AEM Air Intake Systems Rockin’ and Rollin’ at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada

AEM booth’s location at the SEMA show afforded the opportunity to highlight new AEM performance parts
The AEM booth’s location at the SEMA show afforded the opportunity to highlight new AEM performance parts, and some exciting custom vehicles equipped with AEM cold air intake systems
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is a trade-only event bringing the automotive aftermarket industry’s biggest companies, brightest minds, and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. The AEM Induction Systems 2014 SEMA show booth could be found in the heart of the convention center’s central hall, also referred to as the performance hall during the SEMA show, between the Ford and GM show booths.
AEM Intakes 2014 SEMA show booth featured two custom vehicles
A SEMA show booth is incomplete without a tricked out vehicle or two and the AEM Intakes 2014 SEMA show booth featured two custom vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum

AEM’s solid location at the SEMA show afforded the opportunity to highlight brand new AEM performance products, and some exciting custom vehicles equipped with AEM cold air intake systems. In addition to new AEM performance products highlighted in the AEM 2014 SEMA show booth, there is a new products showcase located on the upper level of the south hall. Here AEM gave the automotive aftermarket industry its first glimpse of several new AEM products including part number 29-0011WR, a brand new performance strut bar for 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STi models, as well as the accompanying cold air intake system 21-735WR.

Mike Kim really likes his AEM cold air intake system
Mike Kim really likes his AEM cold air intake system because; as he said “It’s the only cold air intake on the market (for the Wrangler JK) that works with most snorkel systems.”
If a pickup truck is more your style, AEM debuted the evolution in AEM air intake systems designed to increase performance while still complying with California emissions standards. Two such examples are part numbers 22-682C, for 2003-2009 Toyota 4 Runner 4.0L models, as well as the newest edition to this line of intakes, number 22-681C, for 2005-2014 Toyota Tacoma 4.0L models. These two new air intake systems are 50-state street legal and will provide an increase in horsepower and torque that you can feel.

The Factory Five 818R kit car powered by a 2002-2007 era Subaru WRX platform and built by Keith Pizio
The Factory Five 818R kit car powered by a 2002-2007 era Subaru WRX platform and built by Keith Pizio at Six Star Cars will be his full-time race car for the 2015 SCCA & NASA season
Of course, a SEMA show booth is incomplete without a tricked out show vehicle or two. This year the AEM Intakes 2014 SEMA show booth featured two custom vehicles at the opposite ends of the spectrum. AEM Intakes was rockin’ a Jeep Wrangler JK situated at the right side of the AEM SEMA show booth. Built by Mike Kim of Off-Road Power Products, the Wrangler JK was propped up on stands to show the amazing articulation this vehicle is capable of when equipped with the proprietary Off-Road Power Products (OPP) suspension package. According to Kim, “The stands are 40” tall, but this Jeep is capable of 42” of articulation while remaining stable.” As good as Mike Kim’s Wrangler JK looks, this Jeep is no trailer queen. This fact is obvious as a closer look reveals the trail-rash under the Jeep, and on the true bead lock wheels. “OPP is different from a lot of companies because we actually use our marketing vehicles. We’re not afraid to get scratches and dings on the trail. It gives them character,” stated Kim. The OPP Wrangler JK is equipped with AEM cold air intake 21-8316DS, which features a sealed air box design to keep out heat as well as mud, and water when off-roading. Mike Kim really likes this AEM cold air intake because; as he said “It’s the only cold air intake on the market (for the Wrangler JK) that works with most snorkel systems.”

In stark contrast to the Wrangler JK; a dedicated road racer was rollin’ out front of the AEM 2014 SEMA show booth. The Factory Five 818R kit car built by Keith Pizio at Six Star Cars will be his full-time race car for the 2015 season. The 818R race car is powered by a 2002-2007 era Subaru WRX platform. The 818R chassis switches up the whole Subaru WRX drivetrain by converting it from front engine AWD, to a mid-engine rear wheel drive platform. According to Keith Pizio “Converting the WRX powertrain to rear drive only has shown a dyno proven 45 horsepower increase.” Keith spent exactly 58 days building his 818R, completing it just in time for the 2014 SEMA show. “60 days ago, there was nothing, not even a chassis” said Pizio. One thing that wasn’t difficult for Keith, was finding an AEM cold air intake for his 818R. “I took an off the shelf 2006-2007 Subaru WRX AEM cold air intake (21-477C), shortened the tube a little, fabricated a bracket, and it looked as if this kit was made for the 818R,” said Pizio.

Overall the 2014 SEMA show was a success for AEM Induction Systems. The ability to interact with the automotive aftermarket industry’s biggest companies, brightest minds, and hottest products is sure to inspire new ideas and innovation going into 2015. Hunter S. Thompson, author of the 1972 novel Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, once said “A little bit of this town goes a very long way.” Four days of one of the largest trade shows in Las Vegas proves that this quote hit the nail on the head. But even though the SEMA show is a grind, AEM will be back at the Las Vegas Convention Center in 2015; because as the king of rock and roll Elvis Presley once said “Man, I really like Vegas.”

To find additional AEM air intakes for the Suburu WRX and Wrangler JK please visit the Subaru WRX Air Intakes and Jeep Wrangler Air Intakes page. Use the AEM Product Search to find AEM performance products for your vehicle. To find an AEM dealer near you, use Search for AEM Dealer or simply visit AEMintakes.com.