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Stunning 1967 Chevy C10 From Former Mini Truck Specialist, Tre 5 Customs

The 1967 Tre 5 Customs Chevrolet C10 rides on a full air suspension

Even from this angle, the quality of Tre 5 Custom's work is easily visible.

This stunning 1967 Chevrolet C10 pickup came out of the tiny shop of a builder known mostly for his earlier mini truck creations and has impressed the crowds with the level of detail every place it’s been shown.

Tre 5 Customs, out of Peoria, Arizona, is not a big name yet, but expect big things out of this small-scale builder - just a two-person 2700-square foot shop. And don’t bother to ask what Tre 5 means, as owner Jeremy Rice won’t tell you. In fact, he’s not even told his wife.

While Jeremy started out in the world of mini trucks years ago, he's been working on full-size trucks and customs starting about 2.5 years ago, adding his right hand Hector Garcia about two years ago.

The C10 you see here was built for Mike Baldwin, of Dallas, Texas. It’s the fourth vehicle Jeremy has built for Mike over the last year, so clearly he has good reason to keep coming back.

The metamorphosis began with the engine, a 5.3L LM7 Vortec 5300. While based on the famous LT1, it was developed as a truck engine, so there are several advantages for this application. The biggest shortcoming of the engine though is the incredibly mild cam, so after the engine was completely cleaned, machined, and refitted with several pages of new parts, it received a more aggressive cam along with upgraded rockers, springs, and pushrods more up to the task. LS3 injectors were swapped in to provide a higher volume of fuel flow. Topping the engine is a Pro Products intake manifold fitting to the stock throttle body.

The intake system is comproised of components available through the Spectre catalog

Under the hood, everything starts with fresh air drawn in by the Spectre 4" conical filter

Delivering all the needed air are a Spectre conical air filter, heat shield, and 90-degree coupler – all straight out of the catalog. A thorough test on the dyno and the engine was approved for installation.

Little remains of the original frame with the exception of the rails forward of the cab. At the rear is a Choppin’ Block rear back half kit, new framerails from the cab rearward, and the rear body mount. The rear axle is mounted via a triangulated four-link system, with air bags mounted on the link bars. Cleverly, components are kept inboard, to allow for up to 12" wide wheels.

Replacing the front crossmember and pretty much everything attached to it is a Choppin’ Block front crossmember system, designed with improved suspension geometry. The tubular double a arm system narrows the front track width by about 2.5" per side and moves the wheels one inch forward from the original location.

The interior is subtle and not too far removed from stock

No deep bucket seats here. The split bench from TMI is both comfortable and traditional

Controlling all changes in altitude is a Slam Specialties controller. Only about the size of a business card, the MC.1-SS remote provides fast, intelligent response and precise manual control at any time.

With all the mechanical work behind us, we can turn our attention to the interior, which is both subtle and sophisticated in its detailing. Seats are from TMI, their Sport Pro-Classic split bench seats, covered in brown ultrasuede (not unlike the material used by Ferrari) with textured insets in the seats and on the door panels. Sound comes courtesy of a well-integrated Powerbass audio system. What was first hinted at under the hood is making more of an appearance in the interior – the secondary copper trim color Jeremy has selected. Check out the steering wheel and dash trim. Others might have been tempted to add more of the color to the interior – the pedals, the shift knob, the door handles, but Jeremy’s restraint in the limited use of copper makes it that much more appealing.

The bed is finished in African Sapele wood, cut, trimmed, and installed by Tre 5 Customs

The bed is finished in a Mahogney-like wood that's finding favor with musical instrument makers

As we move to the exterior, its clear this is a bagged truck, dropped down on its rocker panels, you notice the smoothed bumpers and simplified grille. Back in the exterior of the bed – just in front of the rear tire, is the outlet for the exhaust system. It was fabricated in-house by Hector and Jeremy and fitted with dual three-inch Black Widow mufflers. Exterior paint is by Frank at IKandy, who’s not just a great painter but is just two doors down from the Tre5 shop. It’s very convenient to have an artist next door.

Frank continued the copper theme to the roof of the C10, as well as applied the gorgeous white to the rest of the body. The bed is African Sapele wood, often used in guitars, which was cut and fitted by Hector and Jeremy, then Frank covered it in “about a gallon” Vintage Flatz high gloss automotive clear coat to protect it.

The final pay off are the wheels. They’re from Intro Wheels, 8.5” wide in the front and 12” in the rear, 22” diameter all around, with the centers powder coated copper. The fascinating aspect to the wheels is that at first they appear to have a swirl design in the paint but as you draw closer you realize the design is actually the reflections the wheels are throwing back at you.

It’s that type of attention to detail and subtlety in their work that makes us think that Tre 5 will become an even bigger name in the world of customization than it is right now.

The copper center sections throw off intriguing reflections

The wheels are from Intro and the centers have been powder-coated Copper

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A big thank you to our friends at Auto Revolution for the photography of the Tre 5 built C10


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Spectre Engine Component Covers for Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 Displayed at SEMA 2016

2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the 2016 SEMA show with custom suspension and wheels

Spectre used this Hellcat Challenger to display their underhood accessories at the 2016 SEMA show

There’s no argument that you’d have to cross the six-figure barrier to find a car more powerful than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Producing 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, the 6.2L V8 approaches the output of the 7.4 L monster motors used by McLaren in their Can-Am series race cars. And while the performance is there, and the styling is a dramatic interpretation of the original Challenger design, a look under the hood of a Hellcat is a bit of a disappointment.

Whereas in the past, you’d pop the hood on a Mopar muscle car and be greeted by massive Hemi valve covers and a chromed air cleaner housing or a 440ci Six Pack with its oval air cleaner cover, it’s pretty staid under the hood of the Hellcat. With the exception of the supercharger much of what’s underhood is molded plastic, which doesn’t convey the brutal power that lurks underneath.

