2011-2014 Ford F-150 Blackhawk Induction Air Intake System Guarantees Added Power

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The K&N 71-2581 Blackhawk Induction air intake system is guaranteed to boost horsepower, enhance throttle response, and improve engine sound.

The best selling vehicle in the United States since 1981, the Ford F-150 is part of a series of light-duty and medium duty trucks known as the F-Series, which was first introduced by Ford Motor Company in 1948. It has been produced in 13 different generations and has won a number of awards including Motor Trend 2009 Truck of the Year, 2009 Best Redesigned Vehicle from Kelley Blue Book's, Best Overall Half-Ton Pick from, Automotive Excellence Award in the Workhorse Category from Popular Mechanics, Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Residual Value Award from Automotive Leasing Guide, Motor Trends Truck Trend Top 5 Pickups from Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), and Accessory-Friendly Pickup Design Award from SEMA.

The F-150 was actually introduced in 1975 (the sixth generation of the F-Series) to satisfy emission control restrictions and slotted between the F-100 and the F-250.

K&N 71-2581 Blackhawk Induction air intake system installed into a Ford F-150

K&N 71-2581 Blackhawk Induction air intake system installed into a Ford F-150

In 1980, which marked the beginning of the seventh generation of the F-Series, the F-150 XL was introduced. It was part of a redesign of the F-Series that included an all new chassis and larger body. It was the first ground up redesign since 1965 and included improved aerodynamics and fuel economy. The better fuel economy was due to a new 4.2-liter 255 C.I. and 5.8-liter 351 C.I. Windsor V8 engines. In 1983, Ford added a diesel power engine to the F-Series as a result of a partnership with International Harvester (later known as Navistar). This 6.9-liter, 420 C.I. IDI V8 generated similar power as the gasoline 351 Windsor V8 with better fuel economy. Electronic fuel injection was introduced in 1985 as part of a 5.0-liter V8. A new higher output engine debuted in 1984.

In 1983, the F-100 was discontinued, making the F-150 the lightest pickup on the market. Up to that time, the F-100 and F-150 were virtually identical. However, the F-100 featured smaller brakes and 5x4 five bolt pattern axles while the F-150 had 5x5.5 bolt pattern on the axle.

1986 was the last year that the F-150 featured a 3-speed manual gearbox that shifted through a steering column lever. The seventh generation S-Series was when amenities that included power mirrors, power windows, and power door locks first appeared.

The twelfth generation of the F-Series was on the roads from 2009-2014. It was in this period that a major focus on fuel economy resulted in a change of the entire engine lineup that powered the F-150. For the 2011 model year, two new V8 engines were introduced as well as a 3.7-liter base V6 and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, called EcoBoost by Ford. An automatic gearbox was the only option. In addition, there were other modifications including a Nexteer Automotive Electric Power Steering system on most models.

Ford has raced the F-150 through the early 2000s. The truck won the San Felipe 250 eight times between 1999 and 2007. It also won the 2000 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as well as the Primm 300 in 2003, 2007, and 2008. It also raced in the 2008 Baja 1000, completed the race in 25.28:10 and ranked third in its class. It won the Baja 1000 in 2010.

The most popular vehicle in the United States and a third place finisher and also winner of the Baja 1000 shows that the F-150 pickup truck is worthy of the best protection on the market. In this application, it is the K&N 71-2581 Blackhawk Induction air intake system.

It includes a free-flowing, mandrel-bent aluminum tube and it is guaranteed to boost power by an estimated 7.98 hp. It is designed to replace the restrictive factory air filter and air intake housing on some Ford F-150 models. The system permits the engine to breathe in a larger amount of air than it received via the factory air intake and the result is more power and acceleration.

The kit includes black components, a K&N high flow air filter and heat shield. The filter can be washed after 100,000 miles with a K&N air filter cleaning kit and can then be reused. The fact that the air filter is washable and reusable means that it could be the only air filter you will need for your Ford F-150.

The 71-2581 Blackhawk induction air intake system has a very neat appearance. The tube is covered in a black-powder coating and features a welded, engraved K&N plate. The intake tube integrates with the factory mass air sensor, EVAP hose and crank case vent hose.

The over-sized cone shaped air filter is made from an oil-free synthetic filter media that can be used for up to 100,000 miles before cleaning depending on driving conditions.

The air intake takes about 90 minutes to install and you can use the existing factory mounting points and common tools to complete the task.

The K&N 71-2581 Blackhawk Induction air intake system can be used in the following vehicles:

2014 Ford F150 5.0L V8
2013 Ford F150 5.0L V8
2012 Ford F150 5.0L V8
2011 Ford F150 5.0L V8

You can view all the air intakes that K&N makes for the Ford F150 at the Air Intake Systems for the Ford F150 page and all the air filters that K&N makes for the Ford F150 at the Air Filters for the Ford F150 page. You can view all the K&N performance products for any vehicle by using the Search by Vehicle tool and you can find a local K&N retailer by plugging your location into the K&N Dealer Search as well.


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