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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com. And today, we're taking a closer look at, listening to and installing the Roush Performance Cold Air Intake available for the 2018 and newer 2.7-Liter EcoBoost F-150s. You should be checking this out for your own 2.7 if you're looking to ditch the factory intake to pick up something that's a lot less restrictive, a lot more capable of pulling in cold air and a filter that's a lot more superior than your factory one being able to filter out all the unwanted particles that you don't want getting into your engine bay. Now I'm gonna break down all the specifics of the kits, specifically that filter and comparing it to the factory in just a little bit once we get the factory one uninstalled. But for now, know that this one is perfect for the guys out there looking for a no-tune required upgrade in the cold air intake department. This not only is gonna pull in more cold air, it's got a 105-millimeter mass airflow housing or an air intake housing. It's got a washable and reusable dry filter from Roush, way better than the factory paper element, and again, we'll take a look at that in just a bit. Note that this one is going to provide a 25% decrease in airflow restriction when compared to the factory intake on this forced induction setup which is a pretty impressive number in my personal opinion. With that, you can also expect a small power bump in the horsepower and torque department. While this doesn't require a tune, we're not strapping it down to the dyno today but do know that this is something that you're gonna feel. You'll get a little bit better throttle response and acceleration and you're also gonna get some more of that turbo noise which is why we're showing you guys that sound clip. It does have a slightly more aggressive sound than a factory intake thanks to it being less restrictive. Now this one here is gonna come in right around the $400 mark which puts it right around the middle of the pack there as far as cold air intakes go. It's not the most budget-friendly, but it's also not gonna break the bank too, too much. For what you get, Roush does provide some of the highest quality materials in a cold air intake which is definitely something I look for in those products. It's also gonna reuse the factory air inlet at the top which I personally really like. Whenever you install a new heat shield or a new airbox, I do like when they retain or at least give you a new one in the way of the functionality you get from the factory. Speaking of that airbox, this airbox is going to be a lot bigger than the factory one. It's trapping in all that cold air being pulled in from the front and blocking out a lot more that excess engine bay heat than your factory one would. That lid also has this clear window to give you a perfect line of sight to that filter. Now not only is that gonna look good under the hood, obviously, but it gives you an eyesight into the condition of the filter. You can see if it's getting really dirty and clogged up, but at that point, you can pop this off with just a couple of these hex screws, unbolt or unclamp that filter, wash it out with some of that pressurized air, throw it right back in and it's good as new. Now the install for this is gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home in about 30 minutes to an hour from start to finish. Keep in mind guys, this does require some drilling not to your factory intake and not to your vehicle, you're just drilling two small holes on the side of your heat shield from Roush. Now I will say it's not even entirely required but it is recommended. You're really drilling two holes to bolt on a bracket that'll clip on your factory intake temperature sensor harness. What that is, is just retaining it so it's not falling down of the engine bay. Again, not completely required but it is recommended from Roush. Roush also includes an extension to that harness to make sure that it's wrapping around and plugging in properly without any of that tension being put on the wiring harness and giving it enough slack. I'm gonna walk you through every single step of the process, starting with getting your factory intake off. We'll compare the two, factory and Roush, and then install your new Roush intake. Let's get to it. Tools used in this install include an impact gun, a drill, 15/64ths-inch or a 17/64ths-inch drill bit, variety of extensions, 1/4-inch and 3/8 ratchet, 7, 8 10 and 13-millimeter deep sockets, a T30 Torx bit, center punch and a panel removal tool. All right. First up here for the on install is to grab a 7-millimeter socket or even a flathead screwdriver will work. We're gonna loosen up this clamp here on our factory tubing as well as the bottom one. Now this one we don't really have to worry about because the rest of this is gonna come off in one piece. We just need disconnect it from the turbo tubing. So that's gonna be bottom and top. The top one is easy to see, the bottom ones a little more difficult simply because the head of it is on the back side, so I'll have to go in from the back. Let's tackle the top one first and then we'll do the bottom. All right. So we're just gonna loosen that guy up. All right. Now for the bottom