Thirty years ago if you wanted to make your car breathe better you bolted on an open element air cleaner. It certainly changed the way your car sounded and it might have added a couple of horsepower but unless you helped your carb understand that increased airflow with jetting changes you likely didn’t see the full benefit. In today’s world of fuel injected engines and advanced computer technology, making your engine breathe better can result in immediate and measurable power gains because of how the EFI system adapts to the increased air volume and reduced restrictions in the intake tract.
We decided to upgrade the intake tract on the hardest working pickup truck we know of around BS eastern world HQ. It is used as a tow rig, dragging race cars and tractors around, it is used as a plow rig in the winter, it is driven to work daily, and it has been known to carry more than the manufacturer’s recommended payload in the bed. This 2013 Chevrolet 3500 HD is as work truck as it gets with a base bench seat, crank windows, and all the heavy duty driveline options GM has available on a gas truck. Light on frills but heavy on functionality, it is 100% BS approved. It also belongs to my pop so I have first hand knowledge of this sucker.
Looking for some more power when towing and bulldozing snow, we’ll be hitting this truck with some bolt-ons over the coming months. To get the party started we chose Airaid intake Part # 203-280 which came with the company’s SynthaMax dry filter. This is a piece that does not need oiling and can be cleaned with a simple washing. With the way this truck gets used, we’re interested to see how it holds up in all seasons.
With the promise of a quick install and some time wrenching with pop, I headed over to the truck after dinner one evening this Spring. Did the system install as easily as promised?
Read on to find out!