Spectre accessories are available in chrome, silver, black, and bronze

Spectre underhood accessories in black add interest under the hood of the Hellcat show car

If this is the dilemma you face with your 2011 – 2016 Challenger (Hellcat or not), Charger, or Chrysler 300, Spectre Performance has a solution for you. It’s a series of caps and covers, available in a range of finishes, that add luster and sparkle when you lift the hood at the next cruise night or wherever you like to show off your car.

To demonstrate in person what a massive impact these covers can make on your car, Spectre developed a 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat show car and displayed it at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The concept of the car is similar to that of the Spectre covers: minimum changes for maximum impact. For example, Eibach lowering springs instead of coilovers, a wrap by Frontier Graphics rather than custom paint, an aggressive Anderson hood, and Savini 20-inch wheels that complement the graphics.

Spectre accessories cover over the OEM parts so there's no risk to your factory warranty

The Spectre air box cover creates quite an impact in the otherwise mild-looking engine bay

These caps and covers are designed to fit directly on top of the OEM part so that you needn’t worry about an aftermarket replacement cap or cover stripping, failing, or leaking because Spectre components utilize the factory caps as their base. So you know there’ll be no interference with any mechanical functionality or cause any issues with your new vehicle factory warranty.

Available from Spectre in Chrome include the following: 42826, a washer fluid reservoir cap; 42823, a radiator overflow cap cover; 42825, an oil cap cover; 42831, a dipstick handle cover; and 42821, an air box cover accent; and 42827 and 42837 fuse box covers (depending on year). In addition, there’s a three cover kit available, part number 42829. For Silver, Bronze, and Black, the part numbers are the same except that a suffix is added to identify the finish.

Applications for the Chevrolet Camaro are currently available with Ford Mustang due shortly

Available as a set of three, the most popular covers can be purchased together at a discount

These components are designed and tested on numerous different Challengers and Hellcats to check fitment, they’re heat tested both in the lab and on the road to make sure they can withstand the brutal environment under the hood, and finish testing is done to make sure the shine lasts through everyday driving and normal cleaning with approved products.

Furthermore, Spectre offers their covers in a wide variety of colors and finishes. You can choose from several finishes in the sleek Modern design line, available in a range of four colors: silver, chrome, black, and bronze.

And even though these upgrades make a big impact when you pop the hood, they make only a small impact on your wallet. Most of the products in the line have a suggested retail price of $19.99 and the most expensive part is only $69.99. It’s pretty unlikely that you’d be able to add that level of underhood interest for that kind of budget.

But wait, we haven’t forgot Ford and Chevy fans. Spectre Performance also offers a series of caps and covers in the same finishes and colors for recent model Camaros and Ford Mustangs

The Dodge and Chrysler line of Spectre under hood caps and covers is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2016 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2016 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2016 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2016 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHARGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.2L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2015 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2015 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2015 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2015 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2015 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2015 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2014 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2014 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2014 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2014 CHRYSLER 300C 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2014 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2014 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2013 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2013 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2013 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2013 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2013 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHARGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2012 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2012 CHRYSLER 300S 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2012 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2012 CHRYSLER 300 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2012 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2011 DODGE CHARGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2011 DODGE CHARGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 6.4L V8 F/I - All

2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2011 DODGE CHALLENGER 3.6L V6 F/I - All

2011 CHRYSLER 300C 5.7L V8 F/I - All

2011 CHRYSLER 300 3.6L V6 F/I - All


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1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille From Tre 5 Customs Takes SEMA by Storm

In 1965, the last of the garish 1950s styling cues were dropped from Cadillac models

The lines of the 1965 Cadillac Coupe don't need much help, with a tasteful grille and minimal fins

One of the greatest opportunities for a custom car builder is to correct, modify, or upgrade a vehicle as they perceive it should have been delivered from the factory. That’s pretty much what we have here in this 1965 Cadillac DeVille owned by James Chamberlain, of Select Auto Glass and built by Tre 5 Customs.

Tre 5 Customs is a small, two man operation, Jeremy Rice and Hector Garcia, in the suburbs on Phoenix with cars like this Cadillac.

The selection of a 1965 Cadillac is inspired, all on its own. It’s the first year of the stacked front headlights, which allowed for a smaller, less ornate grille than previous models, and the tail fins were now just the horizontal line atop the back of the car, with no real reminder of the baroque fins of a decade earlier, like you find on the 1964. All that adds up to clean crisp lines, plenty of interior room, and a jumping off point for an original project. Unfortunately this particular 1965 required a ground-up rebuild that took six months.

Fitted are both a Spectre 8138 air filter and a Spectre 8130 heat shield

The engine in the Caddy is an LS7 unit with an LS1 intake, fed by a Spectre 8138 conical air filter

Take a walk around the car and you won’t find any exotic lighting, no all-aluminum V8, a trick automatic transmission, or other upgrades that you might find on customized cars of the period. Instead what you’ll find is solid workmanship and an exceptional eye for details.

Under the hood, for example, is a 5.3L GM LSX motor. No aluminum block or heads, no displacement pushed out to 7 liters. The motor is all cast-iron American torque needed to push this 2.25-ton behemoth down the road. There has been maintenance and upgrades, of course, like a more aggressive cam and pretty much every part that touches the cam, an LS-1 intake has been added, flowing through a Spectre 8138 conical filter. Headers are at the other end, pouring spent gases into a custom-fabricated three-inch system built in the shop by Hector and Jeremy moving out through a pair of Black Widow mufflers.

Interior upgrades have significantly updated the nearly 50 year old car

Hard to beliieve that the interior is a 1965 Cadillac and not a more contemporary car

Air conditioning had been added, driven by an All American serpentine billet pulley system.

Underneath, the suspension has all been converted to air, starting with Choppin’ Block components. AccuAir controllers keep tabs on the system while VIAIR compressors provide the lift. Disc brakes are fitted all around. The rig rolls on 22" American Racing wheels.

The interior is most impressive. Gone is any hint of a bench seat, split or otherwise. In their place are four TMI bucket seats, turning the already massive interior into an even more comfortable spot for the three passengers. The steering wheel has been replaced by a unit more in keeping with the 21st century. There’s a center console that’s been custom fabricated that runs from the dash all the way to the rear bulkhead. The craftsman behind this piece is Steve from Definitive Audio who also created the custom door panels, converted the dash to Dakota Digital, and installed the stereo.

