(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
So if you own a '14 to '18, 5.3 liter powered Silverado and you're looking for a nice stealthy black open element intake that's on the more affordable end by the way and you want some nice performance gains, you should be checking out K&N's Blackhawk Cold Air Intake. Yes, this is a pretty affordable open element design, however, you will still get some pretty good horsepower and torque gains out of this. We actually just ran our truck on the Dyno bone stock and it made 281 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque.We then went ahead and threw on the Blackhawk intake with a basic tune to take advantage of the bigger element and our truck made 291 horsepower and 323 pound-feet of torque. It's pretty nice, those are 10 horsepower gains and 18 pound-feet of torque gains with very consistent curve gains. Now the curve gains are really nice because that's actually what you're gonna be feeling when you're driving around on the city streets. And like I said, this is on the more affordable end of open element designs, however, it's still coming from one of the best names in the industry and that's K&N. They've been around longer than I've been alive so it's safe to say, if you want quality, you should be checking out K&N. Now if you like the way that sounds, you'll like the way the Blackhawk looks and I certainly do, I'm a fan of that blacked-out, murdered-out look. You should stick around. I'm actually gonna show you the install step-by-step. Now, this shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to an hour in the driveway with basic hand tools.There's no actual modification required on the truck itself, so I'm gonna go ahead and give this an easy one out of three wrenches on my patented difficulty meter. So without further ado, let's go ahead and get started. To install your new intake, you will need the following tools: a 1/4-inch drive ratchet, a short extension, an 8-millimeter deep socket, a 10-millimeter deep socket, a T15 Torx bit, and a 4-millimeter Allen key. Optional but helpful tools include an impact wrench.So first things first, we have to remove our factory air intake. Now, to do that, you're gonna start with removing the factory tube itself. We're also gonna disconnect our MAF sensor and to pull the tube out of the vehicle, you're gonna need an 8-millimeter socket and an extension. All right, with our factory air tube loosened, all we have to do now is disconnect both breather hoses on either side before we can pull it from the vehicle. You've got one breather hose over here on the resonator and then on the same location on the opposite side. Well they're just quick disconnect fittings so you just gotta squeeze them with your fingers to loosen them.All right, with your factory intake tube removed, you have to remove your factory air box with the MAF sensor in it as well. This is not actually bolted down, it's just held in with a couple rubber grommets, so just use a little bit of hand pressure and pull it out of the engine bay. So as you can see, the new Blackhawk intake really does a great job of cleaning up the engine bay and that's thanks to ditching this large and ugly factory air box, in favor of this nice high-flow filter with this open element design and heat shield. Now before we install the new Blackhawk intake, we have to do a little bit of work on the table here. First things first, we're gonna swap out our MAF sensor and to do that, you're gonna need a T15 Torx bit because of these self-tapping screws here.All right, now that your original MAF sensor is installed in your new intake tube, it's time to finish setting up the tube. To do that, you're going to grab two of the plastic barbs in the kit and these are gonna be for those new crankcase ventilation hoses on either side. All right, your intake tube is set up and ready to go. The last step on the table here is installing the weather stripping on the heat shield. It's gonna make sure you have a nice tight seal, make sure none of that hot engine bay air gets into your filter which could kill performance.All right, now that our factory air box is removed, we gotta pull the mounting tray itself. That's gonna make room for our new heat shield. To do that, you're gonna need a 10-millimeter deep socket and it's helpful to have an extension as well. All right, now that our heat shield's all set up, it's time to install it. We're gonna put this in the spot where we originally removed that mounting plate for the factory air box. Now this installs with those three original bolts we pulled out, one on the back here and two in the front here. So you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket for these.All right, now that our heat shield is all set up, it's time for us to install our air filter. To do that, you're gonna grab the largest clamp in the kit and slide it over the rubber end of the filter itself, then you're gonna take the plastic adapter for the intake tube and slide it inside this rubber coupler. You're gonna tighten down this clamp using an 8-millimeter deep socket. All right, then once you have all that tightened down, you're gonna throw this inside the heat shield itself and you see these two little threaded holes on either side, you're gonna take these two bolts provided in the kit and you're gonna tighten those down. That's gonna secure your new air filter to your heat shield so that we can install our intake tube.All right, now that our air filter is in place we're gonna install the rubber couplers on the air filter and the throttle body. We're gonna tighten those down with the two provided clamps in the kit. Again, these are 8-millimeter heads. Once we do so, we can install our intake tube. All right, with the rubber couplers in place on the air filter and the throttle body, we're gonna go ahead and install our intake tube. For that, you're gonna grab the last of the two clamps, again, 8-millimeter nuts on the ends of those to tighten those down. All right, now that our intake is installed, we're gonna install our crankcase ventilation hoses, one on either side of the valve covers. Once we do that, we're gonna plug in our MAF sensor. So as you can see, the Blackhawk intake does install quite easily and you are still getting some pretty good performance gains as you saw from our Dyno runs earlier. And on that note, that actually wraps up my review and install of K&N's Blackhawk Cold Air Intake, fitting your '14 to '18, 5.3 liter powered Silverado. I'm Travis, thanks for watching and for all things Silverado, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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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 31, 2020
This air intake gave my truck an awesome throaty sound and was simple to install.Helpful (0)
March 31, 2020
Great Budget Intake
Quick to install, made my truck sound like a truck. Dont know about HP gains and what not without a tune, but you can deffinatly hear it.Helpful (0)
November 30, 2019
K N Blackhawk
This cold air intake is excellent value for the money. I saw immediate increase in horse power and I loved the new throaty sound I got! Very easy installation, took me about 20 minutes. I would highly recommend this product!Helpful (2)
November 07, 2019
Easy install and I'm glad with the results . I recommend it :)Helpful (0)
September 06, 2019
Exactly what I've come to expect from K N...
