Long known as a manufacturer of snowmobiles and ATVs, just over a decade ago Polaris Industries analyzed the recreational side by side market and through their research determined exactly the kind of machine that would dominate the category. The result was the first of the Ranger RZR series introduced in 2007.
What separated the Polaris RZR from its competitors at the time was that the RZR was sold straight off the dealers’ showroom floor with high levels of off-road performance. The Polaris Ranger RZR, typically shortened in conversation to the Polaris RZR, was the first true “out of the box” sport UTV available.
Building upon the success of the original model, Polaris has spent the last decade improving and expanding the RZR product line. A common feature among all RZR models, though, is the disposable (and expensive) pleated paper air filter fitted to the OEM air box. While a disposable paper air filter is efficient at trapping dirt up to a point, it leaves a bit to be desired in terms of performance, longevity, and cost. Read more here…
The Ford F150, the best-selling American-made pickup truck in recent decades, needs no introduction. It boasts many options and models that its rivals cannot match and the 2012 and 2013 model years continue this dominance with four engines to choose from, three body styles, and nine different trim levels. The base engine in the 2012 and 2013 Ford F150 is a 3.7 liter V6 that pumps out an impressive 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque while still only sipping fuel with an estimated 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
Even with impressive factory horsepower numbers from the base engine option, 2012 and 2013 Ford F150 3.7 liter owners can gain a simple increase in horsepower and engine performance with the K&N 77-2585KS performance air intake system. The 77-2585KS is precision-engineered with a mandrel-bent aluminum intake tube to streamline airflow and heat shield to help protect incoming air from heat under the hood. The RC-5173 conical air filter on the end of the intake tube is oversized to help reduce restriction while maintaining excellent air filtration. It is also washable and reusable, and can go for up to 100,000 miles between cleanings depending on driving conditions.
On the dyno, the 77-2585KS performance air intake system produced an estimated additional 11.9 horsepower at 5536rpm, and 10.3 pound-feet of torque at 3333rpm over the stock intake system.
The 77-2585KS is backed by K&N’s famous Million Mile Limited Warranty. It’s easy to install, maintains all necessary factory connections, and does not require any additional modifications to the vehicle.
Performance air intake 77-2585KS is engineered to fit the models listed below:
2013 Ford F150 3.7L V6
2012 Ford F150 3.7L V6
For all K&N Ford F150 air intakes visit the Air Intakes for Ford F150 page on KNFilters.com.
Team Menzies Motorsports recently rolled into Joilet, Illinois with high hopes. They were anxious to get the Traxxes TORC event at the Route 66 Raceway, which is located at the Chicagoland Speedway Complex, underway. The team’s standings in the points race were already impressive, and they were eager to, at the least, solidify and hopefully increase their leads.
However, one thing was different at this particular event – the rainy conditions that had seemingly been following the event from venue to venue during the 2013 season had failed to show up. It was a welcomed change enjoyed by all of the drivers.
Scheduled to run in the Pro-4 class, Menzies driver, Ricky Johnson qualified 3rd fastest at the beginning of the opening night, earning him a second-row start.
At the start of the race, he immediately embarked upon a battle with Scott Douglas, a brawl that would last the first couple of laps. But during his quest for the lead position, Johnson’s vehicle spun around, costing him several positions. The Menzies driver wouldn’t consider letting up though and managed to muscle his way back to third place before crossing the finish line.
The team was well represented during the second race of the night, as team members, Bryce Menzies and Travis Pastrana were both scheduled to run in the Pro-2 class. Pastrana started in front of Bryce at the beginning of the race and was holding his own; that is, until he suffered a flat tire deep into the event.
Menzies, on the other hand, was plagued with bad luck early on, as he spun out while battling Chad Hord for position. The driver’s no-quit attitude brought him back into the thick of things later in the race, but Menzies once again spun out in the same turn. However, Bryce kept on pushing and eventually worked his way back into third place at the waving of the checkered flag.
When asked the team’s thoughts during Menzies string of unlucky occurrences, Menzies Director of Logistics and Media, Dane Roney, said, “We weren’t too worried. We know Bryce is a great driver. Consistency wins championships.”
