis Autocross. The two-day autocross was the first of four throughout the 2016 season. In order to compete for the overall Hotchkis Cup at the end of the year, a driver must compete in all four two-day events. Once again Priestly jumped between the drivers seat of two cars, not only shaking them down for the next Optima race, but also trying for a chance to win the Modern Muscle Class at the NMCA West Autocross.

2016 Camaro at OUSCI

Priestly left the 2011 Camaro at home to focus on the 2016 Camaro in Las Vegas, earning a second place win in the GT Class and securing him an invite to compete at OUSCI

By Sunday, the 2011 Camaro was not cooperating with Priestly, but the 2016 Camaro was handling exceptionally well. Priestley’s main competition was a 2011 Corvette driven by a father and son team, who had remained in first all of Sunday. On one of Priestley’s last laps Sunday evening, the 2016 JPD Motorsports Camaro pulled ahead of the Corvette’s time and into first for the Modern Muscle Class win.

The drive back to Utah was followed more upgrades for the ’16 Camaro including a harness bar and changes to the interior just in time for the Optima Las Vegas Motor Speedway event. New decals were also added; similar to those Priestly was sporting on his 2011 Camaro. Priestly decided to keep Frankey at home for this race and focus his attention on the ’16 Camaro.

Priestly, his wife Aimee and three-month old daughter

Priestly was in good company as his wife Aimee and three-month old daughter came out to Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Priestly was in good company during the Optima Las Vegas Race as his wife and three month old daughter joined him for the weekend. Weather was good, track conditions were ideal and Evilynn was running great. Priestly found himself once again in a battle for first with AIRAID driver Ken Thwaits in his 2014 Z28 Camaro. By the end of Sunday Thwaits took first in the GT Class while Priestly and Evilynn placed second. Since Thwaits had also won the Thunderhill Raceway event, he had already won an invite to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge (OUSCI). This meant that Priestley’s second place win would include an invite to OUSCI. This was a huge accomplishment since only five competitors would be going home with invites after the Las Vegas race.

Priestly behind the wheel of his AIRAID equipped Camaro

We can expect to see Priestly behind the wheel of both the AIRAID equipped 2011 and 2016 Camaro throughout the remainder of the 2016 race season

Priestly will be making his way back to Fontana, California for his next race in two weeks. We have not heard if Priestly will be competing in the CAM Challenge with both Camaros or just Evilynn. As Evilynn gets faster, it is more likely that we will see Priestly behind the wheel of this Camaro, though he will also have Frankey out at certain race events throughout the remainder of the season.

It can become very tiring to race two vehicles in the same race, but we have been extremely impressed by Jordan’s ability to jump between the two cars. Though Frankey and Evilynn are very different cars with different suspension setups, it does not look like Priestly is having trouble going from one car to another. We will continue to follow-up on AIRAID driver Jordan Priestly, Frankey, and Evilynn as they continue to race their way through 2016, hopefully seeing them place podium several more times throughout this year.


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Matt Lovell Racing at the Mint 400 Sees Tough Breaks with a Big Effort

Matt Lovell’s #7244 all dressed and ready for the big event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Matt Lovell’s #7244 all dressed and ready for the big event in Las Vegas, Nevada

Coming off back-to-back wins at the SNORE Rage at the River this past December, AIRAID-sponsored Matt Lovell and his team had high hopes coming into the Mint 400. After taking a break from the Parker 425 to focus his efforts on building a new race truck as well, as prepping the #7244 mid-size trophy truck, Matt and his team were ready to tackle whatever the Mint was able to throw in their path. Unfortunately, some unforeseen obstacles dashed the team’s hopes for a win, but Matt and his team gave it their best effort on one of the most brutal courses in recent memory.

Matt Lovell attacks the course in his AIRAID-equipped truck at the Mint 400

Matt Lovell attacks the course in his AIRAID-equipped truck at the Mint 400

The Mint 400 has a long history dating all the way back to the 1960s. Originally organized by the Mint Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas, the Mint has had its ups and downs throughout the decades. Today it’s more popular than ever before thanks to its resurrection in 2008. Virtually every known desert racer has entered the Mint 400, and a lucky few have even managed to win it. Unfortunately for many more, the legendarily brutal course has claimed more than its fair share of entries. Simply finishing the Mint is an accomplishment, let along making it to the podium. This year’s Mint 400 had a record number of entries, and Matt Lovell’s #7244 truck was lucky enough to draw first off the line for the 7200 class. This meant plenty of clean air and a chance to stay at the front of the pack.

