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Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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Hey guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks and today I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the Airaid PowerAid throttle body spacer fitting all '11 and newer 5.0 powered F-150s. Now, something like this is going to be perfect for the F-150 owner who is looking to add a little more power to their Coyote with a simple mod that is going to be easy to install and won't break the bank. Now this is going to be perfect for the F-150 owner who's looking to add a little bit more power to their Coyote with a simple bolt-on mod that is going to be really budget-friendly. It is manufactured out of a billet 6061 aluminum and has a red anodized coating. It also features Airaid's Helix Bore design which is supposed to spin the air like a rifle would to help cut down on turbulence.Now just a note I'd like to make upfront, don't expect supercharger level gains with something like this but you're definitely going to see a little bit more low end torque and throttle response, especially if paired with a cold air intake. And the way that's achieved is you're basically upping the amount of air that's behind the throttle body on tap ready to go. So when you put the throttle down that air is going to be again ready to go and it's going to make its way into the combustion chamber before that butterfly valve on the throttle body has a chance to fully open. Now one thing I really do like about this kit is it comes with its own gasket and hardware which is a nice touch from Airaid. They really do go the extra mile to make sure this thing is sealed and seated correctly underneath the throttle body. This kit also comes with a CARB number for '11, '12 and '13 5.0 F-150s. So if you own one of those years and live in one of the more emissions restrictive states, you'll have a CARB number so you'll be able to pass emissions testing.Price for this kit is going to come in at around the $130 mark. Now while that may seem expensive for a spacer, for some easy horsepower it's not a bad price to pay. Install isn't going to be too bad either. We're looking about the easy side of two out of three wrenches. Should only take you an hour to get it installed with some basic hand tools. So without any further ado, let me show you how it's done.Tools required for this install are going to be a couple of extensions, torque wrench, ratchet, 3/8 drive 10-millimeter socket, 1/4-inch drive 10-millimeter socket for our torque wrench, 8-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, and lastly an impact gun. So first thing's first, we're going to remove our intake tube to allow us easy access to the throttle body. We're going to start by loosening up this clamp up by the throttle body with a 7-millimeter socket, then we're gonna remove the two breather hoses and there's two clips on top of the intake tube that's secured to the airbox. We're going to release those and then pull the intake tube out. And for this one, all you're going to do is push down on the top where my thumb is and then it should pull right out. For the other one, there should be a tab underneath which releases that and that should pull out as well. And then for the airbox, there's two tabs that need to be released like so and that should pull right out.So now we have a clean shot at our throttle body and there's four 8-millimeter bolts on there that we're going to use an 8-millimeter socket to release. Now those are fragile as they go right into your intake manifold, so watch the impact on that one, use a ratchet. But with that being said we can loosen up those four and remove our throttle body.So now that we have our throttle body disconnected, we can lift it up and move it out of the way. Now it might help to unplug that if you want but there's enough slack on that wire that you could just move it over. So that brings us to the install of our new spacer. Now there is a gasket and some longer hardware included in that so we're gonna get that on there and then do the reverse to reinstall our throttle body.So next I'm just going to pick up the throttle body and get it all lined up. You get a few bolts through here and then tighten them down back onto our manifold. Now as far as tightening these down goes, I'm just going to snug them up with a ratchet to get all the threads out and then we're going to do the final tighten with a torque wrench. This should be around 9-foot-pounds, so again it doesn't have to be too tight. This is something you definitely want to be gentle with. And when you tighten these down, always do it in a cross pattern just like you would do when changing a tire. And when you tighten these down you always want to do it in a cross pattern to make sure you get a nice even seal with that gasket just like you would do when changing a tire.So now we're going to grab the torque wrench and again another 10-millimeter socket. Tighten those down in a cross pattern to 89-inch-pounds or if you're looking for foot-pounds that converts to about 7.5.So with the throttle body secured we can move back to our intake tube. We're going to reinstall this the same way we uninstalled it. Tighten that 7-millimeter clamp, install our breather hoses and get the airbox sorted and we'll be all done.And that is going to do it for my review and install of the Airaid PowerAid throttle body spacer fitting all '11 and newer 5.0 powered F-150s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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