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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at and installing the C&L Monster Oil Catch Can available for all trucks, '97 and newer F-150s. You should be checking this out if you're looking to expand the lifetime of your engine by reducing the harmful effects given to your truck by blow-by. Now if you don't know what blow-by is, it's essentially crankcase exhaust gases, an oily vapor, that makes its way back into the system coating the inside of your throttle body, your intake manifold bogging down your engine, robbing it of its power over time and over time it really can take that toll. And oil catch can's job is to be the middleman, it catches all of that excess exhaust gases that turn to an oily vapor and prevent it from making its way back into your system, it's all collected in this can here. Now the kit here from C&L is a very unique, it is more of a universal kit and I'll get to that in just a second here. But what I want to say about it being unique is the way that it works is a little bit different in its hose fittings, its relief system, its drainage system and its capacity. This monster oil catch can is 20 ounces. Now you want to compare that to some of the other options in a category like JLT's for example which is typically around three to three and a half ounces. This is more than enough catch can. This is something that's gonna take a lot of time to fill up for the most part and if it fills up pretty quickly you got other problems there. This particular oil catch can comes with 14 feet of hosing. This is gonna replace some of the PCV hosing that connects your valves to your intake manifold, your valves to your cold air intake or your factory stock airbox. This is gonna replace all that, you're gonna really cut this up into slants and connect them where you need to connect them. It's also gonna come with around a 22 to 24-inch clear line or clear tube that'll help you with draining the catch can. Now historically for most of the common traditional catch cans, you just unscrew the top, dump it out, wash it, throw it right back in. This because it's so giant, is actually gonna be able to be done on car. What you'll do is connect the line to the bottom, pull the relief valve to release the pressure and it's gonna dump right out to the bottom and you'll empty it right into an oil pan like you would when you're bleeding your brakes. Same exact system there. In addition to that, it's coming with all the fittings, different size fittings for different generation trucks. It comes with the two different types of brackets to help you in mounting it in your engine bay. Now I said this is more universal and because it's universal, you can mount it anywhere in your engine bay that you see fit. Personal preference, what's accessible, what's easy for you, what makes sense. C&L recommends the mounted in the engine bay in the coolest location in the engine bay which is typically up front by the radiator right behind the front grille. You'll get more air flow that way but something that isn't gonna block air flow for your engine bay, so that's something to keep in mind. We'll be mounting ours to the battery box which you'll see in just a little bit here. When it comes to mounting this because it's universal, it is pretty custom, so you'll be able to pick and choose how you want to mount it, these are the two brackets. One is vertical, one's gonna be mounted horizontal, so it gives you a couple of options. You're also gonna be given three hose fittings that'll either clamp onto your factory positions and allow you to run this hose here or you can clip it right on to this fitting here and run it using your factory fittings. If you're gonna use your factory fittings, it's gonna require you to cut that hose up. We're gonna do it a little bit differently and I'll show you guys that in a little bit that isn't gonna require any cutting. When we do mount this, we are gonna use a T-fitting which is included in the kit but there are a number of other ones to fit your gens as well. So what we're doing here is really specifically for the '15 and newer F-150 but it also can be translated to other gens. Now this catch can here is gonna come in right around 300 bucks, so it is a little bit more expensive than some of the smaller options that are about a third to a quarter of the size, so keep that in mind. It's also using all premium quality materials, comes with brackets bolted in. So the higher price tag is for the obviously bigger capacity catch can but also because it's using premium quality stuff. The install method I'm doing, I'm getting two out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, is a little bit custom so you can do it a number of ways. Note that this is gonna take about an hour, maybe two from start to finish depending on how you want to route it. I'm gonna show you every step on the process on our 2018 5.0 behind me here. What do you say we get started? Tools used in this install would include a drill, 5/16th drill bit, impact gun, ratchet, 10-millimeter deep socket, 11-millimeter short socket, an extension, 11-millimeter wrench, a cutting tool, whether it be a pocket knife, a box cutter, so on and so forth, and also recommended some snips if you need to cut some of that excess off the hose. First off, I want to show you guys where we're gonna choose to mount our monster oil catch can from C&L. I'm gonna use this vertical bracket but instead of using it the traditional way, I'm gonna