Steeda Focus Cold Air Intake 2.0L Duratec TIVCT (2012-2018)

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$50.00 (11%)
Steeda Focus Cold Air Intake for the 2012-2018 Ford Focus incorporates a precision billet aluminum velocity stack to optimize and smooth incoming air.

Part Number: 555 3166

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Steeda Focus Cold Air Intake for the 2012-2018 Ford Focus incorporates a precision billet aluminum velocity stack to optimize and smooth incoming air. This feature allows for superior drivability and tunablity.

The incorporated powder coated heat shield securely seals off hot engine compartment air, thus maintaining performance no matter the conditions. The incorporated heat shield also includes connectivity to take use of the factory RAM air intake system for increased cold air flow and power.

Dyno proven to give you an additional 12 horsepower with NO tune!

  • Does not fit the 3 cylinder 1.0L engine
  • Does not fit 2013-2016 Focus ST or PZEV (Partial zero emissions vehicle.)

Purchase your Steeda Focus Cold Air Intake for your 2012-2018 Ford Focus at Steeda Autosports today!

Warning: Not approved for sale in California or states that require a California E.O. #. This part has been designed and is intended for off-road application only. Installation of this part on a vehicle that is driven on public roads may violate U.S. and Canadian laws and regulations.

Note: Federal and several state and provincial laws prohibit the removal, modification or rendering inoperative of any part that affects emissions or safety on motor vehicles used on public streets or highways. Steeda Autosports assumes no liability for any violations arising out of any federal, state or provincial emissions or safety requirements on motor vehicles arising out of the customer's modifications and/or use of Steeda products. It is the responsibility of the customer to determine if their modified vehicle complies with applicable laws.

This limited warranty is the only express warranty applicable to Steeda Autosports products. Other rights may arise or vary from state to state in the United States. Steeda is not responsible for any time for which you may lose the use of your vehicle, any inconvenience you might be caused, the loss of your transportation or any part thereof, or any other incidental or consequential damages you may have.

Product Benefits
  • Does not get heat soaked like factory air box
  • Cools to ambient temperature range significantly faster than the stock unit while producing more power
  • Impressive horsepower and torque gains
  • Cost effective induction solution
  • Easy to install
  • Steeda has been building Cold Air Intakes for Ford performance vehicles longer than any other company!

CA Residents: Cancer and Reproductive Harm WARNING

Fitment & Features


Manufacturer: Steeda Autosports
Made in USA: Yes

Installation Information:

Level of Difficulty: Easy
Install Time: About 1 Hour
Tools Required: Basic Shop Tools
Print Instructions: Installation Instructions

Vehicle Fitment:

Transmission Type: Automatic, Manual
Fits Model Year: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Focus Model: All

