Review & Install Video
What's up, everybody? I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my quick overview and install of the K&N Series 57 FIPK cold air intake system, available for your 2011 through 2014, 3.5 Liter EcoBoost-powered F-150. I'm gonna walk through a few basic topics in this video, guys, including what you can expect as far as benefits when using the K&N Series 57 on your EcoBoost F-150, what you're gonna find as far as basic components and construction, and then finally a quick little walk-through of the install. And overall, guys, you're looking at a one out of three on the difficult meter, really not that bad whatsoever. We'll have a little bit more detail coming up later on.
So you guys should be checking out the K&N Series 57 if you're after a bare-bones, no-nonsense, cold air for your EcoBoost from one of the most trusted names in aftermarket filtration. Now, this is gonna be a great option for you guys looking for a 50 state legal cold air system, one that is CARB certified and one that's gonna give you a little bit more sound under the hood while improving the appearance in the process. So if you've never heard of K&N before, then chances are you've probably been living under a rock for the last decade or two, or maybe this is your first day on the internet. And if so, welcome.
They're easily one of the most trusted names in the aftermarket for a wide variety of motorsports, produce some pretty solid stuff at reasonable prices. So the FIPK, or fuel injection performance kit, is one of K&N's most popular intakes in their lineup, continues to be a solid choice here in the site, not just for the trucks but also for the Mustangs as well. Again, this thing is CARB certified. It is 50 state legal. So guys out in California can take advantage of this thing, get a little bit more power, a little bit more sound. And best of all, you do not need a tune to run it. In fact, if you didn't know, all of the aftermarket cold air intakes for the EcoBoost-powered F-150s do not require the use of a custom or aftermarket tune, and that's due to the fact that these trucks run off of a system called speed density and not a mass airflow system.
Now, in the Mustang world, the mass airflow system, anytime you upgrade the size of your intake, you need to account for that in the use of a custom or aftermarket tune. Not the case here with the EcoBoost systems. Now even though this thing doesn't require the use of a custom tune, you can still expect a small bump in power when using the K&N series 57 on your EcoBoost truck, along with some improved throttle response as well. Nothing really too crazy on the dyno [SP] but maybe high single digits in the horsepower and torque range isn't out of the ordinary. But power benefits are really only one part of the equation here with the K&N, because again, you are getting that open element style airbox. And as such, you're gonna be getting a lot more engine noise, a lot more turbo noise from under the hood. Some of you guys might be into that. If not, then you might wanna stick with a sealed airbox instead.
Along with the power and sound capabilities or benefits, you're also getting one of K&N's bread-and-butter products, and that is one of their reusable high flow filters. Now this thing is actually comprised of a layer of cotton gauze material, or several layers of cotton gauze material, sandwiched between a wire mesh here. And then again, it is oiled with K&N's special sauce. So this thing is washable, it is reusable, and it is gonna save you some dough in the long run.
With most of the basic benefits covered, let's break down the basic construction as promised a little earlier here. Now, guys, again, you're getting a very simple, no-nonsense intake from K&N, very basic in appearance, which I actually like. It's really not that flashy. There's no big logo stamped all over this thing, which, again, some of you might like, some of you might not. Some of you guys might prefer the more flashy intakes. But if you do prefer the more basic or no-nonsense intakes, I really think you're gonna dig this one. Matte black, molded plastic tube here for the basic construction there. Again, the open element style filter here. This thing actually does tap into the lower portion of your factory airbox, which is worth pointing out because you are still taking advantage of all the cold air ducting from the front end of your truck.
But other than that, you're looking at all the basic hardware, cupplers [SP], and all the good stuff needed to get this thing in place. Before I get into the install, let's quickly talk about price, and I think you'll find the K&N Series 57 FIPK cold air to be one of your more affordable complete options on the site for your 3.5 Liter EcoBoost F-150. If you do go with another option, whether it be from Air Raid, AEM, or even Engine, you're gonna be spending a little bit more money compared to this thing at the end of the day.