Team Menzies returned the following night with aspirations of earning even more spots on the podium. Starting the night off, Ricky Johnson, once again found himself in a heated battle for the third place position. Upon distancing himself from those drivers, he focused on the two trucks ahead of him. But the laps ran out before he could move into the first two spots, leaving him with a third place finish.
As the Pro-2 class race neared, tension grew amongst the Menzies team. Having raced earlier that day in the Global Rallycross series, at the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, Bryce barely arrived back at the Chicagoland Speedway in time to get strapped in and compete in the race.
“Leading up to the race, it got pretty close,” recalled Roney. “But we got lucky. There was a weather delay that gave Bryce a little extra time to get ready.”
Well, the fans definitely got their money’s worth during this particular race, as Bryce and Chad Hord began the race neck and neck and continued to battle for the lead position throughout the entire race. Menzies finally took the lead after the mid-way yellow flag. With no intentions of dropping the fruits of his hard work and perseverance, he savored clean air and took the checkered flag, earning his respectful position at the top of the podium.
With their recent success at the Chicagoland Speedway in the rearview mirror and the remaining races of the season in front of the them, team Menzies is anticipating the possibilities of putting even more championships under their belts. And judging from previous seasons, they know exactly what it takes to get it done.
Team Menzies are noted for their driving skills. But they also have an acute understanding that there are several other factors in consistent success.
Of course the entire team plays a huge role in the podium positions that the drivers experience. “Each person is important,” explained Roney. We each play a part in keeping the machine running. Although some roles may appear larger than others, each one is equally as important.”
With an impressive crew of drivers and a team that works like a well-oiled machine, the third ingredient to the recipe to their success is a conviction to follow a stringent maintenance program. That being said, Menzies Motorsports depend upon K&N products to fill their filtering needs.
“Our team takes pride in making sure, before we show up at the track, we have all of our “I”s dotted and “T”s crossed,” ensured Roney. “We use K&N filters, pre-wraps, in-line filters, air filter oils carb base gaskets and extreme high-flow air filter tops.
“We use these products on all of our trucks – Pro 2, Pro 4, Trophy Truck, Pre-runner, buggy and our chase vehicles. K&N’s products play a vital role in our success, because they stand up in the harshest conditions.
“The key to success going into the final race of the year will be just like every other weekend of the season,” explained Roney. “Show up prepared and be ready to work hard until everything is loaded up to leave.
“Fans can expect us to be available for questions and our drivers available for autographs and photos, because they are the driving force behind our success. We hope to see a bunch of new and familiar faces out at Prim, Nevada for the final stop of our short-course season.”
Most big truck owners have at one time or another, owned a K&N product or driven in a vehicle with a K&N product. Even though this article doesn’t really deal with lifted trucks, we thought you might be interested to hear about the legacy of the K&N founder.
Every self-respecting, old school motorcycle devotee has a short list of idols indelibly etched onto their recollections, two-wheel pioneers that cleared a trail so the rest of us could see where and how to follow. With their injections of pure cool and expertise, these intrepid individuals stared down the shortsighted conventions of their time and forever changed the nature of motorcycling’s approval rating. Steve McQueen, Malcolm Smith and Norm McDonald sit atop that cerebral list for many.
Norm McDonald has been an ambassador for motorcycling his entire life, as a racer, promoter, teacher, sponsor and advocate for motorcyclists’ rights and safety. Norm is also the “N” in the internationally recognized K&N logo. And, on Friday October 18, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend, in a star-studded celebration at Las Vegas’ Green Valley Resort & Casino – Norm will be a member of the elite Class of 2013 officially being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“Being inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame was a surprise and a shock and I’m extremely honored,” remarked Norm. “I learned of the nomination from a long time friend, John Ulrich of Roadracing World, but I didn’t think it would go any further.”
What Norm didn’t know at the time was that two of his sons, Phil and Pat and Phil’s wife, Cindy, had compiled a thick, comprehensive book about Norm and his accomplishments and sent it to the AMA for consideration. “I was numb and speechless when I first got the news,” he added.