The enormous trunk has plenty of room for air suspension and audio components

The hydraulics are neatly packaged in the trunk, just behind a pair of 12" Rockford subwoofers

Opening the trunk lid gives you a good look at Steve’s handiwork, as you’re looking at the backside of two 12” Rockford subwoofers, two amplifiers, the VIAIR compressors, air tank, and controllers. There’s probably still room for a couple of golf bags back there.

Paint was applied by the artist-next-door Frank Rechlin at IKandy Paintworks, who has been painting custom cars for 25 years, who must have sprayed industrial quantities of paint on the Cadillac to get a color that deep. One thing’s for sure, no one is going to mistake this for Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac.

The car was unveiled at the 2017 SEMA show and spent the whole week snapping necks. Almost nobody could walk by it without taking a picture or turning around to take the beauty in for an extended period of time. And just about everybody walked away from it with a grin from ear to ear. How can you not love a big, black Cadillac laid out in the Las Vegas sun?

Photos by Auto Revolution


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Rodney Prouty, Spectre Performance Team Driver and Evil Stig Twin?

Driver view of Rodney Prouty in "Plain Jane" his '68 Camaro driving down the road

Spectre driver, Rodney Prouty, one of pro-tourings must meet drivers in his 1968 Camaro

Rodney Prouty was just 15 years old when his neighbor ‘Rocky’, in Moreno Valley, California, taught him how to paint cars in his home garage. Before that he had rebuilt a couple of motorcycles and done everything he could to get his Honda Express as fast and nimble as possible - which is not that fast or nimble, but for a 15 year old, he thought it was pretty badass.

A few years later Rodney worked in Stanton for a van conversion shop and for extra cash he would walk across the street and sweep up chips from the mill machines and the old man would give him 10 bucks. That 'old man' was Boyd Coddington.

View of Rodney with spray gun in hand painting his Camaro

"Plain Jane" getting a makeover for the 2016 race season, Rodney with spray gun in hand

From about age 16 to 19, he spent summers working part time at Riverside Raceway on the track repair crew; it was big money back then, at six bucks an hour with free entry into every race and a pit bike for events!

Later, after getting married and having children, he went to work in a factory and even then, cars still found him. He was making gas cylinders for prototype CNG cars. He didn't have a full size car to race, so he raced competitive RC cars for Team Losi. He cut, designed, built and tested his own parts out of carbon fiber and high tech plastics. The RC car had titanium hinge pins, nitrate coated shock shafts, hard anodized shock bodies, a carbon fiber chassis and all kinds of crazy stuff. Rodney even had the top ten at the “Nationals” a few times. His understanding of suspension and how it relates to speed was definitely born at the RC track.

View of Plain Jane's new color scheme staging at the NCM

Prouty debuted Plain Jane's new paint and color scheme at the National Corvette Museum

It seems Rodney has raced something his whole life. Whether BMX, motocross, RC cars or jet skis, anything he could make go fast he would! He was even a competitive speed skater, telling us, “I guess we raced everything!”

Rodney has had many influences in his life but he really can't point to one person. Certainly his autocross family is key in his enjoyment of the sport. He always tells people that "autocross isn't fun if you're doing it alone."

View of Prouty in helmet & suit at the ice cream section with caption "Never look at the Co

Prouty, the consummate joker, that is until you get him behind the wheel of his car!

It wasn’t until he was in his mid thirties, after marriage and children, that he returned to the automotive industry and began restorations on 1st Gen Camaros. He fell in with a great group of industry people and made some great friends. In fact, it was those same friends that convinced him to take Plain Jane out to an autocross, where he quickly fell in love with the sport. But it wasn’t just the driving alone that hooked him, it was the people. The friendships he’s forged was unexpected and one of the best parts of racing.

Rodney Prouty has been a brand loyalist with Spectre Performance for about 8 years now! He met Mike Morrow with Spectre performance back at a Goodguys event where they tested a new air cleaner on Plain Jane, took pictures of the install, and even filmed the install for a TV show pilot.

Photo of the Spectre Team Driver's vehicles on the Spectre Performance Booth Display boards

"Plain Jane" looking stellar and representing on the Spectre Performance booth banner

Now a Spectre Performance team driver, Prouty takes his role quite seriously. He believes that it is his duty to positively represent the brands that have so faithfully believed in him. No doubt, Rodney is a character. He is the one you’ll find in the pits rallying excitement and creating a jovial environment. Funs and games and selfies, laughter always ensues. But as soon as our friend dons the Spectre Performance driving suit and helmet and tucks in behind the wheel of his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro, he is a force to be reckoned with. Prouty is an accomplished driver that once behind the wheel is driven to compete and win!

Front driver side view of Suzy Bauter behind the wheel with Rodney riding shotgun in the Camaro

Prouty's main squeeze and partner in life, Suzy Bauter behind the wheel of Plain Jane having fun

“Plain Jane” the “$100 Basket Case” that Rodney initially came into possession of needed virtually everything. At the time it had no interior, just one seat, no suspension, no drive train, no front or rear glass, and even some parts that belonged on a few different cars, not on Camaros. His list of needed parts was quite extensive, suggesting that his entire car is one big modification! But this “DIY” guy has done all the mods with his partner in crime, Suzy, in his garage on a shoestring budget. For the 2016 season Rodney made a few modifications to Plain Jane that really impressed at the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering segment of OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car qualifier in Kentucky at the National Corvette Museum. “Plain Jane” debuted this year with a fresh and tastefully updated paint scheme. He traded the classic hockey stick side stripe for a more bold metallic gold stripe that extended from the nose to the deck lid, complemented by a carbon fiber detail. He swapped out the 9.5-inch solid, 5-spoke, gold wheels for a slightly different 10-inch dual 5-spoke gold wheel that matched the new paint flawlessly. It’s subtle updates like these that can make a big impact. Suzy updated the Camaro’s interior to coordinate with the exterior. And as for handling, Rodney had Fox change his shocks from linear pistons to digressive and re-curved the valving on his rear shocks. Additionally he made the change to the Detroit Speed sway bars, and custom built link ends for the suspension by UMI.

