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Simple installation for anyone.
So, if you own a '14 to '18 5.3-liter-powered Silverado or Sierra and you're looking for one of the coolest and one of the most well-insulated open element cold air intakes in order to gain some horsepower and torque out of your truck, you should be checking out the SLP cold air intake. Now, as the name implies, everything about this intake is all blacked out, save for the stainless steel hardware. So, this will be a good choice if you want something that's understated or a little more simple in terms of looks. You don't want something that's flashy or polished for that matter. Now, besides the fact that this thing looks pretty cool, like I mentioned a moment ago, it's also one of the most well-insulated. And I say that because the airbox included in this kit really does a great job of insulating the filter from all that hot engine bay air. And it also reuses the inlet to pull cold air from outside of the truck. If you're curious what kind of gains you can get with this intake, take a look at our dyno graphs. We went ahead and we ran our truck on the dyno stock and it made 277 horsepower and 290-pound-feet of torque. We then installed the SLP Blackwing intake, we did not tune our truck nor did we install any other supporting mods, and our truck ended up making 285 horsepower and 314-pound-feet of torque. That makes for some pretty impressive peak gains of 8 horsepower and 24-pound-feet of torque, again, without a tune. But if you take a second look at that graph you'll see some even more impressive curve gain. The curve gains are what you're gonna feel from idle to redline, and we made gains upwards of 61 horsepower and a whopping 97-pound-feet of torque. That is a hell of an increase in performance without a tune or any other supporting mods. So, again, if you want some crazy gains with an intake that doesn't require a tune, the SLP should be at the top of your list. I'm also happy to say that the SLP installs very easily. You just need a couple of hand tools. So, for that reason I'm gonna give the install a simple one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. It should not take you more than an hour or two to get this installed. So, again, if you want a really cool blacked out intake, one that provides some crazy performance gains, go ahead and stick around. I'll show you guys what exact tools you need in just a second and then, I'll walk you through the install step by step. To install your intake you're gonna need a T15 Torx bit, a standard drive ratchet, as well as 8 and 10-millimeter sockets. Optional but helpful tools include a long extension and spray lubricant. And so, obviously, we have to remove our factory intake tube before we throw our new tube on, right? And that's pretty straightforward. There's two band clamps holding the intake tube in place, one on the factory airbox and one on the throttle body. All you're gonna need is that 8-millimeter socket and your ratchet. It's also helpful to have an extension because those clamps are kind of tucked down in there. All right. Now, before you pull the factory air tube assembly out of the vehicle, you wanna make sure you disconnect both of the breather hoses. That's for your crankcase blowby. There's a little depression you can press underneath here and you can unclip them. All right. Once you pulled the air tube out, you can actually remove these breather hoses entirely. We're not reusing them. The kit does come with new hoses. All right. Once you got your factory airbox removed, you also have to remove this support bracket right here in order to make enough space for the new airbox. You're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket to pull the two bolts securing it to the vehicle. So, now we have the factory air tube and airbox removed. We went ahead and we throw them next to each other. That way, you guys can see a quick comparison about what I was talking about earlier. And again, as you can see, this is kind of similar in OEM in terms of its finish and fit. So, it's not gonna stand out. It's not gonna be crazy, flashy underneath the hood. Again, this is something that I think would work well if you're a fan of those understated OEM-like upgrades. What I like in particular about the new airbox is it's kind of a closed element design, but you still have this open top here so you can still see the filter with the hood up, which is what we all wanna see, right? But when you close the hood it still functions technically as a closed element design. That's gonna make sure you're getting all that nice cold, dense air so we get more power to the motor.So, we can finally ditch the factory airbox, but before we do that we have to remove our MAF sensor. Now, the MAF sensor is secured with two T15 Torx head screws, so you're gonna need a T15 Torx bit in order to remove those. Keep those screws in hand because you're actually gonna reuse those when you put the new MAF sensor into your new intake system. All right. Now that we have our MAF sensor out of the way, we're gonna install these fittings for our breather hoses into the rubber grommets on the air tube. Now, these grommets may come pre-installed. If not, go ahead and grab some spray lubricant and press them in place. And it's also helpful to have that same spray lubricant when you actually push the fittings in place as well. All right. Now that we have everything setup, we're ready to start our install. But before we do that there's a little bit of work we have to do inside the truck where the factory airbox was. So, go ahead and grab