Regardless of whether you’re considering Synthaflow or Synthamax, it’s important to know that AIRAID premium air filter are constructed on precision equipment with the finest materials available employing an attention to detail that only fine hand craftsmanship can provide.
Both the Synthaflow and Synthamax filters are the result of AIRAID’s ongoing commitment to research and development. The design process begins with the in-house engineering team using the latest 3-D CAD modeling systems. A portable 3-D scanner and rapid prototyping system allows AIRAID to test new products on its Superflow flow bench and verify the fit and finish on the vehicle. All products are then evaluated on AIRAID’s all-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer to validate their performance improvement.
Cotton is utilized as the filter medium in many high performance air filters, including the AIRAID SynthaFlow. In fact it’s nearly an ideal material for this use. Viewed under a microscope a cotton fiber is not what you’d image. It’s not smooth and straight like a cotton thread, instead the surface is slightly flattened and the fiber is twisted. This creates a maze that intake air can easily navigate but traps dirt and dust all the way through the filter (avoiding the problem with foam filters). In order for the cotton fibers to hold onto the dirt and dust particles, the fibers need to be oiled. And when the filter is serviced, all the trapped dirt and dust is washed off with the oil.
The five layers are secured with a steel mesh front and back and formed into a pleated configuration, which adds significantly to the surface area of the filter as well as strengthen the filter against high intake pressures. Together, these materials provide the high air flow of standard cotton media filters with the improved filtration efficiency provided by the fifth synthetic layer which captures any minuscule particles that slipped past the cotton fibers. This provides the SynthaFlow with an incremental advantage over filters that rely upon cotton fibers alone.
The outer layers of cotton fiber are treated with specially-formulated filter oil that’s available for purchase for routine cleaning.
The SynthaMax filter is truly a breakthrough in performance air filter design, utilizing an ingenious combination of materials to create a high performance “dry” filter.
The SynthaMax air filter consists of an inner and outer layer of wire mesh for durable support of filtration media as well as overall filter durability. The filter media itself consists of two distinct layers of synthetic materials chosen for their separate yet complimentary performance characteristics, delivering high air flow along with excellent filtration characteristics. The effectiveness of this design is so high that it’s referred to as Super Synthetic.
Contaminants are first captured by the outer layer of what’s referred to as needlefelt polyester. Needlefelting is a process by which a dense and durable material like polyester can be converted into an excellent nonwoven filter medium.
The inner layer of rayon and polyester are bonded through a wet process that assures uniform distribution, particularly of the rayon as it’s one of the most effective filter materials but requires the strength of polyester to retain its shape. This inner layer of rayon and polyester captures any remaining contaminants while maintaining high air flow and low restriction.
Like SynthaFlow, SynthaMax filters are designed to be removed from the vehicle and washed periodically. The different is that SynthaMax material does not need to be reoiled before being reinstalled.
SyhtaFlow or SynthaMax: Which is better for you?
The great advantage that AIRAID can offer customers is the choice of two different types of filters, manufactured with two entirely different sets of materials, with specific advantage for each type.
Synthaflow is the best choice for high performance reusable filtration. In AIRAID’s own testing, two otherwise identical, brand new, SynthaMax and SynthaFlow filters were compared on a flow bench. The oiled-cotton/synthetic blend SynthaFlow was able to draw 820 CFM while the SynthaMax was able to draw 542 CFM.
Now that doesn’t mean that the SynthaMax can’t deliver power. Chances are that its flow capacity is far greater than OEM. However, if you’re modifying your engine and need incremental intake air, the SynthaFlow may be your better choice.
While both Synthaflow and Synthamax filters comes with a Lifetime Warranty, and are both washable and reusable. If you like things to move fast, consider a SynthaMax filter as it can be washed and reinstalled in the vehicle immediately. The SynthaFlow requires the filter to be dry after washing before applying the special filter oil, which can take up to 45 minutes.
If you like things colorful under the hood, while SynthaFlow filters come in red only, many SynthaMax filters are available in red, blue, and black.
SynthaFlow and SynthaMax filters are produced entirely by AIRAID using only the finest materials on highly specialized manufacturing equipment to ensure a level of quality control no other filter company can match. This is just one of many reasons why all AIRAID filters are backed by the AIRAID "No Hassle" Lifetime Warranty. All AIRAID product lines are proudly manufactured in the USA.
