(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today, I'm gonna be reviewing and installing the K&N Series 63 AirCharger Cold Air Intake fitting all '15, '16, and '17 3.5-Liter Naturally Aspirated V6 F-150. A kit like this is going to be perfect for the F-150 owner who's looking to upgrade their factory intake with one of the most well-engineered and manufactured cold air intake kits on the market, all for a reasonable price. A cold air kit like this is not only designed to pull more air but cooler and, therefore, denser air as well, giving your engine more O2 to burn, which is going to lead to an increase in horsepower, throttle response, and induction sound. K&N backs this intake up with some dyno numbers as well. This is gonna make about 12 horsepower at 5,600 RPM and 10 foot-pounds of torque around 3,500 RPM. Those numbers are basically just left on the table with the factory intake. You can expect even more out of this kit if you're looking to retune the engine to take advantage of the extra air.It's manufactured from a smooth bore polyethylene intake tube and features an open-box design that is going to seal against the hood of our truck. But when the hood's open, it looks great in the engine compartment. One thing I do like about this kit is it does utilize the factory RAM air, allowing for the coolest air possible to make it into the air box. Another benefit of this open-box design is it allows you easy access to the air filter, which brings me into my next point. This filter is cleanable and reusable. So you could pop this out, clean it off, put it right back in, and be good as new. On top of that, you'll also be saving some money on not having to buy replacement filters. Pricing for this kit is going to come in at around 250 bucks. Now, that puts it as the most budget-friendly K&N system on our website. Included in that price, you also get some stainless steel clamps and K&N's million-mile or 10-year warranty. And, yes, you heard me right, K&N backs this up with a million-mile or 10-year warranty.Before we move on to the install, I did just want to make a quick note, the Series 63 is not CARB certified. So, if you live in one of the more emission restrictive states, this one is not going to pass. Take a look at the K&N Series 57, that one is 50-state legal. With that being said, the install is going to be extremely easy. We're looking at a one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. It should only take you half an hour to an hour, with some basic hand tools. So, without any further ado, let me show you how to get this installed on your truck. Tools required for this install are going to be a ratchet, extension, wire cutters, 19 millimeter wrench, 15 millimeter wrench, 8 millimeter socket, 7 millimeter socket, and a 4 millimeter Allen key.First, we need to get our stock intake out of the way. This is a really simple process. We're gonna grab our ratchet, extension, and 7 millimeter socket and loosen up that clamp around the throttle body. Next, we're gonna disconnect this breather hose here and this one as well. We're gonna start with this one, pretty easy to get out of the way. All you're going to do is pull it in toward the intake, then there'll be a little clip on the bottom here, pull that up and around the latch, and it should pull right off. This one's pretty simple as well. All you're going to do is push down on the black tab on top, and that should pull right away, too. Now, we're only gonna pull the top half of the intake off, and that's what our K&N system is going to be replacing. In order to do that, we're gonna release these tabs here, and there's a hose that gets just disconnected just like that, and you should be able to pull this out from the throttle body and kind of towards you. And it pops right off. And no need for this old air filter either.So our new K&N system is about ready to be installed on our truck, but before we bring it over there, I just wanted to build it up a little bit and compare it to our stock system and point out some of the key improvements it will be making. And right off the bat, in the looks department, it's a huge improvement. We're losing this unsightly factory cold air intake for a better looking K&N. It features this open-box design, which is not only going to allow more air into the filter but allow you to see it as well. So it's gonna look a lot better underneath the hood. Secondly, we're losing this flex pipe right here. Now, that makes this a little bit easier to install at the factory for Ford, but all it really does is create turbulence. Our new system has a smooth intake tube, so that's going to allow the air to flow smoothly and freely into the throttle body, which is going to make some power. And lastly, we're also losing this sound box here on the back. Now, all that's really there for is to make the truck a little bit more daily drivable, cut down on some of the induction noise. Without that on our new K&N system, it is going to hugely improve the sound.So what I'm gonna do next is break this back down, take our components over to the truck, and get them installed. So that's gonna be it for our old intake system. Now, I can move on to the table and start building up our new K&N kit. I'm gonna start with these two