Review & Install Video
Hey guys, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com, and this is my quick overview of the Airaid Jr. Intake Tube Kit featuring the SynthaMax dry filter available for your 2011 through 2014 EcoBoost powered F-150. All right guys, in this quick video I'm going to talk to you about some of the benefits of going with the Airaid Jr. kit on your EcoBoost F-150, what you're looking at as far as components and construction, and then finally what it takes to get this puppy installed. Honestly guys, you're going to leave the big tools in the toolbox for this one. Just a small screwdriver or 8 millimeter socket is really all you're looking at here. It's a one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, and we'll have a little bit more detail coming up later on.
You should be checking out the Airaid Jr. kit if you're looking to improve upon the factory intake system without completely replacing it, freeing up a little bit of power in the process and saving you some money as opposed to going with a full-blown aftermarket cold air. The truth of the matter is here, guys, that the factory cold air systems or factory airboxes in your F-150 have come a long way over the last decade and the factory's done a great job of designing a free flowing efficient setup that taps into some factory cold air ducting through the front of the truck. And honestly again, they do a pretty solid job overall, however guys there is always room for improvement. Like I mentioned earlier, this kit from Airaid improves on the factory intake design by eliminating and replacing two of the most restrictive parts of the factory intake system - the factory inlet tube and that cheap paper element factory filter. Airaid claims, by replacing these two parts here from their system or with their system, you're going to see a small bump in horsepower and torque, nothing crazy, a little bit better fuel economy, and of course some improved throttle response as well.
If you really want to truly unlock some big power gains in your EcoBoost F-150, you need to check out some of the tuning options here on the site because that's where the big power is really going to come from. Check out some of the product pages if you haven't done so already. We've got some great dyno results on there for you, and you get a better idea of how these trucks really respond to a tune.
Now let's first start with the inlet tube portion of the intake. The factory inlet tube by itself is a tad on the small side, and it's not exactly what I would consider smooth. You have an accordion-shaped portion. There's actually some interior sound baffles in that thing as well designed to help keep some of that turbo noise down in factory form. Both of these things are working against you, creating some turbulence in the air and restricting airflow, hurting your performance in the process. The Airaid inlet tube here on the other hand, as you can see, is a nice step-up from the factory tube in itself, and it's also 100% completely smooth thanks to that rotomolded plastic construction, so it's going to help eliminate some of that turbulence you might see with the factory elbow.
Along with replacing the intake tube portion here with the Airaid kit, you're also going to be replacing that cheap paper element one time use factory filter, which doesn't really do anything for your performance. You're going to be replacing it with one of Airaid's tried and true filters, their SynthaMax dry filter. This thing is washable, it is reusable, and it is going to save you some money in the long run. The SynthaMax dry filter is actually going to do a great job providing more protection for your EcoBoost powerplant. This thing's going to capture a lot of dirt and dust down to 2 microns in size. To give you a better idea of what that means, a grain of sand on average is 90 microns in size, so obviously this thing is going to do a great job of keeping all of that bad stuff out while allowing for maximum flow.
As far as basic construction components, things like that, well guys, 100% top notch, and that's really what we've come to expect from a brand like Airaid over the years. At least that's been my experience personally. Rotomolded plastic intake tube, nice clamps, four ply couplers here, and then moving over to the SynthaMax dry filter, again, everything is designed great and as such it will fit great.
Pricing-wise, you're going to be looking at right around the $200 price point, which is pretty reasonable comparing this to a more complete or full intake system. That's because, honestly guys, this isn't a full intake system. You're still utilizing some of the parts of your factory intake and as such you're going to save some money in the process. Again, that's why I said this is a great kit for someone who wants to see some of the small benefits of running an aftermarket cold air but you don't want to go all out and spend all the money of a complete system.
Switching gears, let's talk install here, guys. Again, as you can see, there's really limited work involved because of what you're dealing with. You have a few basic hose clamps on this side, which can be attacked with 8 millimeter sockets or a flathead screwdriver. As far as the intake itself or the air filter itself, you're basically just popping the lid off that factory airbox, dropping this guy after you toss that paper element in the trash. Overall, you're looking at 1 out of 3 wrenches on my difficulty meter, a very soft 1 out of 3 wrenches, by the way, and maybe 30 minutes to an hour at the very top in dealing with this kit. Anybody should be able to tackle this one in the garage or driveway with ease.
I really enjoy the Airaid Jr. kit from Airaid here because it does address a couple of the weak spots with the factory intake system while managing to keep the price down in the process. Sure you might not be getting some of the huge visual improvements of a more complete intake system or some of the increased sound benefits of an open element style filter, but if neither of those things are important to you, you really can't go wrong with the Airaid Jr. kit. That's my review of the Airaid Jr. Intake Tube and SynthaMax dry filter which you can find right here at americanmuscle.com.
Improved Power and Torque.
Rev up your 3.5L EcoBoost F-150's performance and swap out that restrictive factory paper air filter for an Airaid Jr. Intake Tube Kit with a Red SynthaMax Dry Filter. Get improved air flow which allows your engine to breath better over the factory air filter system. This results in increased fuel efficiency, power, and delivers the best filtration to keep dirt out of your engine. When the filter is dirty, simply wash it, let it dry and re-install.Quality Construction.
The Airaid Jr. SynthaMax Dry Filter Intake Tube Kit is made in the USA of high quality materials that are built to last. The red filter is made of 100% synthetic materials and are washable and reusable. The intake tube is made of high-density polyurethane for durability. No Tune Required.
Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the F-150s the Airaid Jr. SynthaMax does not require a computer re-tune when installed. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs, Airaid Intake Systems offer unmatched fit, finish and power!Application.
The Airaid Jr. Intake Tube Kit with a SynthaMax Dry Filter is designed to fit all 2011-2014 F-150s with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.Technical Note.
This Airaid Cold Air Intake is not
legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards.
Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Premium Filter
- (1) Intake Tube
- (1) 4" Coupler
- (1) 3" Coupler
- (1) Hump Hose
- (2) #48 Hose Clamp
- (1) #56 Hose Clamp
- (2) #64 Hose Clamp
- (1) #68 Hose Clamp
- (1) Barbed Fitting
- (1) NPT Plug
- Installation Info
Installation Time: (approx) 1 Hour
Difficulty Level:Simple installation for anyone
- Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
||2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost
||Engine Bay |
||SnythaMax Dry Filter
||Computer Tune Required:
- Will it fit my F-150?