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Old 11-11-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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2013 Ford 6.8L V10 air filter and other generic ford question.

Having a hard time getting an air filter part number or even identifying which one I'll need. Tried a search on here and only found a post about how a K&N filter made for a Subaru will fit a 2013 F53 chassis. BTW, is my engine considered an E450 or F450, or neither. And what is an F53?. I know that is what I have, but can someone clear this up for me? I'm new to Ford.
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Old 11-11-2013, 10:49 AM   #2
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F-53 is the name of the Ford Stripped Chassis that you motorhome is built on. It is not an E450, that is a cut away chassis that class C units are built on. For your air filter, try www.Rockauto.com
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Just head down to your local Ford dealer, they will get the correct one for you.
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Ford has an RV customer service dept. 800-444-3311
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Thanks guys. I guess I could call the dealer, but I have gotten better responses here, and I definitely would not buy anything from a dealer.
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Thanks guys. I guess I could call the dealer, but I have gotten better responses here, and I definitely would not buy anything from a dealer.
Why not? Factory air filters are about $20. Seen plenty of Fram air filters cause damage to the MAF sensor because of their weak sealing surround.
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Yeah I kind of agree, why not buy the Ford air filter? At least you know it will be the correct one until the after market guys put out one. Besides what's $20 compared to $150K
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I personally would go with the least restrictive white paper air filter you can find. Ford's & Fram's are restrictive. (Ford's looks like the Fram's). Ebay has many for our newer version F53 Ford chassis. RockAuto will too. Add a Cold Air Intake to get more power, better throttle response, and help MPG, especially in headwinds. Use a 4" drier hose and vent. Easy and less than $15.
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I personally would go with the least restrictive white paper air filter you can find. Ford's & Fram's are restrictive. (Ford's looks like the Fram's). Ebay has many for our newer version F53 Ford chassis. RockAuto will too. Add a Cold Air Intake to get more power, better throttle response, and help MPG, especially in headwinds. Use a 4" drier hose and vent. Easy and less than $15.
The Ford filters are designed to flow the air flow for the advertised HP rating of the engine for the duration of the air filters life expectancy. A high flow air filter does NOT give better MPG on an electronic fuel injected vehicle. At highway cruise you are at part throttle and air flow into the intake is well below the max threshold. The PCM also adjust fuel tables to make sure the air/fuel ratio is exactly where it is programmed to be. There have also been numerous issues with aftermarket air filters causing MAF sampling issues causing a torque calculation error DTC with a check engine light. Ford had an SSM on this. Most common in the E-vans but seen on other vehicles also.
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Ordered the Ford motor craft one and I'll call it a day.
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I personally would go with the least restrictive white paper air filter you can find. Ford's & Fram's are restrictive. (Ford's looks like the Fram's). Easy and less than $15.
A less restrictive filter will surely pass more air, but at the expense of less filtration unless it has a lot more filter area. This can be achieved by pleating the filter and packing (up to a point) more filter element in the area. This will make a more expensive filter, not less expensive.

Ford has designed the right balance of filtration and pressure drop into the filter for their engine. For the marginal savings in a filter element, why risk damaging an expensive engine and sensors.

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The Ford Motorcraft Filter is a known commodity. You are talking about an engine that is quite costly and has been known to run well over 150,000 miles in motorhome service without major repairs provided you use the right filters so the extra few $ for the Motorcraft filters which may be available at Walmart is well worth it.
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