one, I definitely recommend an extension just to get down there a little bit easier. All right. Now on the side of your factory airbox is a 13-millimeter bolt. Grab a ratchet and a socket and get this guy off. All right. Next step, I'm gonna grab a panel removal tool. This isn't required but it definitely makes life easier. On the side of your airbox, on the backside you'll see the temperature sensor harness is connected using these little Christmas tree clips on the front and back. You want to pop those guys off. All right. And then from there, you can disconnect your sensor, pinch and pull back. All right. From here, we're gonna pull back our tubing and disconnect, top and bottom, lift up on the airbox and remove it all in one piece. Now as you can see, we're still connected to our air ducts, but this is all free. So what you want to do is pop off these two-panel clips on the front end and it'll all come out. So I'm gonna use my panel removal tool here, they're in a very tight space, so it's hard to get a tool in there, but you really just want to try to pry it up so you can get your tool underneath. All right. From here we can lift up and set this aside. All right. So we've got our factory intake off of our EcoBoost behind me. It's on the table next to our Roush intake kit. I'm gonna take you through the similarities and differences. Let's start upfront with the biggest difference being the filter. Now I took apart the factory heat shield to expose that filter and take it out for you. This is our Roush obviously, and you can see completely different shape, quality, performance, night and day. The factory filter is a flat paper element filter, it's a dry filter which really does an okay job filtering out particles and all the things you don't want getting into your engine bay, but as far as airflow, it really isn't gonna optimize airflow. It's not doing the best that it could to make sure as much cold air as bringing bought in while also filtering out the unwanted particles, and that's where the Roush really stands out. This is a taller conical filter, uses a cotton gauze material as opposed to your paper element. It is also a dry filter, so that is similar in those cases. It's not gonna require re-oiling when it comes time for routine maintenance, you don't have to worry about that, so it's a lot easier to clean. All you have to do is use pressurized air, you can clean it right off and throw it right back in when it comes time for that routine maintenance. It also has an inner and outer layer of diamond wire mesh to make sure it is holding in and filtering out all that unwanted particle. Because it's a 360-degree conical filter, it has a lot more capability to pull in that cold air. That in combination with your larger capacity and larger inlet tubing and heat shield, you're gonna have a lot more air coming in, blocking out a lot more of that excess engine bay heat. Now the rest of the kid here is more of a molded plastic, very similar to the quality of materials, if not the exact same quality materials as your factory airbox. But again, it is much larger giving you more potential to pull in air. It's gonna use brand new EPDM rubber, so it's really just a thick, higher quality rubber than the factory option which is gonna have a perfect seal and a perfect fit for your intake, so there are no chances of any air leaks. Now what we do have to do is transfer over a couple of things. The new kit does not come with a new air duct, so we're gonna unbolt that factory air duct which connects to the upper radiator shroud. That way you can reuse all of the opportunities that your factory intake, had to pull in air from the front end on your new intake. You are also gonna transfer over your factory air temperature sensor, that's gonna bolt right into the new kit. And then finally, we're gonna unbolt this little rubber grommet here and switch that over as well. So step number one, let's unbolt this factory air duct and swap it over. Now for that factory air duct, just turn it to the side. There's one 8-millimeter bolt holding this on, so we're gonna remove that. From there, we're gonna disconnect. You might have to push from the inside, and unsnap it. Let's transfer that guy over. With that out of the way, we can transfer that over but before we toss off our factory bottom portion of the heat shield, let's remove this grommet and metal spacer. Now the metal spacer and grommet can be removed in one piece, it's very tight. If you twist and push back, you can pop that space or out of place which is really holding that guy in. There you go. Let's put this down. All right. So here is the bottom portion of our new heat shield from Roush. I'm gonna pop this guy in place. You may have to hold it with your other hand but take that factory screw and we're gonna put it through. It's more like a self-tapping screw so we shouldn't have any problems using this guy again. We're just gonna put it in by hand at first, grab our socket and we're gonna tighten it down. All right. The next step does require some drilling and the template included in the kit. Now the template included in the kit is really on the instruction manual that you will see online. When you go on Roush Performance's website, you can also scan the QR code included