Aeromotive Combines Fuel Delivery and Filtration into One Adjustable Unit

Photography: Garret Transue

  • Performance fuel delivery is Aeromotive’s cornerstone and it has leveraged its background in aerospace engineering and manufacturing to create reliable, innovative, and forward-thinking fuel solutions for street and motorsport applications.
  • Aeromotive’s new fuel regulator and filter combination unit is an industry first and helps facilitate faster installations and servicing while reducing plumbing and mounting complexity.
  • The Aeromotive Regulator Fuel Filter Combo offers universal fitment and aircraft-grade billet aluminum construction, making it ideal for use in a wide range of street-performance vehicles with up to 1,000 horsepower.

Performance, especially in terms of horsepower, has historically been misaligned with terminology like reliability, longevity, and durability. Indeed, for nearly 100 years, the pursuit of power has often come with those sacrifices. But ever since Aeromotive has opened its doors nearly three decades ago, it has strived to change that trend for the modern enthusiast by manufacturing innovative products derived from and used heavily within professional motorsport series.

LIGHT ON ITS FEET

It’s no surprise, then, that change is part of Aeromotive’s ethos. Because it is constantly focused on improving, re-inventing, or completely revolutionizing the status quo, Aeromotive has also learned how to be adaptable as a company. Flux is not a scary word, but a sign of progress.

The Regulator Fuel Filter Combo (13146 for EFI and 13226 for Carb) is one of Aeromotive’s latest examples of innovation where its competitors have stood still. The combination unit borrows learning lessons and features from its highly coveted A1000 Fuel Pressure Regulator in an effort to simplify motorsport fuel systems, especially in cases where plumbing and mounting space are at a premium.

FLEXIBILITY IS EVERYTHING

You’d forgive a compact unit for not being able to handle big numbers, but Aeromotive’s combo unit is suitable for builds up to 1,000 horsepower. Coupled with its adjustability — the EFI and carb pumps toggle between 40psi and 75psi or 3psi and 20psi — Aeromotive has created the perfect product for a wide range of street-performance vehicles.

That flexibility extends to its filter element, too. The Aeromotive Regulator Fuel Filter Combo includes a 10-micron cellulose fuel filter element that is easy to service and replace. It also features standard -10 AN inlet and outlet ports and -06 AN return port sizes, further simplifying installation. A separate 1/8-inch NPT port allows easy fitment of a fuel pressure gauge.

THE HERO WE NEEDED

Thus far, we have only mentioned how this Regulator Fuel Filter Combo has improved upon Aeromotive’s own product lineup, but it also helped solve a problem: the OEM Corvette (C5) Filter/Regulator combo. This piece of kit was long considered to be a viable solution for Corvette and LS-based platforms, until it proved to be the Achilles’ heel to handle more ambitious, modern horsepower setups. High output fuel pumps inadvertently exposed the weaknesses of the C5 unit and left the door wide open for a new sheriff in town.

NOT JUST USDM

Of course, the Aeromotive Regulator Fuel Filter Combo is not just for domestics. JDM and Euro platforms are incredibly popular in motorsport nowadays, especially in drifting, and this unit’s reputation for reliability makes it a shoe-in for Nissan S-Chassis builds, E36 M3s and E46 M3s, or anything powered by Toyota’s venerable JZ engine lineup.

Without a doubt, Aeromotive’s constant re-evaluation of the aftermarket space has prompted the company to ask difficult questions, like “Why can’t a performance fuel pump run for 125,000+ street miles?” or “Why can’t it fuel you through rush hour and then down the track each and every weekend?” and then manufacturer the impossible solution. We may never be able to see Aeromotive’s products at work like some other aftermarket components, but chances are, its products are behind every trophy hoist and Champagne spray.

Indeed, the question has shifted from whether your fuel system can handle the horsepower, to whether you’re brave enough to pack enough ponies to challenge your fuel system.


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