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Any interest in AFE intake for Ecoboost?(interest in fixing water in your filter)

Hi all,

I have been in discussion with AFE's design/sales guys about getting an intake made for our vans. Specifically for the 3.5 Ecoboost because that is what I have. The goal is to get a filter housing design that fixes the water in the air filter issue, as well as possibly opening up the breathing of the engine a little bit. I care less about the performance gains, and more about a permanent fix to our problem.

With that said they have indicated that they are interested in looking into making the intake. They need someone close by them to bring their van in so that they can take some measurements and test fit it against some parts that they already have made for other applications.

They are located in Corona California. Anyone close to there that would be interested in stopping by their shop to help get this into production?

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I'm out of the loop on the problem you're trying to fix. Could you provide a quick rundown and/or link to a thread that digs into this. Thanks.
 

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Since the airbox is supposed to be the same for all 3 engines, huge profit potential.
 
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My checkbook is open and I have a pen in my hand.

I am very surprised that someone has not cashed in on this opportunity. The more Ford sells of an obviously improperly design air filter, the more a correct product could be sold.

Ford is very stupid not to correct the problem. It will cost them with warranty repairs.

If a properly designed air filter is not available, I will design one for my use but would prefer to just buy one.

Can you provide contact information so we can flood AFE with emails stating our desire to purchase a proper air cleaner?
 

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I may be in the Corona area within two weeks and spending a day or two there. I have the diesel but the airbox is the same.
 

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These guys could go to a local Ford dealer and get a loaner or just rent one from Enterprise for a day or two to look at the air box.

Hemborg Ford is right down the road from them. Fritts Ford is a larger Ford dealer in Riverside, CA. There is a Enterprise location at 852 W 5th St. Corona, CA 92882

Hemborg has a 2016 cargo van on their used lot.
Fritts Ford has 2 2016 cargo vans.
 

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AFE had a large display at the 2016 SEMA Show and they had a lot of air boxes for offroad vehicles like trucks and especially the Jeeps. They have a GREAT product line so it should not be hard for them to come up with a design for the Ford Transit.

I think if they get enough response from the Transit forum, you may see one available by early Fall or even as a new product for the 2017 SEMA Show NEW Products booth!
 

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hammerhome; if you're in contact with AFE, you might let them know that only the top shell of the airbox needs to redesigned. That would save them time and money and allow a larger number of sales because of a lower pricepoint and easier installation. Or maybe that's not their goal, maybe they want to design an entirely new "technical looking" airbox so people think they are getting a performance upgrade and will pay more.

A redesigned upper lid only needs to have an edge that extends over the outside of the lower box (instead of IN to it!) and down an inch or so to prevent water from entering the lower box via gravity and lack of drainage. Unfortunately, the intake side of the box is the lower part, so a larger air intake would require a new lower section, too. I'm not sure that increased air intake capability would have any effect on modern engines with sensors and computer controlled parameters; which would compensate to make levels "normal" despite increased access to air.
 

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I have a 2016 Transit 350XLT MR Wagon with 3.5L Ecoboost (11k Miles) they can use.
I'm only a couple miles away from them here in Corona, CA.

If you want to send me the contact info and/or give them a heads up, I can stop in there and see what they can do.

Note: I had been putting off looking at the filter on mine as we actually had some rain here this winter (Riverside, CA).
Van was serviced at 5k and 10k (Dec '16) but apparently their Mulit-point inspection did not include checking the air filter.....as mine is damp and some white fuzzies growing on
top of the filter.....mine leaked at the front of the airbox....and the dampness is basically the first 4-5" of the front of the filter.
 

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I have a 2016 Transit 350XLT MR Wagon with 3.5L Ecoboost (11k Miles) they can use.
I'm only a couple miles away from them here in Corona, CA.

If you want to send me the contact info and/or give them a heads up, I can stop in there and see what they can do.

Note: I had been putting off looking at the filter on mine as we actually had some rain here this winter (Riverside, CA).
Van was serviced at 5k and 10k (Dec '16) but apparently their Mulit-point inspection did not include checking the air filter.....as mine is damp and some white fuzzies growing on
top of the filter.....mine leaked at the front of the airbox....and the dampness is basically the first 4-5" of the front of the filter.
Borch,

This is exactly what Im looking for. Thank you for stepping up. All, Its not just an air box. It needs to be the ecoboost. They are going to look at doing a complete intake, so just an airbox top is not what they will be doing. There is a much greater market for the complete cold air intake.

Borch I will PM you for your info and then connect you with AFE.

Thank you,

HH
 

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Since the airboxes are identical, whatever they come up with will fit in everything. I hope they don't decide to make an ecoboost only "performance" system. Kind of stupid to have "performance" in a full size van; but then again I don't try to compensate for perceived emotional, mental or physical shortcomings via my vehicle, so what do I know?
 

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Since the airboxes are identical, whatever they come up with will fit in everything. I hope they don't decide to make an ecoboost only "performance" system. Kind of stupid to have "performance" in a full size van; but then again I don't try to compensate for perceived emotional, mental or physical shortcomings via my vehicle, so what do I know?
If you look into what AFE builds, research their webside. Its not an airbox, its an intake. All three motors are different in this regard. I will talk to them about the other engines. They usually make intakes that have the added bonus of making extra power. While this is not what drives me to want an intake, its not a bad side effect. Sorry you find it stupid to have performance in a full size van, but thats kinda what an ecoboost is, and the reason so many of us bought it. We didn't want to be stuck with an anemic v6. Ill continue to look into this and look for a solution to all our problems.

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HH,
You'll need to pm me contact info for yourself as I cannot reply to pm's until I have 15 posts.

Borch


I guess I could make 11 quick random replies to be able to pm!


If the airbox (and velocity stack built into the cover) are truly identical between all 3 engines, that's just another cost savings measure by Ford, at the expense of potential performance, drive-ability, and fuel economy.
 

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Since the airboxes are identical, whatever they come up with will fit in everything. I hope they don't decide to make an ecoboost only "performance" system. Kind of stupid to have "performance" in a full size van; but then again I don't try to compensate for perceived emotional, mental or physical shortcomings via my vehicle, so what do I know?
Good to know I have emotional and mental shortcomings. Just to substantiate my problems I also drive a 2002 BMW 330ci and a 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster. Obviously I have an advanced case of emotional difficulties.

Then again some of us like to drive.
 

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Since the airboxes are identical, whatever they come up with will fit in everything. I hope they don't decide to make an ecoboost only "performance" system. Kind of stupid to have "performance" in a full size van; but then again I don't try to compensate for perceived emotional, mental or physical shortcomings via my vehicle, so what do I know?


I guess you have the internet to make you feel better about yours.
 
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