Choosing the Right Intake Manifold Which Edelbrock Intake Is Best for Your Engine?

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Intake manifolds are are still among the most popular basic bolt-ons that hot rodders choose to upgrade when the desire for better performance comes into play.

Carb, manifold, cam and headers. Not necessarily in that order, these parts are still among the most popular basic bolt-ons that hot rodders choose to upgrade when the desire for better performance comes into play. Regardless of what engine you have under your hood, making the correct choice is vital to achieving the perfect combination of parts that will deliver the most horsepower, torque and satisfaction.

Carbureted Intake Manifolds

When it comes to intake manifolds, Edelbrock has been at the forefront of development and manufacturing since 1938, when Vic Edelbrock Sr. designed the first flathead manifold for his 1932 Ford Roadster. That first “Slingshot” manifold came about when Vic Sr. wanted more power from his first project car and was unhappy with how the factory manifold performed. He designed a new manifold for his Roadster’s flathead engine that eliminated the restriction that was limiting power output. It was the start of a company that would, over the years, design and manufacture thousands of intake manifolds for all different types of engines.

Single-Plane vs. Dual-Plane Explained

Edelbrock has taken the science and guesswork out of manifold selection by clearly identifying the range of performance that each manifold is most capable of delivering. Edelbrock has several styles of aluminum intake manifolds to fit different applications, all identified by plenum style and intended RPM range. Each style of manifold has characteristics that make it ideal for the application for which it was designed. Years of R&D and dyno testing in the area of induction technology have given the Edelbrock team invaluable insights into which characteristics work best under specific conditions. To insure the ultimate in quality, every Edelbrock intake manifold is cast at the ultramodern Edelbrock Aluminum Foundry and machined on high-tech CNC centers at the Edelbrock manufacturing facility in the USA. Whether you’re building a daily driver, ultra high-performance street machine or race car, an Edelbrock intake manifold will provide the power right where you want it.

Below are nine different Edelbrock intake manifold selections accompanied by a brief description as well as its operating range in RPM to help you select the best part for your application.

 

Edelbrock Performer intake PERFORMER® (IDLE – 5500 RPM)
Patented Dual-plane, low-rise design with a 180° firing order greatly improves torque over a wide rpm range for excellent throttle response from off-idle through 5500rpm. Performers are ideal for passenger cars, trucks, 4x4s and RVs.

 

Edelbrock Performer Air-Gap PERFORMER® AIR-GAP (IDLE – 5500 RPM) Ideal from off-idle to 5500rpm, the Performer Air-Gap offers the same performance proven qualities of the Performer Series but with the addition of Edelbrock’s patented Air-Gap. The Air-Gap design features an open air space that separates the runners from the hot engine oil for a cooler, denser charge for more power.

 

Edelbrock Performer RPM PERFORMER RPM™ (1500 – 6500 RPM) A dual-plane, high-rise (shown here in Black Powder Coat finish) designed with a 180° firing order greatly produces incredible top-end horsepower while retaining great throttle response. Their larger plenums and runners match high-lift cams, free flowing exhausts and other modifications of a high-output engine. Great for street or strip.

 

RPM Air-Gap manifold RPM AIR-GAP (1500 – 6500 RPM) Offering a wide selection of multiple carburetor manifolds, or dual-quad designs. The all-new RPM Air-Gap dual-quads are the latest design, featuring an open air space that separates the runners from the hot engine oil for a cooler, denser charge for more power.

 

Edelbrock Cross-Ram LS3 CROSS-RAM LS3 (1500 – 7000 RPM) The Cross-Ram is ideal for anybody looking to combine great looks and outstanding performance between 1,500 – 7,000 rpm. The unique dual-plenum design features long runners with flanges that will accept two 90mm throttle bodies.

 

Edelbrock Torker TORKER/TORKER II (2500 – 6500 RPM) These single plane, low rise intake manifolds offer high-rpm, street high-performance and low profile design on application where hood clearance is limited.

 

Dual quad manifolds DUAL-QUAD/MULTI CARB Offering a wide selection of multiple carburetor manifolds, or dual-quad designs. The all-new RPM Air-Gap dual-quads are the latest design, featuring an open air space that separates the runners from the hot engine oil for a cooler, denser charge for more power.

 

Edelbrock Victor Series manifolds VICTOR® (3500 – 8500+ RPM) Single-plane, high-rise intakes designed for maximum race-winning power at higher engine speeds. Engineered in conjunction with leading engine builders and racers from all forms of competition these intakes incorporate modern design with the latest racing technology. Victor manifolds are available for single or multiple-carburetor set-ups.

 

Pro-Flo XT manifold

PRO-FLO XT (1500 – 7000 RPM) The Pro-Flo XT intakes are engineered with a large plenum and long tapered runners to deliver maximum horsepower and broad torque throughout the rpm range (1500-7000 rpm). Aesthetics were also a major consideration in the design, offering enthusiasts custom looks and a choice of satin aluminum or black finish with contrast machining.

 

Dual-Plane Intake Manifolds

Single-Plane Intake Manifolds

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Brian Hatano is a veteran automotive journalist and former editor of Car Craft, Petersen’s Drag Racing, Sport Compact Car and Motorcyclist magazines. 

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