In 2017, the AIRAID-supported driver is pursuing championships in the Arizona Lucas Oil Regional Off Road Series in both the Production 1000cc UTV class and a class she and her husband created for drivers to compete as a reasonable cost, SR1.
Corry took a few moments to update AIRAID on her most recent race. Here's what she had to say:
AIRAID: Corry, you had about a month of between rounds 3/4 and 5/6. How did you keep yourself busy?
Corry: We were racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series with Jason at the wheel in Ensenada, Mexico.
AIRAID: OK, now you’re back in Arizona for Rounds 5 and 6. We heard the weather was a little tough to deal with. How did you deal with the heat?
CW: We came back for the Lucas Oil Regional Races at Wild Horse Pass, on what would prove to be a very hot weekend. Fortunately, the races were night races, and we would only have to deal with the intense heat for practice and qualifying both days.
AIRAID: So how did qualifying for the Production 1000 cc UTV go?
CW: Our DragonFire Racing YXZ chassis was still dialed from the Lucas Oil Off Road Race, so practice went smoothly for us throughout the afternoon. Qualifying time came around, and we burned off as many solid, mistake-free laps as we could, putting us barely behind 1st place into a 2nd place qualifying time. With the inversion of two, however, I would be on pole and starting the race - the best place to be!
AIRAID: So you’re starting from the pole. What happened during the race?
CW: I was in control of the field coming up to the green flag, and as soon as I passed the start cones I dropped the hammer, and away we all went! My Weller Racing teammate, Paul O’Brien was on my outside, and suddenly swerved just a little into my right front wheel, putting me back just enough to where he got a nose on me going into turn one. From that point on, the chase was on, and I stayed glued to him the entire time, making sure he knew I was right there and pressuring him in every corner.
AIRAID: Were you able to get back around him?
CW: On such a one-lined track, it’s very hard to pass unless you push someone up in a corner, and I didn’t want to do that to my teammate – plus, I enjoy a good challenge! I drew up alongside of him a couple of times as we drag raced into turn one, but he had the better line, and he would get a nose on me every time. In the final lap, on the final corner, I chased him down and drew up next to him again as we raced to the checkers, but he would beat me by a nose!
CW: Qualifying went pretty much the same, with me winding up on the pole once more, with O’Brien on the outside again. This time, I wanted to get ahead of him on the start, and as I hit the start cones, I waited just a second, and then gassed it. We both drag raced into the corner, side by side through turn one, and down the back stretch, and then into turn 2, where he had a better line and I had to give a little not to get into his driver’s side rear. He squeezed out ahead of me, and then I played chase once again.
AIRAID: Were you able to get around him on Saturday?
CW: I was determined not to let him beat me again, I got creative and tried a couple of new shift points, since I could hear that he was shifting in the air on the bigger table tops. To do that, you had to hold the revs just a tiny bit longer, and you weren’t in peak power for that time. I started shifting up just before the table tops, and that gave me just enough extra speed to slingshot around him and make my pass for the lead just after halfway through the race. Once I was clear, I could run my fast lines, and I kept and extended that lead until the checkered flag!
AIRAID: You guys invented SR1 as a driver’s class, rather than a money and horsepower contest. How did you do in the SR1 races?
CW: My SR1 qualifying on Friday night went pretty good, and I pulled off a second place qualifier, which again, put me on the pole for the start of the race. During practice I was trying out a new, stiffer swaybar (since mine had broken in the race before), and I liked how it felt. The track was holding a lot of moisture at night, which made traction very different from practice and qualifying.
AIRAID: And how did the round 5 race go?
CW: I controlled the field in my Optima Batteries SR1 as we rolled through our parade lap, and as soon as I hit my cones, I mashed the gas and off we went! I got into the lead early, and drove as clean and mistake free as I could, which kept me in the lead, despite a lot of heat from several VERY fast racers. I would cross the finish line in FIRST place in the SR1 class – which was my first win in a few rounds! Felt good to get back on the podium after dealing with some issues with my SR1 for so many races.
