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Induction kit components – Cone filter setup

1 July 2010 9 Comments

Induction kits seem to be the 1st thing guys start with when modifying their car’s engine. It is also the cheapest of engine modification and the induction kit gives your engine a more of a “grunt” sound when accelerating hard.
Of late, we have noticed the increase in inquiries about cone filter applications and cold air inductions setups. For that exact reason we have dedicated this article to the induction kit components.

1st you need to ask yourself why you want to change your air intake setup?
There are many reasons people change their setup, but a lot of the time guys will change back to the original setup due to disappointments over time. Here we have compiled an advantages and disadvantages list.

Advantages of induction kits:
Small gain in engine performance for a relatively small clamp on your wallet. If you change your exhaust and engine components for performance items, you will get even better power gains.

Good quality induction kits will last for a lifetime because unlike standard filters, they can be cleaned/washed and re-oiled with the help of filter cleaning kits, so you will never need to replace them.

The shorter the induction kit setup the more of a grunt you will get, some people don’t know this trick. Because your new induction kit is sitting in the engine bay and not in the original airbox like your old panel filter, you will hear air being sucked into the engine though the cone filter.

Disadvantages of induction kits:

You have thrown away the airbox that protected the original filter from heat and supplied it with cool air and now you have a cone filter sitting in your engine bay, unprotected, sucking up warm air. If you have purchased an expensive and reputable induction kit, it will probably come with a ram pipe that feeds cold air onto your newly installed induction kit. Your cone filter will be sucking in plenty of air, but it will be warm air. Warm air into your engine is bad for performance, economy and can damage your air flow sensor over time

Noise, induction roar – some people don’t think of this as a problem and actually prefer the sportier noise.

Components you need to fit an induction kit:
Performance filter (Cone filter)
Aluminum induction piping
Ring clamps
Rubber pipe adapters

Fitting cone filters difficultly level:
The hardest bit would probably be removing the airbox out of the engine. Most kits available from the most popular induction kit manufacturers are spec’d for each car application.  K&N, Simota and BMC are amongst the most well known induction kit manufacturers.

If you look online at some performance car parts shops like Autostyle for example, search their induction kits and you’ll find the kits that are made specifically for your car model. The kits should come with everything you need to fit it, as well as detailed instructions showing how to fit it.

The only difficulties that may occur are when your specific car is not listed and you have to buy a universal induction kit. These induction kits are designed to fit onto many different cars setups.

So induction kits are pretty straight forward to fit, and the cars ECU will adjust itself automatically and revise its fuel/air settings to get the best performance and efficiency. Its as easy as that


  • jomacher said:

    Very informative. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while now and although I have some information on this my knowledge, however, is limited until now. Thanks.


  • Guy.B said:

    This the same way mine is setup in my Tec


  • Riaan Vermaak said:

    Hi guys

    I am using a full cold air induction system on my Polo. It similar to the systems used on a racing car by sucking in cold air thru a ram tube, thru
    my filter into my intake. As I didn’t want to cut a hole in my bumper I did some homework about were is the highest air pressure.

    On the Polo 6N (known as MK 1 in South Africa) its behind the front bumper next to the radiator.

    So there is really no need to cut a whole in the bumper, just read up on were the highest air pressure is in your car.

    Example: On the SO3 and SO4 Honda Civic or Balade its in front of the right front wheel in between the bumper and fender liner.

    Hope it helps guys.


    Blair Reply:

    That’s actually a really good idea Riaan, nice one bud! ;)


    Riaan Vermaak Reply:

    I forgot to mention earlier that is important to test your car’s CO’s as the increacement of cold air might lean out your engen. For even better results you can use a turbo fan that can spin up to 30 000 RPM jutst behind your filter. It will increase the airflow even more.


  • Simps said:

    Its true abt air sensors being messed up by hot air. I also messed up my AFM (BMW 320i), ending up having to replace the unit.:)


  • jeremiah said:

    Hi i was thinking to fit the cone inside the stockbox cause it fits than i cover the cone with a tipe of cloth to prevent excessive dust from entering how about that?whats your take on this?


    Riaan Vermaak Reply:

    Not a good idea bud. You install a cone filter to increase the flow of air into your intake. By installing your cone in your origanial air box than you really haven’t changed anything. By using a cloth over the cone filter you wil decrease airflow. So what’s the use you install a cone filter? If you car uses a flat panel filter I would suggest use a K&N or BMC flat panel filter. This will increase your air flow and you can use your original air box.


  • Mimi said:

    I just bought a 2002 model Ford Fiesta 1.6 Rsi.

    I’m not so clued up about cars but I have a standard induction kit on the car, will it make a difference putting a aluminium induction pipe on? will it make it sound more fierce?
    I also don’t want it to hurt my pocket at the end of the day.


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