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Justin: The S&B Cold Air that we have here today would be an awesome choice for any 2018 through 2020 5-liter owner who is looking for one of the nicest sealed enclosure options available at a very affordable price point. Now, the S&B will feature a durable ABS plastic build for the airbox and tube itself, will also include the reusable oiled filter, and finally will not require the use of any custom or canned tuning. Price point for the five-star rated option will live in that low to mid $300 range. And the install according to the site, it's gonna get a solid one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here. And I would say take an hour at most to complete from start to finish.But as always, guys, hang out with me for a bit we'll walk you through that install later in the video. So, I always like to say intakes are one of those gateway mods that oftentimes gets truck owners comfortable with working on and modifying their own rigs. Not only is there an instant improvement with both appearance and performance, but the satisfaction of tackling something like this on your own in the driveway or garage is certainly gonna build confidence for future modification.Now, the S&B that we are covering here today is easily one of the most popular in the category for the 5-liter trucks with well over 105-star reviews. And as always, going to encourage you guys to read up on some of those first, as it will definitely help to hear from other 5-liter truck owners out there when making your final decision. Now, as far as your major components are concerned, well, two biggies jumped out at me right away. First and foremost, you are getting a sealed enclosure here, which is gonna get a big thumbs up from me. Now, that sealed enclosure has been designed and built very well. And these are gonna be your best bet when we're talking about reducing high intake air temperatures under the hood when stationary.Now, when you're moving, obviously, it's not a huge deal because you're getting some airflow through the box and through the filter itself. But if you're the type of owner who sits in a lot of traffic, you live in a hot climate, well, those temps can eventually creep up and can make the truck feel a little bit sluggish. So, that's why I always like recommending a sealed enclosure when your first and only goal is really performance and looking to combat some of those high intake air temps.Now, inside that sealed enclosure will be one of S&B signature oiled filters. Now, the general rule of thumb here between oiled and dry filters is that oiled filters are going to flow a little bit better, whereas a dry filter will help capture a little bit more dust and particles. Now, ultimately, that shouldn't be a huge concern, at least in this case, because the filter is gonna live in that sealed enclosure. Therefore, you're not gonna see a ton of dirt and dust going through it like you would maybe an open-style enclosure. Now, the only drawback to going with an oiled filter like this is that sure they do require a little bit more maintenance when cleaning and re-oiling, but the plus side of that equation is that you can essentially reuse this thing for the life of your rig.Now, as far as benefits are concerned, well, a more modified under-hood appearance is certainly a given, but also expect a slight bump in both horsepower and torque. And I'm not gonna sit up here and say 20 to 30 wheel because frankly, that's pretty unrealistic. But anywhere from the high single-digit low double-digit gain is certainly not uncommon depending on the condition of the system that you are replacing. Very important to note that because if you're replacing a dirty filter and something that's been on the truck for a very long time, well, then you're gonna see a whole lot more benefits out of something like this.Besides that, though, some owners have even commented on picking up a little bit more throttle response and even in some rare cases, even picking up a little bit more fuel economy, but, of course, that all depends on just how heavy a foot the owner has. Now, the rest of the kit is pretty straightforward. We've already covered the filter and the airbox here, but you're also receiving a roto-molded plastic intake tube along with all of the hardware and fittings and couplers needed to get the system in place. You're also receiving a brand new scoop here that will mount to the radiator cover. I like that because sometimes the factory when can get a little beat up. But again, this kit is super nice given the price point. This kit also does not require any tuning, so you can just pick this system up, unbox it, throw it on your rig without the need for anything else and that's always a big thing to point out.But now we wanna segue into the install process, show you just what it takes to get the S&B system installed on your 5-liter rig at home. So, without further ado check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown right now.Man: Tools we use for this install, 19-millimeter wrench, 16-millimeter wrench, Phillips head screwdriver, flat-head screwdriver, ratchet, 13-millimeter deep socket, and a trim removal tool. Now, this is gonna be a fairly simple install, only requiring a couple of hands. First things first, we do have to get that stock cold air intake out. Now we're gonna start by taking our flat-head screwdriver and undoing the clamp at the throttle body side of the cold air intake tube. Now we could move on to the actual airbox clamp after we get this undone.Now that we have those clamps loosened up, we're gonna go ahead and take the lines off of the cold air intake tube, unclamp the top of your airbox. Now we can remove the colder intake tube and the lid off the airbox. Go ahead and grab your 13-millimeter socket and remove the bolt here on the side of