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Old 04-01-2015, 08:02 AM   #1
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CAI choices, help?

Hello, I'm having trouble on deciding what kind of CAI I should get as well as a tuner. I'm looking for something that will give me some better performance than stock! I'm not looking for super wow because it's an automatic v6 but to get to learn I'd want to do something with it! Any tips or advance from people who have or had CAI's? Would it be better to by a tuner with a CAI as a kit such as the Bama tuner?
Anything helps, thanks guys!
Also getting an exaughst system, which would you guys prefer better Magaflow, or Flowmaster? I like both and in my opinion both are really good products! Just wondering what other mustang owners think!

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From reading across this and another forum, it seems that you can't really go wrong with any intake, as long as its one that requires tuning, since the once that don't have the same amount of air coming in since the tube is the same size as stock.

Here is a graph that I found to be extremely informative, with me purchasing a Steeda since I liked the design and a member here had one for sale. Steeda vs Airaid vs JLT

As far as the tuner goes, I'd get a BAMA from AM since they offer free tunes for life, which is great since they're not exactly cheap!

The exhaust is a different story, its all on how you want your car to sound. I've heard Magnaflows in person and they sounded great, with me having Pype Bombs on mine since I love the black powder coat option they offered.
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What tone do you want from your exhaust?


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Well I want something to more of a muscle car, with a good rumble I guess, I don't like the gurgle that some exaughst have!
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From reading across this and another forum, it seems that you can't really go wrong with any intake, as long as its one that requires tuning, since the once that don't have the same amount of air coming in since the tube is the same size as stock.

Here is a graph that I found to be extremely informative, with me purchasing a Steeda since I liked the design and a member here had one for sale. Steeda vs Airaid vs JLT

As far as the tuner goes, I'd get a BAMA from AM since they offer free tunes for life, which is great since they're not exactly cheap!

The exhaust is a different story, its all on how you want your car to sound. I've heard Magnaflows in person and they sounded great, with me having Pype Bombs on mine since I love the black powder coat option they offered.
What exaxtly does the tuner do? I kinda get the point of it letting air flow and all but is there a way you can describe better? How much would the Steeda cost? And if you don't mind me asking how much did you get yours for? Also do I need to weld the exhaust when I buy one? Say I get a Magaflow and it comes with a kit to get the connecting tubes tight and to hold, is their anything that I need to weld to install an exhaust? Will I be able to driver back words on a car ramp and work like that or do I need a car lifter which has to lift the whole car?
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Regarding exhaust: I had flow master #17275 dual exhaust installed this past weekend. It's a definite improvement from stock but definitely isn't the rumble I think you're looking for. I DD mine so I wanted something more moderate sounding. It looks good though! '04 3.9L V6


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I'm by no means an expert and hopefully someone else will chime in with better answers. But with that said, I'll do my best to pull some knowledge of what little I understand out of my head.

The reason you need a tune when running a tune-required CAI is because it's going to be pulling in more air than it had with the limiting stock intake. It'll give you CELs and cause it to be running lean if you don't tune. Basically you're going to be getting too much air and not enough fuel. The tuner will fix these numbers up and give you a gain in RWHP, better timings, etc.

Magnaflow and Flowmaster just comes down to personal opinion. Look up some exhausts on youtube and find out which one you like the best. AmericanMuscle usually has soundbytes of their exhausts. I personally prefer the Flowmasters - I feel they have a more classic muscle car sound. I'll be putting some Flowmasters American Thunders on my v6 this summer.

I assume you're going to be converting to a dual exhaust - if so you will need an H-pipe or an X-pipe for a true dual exhaust. I believe you can weld or clamp. Both choices will give you a different sound. Other option is to cut the y-pipe and use a dual exhaust adapter kit.
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CAI choices, help?

^ good job, to build on this dual exhaust conversion in exhaust talk is called true duals, in other words no Y pipe, which is on the car. If you want a deep rumble, giving its a six banger, I'd recommend an H pipe and look into some super 44 flowmasters or some 40 series flowmasters.
H pipe= old school muscle sound
X pipe= raspy nascar sound
And the stock tunes were pretty mild, especially on the V6. They aren't like the newer cars, with aggressive tunes. That's why CAI don't really effect the newer cars like the older ones...

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