AIRAID: And how did you do in round 6?
CW: My qualifier for round 6 wasn’t a good one, as I got into lap traffic too early, and when I attempted to burn off a lap before my last one due to a crippled car that wouldn’t leave the track, I wound up wasting the last lap, which was my fastest, due to that same car suddenly veering back onto the track and trying to go again, right in front of me. So, my third lap was actually my fastest, putting me into a fifth place qualifying position, which was terrible for my points, and put me mid-pack on the start.
CW: I piled on the tearoffs, and knew this would be a battle just to get to a podium position with all of the fastest guys in front of me on a very easy track. I held my line on the start, and was actually able to get around several cars within the first two turns, but then I noticed my SR1 was having issues on the low end, whenever I was trying to come out of a corner. It felt like the motor had tightened up on me, and it just wasn’t happy anywhere below 7,000 RPM. I stayed in it, and drove the best race possible, but still only finished in 4th after a lot of battling to stay in that position.
AIRAID: Where are you in the points now?
CW: In Production 1000 I am first in points with a 14-point margin and in SR1 I am in second in points with six points between me and first.
The YXZ1000R’s 3-cylinder power plant is exceptionally receptive to performance enhancements. The free-breathing AIRAID 850-602 direct replacement air filter is one if the easiest and most convenient ways to potentially unleash more performance from the YXZ1000R.
Simply put, more airflow to the engine can result in an improvement in both horsepower and acceleration. The added benefit to the installation is that the 850-602 requires no fuel management modification. At less than the cost of two disposable paper filters, the AIRAID 850-602 is performance money wisely spent.
The AIRAID engineers are fully aware that a performance air filter for a UTV must offer extreme protection from the airborne contaminants that are inherent in the machine’s dirt duty. To that end, the 850-602 is constructed of an oiled cotton/synthetic filter media blend which is up to the task of keeping the YXZ1000R’s engine internals running clean and strong.
The construction of the 850-602 filter is unparalleled. The AIRAID premium filter body is made from hand-poured urethane that won't crack or shrink in the high-heat environment to which it will be exposed in the YXZ1000R.
Whether you drive the base model 2016-2017 YXZ1000R, or the SE / SS variants, the AIRAID 850-602 is a no-brainer. Buy it, take it out of the box, and install it just like the stock filter and enjoy a lifetime of performance and protection.
2017 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SE 998 - All Models
Now one might argue that the contemporary Chrysler 300C produced more than 304 horsepower from its 5.7L Hemi V8. But the direct injected Cadillac 3.6L LLT V6 was one of the first naturally-aspirated American V6 engines to crack the 300 hp mark. It would be years before the Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar V6 could compete, so the 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L was for a time, the most powerful V6 American luxury sedan. And thanks to the AIRAID 253-252C Cadillac CTS cold air intake system, you can increase the power of your Cadilac 3.6L LY7 or Cadillac 3.6L LLT even further.
Thanks to modern technological advances, the Cadillac 3.6L V6 is able to create V-8 power from a relatively small package. This happens because the fuel and air mixture is able to be compressed in such a way that more power can be created from a relatively small amount fuel. An AIRAID Cadillac CTS cold air intake system is able to maximize the power output by increasing the amount of oxygen-rich cold air that reaches the cylinders. Under normal circumstances, the OE intake system pulls in air from outside the engine compartment via a plastic air box located near the radiator. Before air can reach the engine however, it must first get extruded through a thick paper air filter to remove any contaminants.
In theory, this will prevent engine damage and make that Cadillac 3.6L V6 operate more efficiently. Except, all of the dirt that the OE 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L air filter removes, builds up between the paper creases (hence the term 'surface loading' filter) and blocks airflow. Not only does this limit the amount of oxygen that will ultimately reach the combustion chambers. It causes the air that does make it through, to slow down and heat up. Cold air on the other hand, has more oxygen molecules than warm air, and velocity allows more air to get compressed into the cylinders. So pumping lots of cold air into the motor will cause the fuel to burn hotter, which yields more horsepower, more torque, and much faster throttle response.