Matt Lovell assembled a team of nearly 25 people consisting of friends and family members, all of them volunteering their time to help get #7244 to the finish line. After participating in the parade down Las Vegas boulevard with fiancé Jesse in the passenger seat, Lovell and the team took part in tech and contingency. Basically a giant party on Fremont Street in downtown Vegas, contingency for the Mint is the stuff of legend. As expected, Matt Lovell’s entry passed through tech with flying colors and also spent some time at several sponsor booths, including LazerStar Lights, Raceline wheels, King Shocks, and Falken tire. After a quick photo shoot with SnM Media, the team relocated to Primm, Nevada, which was the starting point for the Mint 400 this year.

Race day came early for the team as they made final preparations to the truck, organized spares and gear, and divided the team into three groups that would staff the main pit, plus two remote pits. The Mint is a loop race, so Lovell would have to make three laps on the 130-mile course. A loop race also means a full day of dodging slower vehicles and staying out of the way of the faster trophy trucks and Class 1 cars. Lovell lined up in the front of the 7200 class along with navigator Rob Nelson, all strapped in a ready to go. The green flag dropped and the duo was on their way, gunning to stay in front of the pack and make good time through the first lap.

The 2016 Mint 400 proved to be one of the toughest ever, and the desert took its toll on the competitors

The 2016 Mint 400 proved to be one of the toughest ever, and the desert took its toll on the competitors

The course for the Mint turned out to be more brutal than ever before. Already challenging on its own, the course was further chewed up with other classes that had run that morning, plus several additional classes that started in front of the 7200 class. All these vehicles took their toll on the course, making deep ruts, cavernous whoops, and kicking rocks and boulders into the two-track course through the Nevada desert. Lovell reported that the course was the worst that he’s seen in 7 years of racing. About 15 miles from the start, they experienced their first flat, caused by hitting a rock at high speed. Lovell and Nelson had the tire changed in under 8 minutes, but then managed to get stuck while getting back on the course. They spent another 30 minutes digging out but finally managed to get the #7244 on solid ground. Unfortunately for the team, this was just the start of the problems. Upon reaching the first remote pit to put a fresh spare on the truck, the pit crew noticed that the rear axle was leaking. The course was so rough that the axle had taken a hard hit to the fabricated ¼” steel Ford 9” housing right where an additional ¼” skid plate had been in place to help prevent damage. The skid plate had been torn away and a crack had developed in the housing, causing a serious leak. The pit crew sealed up the housing as best they could with silicone and topped off the housing, and Lovell roared out of the pit. Unfortunately, all of these delays had allowed the rest of the 7200 class to get by, but Matt was determined to reel them back in. He made good time to the second remote pit, where the crew once again sealed up the housing and topped it off with fluid. The course continued to be rough and was only getting worse, with Lovell estimating that he passed nearly 100 broken vehicles between the first remote pit and main, which is the starting point for lap 2. A second flat slowed them down again, but they rallied and made it to the main pit, where the truck was fueled, the rear axle housing was inspected and sealed again, the LazerStar lights were checked because nightfall was less than an hour away. Though a win was not in the cards at this point, Lovell and his determined crew were dead set on getting #7244 to the finish line.

Unfortunately, that was not in the cards either. The damaged rear axle housing took a second big hit somewhere between main pit and the first remote pit on lap 2, which caused the loss of all the differential fluid, which in turn caused the rear axle gears to fail. Most teams would have thrown in the towel at this point, but not Lovell. The Mint is a no-chase race, meaning that team members were not allowed to deliver spare parts to the damaged truck. Lovell located a friendly Best in the Desert official that was willing to bring him a spare 3rd member, which was located at the main pit. The crew met the BITD official and handed off the parts, which he then delivered to Matt (special thanks to the BITD crew). Lovell already had the rear axle apart and was waiting on the spares when the official arrived, but unfortunately during reassembly it was discovered that the damage to the axle housing was more extensive than initially though and some studs that held the 3rd member in place had sheared. There was simply no way to keep fluid in the damaged housing, which meant that the new gears would only last a short time before failing. With course closing times looming, the team had no choice but to accept that a finish was not in the cards this year. The Mint would be the first DNF that the #7244 team experienced in three years.

