Review & Install Video
Hey. What's up, guys? I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and this is my quick overview of the Airaid QuickFit air dam featuring the SynthaFlow oiled filter, available for your 2011 through 2014 EcoBoost powered F-150. All right, guys, this brief overview is going to cover a few basic topics here with the Airaid QuickFit air dam system. We're gonna talk about some of the benefits you can expect when installing this thing, what you're gonna be looking at as far as construction and overall materials, and then finally what it takes to get installed into your F-150. Honestly, really, really straightforward stuff here, guys. One out of three wrenches on the difficulty scale. Maybe a couple of screwdrivers and a few sockets, and you should be good to go. But nonetheless, we'll talk about that later on.
The QuickFit air dam system here from Airaid should appeal to the EcoBoost owners out there who are looking to ditch the factory sealed airbox and the cheap paper element filter and go with more of an open element style airbox here along with one of Airaid's tried and true SynthaFlow oiled filters which, by the way, is washable and reusable. Now, this is also gonna be an awesome choice for EcoBoost owners out there who might crave a little bit more noise from under the hood, whether it be engine noise or turbo noise. Maybe you want to hear a little bit more of that blowoff valve compared to that factory sealed airbox.
In my opinion, guys, Airaid is definitely one of the leaders in aftermarket filtration and cold air systems for a wide variety of applications. Now, their support for the F-150 market is pretty solid overall and they definitely offer a ton of different flavors for truck owners out there no matter what you're looking for, whether it be just the intake tube by itself, an airbox or air dam like we have here, all the way down to the full-blown complete systems. Obviously, the QuickFit air dam system is a little smaller compared to those more complete intake systems we just talked about, and as such, it will be slightly easier on your wallet and definitely a little easier to install.
Now you're really only addressing the airbox portion here of your factory cold air intake system, really just the top portion. Because what happens is the air dam itself here is actually gonna slide into the lower portion of your factory airbox, which I really like because you're still incorporating all of that factory cold air ducting from the front of the truck, making sure it reaches the filter here. So I really dig that. Big thumbs up for me on that and they're doing so in a really nice way.
You're getting a matte black, powder coated sheet metal airbox here along with that massive SynthaFlow filter we just talked about. The SynthaFlow oiled filter is definitely one of Airaid's bread and butter filters here, guys. It's something they include with a lot of their aftermarket induction systems. This thing's actually made from a cotton gauze microfiber material here. It is oiled and it will capture particulates down to two microns in size. You're getting a ton of protection with this thing and because it is washable and reusable, it will save you some dough on the long run. Keep in mind though, guys, you're just gonna have to re-oil this thing every time you wash it according to Airaid's instructions.
I know some EcoBoost owners out there might prefer a dry filter as opposed to an oiled filter like we have here, and you might have your own reasons for that. But if that does sound like you, you'll be happy to know Airaid does offer this identical kit here but with their SynthaMax dry filter in place of the SynthaFlow oiled filter. You can definitely check that out. We have it here on the site as well.
So we talked about this a little bit, guys. You're getting better particulate protection. You're getting a little bit more noise under the hood from the engine and the turbos of course. What about power? Well, common sense is gonna tell us we're not gonna pick up 20 wheel horsepower just by throwing on a filter by itself. That's pretty obvious. However, I would expect a very small bump in power and definitely look for an improved throttle response as well. Now, if you really wanna unlock some serious power gains on your EcoBoost powered F-150, check out the tuning options here on the site, whether canned or some of the custom options as well because believe me when I tell you, nothing is going to unlock the amount of power like a custom tune will. We do have some pretty solid Dyno numbers to back that up.
Price wise, the QuickFit air dam system here isn't as affordable as you might think considering the size of this thing and what you're really getting. You're actually looking at just south of $300 for this guy which might seem a little steep, but it does fall right in line with Roush's similar offering. Now keep in mind, guys, for another $100, you can get Airaid's complete air dam intake system which does give you the tubing as well here, but that's totally up to you at the end of the day.
All right, guys, let's switch gears and quickly talk about the install here. As you might expect, nothing to see here, right. I mean, this is gonna be as mundane as it gets. You really only need to pop off the top portion of your factory airbox, get that out of the way, and then of course incorporate this guy into your factory intake system. All this can be done rather easily here with some basic hand tools. When I say basic, I mean it. I'm talking flat head screwdriver, maybe even an eight millimeter socket. Whatever you have laying around should do the trick just fine. So one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, albeit a very soft one out of three. Maybe 30 minutes to an hour to get this guy in place and you should be good to go.
The Airaid air dam here, the Quick Fit option, while a tad pricy given what it is is honestly a great way to replace that beat factory airbox and cheap and dirty paper filter. Replacing it with something that's gonna give you a little bit more sound under the hood, both engine and turbo noise. You might see a small bump in power and definitely some improved throttle response as well. So guys, that's my review of the QuickFit air dam here from Airaid, which you can grab for your EcoBoost right here, at AmericanMuscle.com.
Airaid SynthaFlow Oiled Filter QuickFit Air Dam is designed to give your 3.5L EcoBoost engine maximum air flow. The bolt-on systems replace your paper filter with a high performance filter with a high flow Airaid SynthaFlow® filter surrounded by cold air dam panels for increased airflow, increasing your overall power and fuel efficiency.Superior Filtration.
This QuickFit Air Dam provides superior air filtration, since it includes an Airaid Premium Filter with SynthaFlow® technology. SynthaFlow® is a cotton gauze and non-woven synthetic nano-fiber material that traps the smallest dirt particles that ordinary cotton-gauze "performance" filters just can't capture. Airaid Premium Filters, with SynthaFlow® can capture particulates down to 2 microns in size. This filter is re-usable, which means there is no need to buy a filter every time its dirty. Simply wash and re-oil the filter and you're back in business.CARB Certified.
Best of all, the Airaid Intake is 50-state smog legal under Carb EO # D-609-17.No Tune Required.
Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the F-150s, the Airaid QuickFit 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 QuickFit Air Dam with a SynthaFlow Oiled Filter is specifically designed to fit the 2011-2014 3.5L EcoBoost F-150s equipped with the stock throttle body and stock intake tube.
Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.
- What's in the Box
- (1) Air Filter
- (1) Intake Tube
- (1) Rear Panel
- (1) Front Panel
- (1) 22" Weather Strip
- Installation Hardware
- 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 |
||SynthaFlow Oiled Filter
||Computer Tune Required:
- Will it fit my F-150?