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An In-Depth Guide to Sixth Gen Camaro 1SS, 2SS, and 1LE Specs and Power Upgrades

The 2016-2017 Camaro SS is a brute, and AIRAID can help you make it brutal

The 2016-2017 Camaro SS is a brute, and AIRAID can help you make it brutal

The Difference Between a 2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1SS & 2SS

Chevrolet built nearly half-a-million copies of their crazy popular Impala in 1961, and to capture even more of their customer’s hard earned dollars, a new Super Sport appearance package was added to the options list. There were no actual performance upgrades to the 1961 Impala SS, but your grandpa could pair its sport suspension and spinner hubcaps with a 360-hp 409ci V8. The SS option proved popular, and eventually migrated to the first-gen Camaro, where it could be had with either a 350 V8 or the all-mighty 396 big block. Fast forward to the 6th generation Camaro, and the SS package is the only way to get a V8 engine (outside of the Camaro ZL1). And since life in the modern era has to be complicated, the Sixth Gen Camaro SS can be ordered as a 1SS or a 2SS.

The difference between a Camaro 1SS and Camaro 2SS has to do with the features. In a nutshell; a 2016 or 2017 Camaro 1SS is the entry-level model with all of the performance goodies, but none of the fancy luxury features. A Camaro 2SS on the other hand, is loaded down with fancy tech, interior materials, and a trick, adjustable color head-up windshield display that can project information such as vehicle speed, selected gear, tachometer, g-force, outside temperature, turn-by-turn navigation, and audio system information. Both the Camaro 1SS and Camaro 2SS get the 4-mode Driver Selector System w/ launch control, and it can adjust the loudness of the optional $895 Dual Mode Exhaust system. As well as the firmness and response of the $1,695 Magnetic Ride Control active suspension.

AIRAID has the 2016-2017 Chevy Camaro SS Performance Parts to make your brute, brutal

AIRAID has the 2016-2017 Chevy Camaro SS performance parts to make your brute, brutal

But no matter which 2016-2017 Camaro SS you get, it’s going to have the following features: a 6.2L LT1 V8, an external engine oil cooler, Brembo 4-piston brakes front & rear, a limited-Slip differential w/ cooler, a transmission cooler, quick-ratio ZF electric power steering, Driver Selector Mode (Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track), 20-in wheels, a rear spoiler, HID headlamps, a backup camera, an 8-in touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay/Android Auto (you can even watch movies on it when you’re in Park), WiFi hotspot capability, and keyless entry/ignition.

Opt for the $5,000 Camaro 2SS package, and you’ll get luxury accouterments like heated and ventilated leather bucket seats with memory, fancy leather and aluminum-look cabin trim, a heated flat-bottom steering wheel, 24-color mood lighting, illuminated door sills, dual-zone climate control, a wireless charging tray at the back of the center console, Bose audio, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, rear parking assist, and the head-up display.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

AIRAID 250-333 MXP cold air intake for 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS

AIRAID 250-333 MXP cold air intake for 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS

Available on the 2017 Camaro 1SS coupe w/ 6-speed manual transmission (no automatic is offered), this $6,500 option package transforms the muscle-bound SS into a track day superstar. No performance modifications are made to the engine, but the entire chassis is tweaked to deliver over 1 g of lateral grip in the turns. Some of these improvements include specially calibrated Magnetic Ride active shocks, stiffer springs, large diameter sway bars, an electronic limited slip differential (eLSD) with 3.73 gears, 6-piston Brembo brake calipers, 14.6 inch two-piece brake rotors, and bespoke forged aluminum wheels wearing sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. There’s also a front splitter, rear diffuser, matte black hood wrap (actually helps to reduce glare), matte black exterior bits, Recaro bucket seats, and fake suede covers on the steering wheel and short throw shifter. To keep the drivetrain temp in check, the Track Cooling Package adds high-capacity oil, transmission, and differential coolers. The Dual Mode Exhaust is included as standard equipment on the Camaro 1LE. But the PDR video/data recorder is an extra cost option.

