Edelbrock Performer Manifold
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. Performance intake manifolds feature smoother contours & larger ports which allows your engine to breathe more freely when compared to your OEM manifold. You can choose single or dual plenum styles to tailor you car’s torque curve. And on carbureted rides, aftermarket intake manifolds give you the means to swap out old, leaky, restrictive OEM carbs for performance 4-barrels that use square bore or spread bore flanges, or even six-pack setups.
You’ll even see noticeable weight savings over running a cast iron intake, because most performance intake manifolds are made of cast aluminum. This is a huge benefit for big block Ford guys who can ditch their 80-lb OEM iron manifold in favor of a 10 lb. aluminum upgrade. And once you’ve installed a performance intake manifold, you can also throw the aforementioned CAI, plus a throttle body spacer into the mix to unlock even more horsepower.
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 and the Volant cold air intake, manifolds have their juggernauts, too. And again, you’re better off sticking with the big brands like Edelbrock, CFM+, BBK, Banks and aFe.