The king of air filters and the icon for motorsport legends the world round, K&N Engineering as it’s known today, flourished from Norm and his humble roots, aided by a simple twist of fate.
“When we first met I was racing a BSA Gold Star and Kenny was the head mechanic at the shop I rode out of. Kenny started helping me on my bike in the evenings, and at the races, and we became very good friends,” recalls Norm. “I worked for a surveyor at the time, and I had designed a carrier for the crews.”
Simplicity is the root of all genius, believed Albert Einstein, and Norm was doing his part to validate that assertion. What Norm had invented was a stake and hatchet carrier for the chainman to carry when they were laying out a road or subdivision. “The K&N lath and stake carrier will save up to 45 minutes per day. Per survey crew,” read the advertisement.
“Kenny said let’s build and market them, so we started building them in my garage every night. The carriers sold well until we went to patent it and the attorney wiped out what little money we had. So we decided to open our own motorcycle shop with about $200 and three used motorcycles. Kenny and I opened K&N Motorcycles in 1957 in Loma Linda, California.”
“Kenny ran the shop and I kept my surveyor job for three years, by then we had moved to downtown Riverside. We were Royal Enfield, BSA dealers and took on Yamaha in 1958. Frank Cooper was the distributor. In the 1960’s we also made high fenders and brackets for Yamaha street enduros and Honda models, and fork braces, handle bars and fairings for roadracers. Then in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s we built SouthWind 21 ft. ski boats with 454 GM motors too, because I had started into racing SouthWind boats. Jim Youngblood owned the company and we bought into it after I started racing for him.”
Ken and Norm moved the shop from Riverside, California to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1971 and after 55 years they’re still going gangbusters. K&N Motorcycles is today the world’s oldest Yamaha dealership in the country. Norm continued to race motorcycles all through the 1970’s, competing in desert Hare and Hounds, endurance events, scrambles, TT and some flat track.
“I raced modified midgets and mini sprint cars from 1985 until 1995, that’s when I flipped end-over-end and broke both of my hip replacements. That ended my racing,” recounts Norm. “Bob Frazier and I built and sold over 50 race cars during that time, but like I said, all this never seemed like a big deal, it was just my life. But my kids say it is.”
Norm and his wife Lucy have been married for 58 years; they have three sons, one daughter and 22 grand and great grand kids.
“I am very happy and proud to have been able to help my three sons, Phil (AMA National Number Flat Track, Roadracing and three-time winner of the AMA Gold Wrench Roadracing award), Pat (cross country and motocross) and Sam (AMA 250 National Champion in 1982, and second place 250 and Superbike finisher in 1984). My grandson Tyler is also a CMRA Roadracing Champion.”
Norm’s inspiration and influence spread far beyond his family however, over the years he has sponsored hundreds of racers through his shop, with more than 30 of them going on to the national level.
“I’m also very happy and proud to have helped Malcolm Smith, both with racing and getting started in the business. Malcolm came to work for us while he was still in school and when we first bought the shop in 1971. Others were Swede Savage, who rode for us from the time he was 12-years-old, up until Dan Gurney got him in to Indy cars. Mike Kidd rode for us three years and Gary Scott for one year, both went on to become AMA No 1.”
Norm’s list of protégés reads like a who’s who of motorsports stars, he worked with World Champion Barry Briggs for one year on the AMA National short track circuit, and Walker Evans, who went from motorcycle racing to pickups. “Ralph White rode our flat track bikes and roadracers and Freddy Edwards won many races for us throughout the US,” Norm adds. “Donnie Castro rode our flat trackers and TT bikes for one year, and then Yamaha signed him the next year. Randy Cleek was Phil’s team mate for three years, roadracing and flat track racing. We counted up as many as we could remember and it was over 250. Plus, trials rider, motocross, ATV and some car racers.”
“I also worked with other bike builders, back when you had to design and build your equipment, instead of being able to buy everything. Don Vesco, Floyd Emdy, Mel Denison and Red Daily and others. What great times those were.”
