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K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake (12-18 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      I'm Ryan with and this is my review of the K&N Cold-Air Intake, available for all 2007-2016 JKs. When taking a look at these cold-air intakes, you have a couple of different ones to choose from. One is the 57-series which is a carb-exempt, 50-state legal intake, the 63 which is not legal in California but should give you a few more horsepower, and the 77 which is the aluminum version of the intake. A cold-air intake on a Jeep is for somebody who wants a little bit more sound out of their engine, who wants a little bit better throttle response, and possibly some increased miles per gallon. A cold-air intake is not going to provide a ton of horsepower gains on a Jeep just because the factory intake isn't that much of a bottleneck. However, a lot of people do feel a little bit of a power increase after installing something like this. It is important to note that when you install a cold-air intake on your Jeep, you do get rid of the factory air box, which can be a little bit detrimental if you're somebody who takes your Jeep off-road in wet conditions a lot. But, if you do decide to go with a cold-air intake on your Jeep, the K&N ones are a good way to go because they're moderately priced, and they all include K&N's famous reusable and washable filter.Depending on which series you choose, you're either gonna get a polyethylene or an aluminum air intake tube that's molded specifically to fit in your Jeep and designed to work with your factory vent and air sensor. You'll get a heat shield and all the brackets and hardware necessary to get everything installed, including a washable and reusable K&N air filter. Now, because this setup is designed specifically to bolt into your Jeep, it will be bolt-in. You won't have to cut or drill anything which makes the installation really easy. However, because of that, it's very important to make sure you get the one that's designed for your specific year because Jeep did change engines. Because this is designed to be completely bolt-in, the install becomes very easy. The first step in the process is to remove your factory intake tube and air box, then install the heat shield and all the brackets that come with this kit. From there, you'll install your air filter and, finally, your air tube. The whole installation should take about an hour and you won't need any specialty tools, just some hand tools. Now, there are a bunch of companies out there making cold-air intake setups very similar to this, and some of them are less expensive than this one. This does come with the washable and reusable filter which may be worth a couple more dollars to you. It really just comes down to your budget. If you want to get one of these setups that's similar, that costs a few dollars less, I think that it'll have the same effect on your Jeep as this one will. So if you're looking for some extra throttle response, a little more sound from under the hood of your Jeep or a few extra MPGs, a cold-air intake might be the way to go, especially if you're somebody who takes your Jeep off-road only where it's dry or stays out of the puddles. If you're looking for a cold-air intake and you want one that has a reusable filter, the K&N is a really nice option. So that's my review of the K&N Cold-Air Intake, available for all 2007-2016 JKs that you can find right here, at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Aggressive Styling
      • Estimated Gains of 7.26 HP @5600 RPM
      • Black Powder Coat Finish
      • Includes Black Dryflow Air Filter
      • 49 State Legal
      • Easy Installation
      • For 2012-2018 3.6L Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Tactical Style & Performance. The K&N Blackhawk Induction Air Intake is designed to give your rig the bold look it deserves as well as practical performance gains. After installation you'll see an estimated 7.26 more horsepower at 5,600 RPM and an estimated additional 7.79 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. These gains along with increased throttle response and improved engine sound make this blacked out kit everything you'll want and need in a cold air intake.

      Durable Construction. Designed to replace your standard factory intake, this CAI features a black powder coated metal tube for increased air flow and impressive style.  All the necessary hardware for installation is included in the kit, along with stainless steel clamps which won't rust out and accommodations for your mass air sensor.  This intake is finished with a large, 6 inch black cotton gauze DryFlow filter, to provide superior filtration over stock.

      Installation and Warranty.  This kit is easily installed with common hand tools for a straight forward installation that generally takes 90 minutes or less. Backed by K&N's Million Mile Warranty, this cold air intake provides both you and your JK with unrivaled security and performance for years and the many miles to come.

      Application. The Blackhawk Induction Air Intake is specifically designed to fit 2012-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models with a 3.6L engine.  This kit is not legal in the state of California or any other states which adhere to the same CA state emission standards.

