Review & Install Video
Justin: For around 200 bucks, the SR Performance Cold Air Intake that we have here will be one of the most affordable black options in the category, available for your 2015 through 2017 5.0-Liter F-150. Now, the SR will deliver a powder coated black aluminum intake tube along with your reusable high flow oiled filter and heat shield. Now, the simple bolt-on installation, on the other hand, will get a soft one out of three wrenches on the old difficulty meter, take you about an hour or so to complete from start to finish as we'll demonstrate later in the video.All right, guys. So, if you're checking out the SR option here, then chances are you're in the market for an aftermarket system, but would prefer to keep things a little bit more on that budget-friendly side. Now, if that sounds like the case, then checking out the SR Performance intake is certainly gonna be a great choice. As far as what's included, well, again, you are getting the powder coated black, wrinkle black, I should say, aluminum intake tube, high flow, reusable filter here. It is oiled. And then finally, your heat shield and all the couplers and hardware, all that good stuff.Now, getting back to the heat shield, I do wanna point out that this does actually incorporate the lower portion of your factory airbox. Basically, you remove the stock intake tube, you remove the stock portion or upper portion of the intake box, and this is going to sit down in the lower OE or factory box. Why is that good? Well, because the lower portion of that box maintains all of the factory cold air ducting which, essentially, just routes that cool air from the front of the truck and dumps it directly onto the filter itself. So, yes, you are still blocking out some of your hot engine bay air here with the weatherstripping in the heat shield. Essentially, that sealed airbox is gonna be a little bit better at reducing stationary intake air temperatures. However, with the truck moving and this style of design is certainly gonna help get that fresh cool air to the filter itself.But going back to the filter that we mentioned earlier, yes, it is an oiled filter. It is washable. It is reusable. Just be careful not to over-oil the filter once you've cleaned everything, which by the way, should be every 10,000, 20,000, even 30,000 miles depending on your climate and your driving conditions. Now, if for whatever reason, you just don't prefer an oiled filter again, for whatever reason, you can always consider going with the dry filter instead from companies like Roush. But again, that's totally your call.But components aside, what about benefits? Well, of course, a little bit more sound under the hood is going to be expected with the open-element style filter, a more modified look, of course, when popping that hood. But of course, the biggie here is gonna be power expectations, right? And listen, I try to be pretty honest when discussing this topic because a lot of manufacturers out there will throw all kinds of different horsepower and torque claims at you with their products and they typically can be all over the place. And that's putting it lightly.However, it's been my experience here with the later generation trucks that anywhere from high single digits, low double digits using the intake alone without a tune is going to be pretty much best case scenario. Now, sure, ultimately, running an aftermarket canned or a custom tune would certainly help increase the power overall, but if you're looking to make a little bit more power, a little bit more sound without changing anything else, an intake like this is certainly not a bad choice.Let's switch gears and talk more about what is involved here for the installation process. Again, cold air intakes like this or intakes in general are pretty much a rite of passage for car or truck owners out there, as far as installations are concerned. What I mean by that is, if you don't do a lot of wrenching, typically in your spare time, this is certainly a great starting off point. So, without further, you wanna know more about the job and what's entailed. Here's our detailed walkthrough along with the quick tool breakdown.Man: The tools used for this install are: A 1/4-inch ratchet, a 3/8 ratchet, a 4-millimeter Allen socket, an 8-millimeter socket, a 7-millimeter socket, and some diagonal cutters.So, the first step of this install is gonna be to pop your hood, and then remove the airbox and intake tube from the vehicle. First, we're gonna unclip the two clips that are holding the top half of the airbox down. Next, I'm gonna disconnect the two breather hoses on the back of the intake tube. Now, I'm gonna use a 7-millimeter socket to loosen up the worm screw clamp that holds the intake tube to the throttle body. And now we can remove the intake tube and airbox assemblies. Don't forget to remove your air filter too. We're gonna start off by installing the velocity stack that comes with the kit into the upper half of the new airbox. Next, I'm gonna install the supplied weatherstripping onto the top half of the airbox. This is gonna create a good seal when you close your hood. You may have to trim a little bit of the excess off to get a proper fit.Now that you've got your weatherstripping secured to the top of the airbox, you can install your silicone coupler to the back of the velocity stack. Now, we can throw in the filter element. Now, with the top half of our airbox assembled, we can throw it into the vehicle. The new airbox clips in just like the factory. Before I throw my intake tube on, I'm gonna pre-install the silicone coupler that goes on the throttle body. And now, I'll throw my intake tube into place. This may take a little bit of adjustment, but not that much. Now that I have my intake tube into place, I can start tightening up all my hose clamps. And now, we can reconnect the breather hoses.And that's gonna wrap up this review and install for the SR Performance Cold Air Intake for your '15 to '17 5.0L F-150. Thanks for watching. And for all things F-150, keep it right here at americantrucks.com.