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AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake; Black (14-18 5.3L Silverado 1500)

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      Video Review & Installation

      So if you own a '14 to '18, 5.3L powered Silverado and you're watching this video, then you've probably figured out by now that a cold air intake is a very popular upgrade because it's easy to install, it's relatively affordable and it's a great first mod, but a lot of intakes are flashy in terms of their appearance. A lot of them dish the closed airbox for an open element design or they'll have a really bright, polished aluminum intake tube or something of that nature. That's not the case here. This intake, in particular, the AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake is gonna be for the guy or girl who wants an upgrade as far as their intake is concerned, but they want to keep things relatively OEM in appearance. I say that because this is made out of a really nice high quality textured black plastic which very closely matches all the other trim on the truck. Now even though it's very OEM in appearance, it still cleans up the looks under the hood here we're ditching that really ugly factory resonator box that the factory intake tube comes with. Overall, it makes for a more free-flowing design. It gets air to the engine a little bit more efficiently. Now, hiding underneath this lid here is a really nice high-performance dry flow filter. It's not an oil filter by the way, so it is reusable and washable. Now, one of the reasons why folks decide to go with an open element design versus the closed element design is pretty simple. They want to keep an eye on their air filter and they want to make sure that it's gonna stay nice and clean. They don't want to bog down their motor anyway, right? Sometimes it can be a little bit of a pain, pulling the closed airbox out and pulling the filter out, but AEM actually thought of a really cool way to address this. They actually include what's called filter minders. This little dial right here, and that actually operates off of vacuum pressure. So as you start to lose negative pressure inside the box here, because the filters getting clogged, the little needle on the dial will move to yellow and eventually to red, and that's gonna let you know that it's time to pull the filter out, clean it off, and throw it back in. Now, if you are curious why you'd want to go with a closed element design like the Brute force compared to maybe an open element design, well the answer's pretty simple. A closed element design like this insulates that air filter better than an open element design. It keeps all that hot engine bay air away from the intake itself. That means you're getting colder and denser air to the motor, which is gonna provide a better air and fuel mixture, which theoretically will provide better performance as far as torque and horsepower is concerned. Now, this intake also installs very easily. There's no tune required, so I'm gonna give the install pretty simple 1 out of 3 wrenches on my difficulty meter. It shouldn't take you more than an hour or two to get this intake installed. All right. To install your intake, you will need a 1/4 inch drill bit and drill a standard drive ratchet, an 8-millimeter socket, a 10-millimeter socket, a T15 Torx bit, a 2 millimeter and 3 millimeter Allen key and a flat head screwdriver. Optional but helpful tools include some extensions, a 19-millimeter wrench, and a cordless impact gun. All right, so we have our factory intake removed. Before we ditch this thing, we have to do something and that pulls out our map sensor, right? Pretty expensive. You don't want to throw that away on accident. Normally this is held in with a couple of t15 screws, but we actually have Phillips head screws on ours. Normally you need a T 15 Torx bit to remove those. But before we do that, you guys can get a nice little comparison here of our factory, old busted intake, and our new AEM setup. First thing to point out here, we're ditching that really ugly factory intake tube here. This thing has got a really weird resonator box on it. It just doesn't look good under the hood, right? The AEM tube is much more free-flowing, and we also get a slightly bigger box with a much larger high flow conical filter. Does a way better job than the crappy paper element inside of here. It's got smaller nanofibers, does a better job at trapping all that contaminant that might be blown into your motor otherwise, and you can clean and wash that thing. It's reusable. That's nice. You don't got to the parts store all the time and buy a new filter.So now that's out of the way, let's go ahead and pull our map sensor. We're gonna swap it over to our new intake tube. Before you do that, you'll need a 3 millimeter Allen key with the four Allen head bolts in order to secure the adapter for the map sensor onto the new intake tube, and when you do that, make sure you got that little rubber O-ring on the adapter as well. Once you got that little adapter fitted on there, you're gonna need a 2-1/2 millimeter Allen key with two of these smaller Allen head bolts in the kit. Those are to secure the map sensor to the adapter onto the tube. Sounds a little confusing, so let's just show you how it's done.All right, so when you throw this little adapter plate on the intake tube, you want to take note, there's a little arrow pointing in the direction of the throttle body. That's gonna indicate it's facing in the right direction. Okay, next we're gonna install the barb fittings for our new crankcase blow-by hoses. Now, these are plastic threads. You want to hand tighten those and then if you want to be certain, you can grab a 19-millimeter wrench and give them maybe a turn or two. All right, once don't you got the hoses on there, you want to slide these band clamps onto the hoses themselves. You are gonna tighten these down using a flathead screwdriver, and these are gonna secure the hoses to those barbed fittings so they don't fall off. All right, our intake tube is all set up. We can put that out of the way. Next, we're gonna drill a hole into the end of our air filter, and that's gonna be for the fitting for our little filter minder. Now you're gonna need a 1/4 inch drill bit for this. There's no particular place AEM says you should drill the hole, but they like to put it right next to the A in their logo, so we're gonna follow suit. All right, once you got that hole drilled, you're gonna grab this tiny little rubber grommet in the kit and you're gonna press that grommet into the hole. All right, once that grommet is in the hole, you're gonna grab this tiny little elbow fitting and you're gonna press it into that hole. And once you get the elbow fitting secure, you can secure the hose for the filter mine drill itself. Okay, our air filter and our tube are all set up. We're ready to do our installs, so go ahead and grab your new airbox. You're also gonna grab these three little rubber bushings. We're gonna use those to sit the airbox inside of the truck, I'll show you guys how to do that. All right, so those three rubber bushings are going to be going and some of those pre-drilled holes that we removed from our mounting plate earlier. One is gonna go on the side closest to the motor, and then you've got two-speed clips on the inside of the fender where the other two are gonna go. All right, once you got those rubber bushing seated, you can throw your airbox in place, so you want to line up the holes on the bottom of the airbox, put those threaded holes in the rubber bushings. Now once you've done so, you're gonna grab these hex head bolts in the kit with the large flat washers, and you're gonna thread those into those rubber bushings. You are gonna need a 10-millimeter socket to tighten all this stuff down. Right now that our airbox is secured, we can go ahead and throw an air filter in place. Now, before you do that, make sure that large rubber O-ring is on the inside. Make sure you got that large band clamp on there. All right, next we're gonna install the rubber coupler for the intake tube in order to secure it to the throttle body. Make sure you have the appropriate size band clamps on there, and you'll need an 8-millimeter socket to tighten these clamps down. All right, with our rubber coupler seated on our throttle body, we can throw our intake tube in there and tighten down that second clamp. Okay, once you got that secured, we're gonna install our breather hoses onto either side of our valve covers there. Make sure you grab those small band clamps to tighten these down as well, and you'll need that little flat head screwdriver. All right. You also want to make sure you tighten down that band clamp, securing our intake tube to our new air filter. Again, it's that same 8-millimeter socket. All right, with that clamp tightened down, we're gonna throw the cover on for our air filter, and when you do this you want to make sure you thread that little hose through there. That's for the air minder to this little rubber grommet hole right here, if that's not already on the airbox, make sure you throw that in place. We're gonna fit the hose onto the minder like so, then you compress it down into place. All right. Once the air minder is secure, you can grab these four hex head bolts in the kit. Again, you'll need a 10-millimeter socket to secure the lid of the airbox. All right. Our intake is finally all set up. The last thing we need to do is plug in our map sensor, right? Once you got your map sensor plugged in, that'll wrap up the install and that also wraps up my review of AEM's Brute Force Cold Air Intake fitting your 14 to 18 5.3 Liter powered Silverado. I'm Travis, thanks for watching. And for all things, Chevy and GMC, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Strong and Durable Construction
      • Rugged and Stylish Design
      • Improves Performance and Efficiency
      • DryFlow Air Filter
      • Made in the U.S.A.
      • Fits All 2014-2018 5.3L Chevy Silverado 1500 Models


