One of the most intriguing components of the internal combustion engine is the intake manifold. Responsible for the even distribution of the air/fuel mixture to each cylinder, the intake manifold also serves as a mount for the carburetors (on older engines) and fuel injectors (on modern engines). However, instead of worrying about what do intake manifolds do or how intake manifolds work, let’s discuss what a performance intake manifold can do for your morning commute.
How Intake Manifolds Work
Besides the cold air intake, an aftermarket intake manifold is one of the most popular performance upgrades out there. And for good reason; the more air and fuel you feed your engine, the more power it’s going to produce. And, when coupled with the aforementioned CAI and a throttle body spacer, a performance intake manifold delivers massive performance gains.
Just like cold air intakes though, the market is chock full of big brands vying for your hard-earned dollars. But, just like the CAI has the K&N cold air intake and the Volant cold air intake, manifolds have their juggernauts, too. And again, just like cold air intakes, you’re always better off sticking with the big brands
Intake Purchasing Tips
So, when shopping for a high-performance intake manifold, keep the following pointers in mind so you can guarantee your own “hell-raising experience!”
- Stick with big brand like Banks and BBK
- Always match your intake with a CAI and throttle body spacer
- Make sure your unit is CARB exempt or at least legal in your state
- Only buy a kit that includes all the gaskets and hardware
- After installation, prepare yourself for the white-knuckle ride!