pieces of weatherstripping. This big one is going to go along this top edge here. That's gonna seal against our hood. K&N does give you a little bit extra, so I'm gonna use some wire cutters to trim that back. We're going to do the same thing for this little piece of weatherstripping right here. That gets cut in half and installed on this edge and also this edge right here. Next, we're gonna get this coupler installed onto our new airbox top. That uses the included hardware in the kit and gets tightened down with the 4 millimeter Allen key.So, that is gonna be it for our new intake box. What we're gonna do next is grab the intake tube and install some of these threaded fittings. Now, this largest one is going to go in this position right here, and then the smaller threaded one is gonna go right here. Now, you don't have to tighten these down too much. Again, they're just some plastic threads. Once I have them hand-tight, I'm just gonna give them a spin or two just to make sure they're sealed. The bigger one is a 19 and the smaller one is a 15. While we're here, we're just going to install this extension to our EVAP hose. This goes on the little fitting, and then there's another barb fitting we're going to be putting in the back of that. Next, we're going to prepare these couplers. This one, with the stepdown, is gonna go toward the throttle body, so on this end. And this one, with this hump in the middle, is going to go toward our new airbox. So we're gonna get those on, put the clamps around them, and then tighten them up. And that new K&N clamp is going to require an 8 millimeter socket or a flat-head screwdriver.So we're gonna work on the airbox. First, I'm gonna drop the filter onto the coupler, make sure that's seated, and then we could drop our airbox back onto the factory bottom. And then flip up these two tabs. Then we're gonna tighten down the band clamp on our filter with an 8 millimeter socket. Now, we can put the rest of our clamps on the intake tube and drop that in place, make sure it's seated properly around the throttle body and coupler on the airbox. Then we're gonna tighten down those clamps again with an 8 millimeter socket. And lastly, we're just gonna reinstall our breather hoses.And that is going to do it for my review and install of the K&N Series 63 AirCharger Cold Air Intake fitting all '15, '16, and '17 3.5 V6 F-150s. Thank you for watching. I'm Joe. For more videos like this and all things F-150, please subscribe to AmericanTrucks.
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Technical Note. The K&N Cold Air Intake is not designed for vehicles equipped with a Body Lift.
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March 22, 2020
Happy so far!!
Always happy with KandN! Gave the truck a nice howl when you stomp on it. Little better on gas but time will tell. Next upgrade is exhaust to deal with all this extra air.Helpful (0)
July 28, 2019
K n air intake
Great look and very easy to install just put it in not sure of the advantages yetHelpful (0)
July 20, 2019
Great product for the money
Installation only took 40 min. for me. Watched the video and installed CAI, pretty easy. Really didn't need the instructions KandN provides, the installation video explains everything. After installation, took my truck for a spin and noticed a huge difference in power and performance. You can really hear the CAI suck in the air and the awesome noise it creates. Truck sounds more aggressive when you get on it. I like the choice I made in buying this product and I would recommend getting this. I didn't want anything too radical and crazy and spend lots of money on a CAI system. This product is perfect for what I was looking for.Helpful (2)
December 29, 2018
Great product for the money
It Was very easy to install the intake. It took less then a hr for me . It sounds great when I stomp on it and adds some great sound to the truck and I would highly recommend this productHelpful (5)
September 01, 2018
Excellent entry level upgrade.
KandN products are great, but their customer service, not so much. Their overseas chat support told me it would not be applicable to my 2017 F150 3.5L, despite the same intake setup as their support 2015-2016. It's been a month and it runs like a charm, no knocking and no CEL. No tune required, relatively affordable for the amount of growl and power you get out of the box, and install was simple.Helpful (13)
August 30, 2017
This air filter is awesome. Easy to install, sounds great, gives the truck some extra pump.Helpful (17)
January 10, 2017
Good Upgrade from stock
very nice allignment and shows a noticible increase in power and throttle responseHelpful (14)
Will this product work on a 2016 Ford F-150 that is a flex fuel (not an eco boost) engine?
The K&N Series 63 Aircharger Performance Cold Air Intake is designed specifically for 2015 to 2017 Ford F-150s equipped with the 3.5L Naturally Aspirated V6 engine. The use of high-ethanol content fuel that is approved for use should not interfere with functionality of the intake.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2015-2017 3.5L V6||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||High density polyethylene plastic||Finish:||Black Finish|
|Manufacturer:||K&N||Computer Tune Required:||No|