      Technical Note. The K&N Cold Air Intake is not designed for vehicles equipped with a Body Lift.

      Fitment: 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# 71-1566

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (14)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 14 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • October 17, 2019

        5 2012 Wrangler - BK5154 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Nice Add

        Every vehicle I’ve had, I’ve added a CAI and the Jeep and now on that list.. at the moment, because my foot is heavy, I’m not noticing gas gains, but I do notice the Jeep is more responsive and sounds awesome when getting on the gas. The hardest part of the install is the sensor, you kind of have to cross your eyes, look to the west, and pray to Buddha to get the sensor to latch on to the I take lol.. great add and service from extreme terrain

        Helpful (1)
      • August 08, 2019

        5 2015 Wrangler - ArmyJustin

        Blackhawk makes me happy!

        Love the fact that they called it Blackhawk! The throttle response increased. The engine sounds meaner. Installation was easy but did take 3 days because a very critical 90° elbow was missing from the box but KandN (as quickly as possible) sent me a replacement.

        Helpful (1)
      • May 09, 2019

        4 2015 Rubicon - ClintWalker83 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Easy install and sounds good. Can feel a little extra power in higher rpms.

        Helpful (1)
      • February 22, 2019

        5 2018 Rubicon - TonyG Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Kn cold air

        Get it!!! Step on the loud pedal...what a sweet sound!!!

        Helpful (3)
      • December 12, 2018

        4 2014 Wrangler - ErikL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        Sounds good when your on the gas. By doing so, gas mileage gets worse. The instructions had me install a bracket and bushing that never came into play while installing the main components. I guess I had higher hopes.

        Helpful (6)
      • November 17, 2018

        5 2012 Rubicon - Charles Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        K and N

        Cannot tell yet about performance or mileage but seems to be a little better.

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      • September 19, 2018

        5 2017 Wrangler - ZachA Installation Time: Afternoon

        Great Buy

        Great cold air intake. Definitely feel the boost in power at mid/high end gear and improved engine note with my aftermarket exhaust! Quick easy install with good instructions. Would buy again.

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      • July 28, 2018

        5 2018 Wrangler - HendersonJohn Installation Time: Afternoon

        Quality product

        All parts fit perfectly with a little wiggle room for fine tuning. The crank case vent tube that was supplied was a heavy duty re-enforced Gates hose, making it little difficult to install. The factory hose is not re-enforced since its just for venting. Also, if you install a throttle body spacer, you will be lucky to get the vent tube hose over the first knuckle of the vent tube. Over all throttle response improved. Perhaps it's the combo of TBI and KandN. Overall pleased with this cold air intake.

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      • April 10, 2018

        4 2014 Wrangler - Erik Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Quality Intake

        Positives: Good build quality, performance gain, clear and concise instructions, and aesthetically pleasing. Negatives: Significantly more expensive than many of the competitors.

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      • March 29, 2018

        5 2015 Wrangler - AndrewD

        Very Happy

        easy to install, sounds great! Cost a little bit more but worth it.

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      Questions & Answers (4 answers)

      4 Top Rated Questions

      Will this CAI also support a throttle body spacer, i.e. is there enough room for both to fit in a 2015 JK without any additional modifications?

      • Additional modifications for adequate clearance may be required depending on the exact throttle body spacer that is used, as thickness can vary.

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      Does this filter or any of the K N filters have non-oil based filters?

      • The K&N Blackhawk Induction Cold Air Intake (12-17 3.6L Wrangler JK) includes a Black Dryflow Air Filter. It is not an oiled filter, it is a dry filter.

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      If you do not retune after installation does the CHECK ENGINE light appear?

      • Hello, No you would not get a check engine light.

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      Does this product require a Computer Re-Tune?

      • Thank you for your question! No, this cold air intake does not require a re-tune for install.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Intake Tube
      • (1) Heat Shield
      • (1) Air Filter
      • Clamps and brackets
      • Hardware

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

      • JK Rubicon 2 Door - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Rubicon 4 Door - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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