flip it upside down and bolt that right to the top side of that battery box on the side here. We're basically gonna mount this just like this right off on an angle, it's gonna sit just like that. It's a really good idea to mount this vertically, it is pressurized and it does have a gauge at the top so you can monitor its capacity and if it's full or not, there's a full little thing in there, so once it gets really full, it brings it to the surface, pretty simple. Now for that to work properly, you'll want this vertical, if you have it horizontal like this, that's not gonna be very easily readable. It's also not gonna be as easy to drain when it's pressurized pulling that cap, it'll only drain partial. So really vertical is the best route. Worst case scenario you can flip it horizontal. So again, we're gonna mount it right there to the side of the battery box. I'm gonna grab a 5/16th drill bit. Let's get to work. All right, so with the hole in place, we could just put our bracket into place. We're gonna use this bolt here included in the kit, slide that right through, washer and nylon lock nut on the bottom. All right, so next I'm gonna grab a 10-millimeter socket and tighten this guy down. All right, so from here we want to mount our catch can, take the two bolts out of the backside here and we're gonna mount it to this bracket. You want to make sure you're leaving on the split washer and the flat washer as well. Just gonna tighten these down all the way as far as we can by hand first. All right, with this on the bracket, I'm gonna grab an 11 socket and just tighten these guys down. All right, the next step is to remove your first PCV hose. Now we're gonna go passenger side valve to intake manifold, we're gonna remove this guy. Now this is what I mentioned earlier, when it comes to using your hose fittings, you can reuse these and just cut this hose off. We're not gonna do that, we're gonna use the fittings included in the kit and then just go straight into the fittings here. Show you guys that in a second. So to remove this, lift up on the gray locking tab on the back and pull straight back, do the same thing on the other end. Perfect. Now, of course, we have 14 feet of hose, we have to cut this to length. So what we're gonna do is use the fitting included in the kit, attach it here, fitting included in the kit, attach it here, and then we're gonna run a hose from this location to here, that location to here, just like that. So let's cut the hose to length. So really we're going from here to the center. So we're gonna cut about...want to have a little excess, we're gonna cut it about here. All right, so we've got a blade here, what I'm gonna do is cut right about that length that I needed and go straight down. Perfect. You want to take that 90-degree fitting, one of them, there's three in the kit, grab one of them and attach that to one side of the hose. Now these are really, really tight, so you're definitely gonna need to twist and push all the way in. All right, there's little ribs on that fitting that are gonna hold that hose in place. From here, attach that to the valve. That snaps right into place. This end is gonna go right onto your oil catch can. Now because it's pretty much vacuum, it's suction, we don't need to clamp this, it's tight enough that it's gonna hold itself in place but if you felt so inclined, you can push this all the way down and use a hose clamp on it. But for us, we're gonna leave it just like this. That's up to personal preference. All right, now the other location on your intake manifold, we're gonna go to this left side here. You can pick either one but I like to use this one for the furthest, so we're gonna go back here. All right, now that's gonna go right back down there to that hose fitting. Here's one of the other elbow fittings, you're gonna attach that to the other end right down to the intake manifold. Now this last hose is cut a little bit longer, it's gonna go from our last section to the other side of the engine bay. It'll connect to a T-fitting that's gonna connect to two hoses, one going to the driver side valve and the other one's gonna go to the cold air intake or the stock air tubing. So first thing's first, cut it to length, just to about the other valve. And we're gonna use this end and just connect it to the remaining fitting. Perfect. Now we can remove the factory PCV tubing on that side. All right, so we're gonna remove this PCV tubing same way we did before, pinch and disconnect there. And the other one is right here on our intake tubing. All right, so now what we did was cut two almost equal length hoses and attach them to the T-fitting included in the kit. One end is gonna go to the plates on the intake tube, the other end is gonna go into the fitting on your valve. So let's attach this here, it's gonna slide right in. We can attach the other end of this T-fitting here, the one that angles outward to the hose connecting to our oil catch can. Just like that. And finally, the fitting, the last one included in the kit is gonna go right here. And this end, it's gonna attach to that. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the C&L Monster Oil Catch Can in Black for all trucks, all '97 and newer F-150s. Keep in mind guys, as you look at this install and where it's mounted, this is universal, where you mount it is completely up to you. If you want it for your own truck, '97 and newer F-150, get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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