Camaro SS 6.2L LT1

Under the hood of the 6th generation Camaro SS is an all-aluminum 6.2L LT1 V8, with a raft of new technologies like direct injection, variable valve timing, and active fuel management (which shuts down four of the cylinders to achieve better fuel economy on the highway). This is the fifth generation of the legendary smallblock Chevy LT1 V8, and it took over 5 years to develop. Among the many power enhancing features that you're never going to see are special piston heads that are sculpted to allow for an insane 11.5:1 compression ratio. There’s 8 oil jets that spray the underside of each piston and cylinder to cool them down. The 4-into-1 exhaust manifolds are tuned to evacuate spent gases with minimal restrictions. And the intake manifold was engineered to provide a straight-shot path for the aircharge to reach the huge 2.13-in intake valves. AIRAID can even help you turn this feature into even more horsepower. But more on that in a moment.

High-flow AIRAID 850-047 replacement air filter for Chevrolet Camaro SS

High-flow AIRAID 850-047 replacement air filter for Chevrolet Camaro SS

Chevrolet Camaro SS Performance Air Filters

AIRAID 850-047 Direct Fit Replacement Air Filter - Air filters are designed to keep dirt from getting sucked into the engine, where it can damage the piezo injectors and piston rings. The problem is, that OE Camaro SS air filter is made from thick paper, and all of that dirt will get trapped on the surface, preventing a majority of the incoming air from ever reaching the engine. An AIRAID performance air filter on the other hand, eliminates airflow restrictions so that Chevrolet LT1 can make all of the horsepower that it was designed to make. Plus, it’s reusable, and comes with a Lifetime Limited warranty.

2016 and 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Specifications

Bodystyles: Coupe / Convertible

Engine: 6.2L LT1 V8

Transmission: Tremec 6-speed manual w/ Active Rev Matching | GM Hydra-Matic 8-speed auto w/ remote start & automatic cylinder deactivation

Axle Ratio: 2.77 - auto | 3.73 - manual

Brakes: 4-piston Brembo calipers front/rear - Front - 13.6-in vented discs | Rear - 13.3-in vented discs

Wheels: Front - 20 x 8.5-in | 20 x 9.5-in

Curb Weight: Camaro SS Coupe = 3,697 lbs - auto | 3,685 lbs - manual - Camaro SS Convertible = 3,943 lbs - auto | 3,932 lbs - manual

2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Horsepower

Horsepower: 455 @ 6000 RPM

Maximize power from the 6.2L LT1 intake with a performance intake system by AIRAID

Maximize power from the 6.2L LT1 intake with a performance intake system by AIRAID

Torque: 455 @ 4400 RPM

2016 - 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Performance

*- According to Chevrolet

0-60 mph - 4.0 seconds (auto)

1/4 mile - 12.3 seconds (auto)

Cornering - 0.97 g

Chevrolet Camaro SS Cold Air Intake Systems

In order to make power, the 6.2L LT1 intake manifold has been designed to deliver air to the cylinders, with fewer turns and narrow passages. However, the stock Camaro SS intake system is actually full of airflow restrictions. For example, the paper air filter can clog and block airflow, while the ripples in the stock intake tube will cause air to become turbulent. To address these issues, AIRAID developed a pair of Camaro SS cold air intake systems that can deliver an estimated increase of 10-hp & 10 lb-ft of torque. This extra power was measured at the rear wheels, not at the flywheel. And it comes in at lower RPMs. So you will experience stronger off-the-line acceleration (especially when you activate Launch Control) and more passing power at higher RPMs.

AIRAID 251-333 MXP cold air intake for 2016-2017 Chevy Camaro SS

AIRAID 251-333 MXP cold air intake for 2016-2017 Chevy Camaro SS

The difference between these two AIRAID cold air intake systems is in the air filters. The AIRAID 250-333 MXP performance intake system uses a specially designed SynthaFlow air filter, which is made from multiple layers of oiled cotton gauze and synthetic material, sandwiched between two layers of sturdy wire mesh. The AIRAID 251-333 MXP performance intake system uses a dry SynthaMax performance air filter, which is made from a proprietary synthetic material that can stop dirt particles that are smaller in diameter than a human hair. Both systems use a rotationally molded high-flow intake tube that features an integrated velocity stack to increase the speed of the air charge entering the cylinders. This allows for a much better fuel/air mixture, and more torque at low RPMs. There's also a built-in fitting for the factory MAF sensor, so the system can be installed without making any ECU programming modifications.



