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Tackle the biggest payloads, climb the steepest of hills and grades or get ahead of the game with the AEM Brute Force Intake Kit! Whether you are a professional using a truck for work purposes, or a off road enthusiast, these AEM Brute Force Intakes are specifically engineered for large displacement engines found in popular trucks and SUVs.

Designed to emphasize low-end torque and power while keeping your vehicle running as smoothly as it did when it rolled off the showroom floor! The length and diameter of the smooth flowing aluminum intake pipe is custom engineered to maximize fuel efficiency, horsepower, torque and overall engine efficiency.

Features:

AEM Brute Force air intakes boost your engine's torque, power and even miles per gallon.
Custom designed to fit your exact year, make, and engine for dyno proven performance.

CNC mandrel bent 6061 aluminum tubes guarantee optimum, restriction free air flow

TIG welded fittings and heavy-duty brackets

CARB exempt or pending.

Made in the USA.

Lifetime warranty.

 
   Applications for AEM Brute Force Intakes

Cadillac Escalade Chevrolet Blazer Chevrolet C1500
Chevrolet C2500 Chevrolet C3500 Chevrolet K1500
Chevrolet K2500 Chevrolet K3500 Chevrolet Suburban
Chevrolet S10 Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet Avalanche
Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Cheyenne Chevrolet Tahoe
Chevrolet Camaro Chrysler 300C Chrysler Aspen
Dodge Durango Dodge Ram 1500 Dodge Ram 2500
Dodge Ram 3500 Dodge Magnum Dodge Charger
Dodge Challenger Dodge Nitro Ford F-150
Ford F-250 Ford F-350 Ford F-450
Ford F-550 Ford Excursion Ford Explorer
Ford Mustang Ford Ranger Ford Expedition
GMC C1500 GMC C2500 GMC C3500
GMC K1500 GMC K2500 GMC K3500
GMC Canyon GMC Sonoma GMC Sierra
GMC Yukon Honda Ridgeline Hummer H2
Hummer H3 Isuzu I280 Isuzu I290
Jeep Grand Cherokee Jeep Liberty Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Commander Jeep Cherokee Jeep Wrangler
Lincoln Navigator Mazda B4000 Mitsubishi Raider
Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Titan Nissan Xterra
Nissan Armada Pontiac GTO Pontiac G8
Toyota 4Runner Toyota Tacoma Toyota Tundra
Toyota FJ Cruiser Toyota Sequoia Toyota Pickup
 
 

BRUTE FORCE Intakes View FAQ Below

AEM designs its BRUTE FORCE intakes for popular trucks, SUVs and late-model, fuel injected musclecars, and dyno-tunes each system to create more torque and horsepower than any other intake for large displacement engines. We test against the competition, and won’t release a system unless it outperforms all other offerings.

Our mechanical engineers emphasize tuning the resonance properties of the inlet pipe to help carry more air to the intake valves. We route our plumbing so that the filter draws air from the safest and coolest location, and provide a steel powdercoated heat shield to shroud the filter from engine heat and road dirt. Every BRUTE FORCE intake we make is 50-state legal or pending legality (excluding “Off Road” systems), and we guarantee them for life.

Our R&D testing procedures and quality-first manufacturing processes set our intakes apart. But what makes our intakes better than the competition is that we make more torque and horsepower and deliver the best filtration and performance available through our DRYFLOW Synthetic filter. Combine this with compete hardware in every kit, a steel heat shield, reinforced brackets, unmatched looks and a lifetime guarantee, and it’s easy to see why BRUTE FORCE Intakes deliver the most “Air Power.”

  • Manufactured and assembled in the USA
  • Outperforms every other system on the market
  • 50-state legal or pending legality
  • AEM’s lifetime DRYFLOW Synthetic air filter is 99.4% efficient in FINE DUST testing, filters dirt as small as one micron, and never needs filter oil!
  • Inlet constructed lightweight aircraft aluminum and mandrel bent for maximum flow
  • Reinforced TIG-welded brackets and fittings deliver added durability
  • Carbon-Black powdercoated steel heat shield included (when applicable)
  • Utilizes a complete hardware kit with soft mounts for a guaranteed perfect fit
  • Includes exclusive AEM Power Spacer to maximize performance (when applicable, noted in search results)
  • Comprehensive installation instructions, decals and license plate frame included
  • Available in a silver powdercoat or mirror-polished finish
  • Guaranteed for life
  • CLICK HERE to view the results of our DRYFLOW's Filter Efficiency Test w/fine dust between a new and cleaned filter.
  • CLICK HERE to view the results of our DRYFLOW's Filter Efficiency Test w/coarse dust.
  • CLICK HERE to view the results of our competitors' filter efficiency.
  • We EXTREMELY abused one of our Synthetic DRYFLOW Air Filters with brake cleaner, window cleaner, industrial cleaner, bleach, Honda Brite, carb cleaner, weld prep and topped it off by blowing the filter out from the inside with 125psi directed air stream... Then sent it back for independent testing to see how efficient the filter would be. CLICK HERE to view the test results!
  • For a cross reference chart to see which DRYFLOW filter fits your Brute Force System, CLICK HERE