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I loved it, gave me the sporty sound I was looking for, not too obnoxious though. Practically the same as stock if you are easy on the gas pedal, but when you get on it, it sounds great. Didn't even need to do the exhaust, this alone was enough. Sadly, I got rear ended and totaled the car after only a month so I didn't get to enjoy it much.
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My engine is happier now.
I initially had been skeptical of the entire concept of cold air intakes, but this was a very worthwhile upgrade. The concern I had about fouling the MAF with an oiled filter media (can be cleaned easy) or introducing additional contamination into the cylinders via a “high flow” filter is offset by the fact that the ECU now no longer needs to pull timing and bog down at low RPM to avoid knock. Well, let me add a “+1” to the claims that this CAI from Steeda has drastically reduced bogging and shuddering at low speed off the line. My engine is much happier and runs noticeably smoother. The factory box is junk compared to this. I definitely believe the claims that this adds power; it is very noticeable all across the rev range. I recommend also adding the larger 63mm throttle body from the Mustang ecoboost and connecting these together with an MST sleeve to avoid restriction. Delete the stupid factory snorkel and add a ram air scoop to complete the project.
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Great CAI kit!
First off, those of you balking at the cost, don't. Luckily, I got mine on a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale. This piece is a solid chunk of aluminum. The instructions and other bits are also top notch. Everything was precisely packaged, sort of like putting together flat pack furniture! Install took around 90 minutes, and I took my time by removing/cleaning TB, etc. I wish there were a better method of affixing the hood seal, but oh well. Also, the filter mouth is an odd size, about 105mm, so it's difficult to get a typical 4" filter on it. But again, I can't compliment Steeda enough for how perfectly it all goes together. As for performance, a noticeable growl is the biggest difference. Seat of the pants it's honestly hard for me to tell, but my other car is a Fiesta ST, so my expectations might be askew. However, get one while you can, as I'm sure this won't be a product offering much longer. I had to wait a couple weeks for shipment because they are not stocked by Steeda any longer, I guess, and made to order.
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For all intents and purposes, this is a good product. The parts seem to be well made and are somewhat easy to install. I'm not sure if it actually delivers the power gains it promises because I haven't thrown the car up on a dyno to see, but it definitely feels like the engine is now using the full rev range, and it's a good amount louder, which to me, would signify that the engine is breathing a little better. The few criticisms that I have would be that the rubber seal on the airbox does not stay on as easily as it needs to. Quite frankly, I think the airbox should come already with the seal attached and glued down so you don't have to fuss with it - it's super frustrating. Also, the price was a little steep (I paid $399 for the setup) but in the end I don't regret making the purchase at all.
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Had some doubts! But no more!
I waited for almost a year before I finally took the plunge and slap down the $300 and I definitely do not regret it! I immediately noticed more power gains throughout the entire rev range just like the description says. and the sound is definitely amazing! Obviously I have a 5-speed manual transmission. before the air intake when I would take off from a dead stop. the car would sometimes bog down if you didn't feather the clutch just right. Now that problem has completely gone away! way better throttle response! I also do not have a Cat-Back exhaust yet! But with this air intake now I can actually hear my engine when I need to shift. And it just shifts smoother. Installation definitely isn't a 10-minute job but if your mechanically inclined at all you should have no problem doing this. it took me maybe half hour to 45 minutes to install. And the quality of the kit is top notch! As others have said. I definitely wouldn't even hesitate dropping even $400 for this kit! Nice Job Steeda!
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Thanks Steeda!
Purchased this intake knowing it would be a nice upgrade but got way more than i thought. My focus is otherwise stock at the moment, the power gains are noticable, it revs faster, pulls out quicker and drives so much nicer. Quiet at cruise with a nice growl as you get on it. Couldn't happier, best gains of any intake for this car from what I could find. Thanks Steeda!
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This CAI is awesome
This CAI is awesome. Coming from a stripped 638 AWHP Evolution IX, it's quite hard for me to be impressed by lesser cars, especially in the noise and speed departments. Now that that's out of the way, let's take a look at this intake. For $300, you get a solid performance choice for an air intake - plenty of surface area for sucking in all that air. Also, it's washable and re-oilable, exactly what I would expect from an aftermarket air filter. You get a nice isolation box made of aluminum with what appears to be a nice, hefty, scratch-resistant coating. Included in this design is a great feature - it uses the stock snorkel to feed some nice cold air directly to the filter from the back of the isolation box. Now.... I have to say... there is a BEAUTIFULLY polished velocity stack included with this kit, which I'm sure is a very large portion of why this kit performs so well on a dyno with no tune. And, it doesn't through a check engine code, which is great! As far as sound goes, this thing is AMAZING. Hands-down, the best N/A intake I've ever heard. I'm not sure if this is due to the Focus' engine design - which is burbly and deep-sounding from the factory (although entirely muted) - or if it is due to the intake, but either way, the sound is bowlz-awesome. It is grumbly at low RPMs, especially around 2-2.75k under load, and it