Switching gears, let's talk install. And if this is your first modification you're doing to your F-150 and maybe you're not the most mechanically inclined person, don't worry, even you can tackle this job. Trust me, guys. All you really need is a few basic hand tools, including a socket set, maybe even a few screwdrivers to remove the top portion of your factory cold air system and then get the new K&N in place. So again, one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe 30 minutes to an hour before you're making some noise in the garage or driveway.
Wrapping this one up here, guys, if you're looking for an aftermarket cold air system that isn't gonna be the flashiest thing in the aftermarket, isn't gonna be loaded with aftermarket logos everywhere, the K&N Series 57 FIPK is a great choice, and here's why. It's gonna do everything you need it to do from an aftermarket cold air standpoint, and it's gonna do so for very little money. So that's my review of the K&N, which you can grab right here at americanmuscle.com.
Heavy-Duty Power Increase from and Easy-to-Use CAI.
Creating a deeper, louder performance intake sound that announces your 2011-2014 F-150 is a truck to be taken seriously, the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake gets your pickup’s 3.5L EcoBoost engine throbbing with an exciting dose of new power. The high flow filter and strongly aerodynamic intake tube combine to crank up the efficiency and combustion energy of your vehicle, generating +11 horsepower and +12 ft-lbs of torque handily in an otherwise bone stock engine. The air is delivered right to turbo inlet for guaranteed results!
Works Fine with the OE Tune.
The engine of your 2011-2014 EcoBoost F-150 doesn’t require a computer tune in order to run the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake. This intake works at its intended level with the factory tune in use, just as it will with a performance tune.
Cleanable and Reusable Filter with Aluminum Reinforcement.
Made to be cleaned a nearly unlimited number of times, the filter element found in the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake is built up from sandwiched layers of cotton gauze and epoxy-coated aluminum screening. The filter is cleaned with K&N’s environmentally friendly cleanser and clean water, then air-dried or blow-dried. It is a dry filter so no re-oiling is needed.
Precision Manufactured Polyethylene Part.
Precision is paramount when it comes to the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake’s construction, with exact manufacture ensuring the fit and performance of this USA-made part. The heat shield is injection molded from polyethylene. The intake tube, on the other hand, is rotationally molded out of high-density interlaced polyethylene, ensuring extreme toughness under pressure. The color is black with a red or magenta air filter. The clamps are fabricated from stainless steel.
Stock MAF Accommodated in Housing.
K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intakes include a MAF housing that fits the stock MAF, enabling reuse of the OEM component without the need for tuning or modification. There is also a coupling to hook up the stock EVAP hose.
Bolts On with No Fuss, No Muss.
Wrenches, a ratchet set, and a screwdriver are all you need to attach the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake to your vehicle. The hardware that’s packed with the CAI is made to fit the stock mounting holes that are left vacant when you remove the original intake to make room for this one.
Warranted for a Million Miles.
The K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake is made to be a long-lasting component for your truck, carrying an industry leading million-mile manufacturer's warranty.
50-State Street Legal, Usable in CA.
You can hit the road or the trail with the K&N Series 57 FIPK Cold Air Intake installed anywhere within United States boundaries. Made to comply with CARB regulations, the component is 50-state legal, and can be driven in California or any other area where CARB is used. If owned and driven in such a region, the CARB sticker must be visible for street legality. The CAI’S CARB EO Number is #D-269-48.
The K&N Series 57 FIPK Air Intake System is specifically designed to fit the 2011 to 2014 F-150s equipped with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.
Technical Note. The K&N Cold Air Intake is not designed for vehicles equipped with a Body Lift.
CA Residents: Warning: California's Proposition 65
- What's in the Box
- (1) Air Filter
- (1) Intake Tube
- (1) Heat Shield
- (1) Coupler Adapter
- (1) 36" Edge Trim
- (1) 19" Edge Trim
- (1) Pressure Sensor Adapter
- (1) Nylon 6/6 GF Adapter
- Necessary Hardware
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
||2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost
||Engine Bay |
||Computer Tune Required:
Estimated Horsepower & Torque Gains:
||11.05 hp @ 4318 rpm
||17.01 lb-ft @ 3450 rpm|
- Will it fit my F-150?
- 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 11, 12, 13, 14