In 1992 Norm and his son Phil started the Motorcycle Training Safety Center (MTSC) and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and over 8500 riders have graduated from those programs to date.
“I am still very involved in the CMRA,” says Norm. “I have been on the BOD since 1992, president four times, and I’m still the treasure. We have over 700 roadracers. My son Pat and I have also put on the Oklahoma Gold Rush for 17 years and last year we had over 800 riders.” That event happens annually on November 1-3 and K&N Engineering has been a sponsor for the last four years.
The man is indefatigable, he’s also the most sincerely genuine and unassuming person imaginable. Legends live in rarefied air, and far too often they become victims of their own myth. Norm is not that guy. Not by a long shot. Which is why when he’s asked to speak publicly at schools and clubs, people continue to listen.
“I rode until three years ago and I have to have another hip replacement this year, so I hope I will be able to ride again. I think it is wonderful, and I am very proud K&N Engineering is so very successful,” he reflects, “And that I was part of it ,and they continued to carry the name that me and Kenny started with.”
Since childhood Brian Binkert had a dream: a dream of off-road racing. His dream took flight at 16 years old when he got a 1993 Ford Ranger, which turned into a 10-year project full of upgrades and experiments. Through trial and error Binkert grew to trust and rely on K&N Engineering products.
“The K&N Air Intake Systems I use on my vehicles rock! I instantly noticed a horsepower gain, and would suggest them to anyone,” said Binkert. “Another cool thing is that I installed the K&N Billet Oil Filter, which is such a trick piece of machinery. The best part is that you never have to replace your oil filter again!”
Despite his enjoyment of all things automotive, Binkert followed a slightly different career path than was initially anticipated. He correlated his racing fascination and design skills into a more artistic career. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts, Binkert created his own premier graphic design company, Bink Designs, in San Diego, CA, in 2003. The range of graphic design services includes identity, print design, web development, apparel, and photography. Since its origin Bink Designs has evolved, from winning several photography awards and honors to securing an expanded racing clientele.
Throughout his exciting career journey, Binkert has cherished his partnership with K&N Engineering. “Ryan Fellman of K&N had caught wind of me through social Media and now we are growing our relationship,” said Binkert. For more info, check out BinkDesign.com.
K&N has just launched a new air intake line for select muscle cars, SUVs and trucks. K&N Blackhawk™ Induction Systems not only look impressive under the hood, but they are designed to reduce restriction and improve air flow while providing outstanding filtration to protect your engine. Each K&N Blackhawk air intake design has undergone rigorous testing and the resulting power and torque gains are nice.
Blackhawk induction systems are designed and manufactured in Riverside, California with lightweight aluminum tubing that is cut and shaped to precise specifications. The aluminum tube surface is carefully hand worked to remove any rough edges or metal burs then a K&N engraved metal plate is welded in place. Blackhawk intake tubes are powdercoated with a durable flat black finish. Blackhawk air intakes also come with a Black Dryflow Synthetic Washable Air Filter with thick low restriction filter media which protects the engine without the need of oil.
Blackhawk air intakes are easy to install using common tools and they come with all the hardware necessary for installation. In most cases they are installed using existing factory mounting points. Installation on most vehicles can be completed in 90 minutes or less. Additionally, the Blackhawk air intake system comes with K&N’s Million Mile Limited Warranty.
Blackhawk air intakes are not legal for highway use in California or other states adopting California emission standards. Visit KNFilters.com to see the up-to-date status of each air intake and vehicle application and to see a list of other CARB adoption states.
For more information on K&N Blackhawk air intake systems watch the Blackhawk Air Intake promotional video.