View of Rodney's partner Suzy handling a little wiring detail.

Do it yourself or have Suzy do it! Rodney explains that she is the BEST Crew Chief

Prouty started on this path in California and is now in Tennessee so he’s had a chance to check out some the Midwest's most talked about events including the Goodguys events in Nashville, Tennessee, Columbus, Ohio, and Bowling Green, Kentucky. He participated in this years Holley LS Fest, and NSRA Louisville and Springfield, Missouri. He managed to get in a couple of Kentucky Region SCCA events and of course the OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car qualifier at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he placed in the top five in ALL segments of that event. Not a professional driver, with a stock LS motor that produces just 350hp, proving once again that it’s not just power that succeeds in races, but suspension and driver ability.

Rodney credits his personal success in this sport to those people who make up his autocross/racing family that have been along for the ride and held him up even when he didn't know they were there. His love, his partner Suzy Bauter has always respected what he loves to do and has been by his side for the long hauls, long track days and blown trailer tires. “She supports me the most,” Rodney said. He’s made some significant changes in his life over the past few years and has learned most important to have humility saying, “you really have to be humble or you'll eat that pie eventually.”

View of Prouty on road course at the National Corvette Museum, OPTIMA Event in Kentucky

Prouty on course at the OPTIMA event that took place at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky

Looking forward to race season 2017, in the short-term he plans to get back to racing more frequently and get a couple more cars out and racing that have been sitting, waiting for his attention. Looking long-term he’d like to add some more horsepower and even improve the suspension on ole Jane! We asked Rodney, alive or dead, who would he choose to sit down with and share a meal or conversation. Imagine our surprise when he responded with, “I suppose I could say Gandhi - isn't that what I'm supposed to say? I think I might like to have a meatball sandwich with George Carlin and then take him for a ride on the autocross at Goodguys. I am so fortunate to have a couple of Camp Autocross families that I get to sit down to a meal with regularly and those are usually the best meals I have when it comes down to it. A cold beer, a hot meal, a camp chair, armchair race talk and a lot of laughter-- what more does a guy need?” And with that we will say thank you to Rodney Prouty. It’s people like you that make this sport as memorable on the track as it is off.

View of Rodney Prouty with his Spirit of the Event award

Prouty, a proud recipient of the Spirit of the Event award, earning him an invite to OUSCI 2014

Rodney in his Spectre helmet and driving suit sitting with a K&N Filters coloring book

Evil Stig? Rodney Prouty? Just one of the photos posted to Social Media leading up to OSUSC at NCM


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Give your 6.7L PowerStroke Some SuperDuty Power with a Spectre Air Intake System

The Spectre 9979 Performance Intake System is designed for the Ford 6.7L Diesel

The Spectre 9979 performance intake system is designed for the Ford 6.7L diesel

The 2011-2016 Ford F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550 Super Duty Powerstroke diesel trucks are the best-selling heavy duty American trucks by a country mile. Sure, the Ram might look like a shrunken Peterbilt, and the GM HD twins might have fancy bun warmers and more chrome than Elvis' last Cadillac. However, your blue-oval thoroughbred will likely outlast and out work those lesser mules, while costing you a lot less to feed over time. But what's wrong with having some extra power to go along with all that practicality? With some additional giddy up, you can get more work done, and get home faster. So meet the Spectre 9979 performance intake: your ticket to a more productive and entertaining day.

The 6.7L PowerStroke engine makes power by injecting air and diesel into the cylinders, then compressing the mixture until it explodes. The great big turbo that spools up every time you lay into the throttle, is there to deliver an additional air charge to the cylinders. Since oxygen acts as the catalyst during combustion, the extra air coming from the turbo helps your Ford 6.7L diesel to create a much hotter detonation, which burns the fuel more completely and creates more horsepower/torque from a relatively small amount of fuel. The reason that a Ford Super Duty can get such exemplary fuel economy, is because diesel contains more energy/btu's than gasoline. So if you make it burn hotter, the engine will be able to extract more power without consuming much more fuel (provided you go easy on the throttle). And to turn the preverbal heat up, you're going to need a Spectre 9979 performance intake system.

The Spectre 9979 Performance Intake increases airflow so your Powerstroke can make more power

The Spectre 9979 performance intake increases airflow so your Powerstroke can make more power

To feed that big Powerstroke turbo, air is drawn in through a hole in the factory air box, then it's forced through a thick paper air filter (which clogs and restricts airflow as it gets dirty), and into a narrow plastic intake tube, where it bounces around before finally reaching the turbo compressor. This journey causes the air to heat up and become turbulent, reducing the oxygen molecules and ultimately, the amount of power that the engine can make with it. A Spectre 9979 performance intake on the other hand, replaces the OE air box with a black powdercoated heat shield that's designed to seal against the underside of the hood and prevent warm engine bay air from entering the system. Inside of the heat shield is an oversized Spectre Performance air filter, which is connected to a polished aluminum intake tube that has integrated fittings for all of the factory sensors. The pre-oiled Spectre air filter uses a multi-layer synthetic material that can trap and hold dirt inside the sticky fibers for up to 25,000 miles (depending on road conditions) before it has to be cleaned. This unique depth-loading filter not only saves you money on replacement air filters, but it also allows over 50% more power-rich oxygen to reach the turbo.

Save time & money on Ford SuperDuty maintenance with a Spectre 9979 Intake

Save time and money on Ford SuperDuty maintenance with a Spectre 9979 intake

Thanks to its low-restriction design, the Spectre 9979 performance intake system is able to provide the 6.7L Powerstroke with more air, that's both cleaner and cooler. A difference you'll instantly notice because of the faster throttle response and increased pulling power, especially at low and high RPMs. So between the additional power, and the superior engine protection afforded by that reusable Spectre air filter, this is one easy-to-install performance upgrade that you can't ignore.

