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Cold Air Intakes System

A very common question we get when a new customer is starting to modify their Ford F-150 is "What does a Cold Air Intake Do?" or "What are the benefits of a aftermarket intake system?"

It's literally one of the first "go to" modifications of new high performance vehicle owners and usually a great choice to increase performance and sound.

A performance cold air intake kit will move your air filter from the factory air stock system outside the engine compartment where air is denser so cold, or cooler air can be sucked into the engine for combustion. Cooler air brings more oxygen into the combustion chamber, which will gain you more power!

A general rule of thumb is for every 10 degree's cooler the intake air charge gets, you will free up roughly 1% in horse power for your 2006 Ford F-150. (the term horsepower, or H.P. is the industry standard unit of power). This may not seem like much, but on some models, you may see an increased performance of 8-15HP.

Cold and short ram intake systems today are mainly made with an aluminum intake pipe tube. When the intake was becoming a wide spread modification, there were actually 2 different kinds of intake piping being used with 2 different train of thoughts. There used to be plastic piping being used on some cold air kits and of course, aluminum intake tube.

Today, as we know, aluminum piping, allows for much better temperature control. Although it does get hotter and take on heat quicker, the aluminum piping dissipates the heat much quicker.

The aluminum piping is cooled down once it pulls in outside fresh, cooler, air. At first, the thinking was plastic did not retain the heat as much, and was a better choice for performance.

However, as we know today, there are no plastic tubing made cold air intakes. It was not an efficient material to be used on street driven vehicles. One red light, and you instantly had heat soak and could never get it cool enough.

Whereas, the aluminum piped version cold air intakes, would cool right back down once you had airflow going through it. Within a few seconds of acceleration the engine would pull enough fresh cool air to get the aluminum piping back down as close to ambient temperature as possible.

With all that being said, some intake systems are still using plastic tubes for short ram intakes, which is usually not a problem as they are accompanied by a heat shield air box, so it maintains a constant source of fresh cooler air.

Will a Cold Air Intake Increase Gas Mileage?

Another common question we get asked alot is does a cold air intake system increase gas mileage? Adding a cold air intake can help achieve better gas mileage due to the efficiency of the intake airflow. If you were to drive your car at the speed limit, with no hard acceleration, you would absolutely see an increase of gas millage from the cold air intake installation.

However, we like to be honest with our customers. The additional power and roar of the engine, will likely cause you to have worse gas mileage. Once you feel the increased horsepower, and hear the new sound of your engine from the new intake system, you will probably be harder on the gas.

This will obviously cause your MPG to go down. Most customers don't mind this as the sound of your engine roaring from the intake system will surely give you way more, SPG, or "Smiles per Gallon" instead. :)


Short Ram Performance Intakes System Benefits

A Short Ram Intake will still increase amount of power & performance by reducing the amount of restriction compared to your factory intake. Installing a short ram intake will also give your 2006 Ford F-150 engine a nice aggressive sound, increasing your SPG, "Smiles Per Gallon". The amount of work installing the intake tube and air filter is also much easier as well.

Short Ram intakes are ideal for high revving engines increasing performance and engine horsepower "up top" in the RPM range. As its name implies "Short Ram Intake", the short distance from the high flow air filter thru the intake pipe to your throttle body allows your engine to breath freely. Allowing your engine to breath freely free's up valuable power that the factory OEM intakes hold back.

Another benefit and choice for some customers choosing a short ram intake over the cold air intake is you run less of a risk in sucking up any water. In the early days of modifying cars around 2000-2005, "hydrolocking" your engine was one of the biggest fears of adding a low hanging cold air intake. Luckily most intake systems now a days also include a heat shield which helps block the engine heat from being pulled in while not having to worry about hydrolocking your motor.

Since then, better designs have made that a forgotten term or worry. However, for vehicles that experience a lot of rain, or deep puddles on the road, we would recommend choosing the short ram air intake over the cold air intake


Where to buy a Cold Air Intake?

