Simple Performance Modifications to Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 Pickup Trucks

2009 - 2013 Select Model Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 AEM Air Intake 21-8030DC
2009 - 2013 Select Model Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 AEM Air Intake 21-8030DC
Even though General Motors released its very first pickup truck in 1930, the name "Silverado" has only been used recently to describe the trim levels for Chevrolet and GMC's popular "C" (2 wheel drive) and "K" (4 wheel drive) pickup trucks and Suburban models from 1975 to 1999. In 1999 all that changed when GM dropped the "C" and "K" model references and stuck solely with Silverado and Sierra.
AEM's 28-20129 Dryflow Replacement Air Filter
AEM's 28-20129 Dryflow Replacement Air Filter


The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 got their first major overhaul and redesign in 1999, and then received another not-as-drastic redesign in 2007.

Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks have a lot of stock options available, from transmissions to engines to performance additions making these trucks very popular as a work truck and a toy. Because of the popularity of this truck, these trucks also have a lot of aftermarket options out there including some easy to bolt on performance parts from AEM that can increase horsepower. AEM offers two main options for the Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, either a drop-in Dryflow® synthetic replacement air filter or the Brute Force air intake family.

1999 through 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks can upgrade to an AEM high performance air filter 28-20129 as can 1999 through 2013 GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. AEM's washable Dryflow air filter does not require the use of air filter oil which makes cleaning very easy. This AEM air filter comes with AEM's Lifetime Limited Warranty, meaning that this will be the last air filter you will ever need. All AEM Dryflow performance air filters have excellent filtration and a large surface area, meaning that you can drive up to 50,000 miles before cleaning is needed, depending on driving conditions. The 28-20129 AEM Dryflow air filter was designed to seal tightly inside 1999 through 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 truck air boxes. See the Chevy Silverado 1500 air filter page and the GMC Sierra 1500 air filter page for details.
AEM 21-8000DP Air Intake for Select Model 1999 - 2007 Classic Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickup Trucks
AEM 21-8000DP Air Intake for Select Model 1999 - 2007 Classic Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickup Trucks
AEM 21-8030DC Dyno for Select Model 1999 - 2007 Classic Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickup Trucks
AEM 21-8030DC Dyno for Select Model 1999 - 2007 Classic Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra Pickup Trucks


The other option is an AEM Brute Force air intake system. This is the clear choice for those that want more power and torque from their trucks. AEM air intakes provide an easy cost effective means to add performance and great looks under the hood. AEM intakes are made for specific Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500 models. They reduce air restriction over the factory intake allowing your truck to run better. To see power gains, installation instructions and other details for your model go to the Chevy Silverado 1500 Air Intake page or the GMC Sierra 1500 Air Intake page.
AEM's 21-8023DP Air Intake System
AEM's 21-8023DP Air Intake System

Some AEM air intakes offer more than one tube finish choice. "DP" at the end of a part number indicates a "chrome like" finish and "DC" indicates a gunmetal gray finish. These air intake systems are also designed to last for a lifetime of use thanks to high quality components as well as the washable and reusable Dryflow air filter. These air intake systems are usually easy install, many requiring 90 minutes or less.

Each air intake system includes all of the necessary hardware, connections and hoses for installation. Each intake tube is designed to either reuse the intake mass air sensor housing or it will include a sensor specific adapter (depending on the sensor setup), making it easy to transfer the stock sensor and eliminating the need to reprogram the computer. These air intake systems also use a powder coated heat shield which is designed to help block the hot under-hood air from getting into the engine and harming performance. AEM air intake systems come with AEM's Lifetime Limited Warranty, just like the air filters. When it comes to performance, there is just no better option than AEM.

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The following videos provide detailed information about the features of AEM Silverado 1500 air intakes and show how easy it is to install a AEM air intake on Chevy Silverado 1500 trucks:
2007 new body style - 2008 Silverado 1500 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L; 21-8023DC and 21-8023DP Air Intake Installation
2009 - 2013 Silverado 1500 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L; 21-8030DC Air Intake Installation

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