Blackhawk air intakes currently available (more releases coming soon) for the following trucks and SUVs:
2011-2013 Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 Super Duty 6.4L Diesel – 71-2582
2009-2013 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L – 71-1561
2010-2012 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 6.7L Diesel – 71-1562
2008-2010 Ford F250, F350, F450 and F550 Super Duty 6.4L Diesel – 71-2576
2007-2008 Chevy Avalanche 5.3L and 6.0L – 71-3058
2007-2008 Chevy Silverado 1500 4.8L, 5.3L, 6.0L – 71-3058
2007-2008 Chevy Suburban 1500 5.3L, 6.0L – 71-3058
2007-2008 Chevy Tahoe 4.8L and 5.3L – 71-3058
2007-2008 GMS Sierra 1500 4.8L, 5.3L and 6.0L – 71-3058
2007-2008 GMS Sierra Denali and Denali XL 6.2L – 71-3058
2007-2008 GMC Yukon 4.3L and 5.3L – 71-3058
2007-2008 GMC Yukon XL 1500 5.3L and 6.0L, 6.2L – 71-3058
2007-2008 GMC Yukon Denali and Denali XL 6.2L – 71-3058
2003-2007 Dodge Ram 2500/3500 5.9L Diesel – 71-1532
Reaching the top requires tireless effort and teamwork, staying there, on the other hand, is much tougher, as it demands a clear and evolving vision. K&N, a distinguished leader in catalog data information for many years, understands better than most about not resting on their laurels and that the only way to sustain a winning record, is to keep generating new ideas and by maintaining a relentless commitment to innovation.
For 2013 the National Catalog Manager Association (NCMA) has once again determined that K&N’s ongoing efforts are praiseworthy of four “Catalog Excellence Awards.” The NCMA is the only professional organization dedicated exclusively to the interests of automotive aftermarket catalog managers. Operating as a professional society within the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), they consist of over 200 catalog, product management and marketing professionals from manufacturers, distributors and retailers around the nation.
For 39 years it has been their mission to help their members sell more products, reduce costs and increase efficiency through accurate catalogs, efficient production processes and new technology. To that regard K&N received two medals in the categories of Outstanding Web Catalog and Mobile Catalog.
At the 40th annual Knowledge Exchange conference, held April 20-23 in St. Louis, Missouri, automotive data receivers also recognized the best of their suppliers in providing high-quality, timely and accurate electronic catalog and product information. Acknowledged by Epicor Software and U.S. Auto Parts, K&N Engineering was also honored with two additional 2013 Electronic Data Excellence Awards.
Tim Martin, K&N’s Vice President of Communication, is unanimously credited by the members of his own team for being the leader with the keen evolving vision that keeps them on top. Although he downplays this role, Martin is responsible for sales, marketing, and information technology, and he unmistakably understands how important getting timely, thorough and accurate data to distributors, dealers and consumers is, as it creates confidence and eliminates uncertainty about choosing the wrong part. There are many groups at K&N that contribute to the catalog data process, however, it is Martin’s unique overview and understanding of how significant quality data is to the overall success, which creates a focus on data quality, and allows K&N to continue being a leader in the automotive industry.
“NCMA members work hard all year long to produce the application and product data that fuels the aftermarket engine,” said NCMA president Brian Griffin, Centric Parts. “It’s always a highlight of the conference when we can recognize the very best examples of this work in print and electronic form. The demands on content professionals to be creative and do more with less are greater than ever. And the NCMA members are the best examples of the profession.” The 41st annual Knowledge Exchange conference is scheduled for May 4-7, 2014 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Phoenix, Arizona.
Find out which K&N performance products are available for your vehicle using the K&N Application Search at KNFilters.com.
2011 and 2012 GMC Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD and 2011 and 2012 Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD 6.0 liter gas engines are some of the more powerful available on the market today. Adequate airflow is the key to the performance of these large engines. On the flip side of the coin, every driver knows how important filtration is to a vehicle’s operation and engine longevity. To balance high airflow and high filtration efficiency, K&N has developed the 77-3076KTK performance air intake system for 2011 and 2012 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD trucks with 6.0 liter engines.
