The Ford F150, the best-selling American-made pickup truck in recent decades, needs no introduction. It boasts many options and models that its rivals cannot match and the 2012 and 2013 model years continue this dominance with four engines to choose from, three body styles, and nine different trim levels. The base engine in the 2012 and 2013 Ford F150 is a 3.7 liter V6 that pumps out an impressive 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque while still only sipping fuel with an estimated 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
Even with impressive factory horsepower numbers from the base engine option, 2012 and 2013 Ford F150 3.7 liter owners can gain a simple increase in horsepower and engine performance with the K&N 77-2585KS performance air intake system. The 77-2585KS is precision-engineered with a mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube to streamline airflow and heat shield to help protect incoming air from heat under the hood. The RC-5173 conical air filter on the end of the intake tube is oversized to help reduce restriction while maintaining excellent air filtration. It is also washable and reusable, and can go for up to 100,000 miles between cleanings depending on driving conditions.
On the dyno, the 77-2585KS performance air intake system produced an estimated additional 11.9 horsepower at 5536rpm, and 10.3 pound-feet of torque at 3333rpm over the stock intake system.
The 77-2585KS is backed by K&N’s famous Million Mile Limited Warranty. It’s easy to install, maintains all necessary factory connections, and does not require any additional modifications to the vehicle.
Performance air intake 77-2585KS is engineered to fit the models listed below:
2013 Ford F150 3.7L V6
2012 Ford F150 3.7L V6
For all K&N Ford F150 air intakes visit the Air Intakes for Ford F150 page on KNFilters.com.
When I think about a lifted truck owner, I picture a guy who works construction and wakeboards on the weekend or a high school chick who loves to snowboard and drive a big truck. One of the last things that comes to mind is a guy who manages networking and storage at a Dell tech center. That’s why we were shocked when we stumbled across Dennis Smith’s blog, detailing the transformation of his stock F150. The truck pictured here is Dennis’ creation. Pretty legit for a guy whose tagline is “IT Re-Invisioned.”
Dennis, we’re glad you pulled the trigger and lifted your truck. You are miles ahead of 99% of IT guys on the planet. Can you influence Michael Dell to get a big truck? For more info on Dennis and his truck, click here to check out his blog.
For the enthusiast who wants an awesome look and aggressive throaty sound this Dual Split Rear Cat-Back exhaust is for you. Gibson’s exhaust systems decrease backpressure and produce more torque and increased horsepower. Typical gains average of 15-20 horsepower. Stainless steel dual tips exit straight out the back. Works with most bumpers, roll pans and trailer hitches. Exhaust sound is louder under towing conditions. Hassle Free bolt- on installation. No welding required. Available in heavy duty aluminized steel or high quality stainless steel.
* Features 2.50-inch mandrel-bent heavy-duty tubing with zinc plated factory style hangers, clamps and all hardware for easy bolt on installation.
* Gibson’s Superflow Performance muffler delivers the powerful “big block” sound with increased power and torque. All welded construction, baffled & chambered for better volume efficiency with unrestricted flow. NO PACKING to blow out or deteriorate.
* 3.5″ Polished T304 Stainless Steel Round Slash Cut Tips
* Exit Is Straight Out The Back
* Lifetime Limited Warranty
* View Instruction Manual
The exhaust will cost you $500-$800 based on the finish and where you purchase. Click here for more info.
Most of our viewers probably don’t watch the Rachel Maddow show unless they are watching Monday Night Football on the east coast and begin flipping channels around 10 pm. If you have seen her show, you will know that she’s more left than Fidel Castro. Okay, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but let’s just say that you will know in the first 5 minutes of watching her show that Republicans aren’t her friends.
That’s what made the news about her owning a Ford F150 so amazing. Most left-wing, big government, tree loving liberals would drive a Prius or Smart Car. Not the case with Maddow. On a recent show, she was comparing an F150 advertisement to a Ron Paul ad and Maddow said, “I have one myself.” She was referring to her F150 that she drives on her property in Western Massachussetts. It’s used to take out the trash and get things done around the property.
Of course, Maddow doesn’t drive it too often and takes the train to work in NYC. That being said, respect for owning up to her green audience that she owns a gas-guzzling truck.
SoCal SAYS: The great thing about trucks is that their functional for everyone. Whether your a liberal media TV anchor hauling trash off your property or a midwest right wing college student helping a friend move, a truck is a necessity. It’s great that trucks don’t care about your political affiliation, they just start up and get the job done. We hope Rachel Maddow will consider lifting her truck and putting a big Democratic donkey logo on the back. Why not represent the party and lifted trucks at the same time?
With SEMA around the corner, we thought we would spend this week showing you some of the lifted trucks and SUV’s your favorite company is bringing to the show. We’ll also tell you about their booths and whether we think it’s worth stopping by if you are there. First up, FORD trucks.
Even though this is only a toy truck for the kids, you still shouldn’t make something this ugly. Are they trying to replace a fire truck? Why? Firetrucks are fine as is. The problem here is that little kids will think this is cool, will buy a lifted truck just like it in their 20’s, and only then find out it’s ugly when they see their friends laughing. Sorry Ford, but this one is a dud.
The other truck Ford is bringing is the F150 Ecoboost with a 4″ Skyjacker lift. We actually like the Ecoboost truck (without the hideous paint job), but why the hideous fender flares and front end? Why isn’t Ford bringing a big F250 lifted 10″ with Toyo’s and Rockstar wheels?
SoCal SAYS: We give Ford a “D” grade for their SEMA trucks. They are both pretty ugly, but we gave a “D” because they have a lifted truck that is environmentally friendly. Let’s hope Ford brings their “A” game to SEMA 2012.
Did you know that Scotty McCreery won American Idol? If so, did you know that Ford offered the winner a new Ford vehicle of their choice? Did he take the Focus? No. Maybe the Explorer? Wrong again. Did he choose the most expensive Ford, the Expedition? Sorry, that’s not it. Scotty, sticking to his country roots, chose a big Ford truck.
Not only that, but he went with the 2012 F150 King Ranch which runs about $42,000 base, so he got a nice truck. The question is: Will he lift the truck? How sick would it be to see McCreery roll-up on Paula Abdul’s limo at the next Grammy’s with a 12″ lifted King Ranch on 40″ tires and 20″ wheels. That would blow Bieber out of the water! Here’s the picture of the truck:
SoCal SAYS: Nice choice Scotty. We love that you chose a truck, especially since Ford and Idol probably wanted you to choose one of their electric models. Full-sized trucks may not be popular with the media, but it’s nice to know that the latest music sensation stays true to who he is when it comes to choosing a vehicle.