An AIRAID MXP Air Intake Can Add Power and Torque to Your Toyota Sequoia or Toyota Tundra

Add more power to your 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra or 2008-2017 Toyota Sequoia with an AIRAID MXP Intake

Add more power to your 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra or 2008-2017 Toyota Sequoia with an AIRAID MXP Intake

While most modern fullsize trucks and SUVs offer amenities like multi color mood lighting, more soft touch points than a padded cell, and tiny 10-turbo engines that claim to return better gas mileage than a bicycle. The Toyota Tundra and Toyota Sequoia are blissfully devoid of all these things. It's a Toyota, and it's a truck. What more do you need? Capability and reliability comes standard on the 2007-2017 Toyota Tundra & 2007-2017 Toyota Sequoia. And you can probably enjoy all of the fancy nonsense that it lacks, on your next "spa day". Sure, they aren't butched-up lounges like your neighbor's F-150 or Yukon. But it's a Toyota, which means it will handily beat those domestic fullsizers in dependability and resale value. You can however, get more horsepower and torque from your truck's Toyota 1UR-FE 4.6L V8 or Toyota 3UR-FE 5.7L V8, with an AIRAID 510-340 MXP high performance intake system.

Like all gas powered engines, your Toyota V8 makes power by burning a mixture of gasoline and oxygen. The energy that's released during the combustion cycle, forces each piston to turn the crankshaft and send rotational energy through the flywheel to the transmission, where hydraulic pressure turns the driveshaft and moves the truck. Oxygen acts as a catalyst for the detonation, so the number of oxygen molecules in the air charge will have a direct impact on performance. Unfortunately, the OE Toyota Tundra intake system has numerous inefficiencies built right in. For example, the intake tube has a tapered shape, with irregular, corrugated inner surfaces. And the air box only lets in a small amount of air, then forces it through a thick paper air filter. All of this causes the air to become turbulent, elevating the temperature and lowering the oxygen content. The AIRAID 510-340 MXP high performance intake system on the other hand, is designed to increase engine airflow, so it can make more horsepower and torque without modifying the Tundra 1UR-FE 4.6L, or Tundra 3UR-FE 5.7L.

Toyota Tundra Cold Air Intake / Toyota Sequoia Cold Air Intake - AIRAID 510-340 MXP Intake

Toyota Tundra Cold Air Intake / Toyota Sequoia Cold Air Intake - AIRAID 510-340 MXP Intake

In order to reducs airflow restrictions, the AIRAID 510-340 MXP cold air intake system replaces the the entire Toyota Tundra intake system, and you won't have to make any underhood modifications to install it. In place of the stock air box is a special high-flow AIRAID MXP air box that pulls more air into the system through the factory inlet hole in the fender. The stock intake tube gets ditched for a low restriction AIRAID intake tube, that has a smooth inner surface to reduce air turbulence (it also has fittings for the factory sensors). The air that this Toyota Tundra performance intake system delivers, first gets cleaned by an oversized AIRAID performance air filter. Unlike that thick paper OE Toyota air filter, the high-flow AIRAID Synthaflow air filter is made from a low restriction cotton gauze and synthetic material that lets more air in, while removing more airborne contaminants before they can reach the engine. The 'depth loading' filter media traps and stores dirt inside a web of oiled fibers, which allows more air to flow through as the miles rack up. The end result of introducing a high volume of cold air to the motor, is an estimated increase of 9-hp & 10 lb-ft of torque.

The AIRAID 510-340 intake system is designed for the following vehicles:

An AIRAID 510-340 MXP High Performance Intake System installed on a 2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7L

An AIRAID 510-340 MXP High Performance Intake System installed on a 2016 Toyota Tundra 5.7L

2017 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2017 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2014 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2013 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2012 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2011 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2010 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2010 TOYOTA TUNDRA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2010 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2010 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 4.6L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2009 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2009 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2008 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2008 TOYOTA SEQUOIA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models
2007 TOYOTA TUNDRA 5.7L V8 Fuel Injection - All Models



Synthaflow or Synthamax - Which Is The Best Choice For Your Car, Truck, or SUV?

The polyester matrials allows AIRAID to utilize different colors for its filter media

AIRAID SynthaMax air filters are available in red, blue, and black for many applications

AIRAID offer two distinct types of air filter construction, Synthaflow and Synthamax, which not only differ in the materials from which each is constructed, but each offers specific advantages that benefit a wide range of vehicle owners.

