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Old 05-12-2012, 02:42 PM   #1
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what BEST CAI

need some help help deciding on whats the best CAI to get any suggestion? I'm leaning towards the K&N typoon or the Arid
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Shortest tube that is plastic. One that requires a tune a tune will give more hp/tq.
Get on AM and watch videos and decide from there good luck!
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Re: what BEST CAI

"Best" is a relative term -- "best" for what?

However, the "worst" you can spend your money on is a "no tune required" CAI. If it doesn't require a tune then that tells you that you didn't make any change in the system. If no change is required then you just spent a lot of cash for something that - in my wife's words "looks pretty under the hood but doesn't do anything". If there isn't a tune required you are running just like stock so performance changes are at best negligible.

Any CAI that requires a tune will be better - in fact the real performance gain is in the tuning. I don't think there is a tune required CAI, with a proper tune, that doesn't give you a performance boost. I had the C&L intake and was happy with that
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need some help help deciding on whats the best CAI to get any suggestion? I'm leaning towards the K&N typoon or the Arid
Other than exhaust this is the most debated subject for mustangs. You'll never find the best answer. I like my JLT but whichever u like the most you should get. The difference is like 2 or 3 hp between them
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When watching the dyno result on AM for different CAI's I opted for the Ford racing one. It was only a little lower in hp and torque gain. It was priced good and it looks good. So with that said, get what you like with a tuner and you will be happy.
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Re: what BEST CAI

Most have only + or - 1 or 2 HP and TQ so it mostly comes down to a matter of brand, looks and price.
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I'm glad I saw this because I was about to purchase the one without the tuner
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no matter what they do look pretty under the hood
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Re: what BEST CAI

I went with a STEEDA high flow CAI on one car and a Airaid CAI on the other one.
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Most have only + or - 1 or 2 HP and TQ so it mostly comes down to a matter of brand, looks and price.
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Custom 3" CAI made from genuine cardboard tubing, wrapped in authentic silver duct tape. Oreillys brand paper cylindrical filter custom fit with 12 staples and half a roll of red (custom) electrical tape for added strength.
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Oh yea, 25-30 hp gain with no tune required.
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Make offer
Custom 3" CAI made from genuine cardboard tubing, wrapped in authentic silver duct tape. Oreillys brand paper cylindrical filter custom fit with 12 staples and half a roll of red (custom) electrical tape for added strength.
Will Bedazzle for additional charge.
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Oh yea, 25-30 hp gain with no tune required.
I'm not looking to buy lol... I don't even have a Mustang, i was just giving him information lol, and CAI's with no tune required don't do much because if you are going to change any of the engine parameters then you will need a tune to get full affect of it... Without a tune it is just like using the factory air box.
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I think it was a joke
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I've had jlt and c&l racer and liked both of them. A cold air kit ( no tune required) will suck almost as much air as a tune required cai. Most of the power comes from the tuner itself and not the cai. The cai's require a tune cause of the circumference of the intake tube being bigger so the mass air flow sensor doesn't get a addiqute reading. If you are on a 200 dollar budget then get a no tune required cai and get a tuner later. If not then get a cai/tune package from one of our vendors on here
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I think it was a joke
Now that i look at it closer it is lol... I just saw the "make offer" part and replied lol... I guess i should read more thoroughly before replying lol.
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Now that i look at it closer it is lol... I just saw the "make offer" part and replied lol... I guess i should read more thoroughly before replying lol.
Lol, Just jackin around.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:12 PM   #17
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Most have only + or - 1 or 2 HP and TQ so it mostly comes down to a matter of brand, looks and price.
If you get a tuner with it you can actually see up to 30 HP gain.s like AMs JLT tuner combo
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Lol, Just jackin around.
jackin around???? lmao
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:44 PM   #19
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Re: what BEST CAI

I have the C&L CAI with the SF3 tuner combo from AM and I'm still loving every second of it, the HP and TQ gains are very noticeable. You won't see nearly as many gains from a CAI that doesn't require a tune, but all of the ones that do are pretty similar. It all comes down to looks and preference really at that point.
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Old 05-24-2012, 08:58 AM   #20
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How much of a noticeable difference does a cai make? All the sites say increased power and fuel efficiency but by how much can you tell a difference when driving it? Im thinking about buying one soon
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How much of a noticeable difference does a cai make? All the sites say increased power and fuel efficiency but by how much can you tell a difference when driving it? Im thinking about buying one soon
I can't speak from experience, but many people say that combined with a tune new exhaust it is a night and day difference with HP, TQ and throttle response. (People also say it deepens the exhaust note ever so slightly)
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I have one with no tune and other than looks and the air sound when I punch it, there has been no obvious gains to me.
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I have one with no tune and other than looks and the air sound when I punch it, there has been no obvious gains to me.
Which one did you install? I wouldnt have a tuner at least for a few months or so and i would be running just the cai for awhile.
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It's all about the tune. Buy a tuner first, then the cai really works
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So,as 45fh mentioned, does this actually increase fuel efficiency, and by how much?
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need some help help deciding on whats the best CAI to get any suggestion? I'm leaning towards the K&N typoon or the Arid
Save your money...CAI's are no better than cutting the botten of your air box out with a dremmel and putting a drop in k&n. Do that and save the moola for some headers or a supercharger/turbo.
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Save your money...CAI's are no better than cutting the botten of your air box out with a dremmel and putting a drop in k&n. Do that and save the moola for some headers or a supercharger/turbo.
Enorym - just curious but have you tested out your theory on this?
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Enorym - just curious but have you tested out your theory on this?
I have done it in the past yes had a cai. Didn't show any improvement like I expected before I bought it. Sold it and cut the bottom of my air box out before I supercharged it.

Really the only difference is the sound vs stock unmodified air box. No I didn't dyno it but the butt dyno told me there's no difference.

I had a k&n intake before I sold it, I regretted buying it and spending money on something that doesn't give results like a supercharger or turbo would.

If you want something to put on your car for roughly $300 that you will be able to feel and enjoy get some shortie headers or a used nitrous bottle with a 50 shot jet. If you have patients save up for a supercharger or turbo you won't regret it.

Just sayin trying to save you guys the trouble.
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Just my thoughts, but it should be all about filter surface area and ability to move air. The gain of a circular filter should be higher than a flat filter. Cold air does make a difference, but probably not as big of deal as surface area until forced induction comes into play. Anybody seen a reliable study on this?
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