To do this, the AIRAID 253-252C cold air dam intake system swaps out the factory air box and paper air filter, with a big blue AIRAID SynthaMax high-flow performance air filter. This washable synthetic air filter is made from two different layers of polyester. The outer layer of needlefelt polyester is designed to capture larger contaminants without reducing airflow.
Once the clean air has passed through the filter, it enters a low restriction polyethylene intake tube. A unique molding process causes the tube to funnel air to the motor at a higher velocity than the narrow OE intake tube, and the wide-angle curves virtually eliminate air turbulence.
All of these features combine to yield more horsepower and torque, and a more immediate response from the gas pedal. An AIRAID 253-252C cold air dam intake will also reduce your maintenance cost, because that big 360-degree AIRAID SynthaMax air filter won't have to be cleaned for up to 50,000 miles (depending on road conditions).
The AIRAID 253-252C intake is designed for the following vehicles:
2011 CADILLAC CTS 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
Brock started out the weekend up front in his AIRAID Filters Production UTV where he would battle in the front both days. Each race, Brock would battle for the lead throughout both races, just missing the win and finishing in second both days. After finishing strong both days over the weekend, Brock would over take the lead in the championship points.
Mexico was both a strong weekend and a strong start to the 2017 season for the JM2 Motorsports team. They will be heading out to rounds five and six at the Utah Motorsports Complex in Tooele, Utah, in June. So watch for Brock and Jeremy to be up in front and battling for the win every time they are out on the track.
For the 1996 model year, General Motors released a new line of Vortec engines for its GMT800 Chevrolet, Cadillac, and GMC fullsize pickup trucks and SUVs. The name is derived from the unique intake ports and cylinder walls, which are designed to create a vortex between the air and fuel as they enter the combustion chamber.
Thanks to this novel setup, the 4.3L Vortec 4300 V6, 5.0L Vortec 5000 V8, and 5.7L Vortec 5700 V8 were able to make considerably more power than the preceding generation of engines, even though they were the same size. These GM Vortec motors were used in a number of different cars, trucks and SUVs. But the AIRAID 202-240 Air Box Performance Intake System is only designed to work with the following GM trucks:
The idea behind the General Motors Vortec engine design is to increase the velocity and volume of air entering the combustion chamber. That way the air will be able to mix more thoroughly with the fuel, which allows the engine to create more power by burning the fuel more completely. The stock air intake system however, can't provide enough air for the 4.3L Vortec, 5.0L Vortec, or 5.7L Vortec to reach its performance potential. And that's where the AIRAID 202-240 cold air intake system comes in. Instead of relying on the restrictive factory air box and 'surface loading' paper air filter. The whole intake system gets replaced by a high-flow AIRAID SynthaMax air filter, that is surrounded by a specially designed Cold Air Dam (CAD). When the hood is closed, a rubber gasket on top of the CAD seals out hot engine bay air, creating a virtual cold air chamber. The oversized AIRAID performance air filter can then ingest a much higher volume of cold air, as it rushes in through a hole in the side of the fender well.
All of that oxygen-rich cold air is then cleaned as it passes through the washable synthetic air filter. It's made from two distinct layers of non-woven polyester, that have been specifically developed to trap and hold even the smallest dirt particles. Then you can just wash it out and keep going. No oil treatment required. Plus, it's backed by the AIRAID No-Hassle Lifetime Warranty, so it will probably be the last air filter that you have to buy.
Because the AIRAID 202-240 cold air intake utilizes the factory intake tube, all of the stock sensors and ECU settings remain unchanged. This allows for a simple installation, and 50-state street legal status.
The AIRAID 202-240 is designed for the following vehicles:
2000 GMC YUKON DENALI 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - Used w/200-102 or 201-102
In 1951, Toyota test driver Ichiro Taira used a treacherous hiking trail to drive a BJ-Series 4x4 prototype up the side of Mt. Fuji. He made it to checkpoint 6 (7,841 ft/1.4 miles), which was the farthest that a motorized vehicle had ever been up Japan's iconic 12,388-ft volcano. The Japanese and American governments were extremely impressed by the power of Toyota's 6cyl 4x4 (remember; the Willys Jeep and Land Rover Series I only had wheezy 4 cylinders), and immediately placed orders for the Toyota BJ20 (the name stands for Type B engine/Jeep).
