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Old 07-20-2009, 10:02 PM   #1
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Getting a CAI for my 04

I've heard many people say when looking for parts for my mustang getting parts that say for 3.8L mustangs will still fit my 3.9.

is this true for these:
Mustang V6 Cold Air Intake Kit at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

BBK Cold Air Intake (99-03 3.8 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

Or can i only use ones like these:
Steeda V6 High-Flow Air Kit (94-04 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

K&N Mustang FIPK Air Intake Kit (99-04 V6) at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

thanks, and lastely give me your opinions on which one is the best.. i was told get a K&N.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Dude, any CAI will work, since they all have the same parts. You can even get a BOMBZ CAI from ebay and it'l work just as good as a K&N. I bought the steeda one for my v6 and over-paid like a mofo.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

you're not going to see big gains from any of them honestly.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

any works, all give the same basic gains of around 5rhp~
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

I don't understand then.. why dosen't it say they can be used for 04s? But you are saying this one will fit my 04:
Mustang V6 Cold Air Intake Kit at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

Because on AM it says Fits 1999 to early 2003 V6 Mustangs. And i'm not really looking for performance gains, just trying to give my exhaust a little deeper sound.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

you'll gain about 3 to 5 RWHP They all work the same some are just shiner then others CAI are designed to lower the temperature of the air entering your engine to maximize the power your car performs better and produces a intake noise. doesn't change the exhaust note
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you'll gain about 3 to 5 RWHP They all work the same some are just shiner then others CAI are designed to lower the temperature of the air entering your engine to maximize the power your car performs better and produces a intake noise. doesn't change the exhaust note
I was told you get a deeper note with a aftermarket CAI. But i bought the cheapest one off americanmuscle. I'm not trying to pay like 200 dollars more if they all do the same thing. thanks for the imput guys.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Yah, that American Muscle one should fit your 3.9 fine. I remember reading a comment/review from someone on the site, he had a 3.9 and said it fit fine.
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3.8, 3.9, it's all the same.
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you'll gain about 3 to 5 RWHP They all work the same some are just shiner then others CAI are designed to lower the temperature of the air entering your engine to maximize the power your car performs better and produces a intake noise. doesn't change the exhaust note
Most of the time that is very true. But in a Mustang you already have a cold air intake. Because the engine is getting the air from the fender which is "colder" than air right next to the warmed up engine. The reason the aftermarket ones are better is because they are wider and smooth the stock air hose is kinda curvy.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Yah, though I'm sure that big *** snorkel killed it somehow...
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Ya and did u see that tiny *** silver screen in the box when you took yours off. I bet thats the main reason why the aftermarket ones are better.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Yah I thought the same thing...I'm sure the intent is to prevent crap from entering but it prolly impedes performance at one point.
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Yah I thought the same thing...I'm sure the intent is to prevent crap from entering but it prolly impedes performance at one point.
Well ford can't think of everything, you know
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

I would say with exhaust you would get a little deeper exhaust note
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I would say with exhaust you would get a little deeper exhaust note
usually anything i buy from AM i get it the next day (today).. since i don't have work today ill put it on and ill let you know if it gets deeper.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

You will probably notice a slight increase in engine noise, as well as the sucking noise when you get on it. I doubt the exhaust note changes much.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Yah the sucking noise is pretty sweet. I can hear mine as soon as I put in drive and let off the brake. When I'm driving on the highway with the a/c on the sucking noise comes and goes, like a purge...I like it
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The whistling noise is def. cool, especially when you drop from 5th to 3rd to pass someone on the highway.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

the exhaust didn't really change much.. but the sucking noise is most def pretty sweet.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

I had this problem on my old v6 it had an extra hole for a different model and if yours doesn't use it make sure you put a bolt or something in it because it is not good.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Is it really a big problem, cause I know a lot of people who just leave it unplugged. I do myself.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Well man the air that gets sucked through there hasn't gone through the filter, and it can throw off the maf. Thats my theory anyway.
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

Yah, good point, though I'm a hard headed mofo so I won't plug it till something bad happens. lol
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Re: Getting a CAI for my 04

3.9 ............
what? never heard of that ???
speacial edition or what. lol ?
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3.9 ............
what? never heard of that ???
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3.9 was the mid season motor for 2004 The 3.8 became a 3.9 because of the Windstar. Ford overbored the 3.8 to create the 3.9 for the Windstar to make it sound better in advertisments. There is no difference between the two different displacements other then the bore size. There are FWD and RWD blocks, but the main difference is the block to trans bolt pattern and engine mount bosses.While ford says no power increase the 1L is good for 3 to 5 HP IMO
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i thought they used the windstar cranks and got the extra .1 from stoke?
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Yah, good point, though I'm a hard headed mofo so I won't plug it till something bad happens. lol
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