Built for performance and show, the K&N 77-3076KTK High-Flow Performance Air Intake is a free-flowing mandrel-bent aluminum tube induction system designed to fit easily into 2011 and 2012 GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 6.0 liter models. This air intake system comes with a K&N high flow air filter, a custom designed heat shield and lid to help keep engine heat away and all the necessary components needed for installation. The system has fittings for the crankcase breather hose and a mass air sensor adapter custom designed to perform with the factory’s electronics. On top of utilizing the highest quality, vehicle-specific components, the 77-3076KTK is also backed by K&N’s Million Mile Limited Warranty, giving owners the peace of mind to know that their investment is safe.
K&N air intake systems are a simple bolt-on installation that replaces the vehicle’s stock restrictive factory air filter and air intake setup. The 77-3076KTK is also designed to dramatically reduce intake restriction while it straightens air flow. This allows your vehicle’s engine to inhale a larger amount of air than the OEM air filter assembly. Less restriction means more usable horsepower, torque and acceleration throughout the engine’s RPM range. When dyno tested, the air intake system showed an estimated performance increase of 10 horsepower at 5033rpm and 10 lb-ft of torque at 4736rpm on a 2012 Chevrolet 2500HD pickup with a 6.0 liter V8 engine. The air intake system also allows for an increase in engine sound offering a deeper throatier roar when you step on the gas.
The performance air filter, part RF-1042XD, used on the 77-3076KTK intake is also washable and reusable. Being washable and reusable, the RF-1042XD air filter can go up to100,000 miles depending on driving conditions and it is easily cleaned using the K&N recharger kit meaning you can have more time on the road and less time changing expensive disposable air filters in your garage. The filter is designed with a woven oiled cotton media to ensure excellent filtration efficiency for engine protection.
The 77-3076KTK comes with step-by-step install instructions for easy installation. Including pictures of each component and area of the engine bay as parts get removed and installed. Average installation time runs less than 90 minutes depending on the installer’s skill level.
K&N manufactures many air intakes for Chevy Silverado 2500/3500 and GMC Sierra 2500/3500 trucks. See the Chevy Silverado 2500HD, the Chevy Silverado 3500HD, the GMC 2500 and GMC 3500 Truck Air Intake pages on KNFilters.com for details.
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is a non profit organization dedicated to helping aftermarket businesses succeed. Every two years, SEMA selects a new volunteer Chairman of the SEMA Board of Directors. Tim Martin of K&N Engineering has been chosen as one of two finalists for the 2013 SEMA Chairman election. The other finalist is Doug Evans of Source Interlink Media. Many candidates were considered, and it is an honor for Tim and Doug to be selected as finalists. Both have served on the SEMA board and other industry working groups and committees. Doug is an industry veteran in automotive publishing. Tim is a K&N Vice President responsible for sales, marketing, and information technology. Both are qualified and will serve the SEMA membership effectively.
The SEMA Chairman is elected by a vote of the thousands of SEMA-member manufacturers, distributors, jobbers, retailers, and other related businesses. The current SEMA Chairman is Scooter Brothers of Comp Cams. The current Chair-Elect is Nate Shelton of B&M. Nate will serve as SEMA Chairman from 2013-2015. The 2013 election will select a new Chairman to serve as SEMA Chair-Elect from 2013-2015 and then Chairman of the Board from 2015-2017. The election voting takes place in May, where SEMA members select a Chairman as well as other board members that serve 3 year terms.
SEMA members are actively involved in selling specialty automotive parts and accessories used to improve the performance, appearance, functionality, or safety of vehicles. SEMA members represent tens of billions of dollars of economic activity helping them to employ hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. The 2013 SEMA show in Las Vegas will be attended by over 100,000 people visiting about 1,000,000 square feet of exhibits. It is the most important automotive parts trade event of the year. The Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show is also operated by SEMA. The 2013 PRI show will be held in Indianapolis in December. It is the premier event focused on the business of racing products. SEMA also conducts market research, monitors and advises on government regulations and legislative issues, provides marketing and product development support services, provides educational opportunities, and supports councils and networking events where industry professionals can share ideas and help shape our industry.
SEMA has many programs that provide valuable services to help manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and industry professionals grow and succeed. More information about SEMA is available at www.sema.org. If you are not already a SEMA member, then please consider joining and participate in the many programs available. More information on membership is available at www.sema.org/membership.