Not one to dwell on the past, Lovell is looking forward to Vegas to Reno, which is the next race on his schedule. Lovell has run AIRAID air filters exclusively on his race truck for several years and trusts no other filter to withstand the harsh conditions of desert racing. He uses a SynthaFlow oiled cone filter on the engine with a pre-filter and multiple breather filters for other critical drivetrain components. He reports that he rarely has to change engine filters during a race, and that the intake plenum on the engine is always spotless after a race, even one as long as Vegas to Reno (about 650 miles). He also uses AIRAID Helmet Air System filters to ensure he and his navigator breathe clean air regardless of course conditions. To find out more information about Matt Lovell and his team, visit www.mattlovellracing.com or follow him on social media, facebook.com/mattlovellracing, or on Instagram #mattlovellracing.


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Ultimate Street Car Race Series at Thunderhill Dominated by AIRAID Drivers

Brian Hobaugh and 2003 AIRAID equipped Corvette Z06 at 2016 OUSCI

Brian Hobaugh and his 2003 AIRAID equipped Corvette Z06 placed first in several race segments throughout the weekend

Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Race Series has become a popular and quickly growing event where street legal vehicles compete against each other to prove they are the “Ultimate Street Car.” In 2008 the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational was started, inviting high quality, award winning SEMA builds to prove their vehicle was truly a “street car.” What was once a race for only SEMA builds has now turned into a ten event series across the country. All genres of vehicles from muscle cars to modern muscle and imports to exotics are eligible to register for an Optima event. Though winning a single event earns bragging points, the real race does not start until November, when the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational takes place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Brian Hobaugh and 2003 AIRAID equipped Corvette Z06 at 2016 OUSCI

Winning the autocross and speed stop secured Hobaugh’s first place overall standing in the GTS Class

Proving you have the Ultimate Street Car is more than just racing. There are five segments that help earn points towards your accumulative overall score. These segments include an autocross, a speed stop, a design challenge, a road rally, and finally a hot lap challenge. Though some competitors may favor one segment over another, the Ultimate Street Car must adapt and surpass its competition in all five segments. By obtaining the top points in each segment, drivers car hope to secure a podium finish at the end of the weekend. This is exactly what AIRAID drivers Brian Hobaugh and Ken Thwaits did at the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Thunderhill Raceway event.

Ken Thwaits  2016 OUSCI

With one race down, AIRAID driver Ken Thwaits is on a mission to claim the Ultimate Street Car title

Brian Hobaugh’s AIRAID air intake equipped 2003 Chevy Corvette Z06 found its way to the podium at Thunderhill Raceway, finishing first in the GTS class. After scoring first on the autocross and hot lap segment of the race, Hobaugh secured his overall first place win while also receiving his invite to the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) in November. The Z06 competed at the 2015 OUSCI, but Hobaugh was still shaking down his newly built Corvette at the time. Whatever Hobaugh did to the Z06 during the winter months seems to be working, and it showed at Thunderhill.

Ken Thwaits first place 2014 Z28 OUSCI

The 2014 Z28 has seen a first place finish in the GT Class before, but securing a win early on means Thwaits can focus on seat time before the final race

Ken Thwaits of Showtime Motorsports and his 2014 Camaro Z28 was the second AIRAID sponsored vehicle to win its class. The Z28 also had the opportunity to compete at OUSCI last November, though driver Cody Mason was behind the wheel at that time. Thwaits fought through some mechanic problems throughout the weekend not knowing if his standings in each segment would be enough to earn him first in the GT Class. By the end of Sunday, Thwaits was crowned winner, securing his spot alongside Hobaugh to compete again at the 2016 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

AIRAID sponsored Z06 and Z28 at 2016 OUSCI

With nine Optima events left before OUSCI, the AIRAID sponsored Z06 and Z28 will continue to follow the Optima Series throughout the remainder of the year