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.

All production of AIRAID filters and components is conducted in the United States

Headquartered in the USA, all filters and components are manufactured in the US as well

The role of an air filter is simple: trap dust and dirt that could damage the engine but at the same allow enough air through so that the engine can make as much power as possible. So while the concept is simple, the execution is difficult. Paper filters had long been the standard of the industry, but they clog easily. Foam filters suffer from the same problem. If you’ve ever removed and cleaned or replaced a foam filter on a computer or other electronic device, you’ll have noticed all the dirt on the outside surface and none inside the foam.


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.

Cotton remains one of the best air filter media

The SynthaFlow filter is created with several layers of cotton and a synthetic inner layer

Synthaflow, which AIRAID pioneered after exhaustive research and development, remains the standard of the industry. Synthaflow filter media is constructed with four outer layers of cotton fibers and one inner layer of specialized synthetic filter material.

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 combination of both materials has been named Super Synthetic

The SynthaMax filter is comprised of two separate layers of synthetic materials

Whereas the SynthaFlow filters are considered “wet” filters because of their need to be oiled to operate properly, AIRAID has developed has developed a “dry” filter that doesn’t require periodic re-oiling to achieve outstanding product performance.

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.

In addition, the company operates a CAD system and rapid prototyping

AIRAID operates its own evaulation program, utilizing a flow bench and this AWD dyno

The resultant filter media that is more efficient with lower pressure differential than other “dry” media filters that are commercially available. The combinations of these synthetic materials have a higher durability, as the fibers will not wash out over time.

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.

No warranty card or product regsitration is required for warranty claims

AIRAID offers a "No-Fassle Lifetime Warranty" on all its products

If you drive off-road a great deal, whether that’s off-road racing, driving to construction sites, or just to your favorite fishing spot, a SynthaFlow filter is recommended. If you travel almost exclusively on paved roads, your best choice is the SynthaMax.

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.



AIRAID Racer Corry Weller Takes Production 1000cc Points Lead at LOORS Arizona

At the mid-point of the season Corry has a firm grip on the Production 1000 cc UTV class

Corry celebrates a 3rd place finish earlier this season. She's now #1 in points in Production 1000

Corry Weller knew as soon as she saw her first short-course race in 2006 that she had found her calling. With the help of her husband Jason and their successful UTV business, Corry began racing short course in 2007 in the highly competitive UTV class, going Pro after only her first few races.

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!

The chassis has been well-developed, raced by her husband Jason in Ensenada

Corry grabbing a little air in her DragonFire Racing AIRAID-equipped Yamaha YXZ UTV

AIRAID: On Saturday night you ran round 6 of the Production 1000 series. How did that go?

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.

Many of these tracks have only a single line making passing difficult in racing conditions

A pensive Corry before the start of the race. Starts are key on the tight tracks she runs.

AIRAID: How did the race go?

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.



AIRAID Replacement Air Filter Adds Performance and Protection to Yamaha’s YXZ1000R

AIRAID 850-602 air filter for the Yamaha YXZ1000R SxS top view

The blended cotton and synthetic filter media is top-level defense against dirt and grime

Yamaha’s YXZ1000R is fast becoming one of the most popular UTVs on the market. The various versions of the Yamaha SxS are making a habit of winning races across the country. It’s no surprise that the YXZ1000R is also becoming a top choice for roosting dunes and exploring remote trails.

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.

AIRAID 850-602 air filter for the Yamaha YXZ1000R SxS side view

The hand-poured urethane filter body is extremely stable heat resistent

Those multiple layers of pleated filter media are fully washable and reusable for a lifetime of engine protection. Speaking of “lifetime,” the 850-602 comes with AIRAID’s exclusive "No Hassle" warranty. The 850-602 may be the last air filter you will need to buy for your YXZ1000R.

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.

AIRAID 850-602 for the Yamaha YXZ1000R SxS filter and box

The AIRAID 850-602 comes ready to install out of the box

The 850-602 fits the following vehicles:

2017 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS SE 998 - All Models
2017 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SS 998 - All Models
2017 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SE 998 - All Models
2017 YAMAHA YXZ1000R 998 - All Models
2016 YAMAHA YXZ1000R SE 998 - All Models
2016 YAMAHA YXZ1000R 998 - All Models