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Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake - Polished (15-19 5.0L F-150)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Boost Performance
    • Increase Throttle Response
    • Simple Installation
    • Polished Finish
    • Reusable Air Filter
    • Heat Shield Included
    • CARB EO Number: D-629-13
    • Fits 2015-2019 5.0L F-150s

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is gonna be my detailed breakdown and install of the Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake System, available for your 2015 and newer five-liter powered F-150. So, at the $150 price point, the Spectre Cold Air Intake System will be the most affordable way to slap an aftermarket cold air on your five-liter powered truck, while giving you a little bit more flash at the same time, thanks to that polished finish. It is a no tune required intake, and it is carb-certified, meaning truck owners in all 50 states can take advantage of some of the benefits here. This will be a very simple installation, getting a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter from me, with some more detail later on.So, in my opinion, the Spectre Cold Air will be for the truck owners out there concerned more with saving a few bucks as opposed to going with a big recognizable brand name intake, that might pack a few more bells and whistles, such as better materials or maybe a more elaborate airbox design. Now, the Spectre is gonna be all business in the world of aftermarket cold air intakes, and, as you can see, is pretty much a bare bone system, right? You're getting that polished intake tube, you're getting the high flow filter, and you are getting the upper portion of the airbox itself here. But this is a design I really like because it does tap into the lower portion of your factory intake box, which is gonna draw in all that cold air from the front of your truck and will seal out any hot engine bay air using the included seal.But because this is such a basic intake overall, don't expect some big flashy brand names or logos to be slapped all over this thing, which, in the eyes of some truck owners out there, might consider that to be a good thing. Instead, the only flash you are getting from the Spectre here is from that brightly polished intake tube like we already talked about. And, by the way, it's a bit of a rarity here in the category. In fact, only the K&N Series 77 will offer you that polished finish, but keep in mind that K&N will be nearly double the price of the Spectre that we have here.But with that said, at its core, the Spectre will provide you with all of the necessary parts in the aftermarket intake world, right? I mean, you're getting the iflow filter here, it is washable, it is reusable, reoil it, and you're good to go. You're getting the intake tube, you're getting the airbox portion that we've already talked about, so yes, this is an entry level intake, don't get me wrong, but at the same time, you can still definitely look forward to some benefits.Well, let's break down some of those benefits. And first up, let's talk about that sound increase. You're definitely gonna hear this thing once it's installed. You're getting a lot more engine noise from that five-liter Coyote here, and that's directly related to the fact that this is an open element design when compared to that factory-sealed enclosure or airbox. Now, if for whatever reason you're not really digging all that extra sound, I would probably steer you in the direction of a sealed airbox. Companies like aFe and AirAid have a few options here on the site, and check those out for your five-liter truck if you prefer to keep things more on the quiet side.And then, of course, there's that second big benefit or expectation when installing an aftermarket cold air system, and that is a slight bump in power. Listen, guys, I'm completely frank when talking about this issue, and manufacturer's claims, I've seen a bunch of them, and they tend to be a little all over the place. In my experience, here at AM, I've demoed a lot of cold air intake systems, and I'm here to tell you, five-liter engine, no tune required intake for the Coyote, you're gonna be looking at high single digits, low double digits as kinda your best case scenario here. Now, sure, if you add an aftermarket custom or can tune, you are gonna be looking at a little bit more power, of course, but at that point, the power you are gonna be seeing is more than likely gonna be from the tune itself. Unless, of course, we are talking about those tune-required cold air intakes, which tend to feature a slightly larger diameter overall.But, at the end of the day, if you're still a little apprehensive about the Spectre Cold Air Intake because of it's super affordable price tag, I would say check out the product page. Read up on some of those customer reviews, guys, because honestly, they're overwhelmingly positive for this thing, despite the entry level price. And, again, at the time of this video, the mid-$100 price point for this intake makes it the most affordable cold air on the site for your five-liter truck and by a pretty wide margin.But let's switch gears here and talk a little bit more about the installation. And I'm happy to say that if you have a basic set of hand tools laying around, you have the slightest bit of mechanical know-how, you will be able to install this cold air on your five-liter truck. So with that, I'm gonna go 1 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter, maybe 30 minutes to an hour, depending on your level of expertise. And when I say basic hand tools, guys, I mean it. In fact, most of your install here can be done with the use of a flathead screwdriver, although having a socket set will certainly help things go a little bit faster. Now, you'll first need to remove the factory intake elbow and upper portion of the airbox to make way for the new aftermarket Spectre here. In order to do so, very simple stuff, guys, just loosen the clamp at the throttle body, unclamp the upper portion of the airbox, and just kinda remove everything in one piece, being careful to unplug that mass airflow sensor first.Now, once the factory stuff is out of the way, you get to work actually installing the new Spectre Cold Air. Now, me, personally, I always like assembling this thing out of the truck first on a table or something like that. That way you can just drop everything in one piece, essentially, and go from there. Now once the intake is assembled, again, drop it into place, secure your connection at the throttle body, plug everything in, and your installation is complete. Wrapping things up, the Spectre Cold Air certainly isn't the fanciest on this site, but it is gonna be the most affordable. Now, it's gonna deliver all the key components of most other aftermarket cold air systems in the category, while being a fraction of the price of the competition. So that is my review of the Spectre Cold Air Intake for your five-liter powered truck, which you can grab right here at americanmuscle.com.

