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Old 06-23-2012, 11:37 PM   #1
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I recently got my mustang and have been wanting to mod it. I'm only 15 so I don't have a clue what some of the stuff is people are talking about. So I went simple. First I got new headlights. A couple more exterior things and then I got a true dual exhaust with flow master 40s. Now I want to do something under the hood. It seems like a CAI is the way to go. I could pick one up from American muscle at Around 80$ what do y'all think. Is there a better sound and better performance like it claims to achieve? Thanks
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Stop spending money on the car and plan out exactly what you want to do to it and what your long term goals are for it

I bought my mustang when i was 16 and if I had sat down and made a plan I would be thousands of dollars closer to what I want to do with it.

For example you can nickel and dime yourself with bolt one and small visual mods that don't make much of a difference or you can save your money and put a turbo on a stock motor and make over 300 rwhp now this all will require supporting mods but you can get that done a lot sooner if you don't buy things like cold air intakes or throttle bodies and small bolt ons.

Now maybe you don't have any major power plans for the car but that is my advice if you want any kind of power from it.

Just for example when I was 16 I spent around $1200 on a brand new full exhaust system

Longtubes mid pipe flow master catback and a gt rear bumper. Now that all has to come off for the turbo. And i would have been 1/3 or so of the way to laying for the kit.
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That's good advice put I don't plan on dropping that much money to get a turbo. All I'm want to do in the future is get eibach sportline springs to lower it about 2" and maybe get a CAI. I'm trying to keep it simple and fairly cheap. I don't mind keeping my stang mostly stock. What do you know about CAIs? They any good
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cai dont really add much power bro. the time they really come alive is when u mix it with a tune as well. and even then it will add u maybe 13 horsies or so. ive thought about buying one for mine but i want one mainly just for looks. the cai from AM will look pretty nice under the hood. not bad for the price. but i would go with a good brand intake if im gona wana buy one.
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That's good advice put I don't plan on dropping that much money to get a turbo. All I'm want to do in the future is get eibach sportline springs to lower it about 2" and maybe get a CAI. I'm trying to keep it simple and fairly cheap. I don't mind keeping my stang mostly stock. What do you know about CAIs? They any good
I got the same cai you were talking about and I've never had any problems with it. I say go for it. The cai is a good value in my opinion
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I used to have the AM CAI installed too but after buying the K&N CAI, I didn't regret spending the $200 or so it. It may sound incredibly expensive but for what it's worth and with a tune, it's better than spending $70 for the AM CAI. Again, just my personal opinion. Sorta sucks how my car has a MAJOR problem and i won't be able to add much power to the car but for right now just the CAI and gears is good enough for me

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Stop spending money on the car and plan out exactly what you want to do to it and what your long term goals are for it

I bought my mustang when i was 16 and if I had sat down and made a plan I would be thousands of dollars closer to what I want to do with it.

For example you can nickel and dime yourself with bolt one and small visual mods that don't make much of a difference or you can save your money and put a turbo on a stock motor and make over 300 rwhp now this all will require supporting mods but you can get that done a lot sooner if you don't buy things like cold air intakes or throttle bodies and small bolt ons.

Now maybe you don't have any major power plans for the car but that is my advice if you want any kind of power from it.

Just for example when I was 16 I spent around $1200 on a brand new full exhaust system

Longtubes mid pipe flow master catback and a gt rear bumper. Now that all has to come off for the turbo. And i would have been 1/3 or so of the way to laying for the kit.
What about for a supercharger? I figure I might end up going with a M112 in the future, since I'm finding that to be the most common on YouTube and next up being the vortech one. Idk much, if not anything, about superchargers but if I were to save up for anything, it would be either one of those. Or would I be better off getting a turbo? My friend told me superchargers last longer than turbos but I don't get why that is
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I find putting thousands of dollars into a v6 for "performance" or even a thousand is pointless.... go for looks and luxury..
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cai dont really add much power bro. the time they really come alive is when u mix it with a tune as well. and even then it will add u maybe 13 horsies or so. ive thought about buying one for mine but i want one mainly just for looks. the cai from AM will look pretty nice under the hood. not bad for the price. but i would go with a good brand intake if im gona wana buy one.
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I like the way mine looks.. Performance wise.. You hear the air sucking? Maybe a little more get up and go.. But not really "power"
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lol I'm more of a performance guy than a looks/luxury guy. i'd rather have my car look completely plain with no appearance mods and have performance mods
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I like the way mine looks.. Performance wise.. You hear the air sucking? Maybe a little more get up and go.. But not really "power"
thats nice right there ^
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I like the way mine looks.. Performance wise.. You hear the air sucking? Maybe a little more get up and go.. But not really "power"
sweet looking CAI.. Did you buy it that way or custom?
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sweet looking CAI.. Did you buy it that way or custom?
I bought the cai.. Then decided I wanted red so I bought be connectors.. And my mom does vinyl so then I just made the logos.. So it's petty much custom..

