Ford F-150/F-250: Spark Plug Wire Reviews

We cover the most popular spark plug wire brands for your Ford F-150 or Super Duty, what you want to look for, and which ones will give you the best bang for the buck.

By Brett Foote - October 28, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250, F-350 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Spark plug wires are one of those components that truck owners just don't give much thought to. But your F-150 or Super Duty truck's ability to start quickly, idle smoothly, and achieve peak performance are all reliant on a good set of wires. Spark plug wires are the lifeblood of your automotive ignition system, and if they don't function properly, engine performance and gas mileage can suffer. While there are cheap options available when it comes to replacement spark plug wires, they are built with less insulation and cheaper coil connectors that add up to a shorter life expectancy. For just a few dollars more, a premium set of wires is well worth the investment and will pay for themselves over their lifespan.

The spiral conductor all our wire brands share is by far the most popular conductor used in the industry. It is constructed by winding a fine wire around a core. They are destined for race and performance street engines.

Motorcraft
Autolite
Accel
Bosch
Duralast
Price $25-45 $15-50 $50-200 $25-75 $15-40
Looks

Multi colors

Factory appearance

Multi colors

Multi colors

Factory appearance

Conductor Style Spiral core Spiral core Spiral core Spiral core Spiral core
Warranty 1 year 1 year Limited 1 year 1 year Limited lifetime
Best Quality: Accel

Best Value: Motorcraft

Motorcraft

Price: $25-$45

Looks: Multi colors

Conductor Style: Spiral core

Warranty: 1 year

Motorcraft is a name that is synonymous with Ford, because Ford owns the company and distributes its products. Looking on any forum or review site, you will be hard pressed to find a negative review for any Motorcraft products. And for good reason, as they are quality made products that last and at a reasonable price. Many truck owners stick with Motorcraft because they are designed by the same people that built their truck, and that's good enough for most.

Autolite

Price: $15-$50

Looks: Factory appearance

Conductor Style: Spiral Core

Warranty: 1 year

Autolite spark plug wires have a good reputation with the community experts as well. They are generally more than adequate for stock applications. Quality is on par with Motorcraft, as is pricing. Like Motorcraft, the general consensus is to go for wires that are at least 8mm.

Accel

Price: $50-$200

Looks: Multi colors

Conductor Style: Spiral core

Warranty: Limited 1 year


Accel makes a host of high performance ignition accessories for a wide variety of vehicles, and they are a common name among performance enthusiasts. But you pay the price for that name, as these are by far the most expensive wires in our comparison. While they have a good reputation across online forums, unless you are building a high performance motor, the extra spark isn't worth the extra bucks.

Bosch

Price: $25-75

Looks: Multi colors

Conductor Style: Spiral Core

Warranty: 1 Year

Bosch spark plug wires have a good reputation among forum participants as well. Many F-150 or Super Duty owners report having used these wires for years with no issues. They work very well with modern ignition systems and nickel-plated spark plugs.

Duralast

Price: $15-$40

Looks: Factory appearance

Conductor Style: Spiral core

Warranty: Limited lifetime

Duralast spark plug wires are an attractive option at first glance because they are cheaper than the other options, and they are the only ones that offer a limited lifetime warranty. The problem is, you may wind up needing that warranty. Duralast has a poor reputation among forums for dependability and high levels of resistance. For this reason we don't recommend them. Spending a few extra dollars for one of the brands listed above is worth saving aggravation down the road.

Final Review

Duralast have the best warranty. However, Motorcraft are by far the best bang for your buck. Accel wires look nice, but you will have to pay too much for those good looks. Duralast is the only wire that offers a limited lifetime warranty, but the general consensus is you will most likely end up needing it.

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