      Strong and Durable Construction. The AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake – Black is made from a combination of strong stainless steel and reinforced aluminum. The brackets are incredibly strong and, coupled with the powder-coated stainless steel, they are capable of resisting high temperatures. Additionally, the air intake pipe is made from mandrel-bent reinforced aluminum for increased durability.

      Improved Filtration. This AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake – Black provides twice as much filtration as its predecessors as well as most other models. It comes with a DryFlow air filter that operates oil-free, thus making it safe and efficient.

      Improved Performance. Extremely high temperatures in your Chevy Silverado's engine can compromise its performance and even lead to mechanical complications. However, the AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake – Black channels cold air to your car’s engine, thus cooling it down and optimizing its performance for greater power and higher speeds.

      Fuel Efficient and Environmental Friendly. In addition to improved performance, the AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake also increases the engine’s fuel efficiency thus saving you a lot of money over the years. It also reduces the production of exhaust fumes, thus contributing to a greener future.

      Rugged Design. The rugged and stylish design of this cold air intake reveals the power and efficacy underneath its black hood. The combination of powder-coated stainless steel and mandrel-bent aluminum gives it a compact appearance.

      Warranty Protection. If you are worried about this air intake breaking, then you can take comfort in the knowledge that it is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

      Application. This AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake fits all 2014-2018 5.3L Chevy Silverado models.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Couplers
      • (8) Clamps
      • (1) Filter with Housing

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