There are a few sure things in life: death, taxes, and the yearning for better performance. No matter how great your vehicle's power currently is, there's always room to squeeze even more from it. That's the focus of this guide: ways to boost horsepower and torque, whether it's a subtle bump or serious push.

Brute Force Intake System: 2009 Dodge Ram 5.7-liter

Looking for a way to give your 2009 Dodge Ram 1500's 5.7-liter a kick in the pants? AEM offers the Brute Force intake system, which includes a big, powdercoated-black heatshield with a 4x9-inch oil-free Dryflow air filter designed for hardcore durability and filtration. There's also a mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube and beefy adapter elbow. It has an MSRP of $429.

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aFe Stage 2 Cold-air Intake: 2011 Ford Super Duty 6.7-liter

Available for the 2011 Ford Super Duty with the 6.7-liter is the aFe Stage 2 cold-air intake. Features include a one-piece, 18-gauge, powdercoated heatshield to block engine heat and a performance-engineered rotomold plastic intake tube for maximizing air velocity and improving horsepower, torque, and throttle response. Four types of air filters are available depending on the system you get, including the Pro Guard 7 seven-layer version and the Pro Dry S, which has a progressive synthetic media. Prices start at around $348.


Airaid's Cold Air Dam Intake: 2010 Toyota Tundra

For the 2010 Toyota Tundra 5.7-liter and new 4.6-liter is Airaid's Cold Air Dam intake, which has one of the company's premium filters, a blend of gauze and synthetic layers designed to filter out even itty-bitty particles, but without sacrificing airflow. There's also a rotomolded intake tube. The system seals directly to the hood and requires no tuning. It runs around $495.

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