When it comes to enhancing the performance of your air intake system, you've got plenty of options - including tearing the whole thing out and starting fresh. There are, however, plenty of other smaller improvements that can be made without diving into the realm of a terrifying set of changes.
An Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer, for example, is a great way to provide tremendous torque and a big increase in mileage by incorporating a unique helix bore that effectively spins the incoming air charge. A new throttle body spacer can be found for nearly every vehicle on the market today and will install in 30 minutes or less with any Airaid intake system. The secret to an Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer lies in the fact that the huge air charge brought on by the spinning action from the helix bore will carry all the way into the engine's combustion chamber, where it produces a super-atomized fuel-air mixture.
This great mixture can hit your engine like a protein-boosted energy shake: you'll get tremendous mid-range power, great efficiency, and overall stupendous horsepower. With the improved combustion efficiency brought on by your Airaid PowerAid Throttle Body Spacer, you'll also boost your low-end torque, ramp up your throttle response, and increase fuel efficiency - all with one small, easy-to-install component.
With the small addition of a PowerAid TBS from Airaid, you will be able to see vast improvements in your off-idle torque: gains from 800 rpm to 3,000 rpm are not unheard of.
Airaid Series: PowerPort
If you've spent time and money tinkering with your air intake system, you probably still haven't managed to hit all the possible bases. An air intake system is filled with plenty of intricate parts - and each individual component can and should be seen as an opportunity to customize and improve your air intake system right on down to its very core.
A great way to improve your air intake system beyond what you might have initially thought possible is with an Airaid PowerPort Throttle Body Spacer. The main purpose of a throttle body spacer is to improve the quality of the engine airflow by allowing more condensed air to enter the combustion chamber.
Why more condensed air? Simple. The denser the air, the more oxygen is present in each volumetric unit, meaning that the air that enters your engine is richer and more fuel-filled than it might otherwise be. When your vehicle's computer detects the increase of available oxygen (due to the influence of an Airaid PowerPort Throttle Body Spacer), it will adjust the air-fuel ratio and result in a more efficient burn.
A more efficient burn will then release more energy from the fuel and create more available horsepower. Additionally, a more efficient burn will release fewer harmful pollutants in emissions vapors, meaning the environmental impact of your engine is lessened. Plus, the improvements to your fuel usage that result from an Airaid PowerPort Throttle Body Spacer will improve mileage per gallon and save you money at the pump - a factor any driver will appreciate.
Airaid Throttle Body Spacer Review
These times when gas prices are always fluctuating, you would surely want to gain more power for your ride by doing simple customizations without sacrificing much fuel. One possible way is to add a throttle body spacer in your air intake system. This component increases the amount of air flowing into the central plenum of the intake manifold, thus improving the mix of air and fuel processed in the engine. Whether you have a fuel-injected or a carbureted engine, installing this add-on could actually be beneficial in some ways. However, before proceeding with the upgrade, see first if one from Airaid’s PowerAid line is worth your time and money.
- With dyno-proven helix bore
- Gives between 800 and 2500 rpm torque gain
- Made from 6061-T6 aluminum
- Requires bolt-on installation
- 50-state legal
- Compatible with any grade of fuel
- Includes installation hardware
- Carries a lifetime Airaid limited warranty
We tested this component on a Toyota Hilux with a V6 and a Honda GX240 with a carburetor, and here is what we have to say:
- Installing the component was very easy—what with all the installation hardware provided. It just needed to be bolted at the back of the throttle body just before the intake manifold. The entire procedure took only fifteen minutes for the Hilux and the GX240.
- The component was made from a very solid aluminum material. It was an inch thick, and when we pounded it against the ground, it made a deep sound that indicated no hollow part inside.
- The helix design borne into the throttle body spacer was well-engineered. The helix grooves were equal in depth and there were no bumps anywhere.
- The component was indeed compatible with both diesel and gas. That was a great plus because we were able to use any vehicle for the test.
- The thirty-minute drive with the GX240 was fruitful. The engine responded better, and we experienced a 4-point increase in horsepower and a 25-point increase in torque output.
- During the thirty-minute drive we had with the Hilux, we barely noticed any increase in horsepower and torque. Also, there was no considerable improvement in gas mileage.
Even though power gain from the use of a throttle body spacer is questionable, we still had quite a number of good points to stress out from our test. This kind of add-on seemed to complement carbureted engines better. When it comes to its appearance and construction, it looked dependable enough. Still, your experience will determine if this product is really a good one.