The Spectre 9979 is designed to fit the following vehicles:

2016 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2016 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2016 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2016 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2015 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2015 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2015 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2015 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2014 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2013 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2012 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2012 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2012 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2012 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2011 FORD F550 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2011 FORD F450 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2011 FORD F350 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models
2011 FORD F250 SUPER DUTY 6.7L V8 Diesel Engine - All Models


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Several Spectre Air Intakes for Ford Vehicles Get CARB Exemption

Spectre intake California Air Resources Board exemption

Several Spectre intakes for Ford vehicles have received CARB exemption

Every Spectre intake that is made, must receive an exemption from the California Air Resources Board, or CARB. CARB is a government agency, under the Environment Protection Agency, whose goals are attaining and maintaining healthy air quality, protecting the public from exposure to toxic air contaminants, and providing innovative approaches for complying with air pollution rules and regulations.

A main responsibility of CARB is to define vehicle emissions standards. In the state of California, it is referred to as a smog inspection. In order for the vehicle to pass the required smog check, it cannot have any aftermarket engine parts on it that are not CARB exempt. That is where our relationship with CARB comes into play.

Spectre 9976K cold air intake for 2011-2014 Ford F-150 5.0L trucks

The Spectre 9976K is one of the intakes that recently received CARB exemption

If we want to sell our products in California or in states that have adopted CARB rules, we need to have each of our products to have them tested. If they pass, we receive an executive order number, or EO. That EO number allows us to sell that product, for those applications, in the state. It may seem trivial, but it is a major process, and for anyone who lives outside of California and has never had to worry about it, you are lucky.

The most recent set of intakes that received CARB exemption fit various Ford vehicles. From the 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L to 2007-2012 Lincoln Navigators. The full list is below, along with the various part numbers. For additional information on CARB legal products, visit the application page for the specific intake you need.

9019 for 2011 - 2014 Ford Edge 3.5L / 3.7L

9029 for 2015 Ford Mustang 2.3L turbocharged

9033 for 2015 Ford F150 5.0L

9034 for 2015 Ford F150 2.7L / 3.5L turbocharged

9041 for 2015 Ford Mustang 3.7L

9926 / 9926B / 9926K for 2005 - 2009 Ford Mustang 4.0L

9929 / 9929B / 9929K for 2011 - 2014 Ford Mustang 3.7L

9970 / 9970B / 9970K for 2009 - 2010 Ford F150 5.4L

9970 / 9970B / 9970K for 2007 - 2014 Ford Expedition 5.4L

9970 / 9970B / 9970K for 2007 - 2012 Lincoln Navigator 5.4L

9974 for 1986 - 1993 Ford Mustang 5.0L

9975 for 2009 - 2010 Ford F150 4.6L

9976 / 9976B / 9976K for 2011 - 2014 Ford F150 5.0L

9977 for 2010 - 2014 Ford F150 SVT Raptor / F150 Platinum 6.2L

9978 / 9978K for 2012 - 2014 Ford F150 3.5L turbocharged


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2016 Spectre Performance Team Driver, Chris Jacobs and His Race Season Wrap Up

Front end view of the '66 Chevelle on the track.

This beautiful 1966 Chevelle looks great while slaying the track

Isn’t this how every good gearhead story starts out? "I had a friend. . ."

So is the case with Spectre Performance team driver, Chris Jacobs. Turns out he had a friend with a pro-mod ZR-1 Corvette back in 1993 at a SEMA booth so he tagged along to help out. PRI in Ohio was pretty cool back in the day, but Chris recalls that SEMA was completely overwhelming. At the time having only been involved with drag racing and that being the primary focus of his attention, his first SEMA experience opened his eyes to the endless possibilities with regards to motorsports. What started as a hobby has now become more of a way of life for the husband and wife team with jobs being a means to get back to the track!

His love of anything with wheels started at a ridiculously early age. Up until recently he still had hundreds of Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars, but Chris found a young man in Texas who he thought was worthy of the collection and ultimately made that young Texans' day. From the age of 5 until adulthood he had some form of dirt bike, three wheeler, street bike, or combination thereof.

Driver side view of Chris behind the wheel at the MidWest Muscle Car Challenge

The 1966 Chevelle of Chris Jacobs handling the road course at the Midwest Muscle Car Challenge

Drag racing for this Spectre Performance Team Driver and his friends seemed to be the easiest way to let loose and go fast back in the day, since there were always empty industrial parks at their disposal, along with three drag strips within 2 hours of suburban Chicago when they were teens. Chris started drag racing his street cars back in 1987, but just for fun. This morphed into drag racing street bikes as well. In the early nineties he had a 1982 Honda that ran high nines with a blow through turbo on it. In fact his daily driver at the time was a 1970 Chevelle that would run in the mid 10s. Talk about a speed junkie! Needless to say after his first autocross event in 2007 he was hooked.

Driver side view of Chris Jacobs behind the wheel on the autocross track.

Chris Jacobs makes autocross look easy throwing his 3,800 lb. Chevelle around the track

Long time supporter of the Spectre Performance brand, a chance meeting at a Mid-West Goodguys event evolved into Chris running his 1966 Chevelle at OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car challenge at famed Road America in Wisconsin back in 2014 under the Spectre Performance banner. In 2015, Chris became one of the Spectre Performance brand ambassadors. This past year has proven to be a very busy year for the Spectre Performance team driver, Chris Jacobs. He’s been competing in numerous events, including Cars and Cones, Midwest Musclecar Challenge, Motor State Challenge, North East Muscle Car Challenge, Goodguys Des Moines, Goodguys Columbus and the Chicago region SCCA autocross series.

Passenger side view of Chris Jacobs on the road course at Road America

On the road course at Road America, the 1966 Chevelle of Chris Jacobs

Jacobs has had quite a few accomplishments during his racing career. He has won 7 Goodguys Street Machine class autocross events, competed at the Goodguys Grand Finale, Duel In The Desert, at Westworld in Scottsdale, AZ in 2015, in the Street Machine Of The Year winner, a ’68 Corvette owned by Harold and Tracy Chapman. He has had multiple podium finishes at numerous pro-touring events over the past six years. He even earned the title of CAM Class Champion at the inaugural Chicago Region SCCA CAM Class in 2014, and returned in 2016 to take the CAM-S class title, once again. For a guy who started autocrossing not that long ago, it seems he is a natural.

