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1999, AFE has addressed a basic need in the automotive performance
industry by creating high performance air intakes and air filters.
AFE produces some of the most revered high flow, high performance
air filters and intake systems available.
Standing five feet away, performance air filters look pretty much
alike. Viewed up close the aFe difference is striking. It is hard
to think of air filters as art objects, but when people see the PowerFlow
air filter for the first time, the reaction is usually the same: “Wow,
it’s beautiful!” The visible quality of our filters is
a direct result of our attention to detail. There are no magic bullets
here, just the result of doing a lot of little things perfectly using
the most sophisticated tools available. Be sure to also check out
K&N performance air filters.
performance air filter increase horsepower / torque
- Medical grade
cotton gauze filter media reduces air restriction and increases
- Surface area
optimized to reduce pressure differential across the element resulting
in reduced back pressure and increased torque
air filters will increase airflow
pleat geometry optimizes airflow through intake system
to control maximum filter face air velocity with deep precision
air filters improve engine protection
oiled cotton gauze attracts and traps contaminants without sacrificing
- Sturdy epoxy
coated wire mesh construction protects filter media (and engine)
from large debris
Lifetime Warranty on aFe air filters
seal outlasts conventional materials (especially under extreme
air filters will give you a longer filter life
- The last
filter your vehicle will ever need
Information about aFe air filters
The aFe air filter uses deeper pleats than the competition. Using
deeper pleats means more pleated media, resulting in more surface
area for air to flow through while reducing its restriction. The aFe
air filter is able to achieve this without choking airflow using a
precision crafted pleat pitch, allowing smoother airflow into the
engine. Competitive products, while attempting to increase surface
area, over pack the filter with excess pleats, thus resulting in the
unfortunate side effect of choking airflow. The aFe filter media,
with its uniquely designed pleat depth, pitch and media material,
prevents air velocities at the filter face from reaching critical
speeds. Exceeding critical speeds result in increased back pressure
and reduced engine performance. It also improves filter longevity
by allowing for better dust retention.
The pleated media sandwiches multiple layers of high quality surgical
cotton gauze between two layers of aluminum wire mesh. The special
oil-treated surgical gauze filters out contaminating particles with
less physical obstruction than typical paper elements. The oil is
absorbed and wicked through micro fibers of the surgical gauze. Suspended
particles are filtered out of the air stream through static charge
attraction with the gauze/oil media. The aluminum wire mesh serves
two purposes: first, it removes and prevents large solid particles
from entering or damaging filtration media; and second, it provides
a lifetime structural skeleton for the filter.
The aFe air filter is simply more efficient than competitive products.
Multiple discrete layers facilitate depth filtration, which contributes
to efficiency and promotes longevity over paper filters, which depend
on quick clogging surface filtration. In addition, oil in the media
enables the cotton gauze to filter out particles at a higher degree
of efficiency without restricting airflow.
The aFe air filter features a superior seal design with a 100% polyurethane
material construction. Poorly designed seals either permit air leakage
or distort the filter housing. Many other filters use plastics or
air/foam seals. Over time, heat and chemical attack cause this material
to lose its elastic characteristics, which result in seal failure.
Complex curing processes also prevent consistent quality manufacturing
of plastics. Since visual inspection cannot distinguish between a
good quality (fully cured) and out of specification seal (not cured),
the problem is not detected until the seal fails in service. On the
other hand, foam type seals simply cannot pass the test of time. Use
of a foaming agent reduces the amount of polyurethane used in the
part. Minimal heat exposure tends to turn this material into powder.