    Powerful, Affordable Intake Upgrade. Getting a better engine sound and winning approximately +10 horsepower (and proportionate torque gains) is as easy as removing your F-150’s restrictive intake and installing the deep-breathing Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake in its place. A big filter, wide-open unrestricted tubing, and a heat shield all combine to put extra cold, oxygen-rich air into your engine’s combustion process. That means a stronger, more thorough burn of the atomized fuel resulting in a satisfyingly solid boost to power, performance, throttle response, and even fuel economy (+1.5 mpg).

    Tune-Free CAI. The stock or factory tune that your F-150’s engine already uses will work equally well with the Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake. No special or additional computer tune is necessary for your pickup’s ECU in order to run this intake at its full potential.

    Conveniently Reusable Filter. Pre-oiled so that it’s ready for action straight out of the box, the 7-inch filter element in the Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake is made from a non-woven synthetic fabric. Dark red in color, the filter can be washed repeatedly to keep it clean and fully functional. It can then be re-oiled and reused in the intake. Replacement filter elements are also available.

    Hardy Construction for High Performance. The Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake is made from high quality materials to ensure it works and lasts as you need it to. A sheet metal heat shield around the filter is powder-coated with a textured black finish for rust resistance plus a crisp, attractive look. The gleaming, polished aluminum intake tube is also proof against rust and most types of corrosion. The large, constant diameter and mandrel bends ensures that a deep, strong inflow of air is supported.

    Mounts the Factory MAF Sensor. The Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake is made to accommodate the OE MAF setup, along with other emissions and aspiration connections and controls.

    Bolt-On Component. No drills, saws, or other modification tools are needed to install the Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake, which bolts on to the same mounting points as the stock intake. All clamps and hardware are included in the package.

    Warranted for 90 days. Dating from the date of purchase, the Spectre Performance Polished Cold Air Intake comes with a 90-day repair or replacement warranty from the manufacturer. This covers flaws in workmanship and/or materials.

    2015 CARB Compliant, Street-Ready. You can take your 2015 F-150 onto the streets with confidence, thanks to the 50-state legal status of the Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake. The component can be used for street, road, and highway driving throughout the United States. It is fully CARB compliant in its design and engineering, and has a CARB EO Number of D-629-13. However, installed in 2016 or 2019 F-150s, this component is not CARB compliant and is 49-state legal (illegal in CA).

    Application. This Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake is engineered for use on all 2015-2019 Ford F-150s with the 5.0L V-8 engine.

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Details

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Cold Air Intake
    • (1) Air Filter
    • (1) Heat Shield
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    Questions & Answers (3)

    3 Top Rated Questions

    I installed this and hear a whistle now at certain rpms... almost like a turbo whistle... is this normal? I have a 2018 f150 5.0

    • This intake may produce some additional noise but generally will not create a whistling sound. We would recommend checking all your fittings and couplers to make sure there is no leak because any air gap can create a noise. Feel free to give us a call or send an email and which we can attempt to troubleshoot this issue. 