But all this success doesn’t come without the support of his amazing wife Lynda, another Spectre Performance team driver, and of course the help of the incredible folks at the Roadster Shop, Finish Line Performance, Black Dog Speed Shop, and of course his best friend Randy Johnson from D&Z Customs. Chris purchased his Mist Blue 1966 Chevelle from Randy Johnson back in 2010. Randy had installed an LS7 with Spectre Performance cold air intake, with a Rockland T-56 on a G-Machine chassis from Kevin Laatsch at Pathfinder Chassis. Then the two changed sway bars and spring rates and before long the Chevelle handled better and became quite competitive with Chris behind the wheel. In 2011, Jacob’s changed to a Fast Track IRS and was amazed with the car’s performance. Since then not a whole lot has changed with the exception of a C&R Radiator, a set of Penske shocks, a Centerforce Dyad Clutch and a set of BFG Rival tires. Chris takes care of all the regular maintenance on his pro-touring rides, but for car mod’s and upgrades he relies on these professionals saying it’s definitely a team effort.

Driver side view of Chris Jacobs behind the wheel of the Chapmans '68 Corvette

Chris Jacobs, staging & ready to run the Spectre equipped '66 at the CAM Challenge Chicago Region

Spectre Performance team driver, Chris Jacobs has been involved with helping out at some of the Chicago Region SCCA autocross schools, and most recently assisted and instructed at the last Tire Rack Street Survival School. For the 2017 race season he is looking forward to doing what he can to continue giving back to the pro-touring community. Inspired by folks in the automotive industry like Kyle Tucker and Mark Stielow, Chris appreciates how each of them have found success both on the track and in careers doing what they love. But more important Chris is looking forward to the snow melting and so he can get his pro-touring ride out of the garage and back on the track.


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White Space Galore On Artist Chad Carother's Customized 2015 Silverado Sport Truck

The combination of the Magnuson supercharger, Spectre intake, and Gibson exhaust add over 100 hp

The supercharger, intake, and exhaust add well over 100 rwhp, keeping the wheels spinning all day

Imagine that you’ve been handed a power jigsaw and instructed to cut a large circle in a sheet of plywood. But there’s no pattern or even pencil marks to follow. You can only calculate by eye where you start and where you (hopefully) end. That gives you a sense of what artist Chad Carothers accomplished in illustrating his amazing 2015 Chevy Silverado.

“Everything art related is freehand, painted directly onto the truck and its parts, meaning nothing was pre-drawn or really mapped out. It was all spur of the moment as I went along, basically like a high stakes game of chance. Trusting my vision in my mind to transform into real life. Glad it worked out,” Chad said with a laugh.

supercharged 5.3L Ecotec motor in 2015 Chevy Silverado

A peek under the hood at the supercharged 5.3 L. Can you spot the Inkabot in the drawings?

Chad is the owner and creative brains behind the lifestyle brand Index Ink. You’ll find several motifs on both the Index Ink site and on the truck, like the robot. Chad explained “the Robot, or Inkabot as I call him, is kind of like a mascot of mine and Index Ink designs, so he tends to find his way into a lot of my art.”

Chad’s illustrations can be found under the hood, on the dash, on the headliner, and especially throughout the bed of the Silverado.

We asked Chad how he accomplished the amazing results. “I use really thinned out auto pinstriping paint with a variety of sign/fine art brushes and felt nibs to get it to flow effortlessly. This also makes it very easy to mess up, drip and so on so. Focus is pretty important,” he replied.

The secondary color of blue appears on the wheels as well as in the interior.

Chad drew on the aluminum wheel rims, which were then cleared to protect the art

He told us he’d spent over 500 hours on the illustrations alone. But how did he know when enough was enough? When too much would start to be overkill? “Knowing when and where to have restraint is really important,” the self-taught artist explained. Like most artists he believes in the power of white space, and that's particularly evident when you examine the exterior of the truck. But first a trip under the hood.

Restraint applies to the modifications he’s made under the hood, as well. Only those items with the greatest potential for increasing performance were replaced. The base is a stock Ecotec3 5.3L V8, now fed by a Magnuson supercharger drawing air through an intake built from a kit of Spectre Performance components, like the 97990. Exhaust gasses pass through an all-Gibson exhaust, with stainless steel headers and pipes that exit on the right side of the truck, just in front of the rear wheels.

Chad selected areas where he felt his artwork would draw attention but not be too distracting

One needs to look up when seated in the cab to spot Chad's work as it covers the entire headliner

The truncated exhaust provides plenty of room for modification to the rear suspension. In lieu of the traditional street truck air bag setup, Chad went with a narrowed rear end equipped with Posi positioned by an All Star Customs three-link set-up. The frame was notched and lowered 10-inches. Ride is controlled by Viking coilover shocks front and rear. And on the front Street Edge spindles and DJM upper control arms drop the steering end of the truck by seven-inches.

From American Racing came VF 502 26×9-inch front and 26×12-inch rear concave billet wheels onto which Chad added his artwork. The wheels then received a clear powdercoat over the brushed aluminum hoops and a Candy Blue finish over the centers by New Year Coatings, in Santa Ana, California.

Explaining his decision to draw on the wheels, Chad said “people get happy just to change the color of their wheels, so I figure why not go the next few steps further and really do something different.” Behind these utterly unique wheels are 15-inch rotors with StopTech six-piston calipers all the way around.

The secondary color of blue is particulary prominent in the interior of the 2015 Silverado

The seats were recovered in blue leather, the dash was dyed blue, and Chad provided his own accents

To achieve the super-clean results he sought from the exterior, Chad had all trim removed and color-matched to the truck. Rather than a full paint job, Chad went the body wrap route with a satin vinyl from Avery. The rear wheel wheel wells were removed and replaced with wider examples from a Chevy C10, maintaining an OEM look.