    FAQs - BRUTE FORCE Intakes
    What does the soft mount do and how important is it?
     
    What is the warranty on my AEM intake?
     
    Why does AEM use aluminum for its intake piping?
     
    How do I order a silver powdercoated BRUTE FORCE System?
     
    What factory components do BRUTE FORCE or Workhorse Diesel intakes replace?
     
    I have a body lift on my truck. Will it affect the fit of a BRUTE FORCE intake?
     
    I have a suspension lift on my tuck. Will it affect the fit of a BRUTE FORCE intake?
     
    What is a C.A.R.B. E.O. number?
     
    What is the warranty on my BRUTE FORCE intake?
     
    What is the Power Spacer and why is one not included in every BRUTE FORCE kit?
     
    How do I order a polished BRUTE FORCE System?
     
    Will an AEM intake void my new car warranty?
     
    Is the BRUTE FORCE intake a “cold air” system?
     
    Why do some BRUTE FORCE intakes not include a heat shield?


    Q:  What does the soft mount do and how important is it?
    A:  The majority of AEM air intake system designs mount to a vehicle in two locations. One mounting location is to the engine at the throttle body and the “cold” or filter end of the inlet pipe mounts to the body of the car. The movement of the engine on the engine mounts allows it to rock inside the engine bay, so we compensate for engine motion by using a soft mount that provides a flexible link for the inlet pipe between the engine and the body of the car. If you do not install the soft mount properly the inlet tube may break at the bracket weld and void the warranty on the intake system. Our instructions provide a detailed diagram of proper installation of the soft mount, and are viewable from the search results page for each application.
     
    Q:  What is the warranty on my AEM intake?
    A:  AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle. AEM will not honor this warranty due to mechanical damage (i.e. improper installation or fitment), damage from misuse, accidents or flying debris. AEM will not warrant its powdercoating if the finish has been cleaned with a hydrocarbon-based solvent. The powdercoating should only be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. Proof of purchase of both the vehicle and AEM intake system is required for redemption of a warranty claim.

    This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the AEM part. In no event shall this warranty exceed the original purchase price of the AEM part nor shall AEM be responsible for special, incidental or consequential damages or cost incurred due to the failure of this product. Warranty claims to AEM must be transportation prepaid and accompanied with dated proof of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of product and is non-transferable. Improper use or installation, use for racing, accident, abuse, unauthorized repairs or alterations voids this warranty. AEM disclaims any liability for consequential damages due to breach of any written or implied warranty on all products manufactured by AEM. Warranty returns will only be accepted by AEM when accompanied by a valid Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Credit for defective products will be issued pending inspection. Product must be received by AEM within 30 days of the date RMA is issued.

    If you have a warranty issue, please call (310) 484-2322, extension 203 and our customer service department will assist you. A proof of purchase is required for all AEM warranty claims.
     
    Q:  Why does AEM use aluminum for its intake piping?
    A:  Our Chief Engineer John Concialdi provides an explanation of the difference between Aluminum vs. Steel vs. Plastic in inlet piping:

