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Old 05-19-2013, 09:27 AM   #1
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Cold air intake

Please no bull **** answers. I have a 2013 v6 mustang. Do the cold air intake systems work or not? Also will the cold air intake affect my warranty> I suspect not, but have to ask. So in closing should I invest in a cold air intake or will I be just pissing away my money. Thanks.
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IMO, I think the stock air boxes on the 2011+ Mustang are great CIA's. I would just buy a drop-in K&N filter if it was me.
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IMO they are well worth the money. First off, they're really not all that expensive which is nice. If you head to americanmuscle.com and check out the reviews for some of the intakes, you'll see pretty much everyone says it well worth the investment. All the reviewers say its an instant noticeable difference in power and throttle response. For example, Airraid claims of gains up to 13hp and 15tq or something like that. It's a great first mod and I'm actually buying mine tomorrow. Should also help with mpg too. As for the warranty, it shouldn't void it.. But depending on your dealer, you never know. But a simple modification like that, shouldn't cause a failure for anything, thus not voiding your warranty.
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I don't know if you have the coin, but a shaker system would be better, but like dog said its really up to you. The tuner is where you will see the most benefit from a CAI. As far as brands go I'm clueless to which is better but highly recommend any that require a tune
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Get the Steeda CAI and tuner combo. End of discussion. I have one and it is amazing, but as ^ said. The tuner is where the most gain comes from, but tuner and Cai go hand in hand.
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CAI and axle back exhaust systems are the two most popular questions on this site. Here's one that came up about the same time as yours:

CAI or Drop in filter??

Grab a beverage of choice, select the search tab, type in "CAI", or "cold air intake", or "axle back" (next most popular question) and read away.
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Well for $265, i would say the cai isn't such a bad deal. I can feel a very slight difference on the normal driving but once you floor it, I'm pretty sure its given me some decent gains. Also the sound it adds, it's great. I picked up the AFE stage 2 cai from horsepowerdirect.com because americanmuscle has it going for like $350. Got to me in a week, and the whole setup was real nice quality. If you have a tuner, than you cant go wrong with this, but I dont think theres much of a difference to the stock intake without a tune.
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Get the Steeda CAI and tuner combo. End of discussion. I have one and it is amazing, but as ^ said. The tuner is where the most gain comes from, but tuner and Cai go hand in hand.
Yup, I got the same. Get a cai that requires a tune and you will feel big difference. If you get one with no tune required then you just have a noise maker. I had one one of those but after the Steeda, there is no turning back. I love the suction noise it makes when I step on the gas pedal.
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Get a cai that requires a tune and you will feel big difference. If you get one with no tune required then you just have a noise maker.
This. So many out here are brainwashed into thinking they have to have a CAI for better performance. Ford did their homework with this V6 Mustang, including getting plenty of cold air into the intake. Unless you plan to go the way of a tuner, want noise, or wish to dress up the engine, save the money of a basic CAI for something else.
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This. So many out here are brainwashed into thinking they have to have a CAI for better performance. Ford did their homework with this V6 Mustang, including getting plenty of cold air into the intake. Unless you plan to go the way of a tuner, want noise, or wish to dress up the engine, save the money of a basic CAI for something else.
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