According to Chad “normal automotive clear coat was then applied to everything on the truck’s body, a combo of gloss and matte finishes.”

A bedliner product was sprayed on, then covered in white automotive paint. Finishing off the bed, Chad added his illustrations and a carbon fiber floor with aluminum rails.

A carbon fiber floor protects the bed, while aluminum strips may loading/unloading a breeze

The preponderance of drawings are within the bed, every one from Chad's own hand.

On the inside you’ll find he same attention to detail as is evident on the exterior of the truck. The blue accents on the exterior are matched by the dash and door panel dyed blue while seats were re-covered with black and blue leather. Then Chad selected a number of interior trim pieces to be painted white, to which he added his hand-drawn illustrations. The centerpiece of the interior requires you to look up, as Chad has replaced the stock headliner panel with a yet another large illustration.

So will Chad Carother's highly-personalized 2015 Silverado mark the start of a new trend in sport trucks, or will it remain a singular example of what happens when an artistic mind combines DTM and JDM inspiration with an American sport truck? There’s really no way of knowing until we start to see sport trucks on coilovers instead of airbags and more Euro-style bodywork, but in the meantime we’re happy to admire Chad’s singular piece of automotive art.


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Spectre Performance Team Driver Ken Thwaits and His Road to the Finish Line

View of Ken Thwaits after losing weight and working out

"The ultimate in race modifications - driver mods - eat clean and workout," says Ken Thwaits

Race car driver, car collector, entrepreneur, founder and President of Precision Dynamics International AND Showtime Motorsports. These are just a few of the titles we could give Spectre Performance Team Driver, Ken Thwaits.

Thwaits grew up in Wilmington, California, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. As a young man Ken was attracted to racing with the dream of going pro in either Formula One or Indy. Admittedly though, he didn’t come from a family of means and that type of racing took money. A lot of money. Ken’s father, Rex Thwaits, raced in formula cars in SCCA during the 1960s and 1970s. Dad had gotten into racing after watching the movie Grand Prix and he encouraged Ken to get involved in motorsports. Following in dad’s footsteps, Ken began his racing career back in 1978 running a Formula Ford in SCCA amateur road racing events. In fact, dear old dad even supported his racing for the first two years, on a shoestring budget. By 1984, Ken had moved up to Pro Formula Mazda in 1984, and won the Pro Formula Mazda National Championship the following season. Ken told us back then the FM cars were a support class to the Indy cars at Long Beach. It was then that Ken went to Long Beach Grand Prix and was so blown away with what he was seeing he quickly signed up for instruction at the Jim Russell Racing School in Willow Springs in hopes of taking his driving skills to the next level. Thwaits then took a few years off before returning in the SCCA's Showroom Stock Class, running Camaros in that series until 1992.

Passenger side view of the EVO at Charlotte Raceway

Ken says the race at Charlotte Speedway was the only race where everything worked perfectly

In 2014, after a 22 year long hiatus, Thwaits got back into racing when OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car series first began. Ken took home top honors in his class in the opening season of this national series, earning him an invite to the 2014 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). And he's been racing with the series ever since!

So how does a man come back to win after that much time off? Ken said, “I do my best to stay fit and eat and drink right. I really start to prepare mentally for a race 4 weeks before the weekend starts. I continually run each driving segment in my head and visualize winning. I spend a month thinking about winning. I meditate and pray every morning and give thanks for the life that I have. It is very difficult to beat the power of positivity!” He did what he called a driver modification. As a young driver he learned to run flat out when he needed to and to conserve the car when he needed to. He learned that driving expertise was achieved in levels. He also learned rather quickly that in the OPTIMA series to be on top, you’ve absolutely got to go fast right from the start. He knows his early training has helped him greatly in this series.

Ken Thwaits EVO on display at the WIlwood Disc Brake booth SEMA 2016

The 2006 black EVO of Ken Thwaits, stealthfully avoiding handprints at the Wilwood Booth

As for vehicle modifications he shared his extensive list with us on what changed for 2016 on his 2006 Mitsubishi Evo that was featured at the Wilwood Disc Brakes booth this year at the SEMA Show. Originally the EVO started out white and bone stock when they picked it up. They had wrapped the beast in satin black but received mixed results when it came to judging in the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering segment of the OPTIMA qualifying events, so they painted it! Engine mods included a larger turbo, stronger titanium internal assemblies, which in turn increased the power to 509hp, and added carbon drivelines. They did a complete suspension change in this car for the 2016 season. They installed JRi shocks, PAC springs, adjustable sway bars, and Wilwood big brakes. They also added a Spectre intake system. Then they added a Drenth sequential gearbox and Centerforce “DYAD” twin disc clutch. But the major modifications were in the Design and Engineering category. Mods included the exterior paint and color scheme change, then the significant leather upgrades to the interior seating and console, plus an incredible sound system upgrade. The engine compartment got a complete makeover with black & red powder coating and polished drip reservoirs. They’ve even relocated the battery to the trunk. Last but not least they’ve added a ton of carbon fiber! A carbon fiber trunk lid, plus carbon fiber skirts, front air dam, and rear wing. Just in case you were wondering these upgrades did indeed capture the D&E Judges attention and paid off in spades!

Driver side view of Ken Thwaits in the '06 EVO before paint and modifications.

The 2006 bone stock EVO of Ken Thwaits showing how important handling is

Ken and his Showtime Motorsports team’s primary focus since returning to racing has been the OPTIMA Series. They ran all but 1 of the 10 races during the 2016 season and are pleased to say that every race they entered resulted in a podium finish culminating in a 2nd Place overall finish at OUSCI.

But 2016 was extremely challenging for the Showtime Team. As we already mentioned, they ran 9 regular series races in OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car series plus OUSCI. Out of those 10 races they suffered 6 engine failures and 2 clutch failures, with one engine failure happening on day two of OUSCI. Ken hadn't been able to complete one full lap before losing power. The Showtime team kicked in to high gear and with the assistance of a fellow competitor, Ken was able to pull it off in the last minute. Turns out they really only had one race (Charlotte) where everything performed the way it was supposed to. However, Ken is a very positive and determined person and he refused to give up. So, they pushed on and in light of the challenges the 2nd place overall finish is extremely satisfying.

