Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Adam here with americantrucks.com. Today, I'm bringing you a detailed overview and installation of the Airaid Cold Air Intake with the SynthaMax Dry Filter in blue, which is available for all '11 to '14 3.5-liter EcoBoost-powered F-150s. The Airaid Cold Air Intake with the SynthaMax Dry Filter in blue is available for any '11 to '14 3.5 EcoBoost owner looking to get rid of their stock air box to pick up a better quality, free-flowing, more advanced cold air intake system with a better intake filter. With that said, you can see a small increase in throttle response as well as even a fuel economy increase and efficiency. With that said, it does come with a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter for the install since it is one of the more simple things you can do to your engine as far as mods go, but we'll talk about that a little bit later on. The cool thing about this is it does not require you to pick up a computer tune to make it work properly with your 3.5. This'll utilize what's known as a speed density instead of a mass airflow sensor, and because of that, it'll make changes to your computer on the fly instead of having to pick up a computer tune and make it work. Now with that said, as far as performance is concerned, I do wanna say, you don't want to expect the world of difference when it comes to horsepower and torque, but you should expect a small gain in power to the wheels as well as a small increase in fuel economy, as well as a throttle response increase. An even cooler thing about this is if you decide to pick up a computer tune with it, with your handheld tuner, whether it's on the side or with the tune-required option, you can definitely increase the amount of horsepower and torque gains you see with this single kit alone up to about 30 horsepower. Now, Airaid lets us know that it is possible on the Dyno, but I would definitely suggest looking into a tune with this to really maximize its potential. It's worth pointing out that this is in fact a 50-state legal cold air intake, which basically means if you're located in an emissions-restrictive state like California or something like that, you will be able to pick this up legally without having to worry about it being off road only. As far as materials and construction goes, this was manufactured as a SynthaMax dry filter from Airaid using a six-inch conical air filter. What this basically does is it makes sure it's a re-washable and reusable air filter, making sure you don't have to pick up a new one every few thousand miles. With that said, you would just unclamp it from its housing, clean it off on the inside, and honestly, you don't even have to worry about re-oiling it. Just pop it right back on. It was manufactured using a high-quality cotton gauze for superior filtration, topped off with a diamond wire mesh covering on top of it just to add to its durability. In addition to the blue option we have here, there's a more traditional red if you like that route, or if you're looking to go stealthier for a more aggressive engine bay, black is also an option. Aside from that, you're looking at injection-molded polypropylene for the tubing, which increases airflow with a plastic over the other metal options available. As far as pricing is concerned, expect to be spending just north of the $400 mark, putting this one right in the middle of the plethora of options available for your 3.5. With that said, it's a little bit cheaper than a tune-required option, but it is a little bit more than just the filters available, like, say, some of the options from Roush as it does include a little bit more to the kit. Quickly shifting over to the install portion of the video, like I said in the beginning, it's one of the simpler mods you can do to your engine bay, getting a very easy one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. As far as hand tools, make sure you have a flathead screwdriver on deck as well as a ratchet and socket set, and I'd say about an hour's worth of time from start to finish, maybe even less if you've done this before.First thing you wanna do, pop open the hood and use the flathead screwdriver to remove the couplers and the clamps holding all the factory hardware to the mounting positions. Pull the tubing out of the throttle body and everything down into the air box, and obviously, the ratchet and socket set will come in handy for some of the bolts. Unclip some of the wiring harnesses and remove everything, setting all the old stuff aside. The Airaid will go in the exact same way in the reverse order, using all new hardware and clamps. Once you have the tubing into place and bolted down using the ratchet and socket, work your way to the air filter into the air box, and then you're good to go. Just to wrap this one up here, if you're the owner of an '11 to '14 3.5-liter EcoBoost F-150, you might want to check out the Airaid Cold Air Intake with the SynthaMax Dry Filter in blue, or the red and black ones available as well, all of which you can find right here at americantrucks.com.
Race down the road with more speed and confidence than ever before with help from this Airaid cold air intake. It super powers your truck by making the engine actually produce more power. when you isntall this intake you'll direct more cool air to the engine, which makes it more effective. The moment thaty ou do that you'll have more horsepower and torque to work with. That's why this kit is so valuable.
Tuning is an excellent way to power up your truck further and to make it more efficient. Tuning is expensive though. It's nice to not need to tune if you don't want to. This intake, unlike many, allows you to power up your truck without requiring that you tune it as well. That's a huge benefit that comes with this kit.
A Filter that You Can Count on.
Top air filters protect the engine from contamination and they let air pass through freely. This one does both of those things. The SynthaMax filter that comes with this intake lets air move freely through the oiled cotton layer, and captures large particles first. From there the tiny particles are caught in the synthetic filter layer. The whole thing is reusable and you can count on the filter for hundreds of thousands of miles if it's maintained properly.
A Tough Build.
There are intake kits out there made from weak materials and others made from metal. This one is made from a mix of polyethylene and stainless steel. The body and the tube of the kit are made from the tough black plastic, and the clamps are made from stainless steel. Together you get a very solid kit that will withstand corrosion and won't wear out over time either.
In just an hour you can install this Airaid cold air intake. This is a task that you could probably complete yourself, but not something that you have to tackle alone. We recommend professionals do the work, but if you are confident you can install the kit yourself.
Long Lasting Warranty.
There's no need to worry about defects down the road. This Airaid cold air intake is protected for life by the company.
This kit comes with complete CARB approval which means that it is legal to use in all 50 states. That means you can buy it without worry because you'll know you can actually use it.
This Airaid Cold Air Dam Intake with a SynthaMax Dry Filter is specifically designed to fit on the 2011-2014 F-150s equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine.
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- What's in the Box
- (1) Air Filter
- (1) Intake Tube
- (1) Sensor Tube
- (1) Rear Panel
- (1) Front Panel
- (1) 4" Coupler
- (1) 3" Coupler
- (1) Hump Hose
- (1) Weather Strip
- (2) #48 Hose Clamps
- (1) #56 Hose Clamp
- (2) #64 Hose Clamps
- (1) #68 Hose Clamp
- (1) Hex Plug
- (1) Barbed Fitting
- (2) 1/4-20 x 1/2" L Button Head Screws
- (2) 1/4 Flat Washer
- (4) 6-32 Kep Nuts
- (4) #6 Flat Washers
- (4) 6-32 x 5/16 Phillips Head Screws
- (1) MAP Plug
- (2) 8-32 x 1/2" Button Head Screws
- (1) MAF Cap
- (1) MAF Gasket
- (1) #8 Flat Washer
- (1) 8-32 x 5/8" Button Head Screws
- (1) T-20 Torx Bit
- Installation Info
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
- Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
||2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost
||Engine Bay |
||SynthaMax Dry Filter
||Computer Tune Required:
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 11, 12, 13, 14
Fits 3.5L EcoBoost F-150s Only.