the airbox. Now, we will be reusing the grommet here on the airbox, so go ahead and be careful with that. Go ahead and grab your clip removal tool. Pop this tube out at the front of the cold air. And now we can get the stock airbox out. Go ahead and slightly pull up, and we have that removed.So, before we get this into the F150, we're gonna pre-assemble it here on the table so it's an easy fitting. First, what we're gonna do is get our fittings in place. You're gonna do the 3/8 to 1/4-inch in the designated spot for that, and then you're gonna take the 3/8 and also hand-tighten that in for now. Go ahead and take your coupler and put it on the smaller end or the throttle body hand. And you're gonna take the kit-provided clamps and get that lightly tightened on there for now. We'll go in and tighten that later. Take your flat-head just to get that snugly in place.Again, not too tight, we are just making sure that stays on. For now, we'll go ahead and tighten that when we get it into the engine bay. Go ahead and grab your 16-millimeter wrench, tighten down the smaller fitting. Now, this does not need to go all the way down, it is a tapered thread. Once that starts to get tight, it is going to seal. We're gonna grab our 3/4 wrench. This is ready to go.Now, moving on to the rubber pieces we're gonna get the front inlet put on the airbox here. Using the long stem plastic rivets, we're gonna get that put in place. Now the factory grommet I told you to hold on to from the factory airbox, we're gonna wanna take the metal insert out of it. It will make it easier to get this put into the new airbox. And go ahead and take that grommet and place it into the side of the S&B airbox. Then take that insert and get that placed in there as well.Now, flipping the airbox around, we're gonna take the last oval-shaped rubber cuff and get that on the airbox and your last band clamp. At this point, go ahead and grab your flat-head screwdriver and get that secured. Next, you're gonna take your new airbox and get that in place, fitting that into the stock location. We're gonna reuse that bolt and grommet from the stock setup. Get the new airbox firmly in place, grab your bolt and thread it on through. Grabbing your 13-millimeter socket, go ahead and tighten that down.Once that's secure, we can move on to the cold air intake tube, we'll get that installed here. Go ahead and get your cold air intake tube seated in the airbox, and now connect the intake tube to your throttle body. Grab your flat-head screwdriver and tighten down your clamps. Now we can move on to getting the filter in the airbox. Grab your air filter, make sure to place that with the band clamp facing upwards. That way, we can come in and tighten it down. Grab your flat-head again and we're gonna tighten this band clamp at the cold air filter.Once that is secure, we're gonna get our clear lid down. Place your clear lid over and hand-thread the screw and rubber gasket. And we're gonna repeat this for all six. Now, grab a Phillips head screwdriver and getting these tightened down. Reusing the factory pop clips, we're gonna go ahead and secure the inlet back down to the rad support. Now we'll plug our hoses back in. After you get these two hoses secured, you're ready to hit the road.Now that's gonna wrap it up for this review and install of the S&B Cold Air Intake with Oiled Cotton Filter, fitting all '18 to '20 5.0 F150s. 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|Cold Air Intake Type
|Cold Air Intake
|No Tune Required
|Cold Air Intake Tube Material
|Cold Air Intake Filter Type
More Power. Enhance your truck’s driving performance by installing this S&B Cold Air Intake with Oiled Cleanable Cotton Filter. This cold air intake gives more power to your truck by pumping more air to your engine. As more air becomes available for combustion, you’re guaranteed to have a boost in horsepower and torque.
No Tune Required. S&B engineered their Cold Air Intake to improve the performance of your F-150 without the need of reprogramming your computer. By utilizing flow dynamics, this Intake will increase power using the original factory tune. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanTrucks recommends a custom tune to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best possible performance from this Cold Air Intake.
Features a High-Flow Air Filter. This S&B Cold Air Intake features a high-flow air filter, allowing it to exhibit great filtering capabilities. Also, it is equipped with an oiled cotton media that effectively traps dirt and other particles. You can also save on filter replacement costs since this filter can be washed and reused.
Durable Construction. To handle your underhood’s extreme conditions, this cold air intake is crafted using durable materials. Provided with regular care, this cold air intake won’t easily fail or break. Furthermore, its airbox protects it from excessive heat and damaging road debris.
Simple Installation. S&B made this cold air intake as a direct replacement for your factory intake. Using a few basic hand tools, you can easily mount this cold air intake to your truck’s factory location points especially if you are geared with the light to moderate mechanical skills.
Includes a Million-Mile Warranty. For the customer’s assurance, this product includes a million-mile warranty. To avail of the warranty service, you must be the original purchaser of the product and be able to present your proof of purchase. Other terms and conditions may apply.
Not CARB-Certified. As of the moment, this cold air intake is not CARB-certified. This means that it is not legal for use in California and other states adopting its emission standards.
Application. The S&B Cold Air Intake with Oiled Cleanable Cotton Filter is engineered to fit the 2018-2024 5.0L Ford F-150 models.
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