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K&N Series 63 AirCharger Cold Air Intake (15-17 3.5L V6 F-150)

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      Video Review & Installation

      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.

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Cold Air Intake System
      • Replaces Stock Air Filter
      • High-Flow Filter for Better Breathability
      • Horsepower Gains: 12.27HP
      • Torque Increase of 9.87lb-ft
      • Not CARB Certified, Thus Not Legal for Sale, or Use in California, or States Adopting CA's Emission Standards
      • Air Filter: Chrome Top with Heat Shield Protection
      • Hose Clamps: Regular Design; Stainless Steel
      • Intake Pipe: Black; High-Density Polyethylene
      • Simple Installation
      • Fits 2015-2017 3.5L V6 F-150s


      Up the Energy. Replace the stock air filter and air intake housing with the K&N Series 63 Aircharger Performance Intake Kit for better airflow. The new cold air intake system is engineered to inhale more air when you press on the gas pedal than the factory filter, resulting in better base breathability and more usable energy. The result is more horsepower and torque, giving you outstanding truck performance.

      Estimated 12.27HP Gains. Dynamometer test results for a 2016 Ford F-150 with 3.5L V6 engine reveal horsepower improvements of about 12.27HP at 5686rpm. The estimated torque during the test period was 9.87lb-ft when the increase was at 3511rpm. While these numbers are approximations, the improvements to performance after upgrading to a more robust air filter (chrome-topped with heat shield protection) are clear.

      No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the naturally aspirated 3.5L V6 equipped F-150s, this K&N Series 63 CAI does not require a computer re-tune. The engineers at K&N really did their homework to improve your F-150's power using the factory tune.

      Easy Installation. This K&N air intake system is simple to install within about 90 minutes, and all necessary parts and hardware are included in the kit. Prep for the install by writing down all memory presets before disconnecting the negative battery cable, as they will be erased once it is disengaged. Next, disconnect the crankcase. Follow the remaining steps of the K&N Installation Instructions for part #63-2596 to avoid damaging the engine, throttle body, and intake tube.

      Recommended Upgrade. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanTrucks recommends a custom tune with a Handheld Tuner. By reprogramming the vehicles computer (ECU) to you will get the best possible power and performance increases from this K&N cold air intake.

      Application. 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 (N/A) V6 engine.

      Please Note.This product is not legal for use in California or any other state adopting California emission standards.

      Technical Note. The K&N Cold Air Intake is not designed for vehicles equipped with a Body Lift.

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      K&N 63-2596

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Air Filter
      • (1) Intake Tube
      • (1) Vent: 1/4” NPT to Quick Disconnect
      • (1) Vent: 1/4” w/ 3/8” Hose; Strt
      • (1) Vent: 3/8” Barb; Strt
      • (1) Hose: 3/8” ID x 4” L
      • (1) Hose: 3-1/2” ID x 2-1/2” L
      • (1) Hose: 3-1/2” to 3” ID x 3” L
      • (5) Hose Clamps: #48 x 1; #56 x 3; #104 x 1
      • (1) 6” Universal Adapter
      • (2) Washers: M6 Split Lock (Zinc)
      • (2) Washers: 6mm Flat (Stainless Steel)
      • (1) Heat Shield
      • (2) Edge Trim: 39” & 19”
      • (2) Stainless Steel Bolts; M6 x 1 x 16mm

      Tech Specs

      Cold Air Intake Specifications
      Year/Model:2015-2017 3.5L V6Filter Placement:Engine Bay
      Material:High density polyethylene plasticFinish:Black Finish
      Manufacturer:K&NComputer Tune Required:No

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