    The issue of heat absorption with an intake system has a degree of validity, however we have found that too much emphasis is placed on material selection, instead of the real issue of tuning the system. Our systems feature a unique shape and diameter because this is what we found to make the most useable torque and horsepower for each individual application in testing. However, for the purposes of this discussion, we will limit it to why we choose to make our systems from aluminum and the effects of heat absorption on all materials. If you do not wish to review all of this information right now, a quick synopsis of this discussion is outlined in the following bullet points, with complete topic discussions below:
    • We use aluminum to eliminate any chance of the system rusting, and it's lighter than steel
    • We limit our use of plastic because this material absorbs some of the sound energy we work to create in the inlet duct
    • Whether or not an inlet system is made from aluminum, steel or plastic, the thermal conductivity of the duct material has little effect on engine power
    • The rate at which air travels through the inlet path under open throttle, when one is asking the engine for maximum power, negates the effect of material heat soak, regardless of the material
    We use aluminum—or a combination of aluminum and plastic plenums for throttle-body-injected applications that require a special plenum—for every intake we produce. This eliminates any chance of rust occurring on the inside of the inlet pipe. We have seen chrome-plated steel systems whose inner diameter became rusted over time, causing flakes of rust to travel along the inlet path. We also choose aluminum because of its lightweight properties. Heavier components place higher loads on the brackets they are attached to—or even worse, to the pipes they are attached to. We combine our lightweight aluminum design with a flexible coupling device we call a soft mount that connects the intake system to the body of the vehicle. In addition to the soft mount, we use doublers at the point where the mounting bracket is welded to the pipe for additional strength.

    We limit our use of plastic because this material absorbs some of the sound energy we work to create in the inlet duct. Although we use the best plastic material for our plenums, it is still not as resilient and does not retain the visual appeal of aluminum over long-term use. Because we have to use plastic on throttle body applications, we take extra precautions to ensure that the aluminum retaining ring that attaches to the throttle body is anchored securely into the plastic plenum; this is done by making an interlocking mechanical link between the plastic and aluminum.

    Whether or not an inlet system is made from aluminum, steel, or plastic, the thermal conductivity of the duct material has little effect on engine power. We have found that the tuning of the pipe, in addition to providing the coolest inlet air source, are the keys to making useable power. We perform engine inlet-air-temp studies when developing each application to determine the coolest location for sourcing inlet air. In addition to this, we determine the safest location for the inlet source to protect it from highly dusty conditions and water. To this end, we provide a stainless-steel heat shield to help minimize heat soak into the inlet area, as well as to provide protection from dust, dirt and mud.

    At light throttle opening, air speed and airflow at the inlet system are relatively low. The high residence time of air in the inlet while at low-throttle settings will increase inlet charge temps when materials with high thermal conductivity are used. Typically, when someone is at light throttle they are not asking the engine to make power. Most likely, fuel economy is the issue.

    When the throttle is fully opened however, air speed and airflow increase considerably. Typically, the inlet air speed of a 5.7L engine with a four-inch duct at full throttle is 34 feet-per-second, based on a volumetric efficiency of 70% and an engine speed of 3,000 rpm. Most inlet systems for every intake manufacturer for this engine are 30 inches or less. This means that the air in the duct of a 30-inch inlet length on this engine at the given rpm is 1/10th of a second—hardly enough time to transfer an appreciable amount of heat into the air stream on any system.

    Basically, the rate at which air travels through the inlet path under open throttle, when one is asking the engine for maximum power, negates the effect of material heat soak, regardless of the material. We hope that this helps to clear up the issues of material heat absorption in intake systems.
     
    Q:  How do I order a silver powdercoated BRUTE FORCE System?
    A:  BRUTE FORCE part numbers include a two-letter suffix at the end. The “D” at the end of the suffix indicates that a DRYFLOW filter is included (which is standard for all BRUTE FORCE intakes), and a “C” indicates a clear silver powdercoated finish (for example, 21-800DC is a clear silver powdercoated BRUTE FORCE intake with a DRYFLOW filter). Powdercoated BRUTE FORCE intake systems are most popular with Jeepers because it is an easier finish to maintain, and Diesel enthusiasts because the Zirconia-based powdercoat helps the inlet pipe deflect heat soak.
     
    Q:  What factory components do BRUTE FORCE or Workhorse Diesel intakes replace?
    A:  BRUTE FORCE Diesel intakes replace all of the factory components from the turbo inlet to the factory air box. This typically includes the stock airbox, stock inlet hose and stock breather hoses. In some cases AEM retains the factory breather hoses, as indicated in the instructions. AEM includes complete hardware and photo instructions for a trouble free installation.
     
    Q:  I have a body lift on my truck. Will it affect the fit of a BRUTE FORCE intake?
    A:  Yes, a body lift will negatively affect the fitment of the intake unless an engine mount lift is installed to maintain proper geometry of the engine to the chassis. Most BRUTE FORCE intakes mount to the throttle body inlet and the chassis via a soft, flexible mount. If the body is lifted, the mounting points will not align correctly.
     