has a nice (but relatively small) roar to it under load above 3500 RPM. Power gains are very solid. By my count, any mod that nets you a 10% HP gain for this money is a sure buy. I haven't dynoed it officially, but members of several forums post dyno graphs supporting these numbers. Unofficially, my butt-dyno is happy. The throttle response is improved, in my opinion - definitely noticeable when heel-and-toe down shifting. The pull off the line is much stronger and continues, as another reviewer said, through the entire rev range. Also, drivability seems to be improved, especially uner 3500 RPM, which is my target range for fuel economy. Speaking of which, preliminary testing shows a quite sizable gain in fuel economy, especially around town. Driving around tonight, I was averaging 35 mpg city and 42 mpg hwy at 68 mph on 87 octane gas. This increase is over what I was averaging - 28/36 mpg on the same fuel in the same weather in the same area on the same routes. Bravo, Steeda. You've earned my money this time, and I'll be coming back for more when you're ready to offer it!
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Worth Every Penny
I have the CAI in my 2012 focus. It is great. The was a noticeable increase in power especially in the low end and the sound is great. I notice that I can get away without down shifting at lower rpms without the engine bogging. The installation was straight forward and easy. Only the problem I had was the packaging was missing one screw for the mass flow sensor. A quick trip to ace fixed that. After having it in the car for a few months I could imagine not having it. I just wish they would come out with a tune for the car some time.
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Phenomenal Product!!!
This cold air intake is really great, I bought it for my MK3 Black Focus Sedan and have to say wow. The power difference is definitely felt and is well worth the $300. This is what quality looks like people! The installation was incredibly simple and straightforward with the instructions by my side to check my progress. Like it says if you can turn a wrench you can install this, and I'm here to say thats true, it's very straightforward. Steeda is really great and don't let this potentially steep-ish price steer you away because it's the best $300 you'll spend on your Focus's performance.
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Working as intended
Install was straight forward, would have simplified the install if instead of saying all you need to do is being able to use a screw driver to actually mention the Allen wrenches come with the kit and the one socket you need. The kit comes in a plain Jane box instead all the marketing on some other kits. Same with the instructions, very plain Jane, kind of small, less marketing, semi clear. It would be nice to have the option to download them before you get the kit to go through the install procedures. I would like to see the cleaning recommendations, how often and instructions to download also. For the install of the CAI, one of the instructions towards the end calls for you to install the filter before in place the box in the engine compartment but if you install the filter prior, you can't fit it in as it's obstructed and limited space. The front bracket that fits in the stock location using the stock ford grommet is slightly at an angle as the bracket seems kind of long, causing it to sit at an angle. The smaller trim doesn't like to stay on and difficult to stay on when installing the box due to space restrictions. I also found the heat shield was more flush with the hood, you could see the imprint on the inside of the hood, all three sides of the heat shield. The last kit I installed from previous vendor, you could only see a single point of contact, not flush at all. First run, the performance was what I expected and no check engine lights like the previous competitor which lead me to try Steeda. If the above was taken care of, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a five.
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Great Addition to my '12 Focus
I added this Steeda Cold Air Intake to my 2012 Ford Focus Titanium after seeing lots of people recommend a Cold Air intake on the focus to give it a bit of extra power. I chose the Steeda because of the quality products I know they put out. Also a factor was the amazing heat shield included and the custom MAF housing (which others don't include).
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Buy one now!
Yes it has a stiff price but believe me it's worth every cent and more! The install took me just shy of 2 hours. That's only because I was taking my time to get everything just right. The difference in sound alone justifies the price but wait till you hit the accelerator. The first time I took my Focus out I got rubber in 2nd. Not just a chirp either. The power gain is felt through all 5 gears. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this CAI.
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Well worth the price!
I hear a lot of people complaining about the price of this CAI on the forums. But, for what it does for your car it is well worth it. The kit was easy to put together. Would recommend putting lock washers along with the flat washers provided just in the off chance that a screw does come loose, you don't lose it in the engine compartment. After the install I started the car up. Instant improvment in sound along with my exhaust. Took it for a test drive and you see why it's worth the money. There is so much off the line power I was impressed. I would strongly recommend this CAI to anyone who has this model of Focus as opposed to some of the cheap plastic intakes other companies offer.
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Pricey, but does a lot for the money
Was hesitant to drop 300 bucks on an intake but after looking at all the kit includes, hearing, and feeling what the intake did for my car I have to say I'd make the purchase again. The install was... slightly clumsy I guess you could say. The instructions were pretty good, but there are a lot of things to put together so that was time intensive, though nothing anyone can't handle. However, once it's all together it looks great!
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