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Old 01-21-2016, 09:16 PM   #1
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Intake and tune

I know this is a well covered topic, so I apologize in advance for it. A while back I bought a "no tune required" k and n intake. The second I started up my car it wasn't running right. Low idle, no power at all. Long story short after putting the stock air box back on it didn't fix it so I took it to the dealer. It sucked up stuff from the over oiled filter and gunked up my TB. After that I got spooked of trying it again. I would really like input on buying a new one and a tuner to go with it. Will I lose any daily drivability ie reliability? I only have 85k miles on my 05 but playing pro baseball I drove it across the states. Right now it is stock minus an x-pipe and axle backs. Just want that extra oomph without going crazy with a porch agree or the likes.


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I know this is a well covered topic, so I apologize in advance for it. A while back I bought a "no tune required" k and n intake. The second I started up my car it wasn't running right. Low idle, no power at all. Long story short after putting the stock air box back on it didn't fix it so I took it to the dealer. It sucked up stuff from the over oiled filter and gunked up my TB. After that I got spooked of trying it again. I would really like input on buying a new one and a tuner to go with it. Will I lose any daily drivability ie reliability? I only have 85k miles on my 05 but playing pro baseball I drove it across the states. Right now it is stock minus an x-pipe and axle backs. Just want that extra oomph without going crazy with a porch agree or the likes.


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So if I understand this correctly, the brand new K&N filter was over oiled from the factory? Not totally sure since you mentioned, "A while back I bought a "no tune required" k and n intake." and "The second I started up my car".
If that was the case, I would return the thing to where ever you purchased it for a full refund and put that money towards the tuner.
If a procharger is in your future I would consider doing the so-called CAI at that time.
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Ya I returned it ASAP. Sorry for the confusion, but I want some power without doing something like a procharger. I want to do an intake and tune I just don't want to lose any reliability from it.


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Il repeat what many have repeated. If ur NA don't waste your money with a cai. Ur not gaining anything with or without a tune.


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A tune alone will help


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Ok so just opt for a tuner and leave the stock air box in?


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Ok so just opt for a tuner and leave the stock air box in?


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I appreciate the response! I know ford did a good job with the air flow, but I'm sure like others, liked the appeal of an aftermarket intake.


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I appreciate the response! I know ford did a good job with the air flow, but I'm sure like others, liked the appeal of an aftermarket intake.


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Its eye candy and they do make more noise than the stock air intake. But power wise... negligible if any.
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My next dilemma is that looking at AmericanMuscle, almost every tuner from bama isn't Mac compatible. Brutal


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My next dilemma is that looking at AmericanMuscle, almost every tuner from bama isn't Mac compatible. Brutal


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Bootcamp and load a copy of windows to your Mac. Did that for my little sister before she went to college. Said it was fun confusing the hell out of ppl with a MacBook running Win7.

Or just buy a dirt *** cheap refurbished Dell laptop from the evilbays and load a copy of 7 onto it and use it as a dedicated car-puter/tuning computer.
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That's an option. I really don't feel like shelling out some money for a POS computer just to load a tune though.


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I believe Diablo is the only one that is Mac compliant:
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You're right, I did see that one. From reading it I can't tell if they will build custom tunes for life like bama. Seems like they pretty much set the standard.


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I use a Diablosport and it works with my Mac laptop just fine and the custom tunes from Bama so far have worked great.
I did just a tune first w/o a cai but then added a JLT intake and a new tune and it definitely made a difference. There is son much debate on cai or no cai but I have read and after doing mine the 05-09 cars do benefit from a cai but not the 2010-now as their airbox design changed.
Just my 2 cents. Plus the cai sounds and looks really cool!
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I use a Diablosport and it works with my Mac laptop just fine and the custom tunes from Bama so far have worked great.
I did just a tune first w/o a cai but then added a JLT intake and a new tune and it definitely made a difference. There is son much debate on cai or no cai but I have read and after doing mine the 05-09 cars do benefit from a cai but not the 2010-now as their airbox design changed.
Just my 2 cents. Plus the cai sounds and looks really cool!
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Thanks for the input! Ya I keep getting both sides of the fence on a CAI and keeping the stock box in. So many decisions


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That's an option. I really don't feel like shelling out some money for a POS computer just to load a tune though.


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Then download bootcamp and set up a separate OS with windows on your Mac. Makes it very handy if you ever run into a situation when you need a program that is not Mac compatible.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but OP has a 05 not an 11-14. From my understanding those intakes aren't the best and is worth upgrading. It's just the 11+ that had the revised CAI setup from the factory.


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Correct me if I'm wrong but OP has a 05 not an 11-14. From my understanding those intakes aren't the best and is worth upgrading. It's just the 11+ that had the revised CAI setup from the factory.


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That's what I thought also but I wasn't entirely sure.


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From 1994 on the factory air intake is pretty good. Even on my 95 Cobra the intake it shared with the GT did not need to be upgraded.
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ID:	196079but they look much better than stock and sound much better too!
It was well worth the cost and install is a breeze.


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It does look nice.


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I'm thinking I'll probably just save a little bit more and buy the CAI and tune package.


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It was well worth the cost and install is a breeze.


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Going from the factory cold air fender intake to an aftermarket hot air intake... Sorry no.

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The stock air intake on an 05 GT is def not a fender cold air intake.
Just a hole in a corner of the heavy overweight plastic box with a very restrictive air tube to the TB. I guess most of the gains would be in the aftermarket (in this case a JLT series 3)air tube which is way bigger and much less restrictive to the TB.(why else would u need a tune for it?)This has been gone over time and again on every forum. I think the confusion is that the 11-16 GT's have a real cold air intake on them. The 05-09's do not...
I am sure this discussion will go on and on....



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Ya I feel like it's all a matter of opinion. But I agree with the fact if it needs a tune it must make some sort of difference above the stock air box.


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Intake and tune

Buy what makes p_gehle41 happy. If that means getting a CAI then go for it.


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Buy what makes p_gehle41 happy. If that means getting a CAI then go for it.


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Intake and tune

I like your stripes by the way. Looks good on the grey.


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I like your stripes by the way. Looks good on the grey.


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Thx! Appreciate it. Btw that Roush of yours looks awesome!


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Thanks. The car is a lot of fun.
Hopefully, I be getting some stripes on my GT in the summer.


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