    Q:  I have a suspension lift on my tuck. Will it affect the fit of a BRUTE FORCE intake?
    A:  No. Suspension lifts do not affect engine-to-chassis geometry and therefore will not affect the intake fitment. It will install the same as if the truck has a factory suspension set up.
     
    Q:  What is a C.A.R.B. E.O. number?
    A:  AEM intake systems carry or are pending approval for a California Air Resources Board Executive Order (CARB EO) number, exempting them from the prohibitions of California Vehicle Code (CVC) 27156, which states that you cannot modify your car in the area of the emission control system. The C.A.R.B. E.O. number allows you to legally install and use the AEM intake system on your truck.
     
    Q:  What is the warranty on my BRUTE FORCE intake?
    A:  AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle. AEM will not honor this warranty due to mechanical damage (i.e. improper installation or fitment), damage from misuse, accidents or flying debris. AEM will not warrant its powdercoating if the finish has been cleaned with a hydrocarbon-based solvent. The powdercoating should only be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution. Proof of purchase of both the vehicle and AEM intake system is required for redemption of a warranty claim.

    This warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of the AEM part. In no event shall this warranty exceed the original purchase price of the AEM part nor shall AEM be responsible for special, incidental or consequential damages or cost incurred due to the failure of this product. Warranty claims to AEM must be transportation prepaid and accompanied with dated proof of purchase. This warranty applies only to the original purchaser of product and is non-transferable. Improper use or installation, use for racing, accident, abuse, unauthorized repairs or alterations voids this warranty. AEM disclaims any liability for consequential damages due to breach of any written or implied warranty on all products manufactured by AEM. Warranty returns will only be accepted by AEM when accompanied by a valid Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number. Credit for defective products will be issued pending inspection. Product must be received by AEM within 30 days of the date RMA is issued.

    If you have a warranty issue, please call (310) 484-2322, extension 203 and our customer service department will assist you. A proof of purchase is required for all AEM warranty claims.
     
    Q:  What is the Power Spacer and why is one not included in every BRUTE FORCE kit?
    A:  The Power Spacer is a plenum spacer that installs in between the intake manifold and the throttle body. In about 5% of our applications, we have found that increasing plenum volume increases power. We test each system we develop with various Power Spacer designs, and only include Power Spacers in BRUTE FORCE intake systems when they improve performance. AEM Power Spacers feature a smooth internal design that makes more power and does not whistle the way spacers with screw type inlets do. Because they do not increase performance on every application and are designed to work specifically with BRUTE FORCE intakes, AEM does not sell them separately and includes them in kits when they increase power. BRUTE FORCE applications in our search results indicate whether a system includes a spacer.
     
    Q:  How do I order a polished BRUTE FORCE System?
    A:  BRUTE FORCE part numbers include a two-letter suffix at the end. The “D” at the end of the suffix indicates that a DRYFLOW filter is included (which is standard for all BRUTE FORCE intakes), and a “P” indicates a polished finish (for example, 21-800DP is a polished BRUTE FORCE intake with a DRYFLOW filter).
     
    Q:  Will an AEM intake void my new car warranty?
    A:  NO. The only time this can happen is from improper installation that causes damage to a vehicle system. If a service technician denies your warranty claim ONLY because the car is modified with an AEM intake system and the vehicle system failure was not a direct result of the installation and use of an AEM intake, please refer him to the Magnusson Moss Warranty act. You can download the Magnusson Moss Warranty act from SEMA’s website at: http://www.enjoythedrive.com/san.
     
    Q:  Is the BRUTE FORCE intake a “cold air” system?
    A:  Although it is not a cold air intake in the traditional sense (routing the air filter outside of the engine compartment), BRUTE FORCE intakes pull the air charge from the coolest source, making them in essence cold air designs. Because of the heavy duty and off road use many trucks encounter, we designed BRUTE FORCE intakes as underhood systems to protect them from potential damage. We use a steel heat shield when necessary to shroud the filter from engine heat, and perform extensive temperature testing to ensure the vehicle is receiving the coolest air charge possible.
     
    Q:  Why do some BRUTE FORCE intakes not include a heat shield?
    A:  We perform extensive temperature testing during the development phase to ensure that the filter is in a location that will receive the coolest air charge. For some BRUTE FORCE intakes, we found that there was no difference in inlet temperatures with and without a heat shield during our temperature testing. Since we do not to want you to waste your money on parts that are not necessary, we do not include a shield with these applications.

    References: http://www.aempower.com/

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