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Old 02-25-2014, 07:40 PM   #1
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Cold Air Intake Noise

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I'm looking at getting an Airaid Cold Air Intake for my 2012 v6 with a deal on AdvancedAuto (40% off coupon, it's the same part as on American Muscle). I plan on getting a tune later just don't have the money right now, and I can't miss the deal. However, I don't want an obnoxiously loud sound. Is the suction of air you hear annoying at all? And is it loud enough so you can't hear it over music on the Shaker 500?

I'm all for a muscular sound, just want a somewhat practical car that's not gonna bug the heck out of me that it's too loud.
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God no lol the noise shouldn't be loud at all you will only really hear it at wot or close to it.
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God no lol the noise shouldn't be loud at all you will only really hear it at wot or close to it.
Okay lol I guess I'm just being overly worried about it. I had seen some videos and they made it seem awful loud but that could of been combined with an exhaust or something else.
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Okay lol I guess I'm just being overly worried about it. I had seen some videos and they made it seem awful loud but that could of been combined with an exhaust or something else.

Yea some people say it makes it sound different with exhaust but never really noticed it myself.
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It is not an annoying sound. It's the sweet sound of suction like a slight whistle.

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The videos you see of CAI sounds are taken from a camera placed in the engine bay or held right up to the intake. Of course the whistle/suction sound you hear is going to be loud then, but you must take into account the fact that you nor anyone else will be riding under your hood. When the hood is latched and a recording is taken from a distance, the engine noise and exhaust note drown out much of the suction sound. This way, it's a pretty mellow, unobtrusive sound.
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Hey guys,

I'm looking at getting an Airaid Cold Air Intake for my 2012 v6 with a deal on AdvancedAuto (40% off coupon, it's the same part as on American Muscle). I plan on getting a tune later just don't have the money right now, and I can't miss the deal. However, I don't want an obnoxiously loud sound. Is the suction of air you hear annoying at all? And is it loud enough so you can't hear it over music on the Shaker 500?

I'm all for a muscular sound, just want a somewhat practical car that's not gonna bug the heck out of me that it's too loud.
Awesome! You're going to love the Airaid CAI. Most intakes for the 2011+ Mustangs are tune required so make sure that the intake you're looking at doesn't require a tune.

As far as sound goes, you won't hate it! A CAI adds a slight whistle to the engine but it's not very loud. When you go WOT the intake really sucks in a lot of air and it sounds really cool.

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+1 you can hear it but not that much. Most people like how it sounds, I tell folks a CAI makes noise for the driver an exhaust for bystanders.
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I was meeting my girlfriend at a dealership, and she was waiting for me. I left later or for gas, some reason she was there first. She commented on how loud the CAI was outside. I started to notice it more with the window down. I doubt it gives a turbo sound, but it does make decent exterior sound.
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When your just driving around and not flooring it--

You don't even know it is there.""BUT"" when you floor the go pedal it will growl and sound like pure power. "GREAT"
I bought mine just for the Eye Candy when I opened my hood but fell in love with the better throttle response and the way it sounds under full power.


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You don't even know it is there.""BUT"" when you floor the go pedal it will growl and sound like pure power. "GREAT"

I bought mine just for the Eye Candy when I opened my hood but fell in love with the better throttle response and the way it sounds under full power.





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Hey ronnie, i was just wondering do you feel any difference with the strut tower brace? I just ordered the same one as yours. Thanks bud
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To answer the strut tower brace question, I HIGHLY doubt you feel a difference unless you have other suspension work then you might notice a little bit. To me it's more of a mod that is for looks, especially for how most people drive these cars.
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To answer the strut tower brace question, I HIGHLY doubt you feel a difference unless you have other suspension work then you might notice a little bit. To me it's more of a mod that is for looks, especially for how most people drive these cars.

Thank you sir... I like the looks.
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It was on my Mustang since new

I can't tell any information on the strut bar because it was on my car since day one. I like the looks of it and I'm sure it must stiffen up the front end I had to add one to my Mini JCW because it was not really feeling stable above 100 miles per hour. I added the strut bar to that car and it was stone solid at 150 MPH. It is probably the same for the Mustang. Not needed at low speeds but probably worth putting it on for the interstate.
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I can't tell any information on the strut bar because it was on my car since day one. I like the looks of it and I'm sure it must stiffen up the front end I had to add one to my Mini JCW because it was not really feeling stable above 100 miles per hour. I added the strut bar to that car and it was stone solid at 150 MPH. It is probably the same for the Mustang. Not needed at low speeds but probably worth putting it on for the interstate.

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Thanks Ronnie I trust your input here and bucko... Appreciate it.. I can't wait to put them on specially I got a bangin deal on cj today...
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That and do you guys notice it makes a cool little discharging sound when you turn the car off lol.

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No sound from the Airaid shutting car off.

I have not heard a peep out of my Airaid at all except when I'm accelerating with the pedal mashed all the way to the floor.Then, Like I said before. IT GROWLS and the sound it makes then is music to my ears. Not just the Airaid but I think all of the CAI's will sound great with the pedal mashed to the floor.
The stock 3.7 air box has a silencer built into it to keep the growl down. Ford wants it quiet for Uncle Sam and a lot of buyers not really into cars and performance. My advice is: Just get one of your choice. Keep the stock air cleaner. If you don't like the CAI you can always re-install the stock Ford stuff and sell the CAI. You will lose a little money but that is what modding your car is partly about. It's called "TRIAL & ERROR" and has been part of the car culture since the first car was bought.
I wish I had the $$$$ I spent in the past 55 years on "TRIAL & ERROR" I would be a very wealthy man. That don't mean I wouldn't do it all over again. Well, I still do it.
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Maybe the OP is thinking of a charger whine, but then it's still not THAT loud, haha.

Pick up that CAI, seems to be a good deal.
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The noise alone is worth the price of admission.
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God I love the sound when you get in it and hear it roar from under the hood. Combine that with AIRRAIDS throttle body spacer system and it sounds like a turbo spooling with the roar. Why would you not want to hear it! Plus you don't hear it much under normal driving just when you get on the pedal harder.

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Okay does the throttle body spacer help at all . I understand the idea behind it but do we have numbers to backup the claims ? . What's your personal experience with it ?

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Okay does the throttle body spacer help at all . I understand the idea behind it but do we have numbers to backup the claims ? . What's your personal experience with it ?

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Most people say no. A guy on here who drove pretty steady noticed about .5 mpg boost. I have not tested, but the majority will only advise if forced induction and one of the final modifications.

If you can get it cheap, >30, I'd say go for it, but $100+ is a bit much for an experiment, in my opinion. Also, allegedly many CAI systems don't naturally fit right with it installed.
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Okay does the throttle body spacer help at all . I understand the idea behind it but do we have numbers to backup the claims ? . What's your personal experience with it ?

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Most people say no. A guy on here who drove pretty steady noticed about .5 mpg boost. I have not tested, but the majority will only advise if forced induction and one of the final modifications.

If you can get it cheap, >30, I'd say go for it, but $100+ is a bit much for an experiment, in my opinion. Also, allegedly many CAI systems don't naturally fit right with it installed.
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