I began purchasing KandN CAI (Cold Air Intake) systems when I bought my 2014 Camaro SS. From the 1st street I drove down in that, I was sold. Needless to say, I sit here impressed with their BLACKHAWK CAI a 2018 Silverado Z71 4x4. Beautifully Rich sound, Noticeably increased HP and TQ. If you're questioning it with another product...DON'T. Unless, you want something less than...Helpful (1)
August 05, 2019
Quick, easy, worth the money
Very fast install that can be done in less than 20 minutes. The truck breathes a little better and does a little better on fuel on long tripsHelpful (0)
July 29, 2019
As soon as I GOT MY BLACKHAWK COLD AIR INTAKE FOR SILVERADO 2017 IT MADE MY TRUCK COME TO LIFE AND SOUNDED LIKE A TRUCK. THE COST WAS WORTH IT.Helpful (1)
July 22, 2019
Sounds amazing when you get on it about half throttle. Can tell a slight bit on gas milageHelpful (0)
July 16, 2019
Sleek look and MPG!
Truck sounds like a truck now! Can’t wait to get my exhaust done. Gas mileage has improved about 1-2 mpg. Not much but hey it pays for itself with time and then the savings kick in. Responsiveness from throttle is definitely noticeable, and couldn’t be happier with it. Plus straight black, looks great, doesn’t stick out like the rest of the chrome finish pipes. Love it! Only issue I had was definitely the hose connectors, included are cheap plastic ones. Don’t listen to the instructions and use a wrench! They will snap. If you want some brass ones, I got them on amazon for about 6.50 each (5/8” to 1/4”).Helpful (1)
June 22, 2019
CAN'T BEAT A K N COLD AIR FILTER
I HAVE HAD MY BLACKHAWK OVER TWO(2) YEARS, AND I LIVE IN THE DESERT WITH NO PROBLEMS... NOW, I ALSO WENT TO THREE(3) IN. S/S DUAL EXHAUST, A JET PERFORMANCE THROTTLE BODY AND THEIR MAS, AND A THROTTLE COMMANDER SET ON SPORT #3, AND MY GMC ALL TERRAIN WOKE UP LIKE IT GAINED TWO(2) EXTRA CYLINDERS.. ONE DRAW BACK THOUGHT, EXPECT TO LOOSE SOME GAS MILEAGE BECAUSE IT HARD NOT TO GAS ON IT BECAUSE THE TRUCK SOUNDS SO GOOD!!!Helpful (0)
What is the part number for this K N filter ?
K&N's part number for the air filter used on this cold air intake is RU-3101HBK.
do i have to tune this intake for my 2017 Sliverado 5.3 liter
No tune is required for this intake.
Is this CARB compliant for a 2018 1500?
This is only CARB approved for 2014 models.
What’s the difference between this and the series 77 (besides color)?
The 77 series is CARB legal for 2014 trucks while the Blackhawk is not.
I did ask a Question about 3 or 4 days ago and i'm still waiting for a answer.How do you clean this Blackhawk filter, I was told by a friend you don't use oil on it.
This is a dry filer, and you simply rinse the filter and let dry and reinstall.
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake does not require a tune for installation and should not trigger a CEL following installation.
Cold air intakes can possibly void the factory warranty. We recommend checking with your dealership to confirm what will/will not void the warranty on the vehicle.
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake is made with an aluminum intake tube with a black powder coated finish and has a dry filter. The K&N Series 63 AirCharger Cold Air Intake is made with a black polyethylene intake tube and has an oiled filter.
Most times installing an intake will void the warranty yes. You will need to check with your dealership offering the warranty to confirm with them.
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake does not require a tune for installation. For optimal performance, we recommend a tune to get the most power out of the intake as safely possible.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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