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    Will this product affect my manufacturers warranty? Does it require a tune? If not, could you install a tune with this cold air intake if I decided to do so later?

    • Each dealership will have different regulations when it comes to voiding the warranty. Please consult with the dealership you purchased your vehicle from to see if this item will clear their specifications. This also does not need a new tune however if you were to want a tune later this is something that can be tuned for.

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    How much hpow. Gain?

    • This does not have an estimate of the HP you will gain as that will vary from a number of different factors such as: location and climate, the type of tune you put in your vehicle, what other modifications are done to your vehicle, etc.

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    Overall Rating 4

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Protection 3.916667 3.9
    • Fit 4.208333 4.2
    • Appearance 4.416667 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.083333 4.1



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 27, 2018

      Nice growl

      Just installed,roughed up surface for air filter with Emery cloth seems to be holding,throttle response is alot quicker has a nice growl

      VincentW

      Year: 2018 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 1/5

      October 16, 2018

      Don’t buy

      Worst thing u can buy the filter don’t stay on and it makes your truck run 30 degrees hotter

      ShawnK

      Year: 2017 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 28, 2018

      2018 F-150 FX4

      install was quick and easy, every thing fit together great. I installed a little over a week ago and have had just shy of 2 mpg increase on fuel mileage according to the onboard computer. the added sound and performance is noticeable and makes me want to put my foot deeper into the accelerator every chance I get. overall it is a great product for the price. would liked to of had a decal to come with it but overall just as good as higher priced CAI brands.

      MichaelP

      Year: 2018 Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 09, 2018

      mjc

      performs better than I expected next work will be power steps

      MichaelC

      Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 24, 2018

      Returned

      Bought this CAI after having it on a 1997 Silverado.. Installed it and tightened it with a manual screw driver, drove it for about 15mins, got back home and filter was off. retightened it drove for a good while thinking it would hold, got back home and the filter had fallen again. Tightened it again but this time with a power drill, drove it for about 3 days with no issue then started hearing a loud whistle. I opened the hood and even after the tightening with the drill, the filter still managed to fall off. Took the CAI apart and adjusted the intake to see of that was the problem. retightened the filter with the drill, drove it for about a day and the filter had fallen again. After that I just decided that its not work having to be worrying after every drive if the filter was still on. Took it off and awaiting for my days off to ship it back. Called American trucks and asked if I could return it if it was not working and the guy didn't have an answer, so I just followed the online instructions and got a return label within a day. Also another thing, the 2 hoses that have to be plugged in to the intake tube had a very very tight fit. had a hard time putting and taking them off. Spectre let me down with this CAI. always talked good about the spectre CAI but not about this one...SORRY

      guardzilla3oh2

      Year: 2018 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 24, 2018

      nice product for the price

      you have to clean the oil off the filter were you mount to the block they give you. 2 clean the block because when the part is made there is a film coding on it so it wont stick to the mold. i cleaned all the parts first. then i used a wire brush to scruff the surface a little to help with grip on the filter side of the block . also dont over tighten the hose clamps . that can also push the filter off the mounting block. pay attention to small details and prep before install will save you any aggravation. this cold air intake is equal to other big name products . for what it is, i feel all the cold air intakes are not worth the money these companies are asking for . tuners are the same money as the expensive cold air intakes . the install is easy but do your prep work. this product is pretty good for the cost . it does increase engine sound which is nice . you probably gain a few horse power but your in a truck 5hp you wont feel much . its not like adding a supercharger or turbos . if your looking for a little something more than stock this will fill your need.