in the kit, pop up those directions and all the way at the bottom is a template. Print that last template page out and then you're gonna cut out this little portion here. What this does is it matches up to the inlet on your heat shield, so it's gonna go right around like this. You're gonna line this up and you're gonna drill two 17/64ths-inch holes inside of these two little dots here. I already printed this out and cut it out as well. So what I'm gonna do is take our pieces of tape, get it to be exactly where we want, and I'm gonna tape it down. You don't want it to move when you're drilling or marking those holes. So really what we're gonna do is line this guy up, tape her down. I'm gonna use a center punch which I highly recommend using to just punch out these holes. What this is gonna do is make a small indent in the plastic and mark our position. All right. So now what we can do is remove this template. Before you do so, just make sure you can visibly see those holes. Ours looks pretty good. Perfect. Now what we're doing this for is basically to mount this bracket here. This bracket's coming right there, it's already got two bolts included, already pre-installed right there, so you already know what size you need. It's gonna go right there. Now we can do is take our drill and drill bit and we're gonna drill in these two holes. So now what you can do is take the bracket included in the kit, it's gonna sit just like this with the curve and the extension facing up. Take those bolts and install them into the bracket from the inside. Those nuts are more so welded on. What you might want to do is just start threading it through at first and then catch the threading on the bracket. All right. So we got that in there. You can tighten it down as far as you can by hand and then do the same thing on the other one. Now for these, you want to grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten them down with a ratchet from the inside. Next step will be our velocity stack tubing that'll attach to the filter. You want to take this, line up these two open holes to the threaded holes inside of the airbox. You want to go from the inside out, just like that. I'm gonna use a 10-millimeter and an extension to get this started. All right. So now that we have those started, we can tighten it down. Now for the next step, I put our factory intake back on the table. We have to remove the intake temperature sensor. Now to get this off, you're gonna need a firm grip, twist and pull straight back. If you're having trouble, you can grab a pair of needle-nose pliers or something like that and carefully twist it off. You really want to make sure you're using caution this is plastic. You don't want to damage it, you don't want to break it. So what we're gonna do is just crack it loose and pull straight back. All right? If you're gonna use some kind of tool, exercise caution. Now we can take that sensor and slide it right into this slot, pre-molded into the plastic here on the tubing we just installed in our new airbox. Just gonna find the piece that matches up to. Once it's in there, we're gonna twist and lock it in. All right. Next up, let's assemble some of those couplers on our new tubing. Now this is the way it's gonna work. The top portion of this is gonna go to your airbox or your filter, the bottom is going to one turbo extension, and this smaller one is gonna go to the tubing that wraps around to the other side of the engine bay for your other turbo. So here's what we're gonna do. Organize this by size. To your filter is gonna be that accordion-style silicone coupler. You got that here, it's gonna get the largest clamp and the medium clamp. Next up is that medium size coupler, this one is gonna go to the bottom turbo. You're gonna get two of the medium clamps and then finally the smaller tubing obviously gets the smaller coupler and the smaller of the two clamps. So we have that organized, we're gonna grab an 8-millimeter socket. You can also use a flathead screwdriver, this is just a little bit faster. First we're gonna assemble that accordion one going to the filter. Now, before you install it, you want to grab one of the clamps, install that over the smaller side, and the smaller side of this accordion is gonna go to your tubing. You want to seat that all the way in. Make sure it's seated all the way around. Grab your eight-socket and tighten it down. Now, you want to make sure you're installing the head of the clamp facing up, so it's gonna sit in the engine bay like this. So I don't want to install the clamp facing down, it's gonna be mounted just like that. When you're tightening those down, you just want to make sure it's all the way around seated properly. You want it seated up against the lip so those can't slide off. Now would I also like to do is just take the other end of that clamp, now this is gonna go of course to the airbox tubing. I like to just get it nice and snug so it's not falling off and we know it's on there. We can do the same thing for both of the other ones. All right. And then finally, we'll do the small guy. I think it's about time we start installing the heat shield, that air duct assembly all in one piece inside the truck. All right. Now before we install our intake, grab the grommet