Sport Compact Warehouse is your premier source for performance air intake systems. We carry a large inventory of both short ram intakes and cold air intakes which have their pro's and cons outlined above. You can find either of them in multiple powder coated color finishes to add some pop to your engine bay as well.

Some of the top brands we have used and recommend personally would be from leading manufacturers such as AFE Intakes, Volant Cold Air Intakes, Injen Performance Intakes or theCobb Short Ram Intakes.

If you have any questions about what the best cold air intake would be best for you, feel free to reach out to one of our experienced representatives. We will help you make a more informative decision for your 2006 Ford F-150 and ensure you make the right choice, the first time around.

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AEM INTAKES 21-8117DC
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AEM INTAKES 21-8117DC Brute Force Intake
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$575.08

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-670-15
AEM
Metal Intake System
Gunmetal Gray (BFS)
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-670-15
AEM
Metal Intake System
Gunmetal Gray (BFS)
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aFe 51-10512
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aFe 51-10512 Magnum FORCE Stage-2 Pro Dry S Air Intake System Incl. Air Filter/1-Piece Black Powdercoat Heat Shield/Dyno Test
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$443.84

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
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aFe 54-10512
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aFe 54-10512 Magnum FORCE Stage-2 Pro 5R Air Intake System Incl. Air Filter/Powdercoat Heat Shield/Dyno Tested Intake Tube +1
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$443.84

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
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aFe 54-80512
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aFe 54-80512 Magnum FORCE Stage-2 Si Pro 5R Air Intake System Black Cover Incl. Air Filter/Roto-Molded Housing/Black Alum. Co
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$446.17

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Version: Triton
Engine VIN Code: V
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AIRAID 400-740
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AIRAID 400-740 Jr. Air Intake Tube Kit Incl SynthaFlow Red Oiled Air Filter/Intake Tube/Hardware California Air Resources Boa
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$380.47

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-6
Airaid Jr. Intake Kit
w/Red Air Filter
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-6
Airaid Jr. Intake Kit
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AIRAID 401-140-2
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AIRAID 401-140-2 Cold Air Dam Air Intake System Incl. SynthaMax Dry Red Air Filter/Airbox/Intake Tube/HardwareCARB E.O. D-609
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$488.59

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-18
Airaid Intake Kit
w/Red Dry Air Filter
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-18
Airaid Intake Kit
w/Red Dry Air Filter
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AIRAID 401-740
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AIRAID 401-740 Jr. Air Intake Tube Kit Incl SynthaMax Red Air Filter/Intake Tube/Hardware California Air Resources Board Exem
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$380.47

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: No
Airaid Jr. Intake Kit
w/Red Dry Air Filter
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: No
Airaid Jr. Intake Kit
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AIRAID 402-140-2
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AIRAID 402-140-2 Cold Air Dam Air Intake System Incl. SynthaMax Dry Black Air Filter/Airbox/Intake TubeCARB E.O. D-609-18
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$502.64

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-18
Airaid CAD Intake Kit
w/Black Intake Tube
w/Black Dry Air Filter
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Engine Cold Air Intake Performance Kit
California Air Resources Board Exempt: Yes
CARB EO: D-609-18
Airaid CAD Intake Kit
w/Black Intake Tube
w/Black Dry Air Filter
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Dorman 03131
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Dorman Help! 03131 Exhaust Stud Kit
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$11.41

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Gas SOHC,
5.4L V8 Flex SOHC
 
Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
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5.4L V8 Flex SOHC Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door
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ROUSH PERFORMANCE PARTS 402101
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ROUSH PERFORMANCE PARTS 402101 Engine Cold Air Intake
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$462.29

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8
 
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Volant 197546
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Volant 197546 PowerCore Cool Air Intake Kit Incl. Filter Box/Air Duct/Powercore Filter/Connectors/Clamps
for 2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH

$421.94

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2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Gas SOHC,
5.4L V8 Flex SOHC
 
Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door
 
2006 Ford F-150 KING RANCH equipped with
5.4L V8 Gas SOHC,
5.4L V8 Flex SOHC Crew Cab Pickup 4-Door