Our guide to choosing the right air filter for your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost
An F150 is a very powerful truck by itself, that’s one of the main reasons truck lovers prefer it over other trucks. We can settle for the power our truck has straight out of the dealership, or we can provide our truck with the best aftermarket modifications. We believe that a new cold air intake system is the first and most important mod that your 2017 F150 needs to be the best both on and off road. Such a system will grant your truck a significant amount of additional power, a better look under the hood and an engine that can last slightly longer.
System types and power boost for your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost
When choosing between the wide variety of cold air systems on the market, the first thing you will have to decide is whether you should get a system that does or doesn’t require oiling. The difference between them is that the dry ones don’t require oiling and will last a little bit longer. Because they are basically maintenance free (they only require a fast rinse once every few months), they are more expensive than the filters that require oiling. If your budget allows you to purchase a dry air filter, then go for it.
Another crucial thing to take into consideration when choosing between one of these Best Cold Air Intake Systems For Ford F-150 2017 is whether the filter is in a closed or open box.
The only difference between the two is the amount of sound you get from the filter. A filter in an open box provides your truck with a much louder and more aggressive sound, it’s almost twice as loud when compared to the sound you get from your factory system.
A filter in a closed box will still be a little bit louder, but the extent to which your engine sounds smoother will be a lot more noticeable. We recommend you to get a filter with a box that can be both closed and open, you can check such information in our full review and on the manufacturers’ website.
Finally, the most important thing to take into consideration is the amount of additional power you’ll get from the system. If you purchase a powerful enough filter, it can make your 2.7-liter engine almost as powerful as a 3.5-liter engine (in terms of horsepower).
When choosing an air filter, make sure it is compatible with the engine you have.
How a cold air filter works with your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost
To better understand why you need to purchase a cold air filter, you should understand why your factory filter isn’t good enough. The factory system that provides your engine with air doesn’t cool it down, your radiator has to deal with that function. Because of that, eventually, your truck starts getting only warm air. Warm air has less oxygen in it and that means that your engine basically “breathes” less. Less oxygen means it requires less fuel, less fuel means it gives you less power.
What a cold air system does is it independently and constantly provides your engine with cold air. The cold air is denser, which means there is more oxygen in it which leads to more complete combustion and more power.
Check out our website All Trucks Expert for more advantages that the air filters we’ve reviewed have over the factory one and more useful information about what modifications you can do to your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost.
What else to look at when choosing a cold air filter for your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost
After deciding whether you’re getting a filter with a closed or open box, a filter that does or does not require oiling, and when you’ve decided how much additional power you want the air filter to give, you should also consider its price and legal status.
Cold air filters have a very wide price range from one or two to a couple hundred dollars. The price mainly depends on how powerful the filter is and how trustworthy the brand is on the market. The more you can pay, the better.
The power and sound that come with an air intake system aren’t necessarily environmentally friendly, some even to such an extent that they aren’t street legal in some of the 50 states around the US. So before you purchase an air filter for your 2017 Ecoboost, check whether it’s legal in California and other states adopting California emission standards if you live in those areas. Even if the filter isn’t street legal, you can still go off-roading with any air intake in any of the states.
A cold air intake system is a must-have modification for your 2017 Ford F150 Ecoboost. Get yourself one and start building the truck of your dream.