2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Ram-Air Intake Boosts Power, Mileage
The large filter housing and the large filter itself are designed to be less restricting to airflow. The housing replaces the OEM air filter housing to pull in cool outside air.
Gale Banks, Banks Power, notes that most competitive, replacement air intake systems draw air from directly above the engine. “We’ve tested our competitors’ systems in hot engine compartments surrounded by a reservoir of blistering air, and the men were separated from the boys,” says Banks. “In terms of temperature reductions, 7 out of 9 aftermarket intakes we tested actually performed worse than stock.”
The Ram-Air pulls in cooler outside air. Cool air is denser with more oxygen for a better burn, better fuel economy and better performance. A flexible bellows between the air intake and the engine accommodates engine movement.
The dome-shaped filter not only facilitates that flow, it also never has to be replaced. The cotton gauze lets air flow through more easily than stock paper filters do. The design eliminates sharp bends and choke points. It’s easy to install and easy to maintain.
The filter should be serviced every 30,000 to 50,000 street miles or more often in heavy dust conditions. An air filter restriction gauge is available for even more accurate maintenance. A special Banks Ram Air Filter cleaning system must be used for cleaning and to re-oil. Standard detergents, solvents or high-pressure water can damage the filter.
“Cleaning the filter is easy,” says Gil Cormaci, Banks Power. “Simply spray the cleaner on, let it soak in, and spray it off with water. Re-oil, let it sit a while and then reinstall.”
The Ford EcoBoost model is available direct from Banks for $348.30, as well as from auto parts suppliers. The service kit, including cleaner and oil for re-oiling, retails for $17.50.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Banks Power, 546 Duggan Ave., Azusa, Calif. 91702 (ph 800 601-8072; www.bankspower.com).
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