About Tim Martin
As SEMA Chairman, Tim Martin will work to focus SEMA resources on programs that directly benefit SEMA manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and marketers. He will work to expand programs that promote career development for people within our industry. He will work to create programs that grow and protect lifestyles that use vehicle accessories and performance parts sold by SEMA members.
Tim has over 25 years of experience in business process development, engineering, marketing, and management. He has worked in the SEMA marketplace and automotive parts manufacturing for 15 years. He has expertise in business processes, sales, marketing, distribution, manufacturing operations, data exchange standards, business software, and information technology. He has extensive experience with aftermarket product data standards, technology standards, product testing, and industry best practices.
Member, SEMA Board of Directors
Member, SEMA Data Coop Board of Directors
Member, SEMA Business Technology Committee (BTC)
Chairman, SEMA Next Gen workgroup
Member, SEMA Garage Advisory Group
Member, SEMA Heath Care Task Force
Member, SEMA Fuel Economy Task Force
Speaker, Performance Warehouse Association (PWA) conference
Speaker, SEMA Manufacturer’s Rep Network (MRN) annual meeting
Speaker, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) Technology Conference
Speaker, AAIA National Catalog Managers Association (NCMA) conference
Speaker, AAIA Aftermarket eForum conference (co-sponsored by SEMA)
Participant, AAIA Technology Committee oversight on EDI specifications
Member, University of California-Riverside School of Business Administration Dean’s Advisory Council
1997-2013, K&N Engineering Inc. Vice President with responsibilities in sales, marketing, operations, and information technology. Previously Director of Information Systems. Originally hired as consultant on business processes and software development.
1995-2000, Consultant, working on business processes and software development for a variety of clients including K&N in industries that included maintenance, electronics manufacturing, sporting goods manufacturing, medical industry, and energy resource management.
1988-1998, Engineer and Branch Manager, Naval Warfare Assessment Center, performed engineering projects and managed team of up to 12 engineers working on projects related to product testing, vehicle maintenance, logistics, and test system development for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
1980-1988, Various positions in equipment testing and food service
1991, Master’s Degree, Systems Management, University of Southern California
1988, Bachelor’s Degree, Computer Engineering, University of Missouri
1988, Bachelor’s Degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri
Let’s hope Tim gets the nod!
Being regarded highly as a top light duty truck manufacturer, Ford has brought new life to the market by offering one of the widest selections of high performing models on the 1/2 ton market. This includes the 6.2 liter option of 2011 and 2012 Ford F150 trucks. Packing a punch with its impressive tow capabilities and throttle response, the 6.2 liter models offer power to drivers looking for a strong 1/2 ton. A near 7 second 0-60 time just wasn’t good enough for the team at K&N, so they designed the 63-2584 Aircharger performance air intake system.
The 63-2584 air intake is an easy to install, bolt-on system, designed to replace the restrictive factory air box and filter. Engineered with a custom rotomolded polyethylene intake tube, large conical cotton air filter (part number RC-5173), and a powder coated heat shield, designed to insulate the filter from ambient engine heat, the 63-2584 offers a number of special features that can improve engine performance and provide excellent filtration. When dyno tested, the 63-2584 air intake boosted performance by an estimated 27 horsepower at 5347rpm and 16.9 lbft torque at 3578rpm. More horsepower and torque are never something to go amiss, especially when under heavy load.
The included RC-5173 washable and reusable air filter offers excellent filtration and engine protection. It can be used for up to 100,000 miles before cleaning is needed, depending on your driving conditions.
The 63-2584 air intake system is also backed with K&N’s world famous million mile limited warranty giving you peace of mind. Serving as a perfect upgrade and way to improve engine performance and throttle response, the 63-2584 air intake from K&N is guaranteed to increase horsepower.
The simple to install 63-2584 Aircharger air intake system fits the following Ford F150 trucks:
2012 Ford F150 6.2L V8
2011 Ford F150 6.2L V8
This intake will cost you around $275 – $350 depending on where you purchase it.