and the metal spacer along with the 13-millimeter bolt that we took off of this firewall here and we're gonna re-install that. We don't need to install it on our heat shield because you wouldn't be able to get it tightened down, so you want to get it tightened down now while we have access. Perfect. All right. Grab the heat shield assembly and drop it into place. It'll snap right into some of those rubber grommets on the bottom there. You're also gonna make sure that this rubber grommet on the side is going into this little slot cut out on your new heat shield. Make sure that mounts in there properly. Just like that, and it'll hold it in place. So next what we want to do is grab those two little pushpin clips we removed from the air duct originally and put them back in here to help hold this in place. All right. These just pop right in place and push down. All right. Next step, we can drop in our tubing. Now remember, you want to have the clamps on either end, ready to go. If you need to just loosen them up if you installed them like I did, connect them to the factory tubing. All right, once you have the tubing connected, grab your sockets and tighten them down. Some of them are eights and some of them are seven-millimeter. I just want to give the tubing a tug and make sure they're nice and tight. All right. Now when dropping your filter into place, you want to take a look at the top here. Roush is written on the top with an arrow facing down. Make sure this arrow is facing down when you install it. All right. Grab your eight-socket and tighten down that clamp. Now your factory sensor used to be located up top here, it's now been relocated to the opposite side on the front end here. So what we need to do is route our old harness over that way which is why we installed this bracket here. The bracket is basically a retaining clip for this harness. So what we're gonna do, let's feed this underneath, this white little Christmas tree on the harness, we're gonna plugin right there on that bracket. On this side, we can plug the sensor in. Perfect.Now in the kit, you are given a harness extension. If you're finding yourself with not enough room to route that harness, you can plug the harness into this and then the other end into your sensor. We have plenty of slack here so we don't really need to worry about that. But if you needed to use it, really what would happen is you would just plug the factory harness into this like that and then this harness would plug into there. But now, we already had enough slack, so now we have a lot, so I'm not gonna worry about that extension. Again, it's in the kit if you need it. For us, we can plug straight in. Guys, last but not least is this lid. Drop it right into place, and as you can see, it lines up to some of those holes around the factory heat shield. Grab those little hex screws included in the kit. I'm just gonna start them off by hand just to have them in place and then we'll grab our hex socket and tighten these guys down. It's really only gonna grip the first thread but at least we get them started. Alright, next up two more. Now you want to grab your T30 Torx bit and tighten these down. Now, if you're doing this with an impact gun, don't put your impact on the highest setting, put it on the medium or the low setting just because it's plastic, you don't want to crack it. Right. Now if you're using an impact gun, you want to make sure it's on its lowest setting, you don't want to be too rough on the plastic, you don't want it to crack. Using a ratchet is definitely safer. All right. Once this last bolt is tightened down, you are good to go. Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the Roush Performance Cold Air Intake for all 2018 and newer 2.7-Liter EcoBoost F-150s. You can pick yours up for your 2.7 right here at americantrucks.com.
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The Most Highly Engineered Kit on the Market. The Roush Cold Air Intake Kit provides better air intake than your F-150’s factory airbox. Two of its most important features are a reduced pressure drop and an unrestricted potential for power and fuel efficiency. This kit allows for much better engine performance, despite the fact that it does not require calibration.
High-Quality Construction. The Roush Cold Air Intake Kit features larger inlet and air box sizes, as well as an aggressive performance sound and additional induction noise. It was designed to keep heat out and facilitate maximum performance. Made of an inner and outer layer of wire mesh, the high-capacity dry filter retains its shape and is easily washable. The kit uses EPDM rubber couplers for an optimum fit; this will not void your warranty.
Quick and Hassle-Free Installation. The Roush Cold Air Intake Kit was built to fit factory mounting locations, allowing for a smooth and fast installation. This system does not require any tuning post-installation, nor does it need any cutting or welding.
Includes Limited Parts Warranty. The Roush Cold Air Intake Kit is backed by the manufacturer’s 90-day limited parts warranty. For more information, you may contact them directly.
Application. The Roush Cold Air Intake Kit works with 2018-2023 2.7L EcoBoost F-150 models.
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