Driver side view of Ken Twhaits behind the wheel at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for OUSCI

On track at OUSCI with Ken Thwaits at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Road Course

Over time Ken has built Showtime Motorsports into a full working shop. He has worked extensively with Raymond’s Performance in building, maintaining, and providing track support of the EVO. Ronnie Solomon of RS Motors handles all of the mods on the EVO, with JJ Furillo of Ultimate Performance responsible for the suspension development on the car.

Ken takes being a Spectre Performance brand ambassador and team driver very seriously and said, “quite frankly I am very flattered to be a part of this company I represent. I feel a duty to perform well and conduct myself appropriately when I am at the track or in front of a camera. I also take every opportunity to promote a company who we partner with either by verbally promoting them on camera or by wearing appropriate attire and making sure our sponsors are represented well on our cars. Winning and/or running up front helps you gain an audience who wants to purchase the products that you win with, its that simple.”

View of cars in Thwaits Car Collection

Thwaits car collection is home to some amazing muscle and some incredible charity events

Thwaits, along with Showtime Motorsports, will continue to conduct their two charity events each year, a concert/auction for the homeless veterans and for Thwaits county's CASA program benefiting children in “at risk” homes. These events take place at the Thwaits Car Collection venue so that the attendee’s get a taste of the muscle car heritage. He will also continue to produce the video series chronicling the Showtime Motorsports racing and collector car world and continue to post it on social media. So far in 2016 Showtime Motorsports has produced almost 90 videos ranging from 15 seconds to over 20 minutes, and have just surpassed reaching 1 million viewers this year. He feels it is an incredible way of promoting the sponsors, the racing series, and his fellow racers. Inspired by Roger Penske, Ken notes that he admires Roger’s attention to detail and how he wins with class.


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2015-2016 Ford F-150 Air Intake Kit Is Designed To Boost Horsepower and Torque

The Spectre 9034 Air Intake System for 2015-2016 Ford F-150.

The Spectre 9034 air intake system includes a Spectre HPR9892 universal air filter.

The 2015 Ford F150 represents the 13th generation of the F-Series pickup that has been dubbed the best selling pickup ever. It has gone through a refreshing that includes a fully aluminum body, which makes it lighter than any previous F150 and sheds as much as 700 pounds from the Super Crew model. The new front grille and headlight design are reminiscent of the 2013 Atlas concept vehicle. The body also has more angles and sharper lines than any previous model.

The truck comes in five trims and three cab configurations. Each cab style offers more cabin space and visibility than the previous year’s model due to a wider frame and changed door and window styling. In fact, more visibility is offered for driver and passengers throughout the truck because the belt lines of the doors have been dropped about an inch. Better side access to the bed has been achieved because it has also been dropped about 2-inches.

Four engines, two carryovers and two completely new, power the vehicle. A new, naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6, a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 EcoBoost, a 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost, and the venerable Coyote 5.0-liter V-8. A previous engine option, a 6.2-liter V8, has been discontinued.

Inside, the truck has been equipped with a MyFord Touch infotainment system that includes an 8-inch screen between the tachometer and speedometer. The system provides access to more engine and vehicle information, allows you to track maintenance and long- and short-term fuel economy, and more.

The 2016 version of the Ford F150 has more technology than any other previous model and includes things that help make it a work truck, play truck, tow truck and muscle truck.

For the work truck incarnation, there are loading ramps that lock into the bedsides so the owner can load an ATV, a BoxLink System including cleats and brackets to divide the bed and anchor cargo, LED headlamps and lighting for the cargo box, a deployable bed step, and steps with a post that serves as a handrail slides out of the tailgate to assist in loading the bed.

Powder-coated heat shield blocks hot engine air from entering the intake inlet.

The Spectre 9034 air intake has a heat shield that prevents hot engine air from entering the intake

A new Pro Trailer Backup Assist option makes it easier to backup into tight spaces or back up to a boat launch if the truck has a trailer. Activate an in-dash knob and the system does the steering or counter steering.

The same engines that work the 2015 Ford F150 are again available to run the 2016 model. The 3.5-liter V-6 produces 282 horsepower and a maximum tow rating of 7,600 pounds. The 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 generates 325-horsepower and 375 lb-ft of torque as well as a tow rating of up to 8,500 pounds. A stop/start feature is included on this engine. The 5.0-liter V-8 offers 385-horsepower, and 387 lb-ft of torque and has a payload rating of 3,300 pounds and the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 delivers 365-horsepower and a payload rating of 12,300 pounds. A 6-speed automatic transmission integrates with the engines and there are 4x4 and 4x2 drive configurations available. Electric power steering is standard on all models.

The same trim packages that were sold on the 2015 Ford F150 are available for the 2016 version.

Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system replaced the MyFord Touch system that was on the 2015 version.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates the Super Crew F-150 a Top Safety Pick award. The Top Safety Pick award is limited because of the “Basic” forward-collision prevention system, added IIHS. The agency did not rate the Super Cab and Regular Cab models. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHSTA) rates the F-150 five stars overall and five star ratings in the subcategories except rollover resistance.

Spectre offers the Spectre 9034 air intake kit for the 2015 and 2016 Ford F-150. The intake kit is designed to offer more horsepower and torque. The kit includes a Spectre HPR9892 red washable and reusable air filter that features a non-woven synthetic media and a flat black top.

The intake system also features three stainless steel clamps, polished aluminum tube and a black powdercoated heat shield that stops hot engine air from entering the intake inlet, ensuring better performance.

Spectre also offers the Spectre Accucharge precision air filter cleaning and oiling system that have been specially formulated to cleanse and recharge the Spectre air filter so that it can be reused. The kit includes two bottles - a spray bottle that contains the cleaner and a squeeze bottle that holds the filter oil.

The Spectre 9034 cold air intake system fits the following vehicles:

2016 FORD F150 3.5L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 FORD F150 2.7L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 FORD F150 3.5L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2015 FORD F150 2.7L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models


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