that little speed clip provided in the kit. You also wanna grab this weather stripping for the actual port where the air comes in through the fender, and I'll show you where all this stuff is supposed to go. All right. So the speed clip is gonna go right here in this hole. So, you wanna thread it in using the slot right here. All right. You also wanna install this rubber grommet provided in the kit in this hole here. This is gonna help insulate your new airbox so it's not rattling on this plate. All right. Next, you wanna install this insulating stripping around the hole where the cold air comes into the airbox. Make sure you remove the backing on the adhesive. All right. Now, we can finally throw our airbox in place. We're gonna secure the airbox with the provided M6 bolt in the kit. Now, this guy installs with an 8-millimeter socket and it's also helpful to have an extension because it is recessed down pretty far. All right. Now that our airbox is secure, we're gonna install the fitting for our MAF sensor and our new filter. I'm gonna slide this through the airbox like so, and then, go ahead and throw your MAF sensor in place. Now, you're gonna need those T15 screws and you're gonna need that T15 Torx bit that you used earlier. All right. Now we're gonna rotate this fitting into place and we're gonna line up the holes on here with the threaded holes in the airbox, then you wanna grab the larger bolts in the kit. You're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket to tighten these down. All right. Now that everything is secured in the airbox we're gonna throw our filter in place and we're gonna tighten down this band clamp. Again, we're gonna use our 8-millimeter socket. All right. Now we're gonna install our intake tube on our throttle body and our airbox, and it's helpful to spray these down. It makes it easier to get those rubber couplers in place. And once you got the tube seated on both sides, go ahead and tighten down your band clamps with your 8-millimeter socket. All right. While you're over here, you can also reinstall the connection for the MAF sensor. All right. Now, our entire intake assembly is installed, the last step here is installing your new breather hoses. Now, if you saw in the instructions, what they want you to do is take the factory hoses, cut these open here and get these fittings out. We work on our trucks a lot. We don't want to ruin these, so we actually have a couple of spares sitting around. If you also wanted to, you can buy some small band clamps and use those instead if you don't wanna break these apart. [inaudible 00:09:30] your breather hoses are pre-cut, so you don't have to cut them. This short guy is gonna be for the passenger side, and the long hose is for the driver side. All right. Now we can start reinstalling the stuff we pulled off the truck earlier. We're gonna reinstall our little support bracket, and, again, you're gonna need a 10-millimeter socket to get both of those bolts back in. So, once you got that support bracket and your radiator cover reinstalled, that will wrap up the install of the SLP Blackwing cold air intake, fitting your '14 to '18 5.3-liter-powered Silverado or Sierra. I'm Travis, thanks for watching, and keep it right here at americantrucks.com.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Specs & Installation
Full System Changes. The SLP Blackwing Cold Air Intake (14-17 5.3L Silverado 1500) punches the performance of your truck into the next gear. Bringing 11 RWHP and 15 ft-lbs of RWTQ to the table, the system uses a high-performance grade filter to deliver that rich and impressive engine sound.
A Look at Spec Tuning. You could add a handheld tuner to establish a detailed calibration, but it is more useful for performance level trucks.
Opening Wide. The system here is opened wide based on factory models. The Washable and Reusable Air Filter is built to reduce intake restriction by 24%.
Perfect Fit. You'll find the SLP Blackwing Cold Air Intake (14-17 5.3L Silverado 1500) to be a natural fit. The purposeful OE grade materials and the EPDM rubber couplers give it a tight and durable construction.
Manageable Afternoon Install. You should be able to tackle this project in an hour or two at the most, but you may need to acquire some additional tools, particularly a ¼-inch drive socket set and a trimmer.
Covered Under Warranty. The SLP Blackwing Cold Air Intake is covered under a favorable limited lifetime warranty.
What is the CARB Status? SLP is working towards confirming all their products for national street legal use, the SLP Blackwing Cold Air Intake is not currently legal in California due to strict emission changes.
Application. The SLP Blackwing Cold Air Intake is available for 2014-2018 5.3L V8 Chevrolet Silverado's.
Fitment: 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
February 27, 2019
Install was easy, and just as the video shows. The performance gain was noticeable right off the bat. The only small issue I encountered was with fitment. While installing the included grommet that sits underneath the airbox, there seemed to be a support bracket of some sort underneath that made the installation of the grommet a bit challenging. No issues after a month. Impressed.Helpful (1)
February 25, 2019
Good value at this price point. Simple install. Instantly feel a difference in throttle response and can feel the curve gains.Helpful (1)
June 16, 2017
Slp blacking sierra 5.3
Engine sounds little more beefy mid range, noticed a diffrent in take off. Takes about an hour to install. Simple and effective.Helpful (9)
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