Who would have ever believed the humble all-American pick-up truck would be the hot performer it is today? Everyone talks up the good old days of brute muscle car power in the 1960s. In real truth, these are the good old days in the here and now with horsepower, torque, and fuel economy numbers unheard of when the Beach Boys were singing of real fine 409 Chevys, fuel injected Sting Rays, and 413 Mopars.
Once young stud muffins chasing girls in those old muscle cars are now graying with shoe leather skin and crow’s feet. However, these accomplished blue hairs who lived the original muscle car era still know a good thing when they see EcoBoost – AIRAID’s new cold air intake system for high-performance pick-up trucks including Ford’s better than ever F-150. In this how-to we installed AIRAID’s cold air kit, part number 400-239, on our 2011 EcoBoost F-150.
Ecoboost + AIRAID = Power You Can Feel
AIRAID claims all their intake systems are dyno tested and tuned to provide maximum performance and efficiency.
Ford’s high-performance Ecoboost system teaches us in new school style on how power is made these days. At the crankshaft at wide-open throttle, Ecoboost makes 365 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 420 ft/lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. Try that with your vintage 428 Cobra Jet or 454-inch Bow-Tie. But honestly, Ecoboost is a whole different kind of power with lightning quick throttle response and smooth application of torque. It’s got the twist with plenty of power for traffic light to traffic light performance and getting onto the freeway coupled with extraordinary fuel economy. Ecoboost is a fresh lesson in how to have it all.
What makes the AIRAID system perform is its premium filtration – oil and non-oil – using what they say are some of the finest materials available today. This kind of technology doesn’t come cheap, but what is your engine worth? You want durability and power from the same reliable package, which calls for a filter that traps contaminates that can harm your engine, yet breathes like there’s no filter at all. This is an air filter you can wash and reuse time and time again. What’s more, it comes with a lifetime warranty.
AIRAID’s #400-239 air intake system dovetails right into your Ecoboost’s induction because it retains the factory air box. David Edelman picks up the story, “In developing this system we decided to keep and utilize the lower portion of the factory airbox for two reasons. One is that it’s a great feed for cold air, and the second reason is that it allows us to retain the OEM coolant reservoir which allows this system to be a very easy bolt-on installation. We have found that most customers do not want to take the time to replace the coolant reservoir, especially considering it does not add any additional performance.”
The beauty of AIRAID induction is they claim that no aftermarket tuning is required. Install and go because this is easy bolt-on power. Imagine – 5-10 more horsepower and comparable torque for the investment of a fast trip underhood and a small dent in your credit card bill. “AIRAID has an in house all-wheel drive Mustang chassis dyno that we do all of our testing on, and have seen repeatable gains of 20 horsepower and a whopping 39 ft/lbs of torque, which comes in below 3000 rpm which is real world useable power!” Edelman tells us.
When you install your AIRAID induction improvement kit, it’s not a bad idea to have a good dyno testing performed at the same time, and you may elect at that time to add a performance tuner like those offered by SCT Flash. This is a good practice anytime you make a performance modification.