As the Optima Race Series continues to travel across the country, more AIRAID sponsored drivers will be found competing at these events. Though a Corvette has won OUSCI three years in a row, Ken Thwaits’ Z28 will be a tough contender at this year’s invitational. The questions is will it be enough to beat Danny Popp, three time champion, or the RS Motors crew, who have consistently come in a close second with their Mitsubishi Evos? Or will Brian Hobaugh and his 2003 Z06 take the lead to become this year’s 2016 Ultimate Street Car? Hobaugh has already seen victory back in 2013, winning OUSCI in his 1965 Corvette. Can he reclaim the title over Danny Popp or will it be someone new that takes home the title of the “Ultimate Street Car?”

To learn more about the air intake setups on these vehicles or to find vehicle specific air intake and performance air filter upgrades for your vehicle use the AIRAID Find Products Search. AIRAID performance parts can be purchased through an authorized AIRAID dealer. Find an AIRAID dealer with the AIRAID Dealer Search.


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2014-2016 Arctic Cat Trail 700 AIRAID Air Filter Provides Clean Air and Longer Ride Times

AIRAID premium filter for the Wildcat Trail 700

The AIRAID premium filter for the Wildcat Trail 700 features four layers of cotton gauze plus a synthetic layer in the filter media. It is reinforced with an inner wire mesh screen and includes a formed aluminum lid.

The UTV market has exploded in recent years with bigger and more powerful machines being released almost every month, but the bigger sizes don't help on tight trails. Arctic Cat has addressed the needs of those wanting to run Class 1 trails with the compact Wildcat Trail. The Trail is the perfect solution for winding through tight wooded trails and canyons, but the smaller engine can make it difficult to keep up with the more powerful side-x-sides in wide open spaces. AIRAID can help with a new washable and reusable premium air filter (part number 800-030) that allows the 2014, 2015, and 2016 Wildcat Trail's 700cc engine to breathe easier while maintaining effective filtration in the most demanding off-road environments. In addition to more free-flowing air, the new filter can go longer between cleanings, which means more ride time with less maintenance.

AIRAID filter for the 2014-2016 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700 drops right into the factory airbox

The AIRAID filter for the 2014-2016 Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700 drops right into the factory airbox with no modifications needed. Installation takes just a few minutes.

The new AIRAID Wildcat Trail 700 air filter is a direct replacement for the factory filter element and installs right in the factory air box. The AIRAID filter is constructed with a durable polyurethane casing that will not warp or crack over time. The filter utilizes the company's SynthaFlow oiled filter media. The filter material includes four layers of cotton gauze plus a synthetic layer for superior filtration even in dirty off-road environments. The filter is further reinforced with a durable wire mesh inner screen so that it won't warp or deflect when tightened down. The AIRAID filter also includes a specially formed aluminum lid to maintain an effective top seal.

The AIRAID premium filter for the Wildcat Trail is washable and reusable, so it's the last filter you'll ever have to buy for your Wildcat. The filter is also backed by AIRAID's exclusive "No Hassle" warranty. The AIRAID Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail filter drops right into the factory air box with no modifications needed. For extended service intervals, AIRAID also recommends using the optional Pre-Filter, which is available separately.

AIRAID 790-550 air filter cleaning kit

Periodic servicing with AIRAID's 790-550 Tune-Up Kit will ensure that the 800-030 air filter lasts for the life of your side-x-side.

Features and benefits for the AIRAID 800-030 Wildcat Trail Filter include:

  • Stock replacement filter for better performance
  • Great filtration with low restriction
  • Washable and reusable
  • Simple install takes only a few minutes

Applications for the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail 700 include:

2016 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT XT 700
2016 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT LTD 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL XT 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL LTD 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT XT 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT LTD 700
2015 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT SPORT 700
2014 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL XT 700
2014 ARCTIC CAT WILDCAT TRAIL 700

For more information on filters for a specific Side-x-Side or other powersports application, simply use the AIRAID Product Search Tool. For more information on AIRAID Drop-In air filters for all vehicles, visit our Drop-In Air Filter page. For more information about cleaning and servicing an AIRAID filter, including cleaning and servicing products, visit our AIRAID Filter Tune-Up page.


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