      MarkF

      Year: 2018 Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 27, 2018

      Love it

      2016 Ford F-150 5.0 with 70,000 miles, just purchased the truck used. Install was easy. I bought it all stock except for 305 55 R20 wheel and tire combo. I had a Flowmaster Super 44 installed at a local muffler shop and was mildly regretting it because of incab drone and NO increase in mileage or response. I bolted up the Spectre and the truck came ALIVE!!!! Prob the same for all of these type intakes as I’m new to the aftermarket intake world but I will never have a truck without an exhaust/intake combo again. This intake took away the annoying drone. It’s a lot louder at 4K rpm and crazy awesome as RPMs go up with a heavy foot but only deeper at idle. I can still remote start my truck at 7 am without feeling guilty about disturbing my neighbors. Shifts rough now in sport mode but it seems like the CPU is compensating and adjusting as time goes on???, it’s been a week. ( I’m a regular guy, not a mechanic or racer so it might be in my mind, not even sure if Ford CPU does that). If you want some fun for the absolute lowest price this does what it’s supposed to. Can’t compare but I absolutely recommend!!! MPG has dropped .2 but I can’t keep off the pedal because it sounds so great!!

      JeremyB

      Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 20, 2018

      2015 Platinum

      Have not seen any MPG gain. Sounds good when you throttle it. Jury is still out on throttle response.

      SteveC

      Year: 2015 Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 08, 2018

      Spectre cold air intake

      Great Bang for the buck, easy to lnatall and a nice boost in performance

      Jim

      Year: 2015 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 14, 2018

      Good product

      Other than the directions on how to install it are hard to see and read this intake is great. Does everything a $350 one would. I was actually surprised but I do feel some power increase at about 3000rpm and low end tourque picked up.

      Micah

      Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 23, 2018

      Bang for your buck

      Price was good and the installation was easy. After installing I definitely felt a better response from the throttle.

      AntM

      Year: 2018 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 11, 2018

      Great product for the price

      I bought this for my 2016 F150 for 2 reasons. The interweb know it all's were all saying how valueless intakes like this are, so I ordered this one as I wanted the sound a CAI provides, at a low price. It seems identical to another brand, indistinguishable actually. The clamps need to be tightened, not girly tight, but real tight to stay together. The truck is now tuned, and I don't know how much power the intake adds with a tune, but it sounds amazing, especially above 5500rpm to 7000rpm PROS - Inexpensive, decent quality, loud, raspy, truck sounds AWESOME! CONS - Causes some resonances / buzzes, loud, raspy, pretty much needs to be removed for heavy towing (noise)

      TrevorB

      Year: 2016 Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      January 18, 2018

      Awesome

      Great product,great price!!!!funny thing is k n makes this lol at a third the price of their name brand!

      ClayP

      Year: 2015 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      December 29, 2017

      Bob

      Works great looks great increased fuel mileage by 2 mpg and overall power

      Bob

      Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 21, 2017

      Awesome

      Don’t have to spend a lot to go cold air , this is a diamond 8n the rough, mad3 my truck 5.0 throaty and cant say gas mileage is better but pony power is improved

      DonV

      Year: 2016 Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 20, 2017

      Spectre quality

      I was not impressed with the overall quality of the product. The filter would not stay on the housing which was frustrating. Install was super easy is the only thing I can say nice about it. Sorry!

      ScottB

      Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 13, 2017

      Good product

      Works well had a little trouble at first with the filter sliding off the mount but if you assemble in the correct order you shouldn't have that problem. Engine response feels improved and it sounds and looks great.

      JohnT

      Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 22, 2017

      Same performance as other brands

      I've owned and used other brands of CAI and it starts with the letter K. Honestly, I can't say there is any difference in performance from one brand to the other. The Spectre is a nice looking product and the fit and finish was outstanding. It is a quality filter and mounts rock solid. Great product and Great Price. Don't over pay for a CAI, Buy this one!

      MisterSir

      Year: 2016 Submodel: Lariat Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 19, 2017

      Irritated

      Ordered the intake and it arrived in about 4 days, easy to install but every time I drive it the filter does not stay on, extremely irritated with this product do not buy!

      T

      Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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    • 1/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 13, 2017

      Disapointed!!!

      I purchased Spectre Performance Cold Air Intake put it on last week and there is no way the filter will stay on. I open the hood the filter is disconnected laying in the bottom of the box.... I have been a mechanic for over 25 years and from what I can see there is a problem with where the filter mounts as there is no lip on the mount to keep filter on after clamped. I even tried upgrading the clamp on the filter but it did not help either. I do not want to have to worry about this on my new truck and am highly disappointed with this particular item .

      HiPer

      Year: 2017 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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