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lol I'm more of a performance guy than a looks/luxury guy. i'd rather have my car look completely plain with no appearance mods and have performance mods
Yeah true but you must alway remember performance is expensive when you have a v6
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I wouldn't do too much to the performance of the car because it is a v6, but I understand the want for a little. I would say get the CAI from AM because it will look better, maybe not as much power as K&N. Go with things that improve the looks and maybe a couple bolt on performance. I owned a v6 camaro so I know the want to do something, but being reluctant because it is the base model. Do whatever makes you happy.
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I wouldn't do too much to the performance of the car because it is a v6, but I understand the want for a little. I would say get the CAI from AM because it will look better, maybe not as much power as K&N. Go with things that improve the looks and maybe a couple bolt on performance. I owned a v6 camaro so I know the want to do something, but being reluctant because it is the base model. Do whatever makes you happy.
Good advice man. Thanks

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So I decided to get one. Why not? I like AM and have bought from them in the past. I don't want to spend over 150$. I'm either going for the 75$ no brand intake or the 149$ stack racing intake. Any suggestions. Any others I should consider? Thanks for your help
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Good advice man. Thanks

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So I decided to get one. Why not? I like AM and have bought from them in the past. I don't want to spend over 150$. I'm either going for the 75$ no brand intake or the 149$ stack racing intake. Any suggestions. Any others I should consider? Thanks for your help
I bought mine of eBay exact same as AM fe 54$ just a thought then got a k&n filter for it
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I bought mine of eBay exact same as AM fe 54$ just a thought then got a k&n filter for it
Ooo that sounds intriguing. What was it the exact same as? Fe?
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Ooo that sounds intriguing. What was it the exact same as? Fe?
Exact same as the one off AM for 54$
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stack racing isn't street legal though. the only reason why i switched from AM to K&N is because K&N is street legal or else i would have went with SR too (for some reason it's a pain for me to put the stock CAI back)

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I wouldn't do too much to the performance of the car because it is a v6, but I understand the want for a little. I would say get the CAI from AM because it will look better, maybe not as much power as K&N. Go with things that improve the looks and maybe a couple bolt on performance. I owned a v6 camaro so I know the want to do something, but being reluctant because it is the base model. Do whatever makes you happy.
LOL thank u for understanding, yeah i agree, a couple of bolt ons. for my ultimate goal i wanted to go passed 200 hp but i guess that's not gonna happen without a supercharger of any sort but for now, the amount of hp i have is good enough.
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Yea that seems like the best bet. I found an "L3 performance" CAI for $37 so I'll buy that an a K&N filter. Thanks for the help
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stack racing isn't street legal though. the only reason why i switched from AM to K&N is because K&N is street legal or else i would have went with SR too (for some reason it's a pain for me to put the stock CAI back)[COLOR="Silver"]
And how exactly is the SR CAI from AM not street legal?
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There's no CARB # in the item description. Check out both K&N CAI and SR CAI on AM's website and u'll see that SR doesn't have a CARB # and K&N does
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sadly they really do nothing for 94-04.... they help a bit but just not very much at all
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There's no CARB # in the item description. Check out both K&N CAI and SR CAI on AM's website and u'll see that SR doesn't have a CARB # and K&N does
ok, does that mean that SR doesnt have one because they didnt list it?
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yeah, i emailed AM about it and they said that if it doesn't have a CARB #, that means that it's not street legal so i went with K&N instead
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ok then, good to know. thanks
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