The Land Cruiser name was adopted in 1954, and a 1955 redesign brought with it a more powerful 3.9L Type F engine (based on a GMC truck engine design), along with the now-famous FJ designation. The more refined Toyota FJ40 debuted in 1960, and it became the marque's best-selling model in the U.S. from 1961-1965. If you look closely at the 2007-2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser, you'll see FJ40 influences in the front grille, the shape of the wheel arches, and the curved rear quarter windows. But the similarities don't end there.
Under the retro bodywork is the same platform used under the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado (a.k.a. Lexus GX)/Toyota 4Runner, but it's been modified to allow for 9.6 inches of ground clearance, 8-in/9-in of front and rear suspension travel, and 34-degree/30-degree approach/departure angles. This dedicated continent-conqueror is powered by the durable Toyota 1GR-FE 4.0L V6, which in the 2007-2009 FJ Cruiser, churns out 239-hp and 278 lb-ft of torque. However, there's still plenty of power to be had from this motor. So the mad scientists at AIRAID created the AIRAID 512-179 cold air dam performance intake system, and they engineered it to withstand anything the trail can throw at it.
Like all internal combustion engines, the Toyota 1GR-FE 4.0L V6 has to pipe air to the cylinders, where it's mixed with the gas and ignited by a spark plug. The explosion consumes the oxygen molecules and forces the piston back down, turning the crankshaft, and ultimately the wheels. Before the air can reach the motor, it has to enter through a hole in the fenderwell, then travel up a narrow intake flex tube and force its way through a layer of dirt on the paper air filter that lives inside the air box.
This limits power output because the corrugated surface inside that narrow intake tube causes the air to swirl around and heats it up. Then, all of the dirt that's collected on the 'surface loading' OE Toyota FJ Cruiser air filter, restricts the amount of air that can actually reach the throttle body. If you reduce these airflow restrictions and lower the temperature of the air charge, the additional oxygen molecules will allow the engine to extract more horsepower and torque during the combustion cycle. And that's where the AIRAID 512-179 cold air intake comes in.
In place of the restrictive stock 2007, 2008, or 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser intake system, this AIRAID FJ Cruiser cold air intake utilizes a high-flow AIRAID SynthaMax air filter that sits just in front of that fenderwell air intake hole. To keep hot engine air out of the system, that big synthetic performance air filter is surrounded by a rugged steel heat shield that mounts directly to the fenderwell. The filter and CAD attach directly to the air box with a flexible urethane coupler, which is designed to absorb vibrations and chassis flex when you're out on the trail.
On top of the AIRAID heat shield a thick rubber gasket is used to seal against the underside of the hood and keep hot engine air from reaching the air filter. It also cushions against vibration and chassis flex, just like the flex coupler. Unlike many Toyota FJ Cruiser cold air intake systems, the AIRAID 512-179 CAD performance intake system is engineered to be just as durable as the truck it's bolted to.
With a trail-ready mounting system in place, the oversized AIRAID SynthaMax performance air filter can provide your 2007 to 2009 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4.0L with the oxygen-rich cold air it needs to give you more horsepower, more torque, and much faster throttle response. This oil free performance air filter is made from two specially designed layers of synthetic material: 1.) The outer layer of needlefelt polyester is designed to capture large dirt and debris, for optimum filtration in wet or dry conditions. 2.) The inner layer of chemical bonded rayon/polyester features a non-woven fiber structure that stops fine dust and airborne contaminants that may not be visible to the naked eye. Whether you're driving through the urban jungle or a real one, the dual-layer SynthaMax air filter material provides maximum engine protection.
In addition, airflow is significantly increased, because all of that dirt gets stored inside the material (called 'depth loading') itself. The filter won't need to be cleaned for up to 50,000 miles (depending on driving conditions). However, if you do a lot of driving in dusty/muddy/dirty conditions, we recommend checking the filter more often. And if you plan to use the FJ Cruiser's 27.5-in water fording capability, you can even get a water resistant AIRAID 799-456 filter wrap.
The AIRAID 512-179 is designed to fit the following vehicles:
2009 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER 4.0L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
And while we’re sure that at least once or twice you’d wished that you could drive one of the vehicles on display, here’s your opportunity to actually own one and help a great cause at the same time.
