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Old 07-21-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Cold Air Kits

I've just picked up a '07 GT Conv & looking to make a few minor tweaks....Specifically, I'd like to add a cold air kit which doesn't break the bank or void factory/extended warranty. Most people I've talked w/ indicate the re-flash is a sticky wicket when dealing with warranty problems, so it looks like choices are limited.

I'm told the Ford Racing kit, when installed/reflashed by a dealer, doesn't void the warranty & I've found a Granatelli kit w/ a revised MAF sensor which shouldn't void the warranty, but does the new MAF eliminate the possibility of engine running lean? Are there others I'm missing? I'd like to stay 87 octane / smaller benefit, simply due to driving economics.

I've also accumulated a box of goodies for this weekend's thrash, including a set of Pypes axle-backs, Hurst Comp/Plus short throw & trick 'Powered by Ford' emblems from the '07/'08 Shelby GT. Kinda new to Blue Oval performance, as I've been a GM guy forever, wrenching on the oldies but goodies...

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Re: Cold Air Kits

Cold air kit will not void. I use JLT and the are only 200.00
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It doesnt matter a cheap ebay cold air kit is just as good as a high end 1.
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You are going to want to pay attention to the manufacturers details. Some cai kits can be ran on the s197's without a reflash but some of them cannot. BBK and granatelli I believe advertise no reflash needed and both are nice kits.
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Re: Cold Air Kits

A CAI by itself will not typically void a warranty...However, to get the full effect of the CAI, it needs to be used in conjuction with a new ECU tune along with several other goodies that will without a doubt void a warranty...

A CAI by itself is, in all honesty, almost completely useless, and as a result, its typically one of the mods that gets done maybe 7th or 8th on the list of your typical bolt-ons...

That being said, I like the C&L kit or the JLT kit myself...but as 1234 stated, going with an expensive brand really doesnt make any difference at all...CAI's are generall nothing more than a bigger diameter plastic or metal tube with a "high-flow" air filter...if you had the time, patience, and frugal nature, you could make your own CAI fairly quickly...
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Re: Cold Air Kits

K&N is trustworthy, fits well and does not require a reflash.
C&L is supposed to be the best although it does require a reflash but, hey, if you are into modding, it will happen sooner or later so might as well buy the tuner ASAP. lol
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welcome. I am helping my friend figure out things for his 08 gt and after a bunch of research if you put an air intake on your 05+ gt you MUST get it tuned~ no way around it.... just do it. The only real way to do it and keep the warranty is the ford racing one that they may have to put on but I think they send you the tunner and you plug it in and what not~

some dealers wont care as much as others~ you can easily put the stocker back on and put the factory tune back in the car for warranty work~ just cant take it there for regular upkeep.
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I had no issue when I had the K&N CAI on mine and it was not tuned
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welcome. I am helping my friend figure out things for his 08 gt and after a bunch of research if you put an air intake on your 05+ gt you MUST get it tuned~ no way around it.... just do it. The only real way to do it and keep the warranty is the ford racing one that they may have to put on but I think they send you the tunner and you plug it in and what not~

some dealers wont care as much as others~ you can easily put the stocker back on and put the factory tune back in the car for warranty work~ just cant take it there for regular upkeep.
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I hve been running the GMS unit now for two years with no complaints.The recalibrated slot in MAF sensor works flawlessly and it helped according to the "Butt Dyno".And no there is no lean condition as far as I can tell...
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The Roush/Airaid cold air kit is a bolt on that fits perfect, looks great and does NOT require a reflash. If you decide later to do get a reflash, you remoce a restrictor and get it for a full effect. Its your cheapest best bet.

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I have a K&N Typhoon Cold Air Intake system, no complaints here.
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unless you have had your car dynoed to check after a CAI was installed you really have no clue if its ok or not~ just putting it on and driving it and assuming its fine is not enough. Any car can compensate during normal non WOT driving for the most part, its the WOT that im more worried about. Its always best to have it checked out~ I have just a CAI and exhaust and I had mine dynoed... it was lean and not only that it was costing me some ponies due to that.
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