That’s exactly the opportunity that Lyon and Jennifer McClenahan of Finish Line Speed Shop in Bremerton, Washington, want to provide you. According to Lyon, "We built the truck in honor of a good friend and local custom car builder Mark Cain who lost his battle with A.L.S. shortly after we returned from SEMA 2016. The truck will be auctioned off this spring with proceeds going to A.L.S. research in Mark’s honor."
That long list includes a PorterBuilt Fab front Dropmember with AccuAir ENDO-VT E-Level Ride Management system, VIAIR Compressors and Dominator 2600 air bags front and Dominator F9000 rears. According to Lyon the truck, "Lays frame when aired out, about 12-inches." Rear suspension is also by PB Fab, using their four-link kit, while QA1 shocks all around handle damping duties.
Under the hood is a significantly more modern 2006 5.3L LS V8. Bolted to the back of the LS is a Chevy 4L65E driving a 12-bolt fitted with a Detroit Truetrac LSD wrapped by a 3.73:1 ring and pinion. Intake air is channeled through an AIRAID 101-302 U-Build-It Master Kit directly into the AIRAID 200-512-1 PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer, which is designed to increase part-throttle torque and improve mid-range power. The spacer utilizes a unique, patented Helix Bore to spin the incoming air charge as it passes through the throttle body spacer. This increases the velocity of the intake air and improves atomization of the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. Spent gases are moved from the engine compartment by a Hedman C10 LS Swap Ceramic Coated Header with Stage 8 Locking Header Bolts.
Tunes are blown out through a Bluetooth controlled head unit via a KICKER IQI interface. A custom enclosure behind the bench seat houses three eight-inch subwoofers powered by a dedicated amplifier, while upper registers are handled by two sets of 6.75” speakers mounted in the doors and powered by a four-channel amp, all courtesy of Kicker. On the inside DEI Boom Mat sound deadener and insulating were installed throughout the cab to keep the tunes in and road noise out.
Vital information is provide to the driver via a Dakota Digital HDX gauge cluster, while a Rostra Precision backup camera is cleverly embedded in the rear view mirror.
You hardly need to tilt your head to spot the Centerline Smoothies wheels, perhaps one of the most attention-getting components on the truck. With 22” x 9” all around wrapped with 265/35R22 Toyos in the front, and 285/35R22 Toyos in the rear to say they make a statement is, well, an understatement.
A feature that Lyon is particular proud of is hidden in the bed of the truck. Lyon describes it as a “notch cover in bed of truck, which was fabricated out of two square-body Chevy truck hoods put together for a hinged cover we refer to as the Trunk.” Describing the trunk, Lyon said, “It uses the factory hood latch assembly and has another tailgate handle in the bed floor riser that releases the latch assembly. The tailgate must be in the down position to see the handle and the fuel filler.”
There’s always plenty of attention and admiration wherever the truck is parked, perhaps as much for its paint as any other feature. The paint comes from the world-renowned House of Kolor, with S2-LE03 Blood Orange over KD3004 Red Sealer and BC26 White with Ice White Pearl side covers.
To complete the package and make it auction ready, there’s a custom billet badge of the Strike Out A.L.S. ribbon mounted to the tailgate. A fitting tribute to a good friend to many, who was never too busy to help out on someone else's project.
To make a performance splash, the 2005-2009 Ford Mustang GT was fitted with an all-new 4.6L modular V8 engine. The blue oval engineers gave it a special intake system that could vary the air velocity to increase the horsepower and torque depending on the RPMs. The AIRAID 452-304 MXP high performance intake system is designed to maximize the effect of the 4.6L charge motion control valve system, by delivering a much higher volume of cold air than the OE Ford Mustang intake system can provide. It does this by replacing the restrictive air box with a high-flow AIRAID SynthaMax performance air filter that's surrounded by a unique molded cold air dam. The wide-angle intake tube is also made from the same high density polyethylene material, which is almost completely resistant to heat soak. This means the air charge will remain cool, even as the engine temperatures rise.
2009 FORD MUSTANG GT 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - Race Specific, Requires Custom Tuning