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Old 04-20-2014, 12:41 PM   #1
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Cold air intake..

I have a 2011 v6 standard mustang and I want to get an air raid cai but I wanted to know if there is a noticeable sound difference?
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Yes it will have more of a growl but don't expect a ton of power tho.
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+1 other than sound and eye candy its not worth it. You will hear some say better throttle response but with my experience I felt 0 difference with just the CAI. Maybe down your modding line it will help but just a CAI really does nothing.

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But can't you just put a tune to make it work better with the intake?
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But can't you just put a tune to make it work better with the intake?
A tune alone will be a better mod!
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But can't you just put a tune to make it work better with the intake?
I have a tune. I ran the tune with and without the CAI. No difference, the stock air box is very efficient and flows very well, but the CAI does sound nice. IMO if your just starting out with mods I'd spend the 300$ elsewhere like a tuner, gears, exhaust etc. IMO a CAI is something to do down the line but not one of your first mods.

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OP,
Honestly a cold air intake is a nice waste of money.
The stock air box flows well enough, and aftermarket one will only sound slightly different (steeda has a slight whistle)
If I were you, I'd put my money towards gears, or a tuner.
Just my .02
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Thanks guys. I was going to buy the AM CAI AND BAMATUNER COMBO but not no more.
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I think AM has gear and tuner combos. That's gonna be my next purchase down the line for sure. Just gotta figure out which ones I want....
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Thanks guys. I was going to buy the AM CAI AND BAMATUNER COMBO but not no more.
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Thanks guys. I was going to buy the AM CAI AND BAMATUNER COMBO but not no more.
That's exactly what I got, it was on special but knowing what I know now I would have so gone with the tuner/gear combo. I just did my gears Friday and can tell you its a HUGE difference! You still have The installation to pay for the gears but its soooo much more worth it even if you have to save for a bit.

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Thanks guys. I was going to buy the AM CAI AND BAMATUNER COMBO but not no more.

I put a k&n filter in my stock airbox this week. 50$ for the filter and i instantly noticed my mpg went up 2 points. As for sound and performance im prob just trippin, but im convinced it made a difference
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I think I've convinced myself my CAI made a difference just to make myself feel better about the cost of it. Lol but it does add a neat sound. Tune and gears is sooo much better though

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I just installed the c&l cai on my car yesterday. It sounds great but performance wise my mind is playing tricks on me so I'm not sure yet.
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I have a 2011 v6 standard mustang and I want to get an air raid cai but I wanted to know if there is a noticeable sound difference?
Why not do a search on the subject? You'll get a ton of links on the never ending discussion on the cold air intake. Some are actually on-going. Enjoy
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Why not do a search on the subject? You'll get a ton of links on the never ending discussion on the cold air intake. Some are actually on-going. Enjoy
Yep. CAI, exhaust, and tuners are the 3 most talked about topics in this section, and on most other sections of this site as well. Before you type the words "CAI", or "exhaust", or "tuner" in the search box and then the enter key, be sure to grab a beverage of choice; there's gonna be a lot of posts to read through to get lots and lots of opinions to make your choices from.

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not sure where you guys are getting the CAI is a waste of money, the CAI alone wont make huge power gains but its a lot less restrictive then stock..
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The factory airbox is not restrictive, that's what we are saying.

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not sure where you guys are getting the CAI is a waste of money, the CAI alone wont make huge power gains but its a lot less restrictive then stock..
About 95% of the CAI's that are sold flow identical to the stock air box. Ford did their homework when they designed the 3.7 V6; the intake and exhaust are tuned very well to this engine.

Only a few CAI's that are sold will provide any real benefit over stock, and those are advertised to work only with a tune (sold as a package). In order to flow higher numbers (air), it would require a throttle body addition as well.

Most folks think they are getting more power, only because the aftermarket CAI provides a roar when the drive be wire pedal is stomped. This is due to the sound deadener that the stock air intake has that the CAI's do not. But they are eye candy under the hood.

If it were me, I'd go with a tuner and gears for best improvement over stock.
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About 95% of the CAI's that are sold flow identical to the stock air box. Ford did their homework when they designed the 3.7 V6; the intake and exhaust are tuned very well to this engine.

Only a few CAI's that are sold will provide any real benefit over stock, and those are advertised to work only with a tune (sold as a package). In order to flow higher numbers (air), it would require a throttle body addition as well.

Most folks think they are getting more power, only because the aftermarket CAI provides a roar when the drive be wire pedal is stomped. This is due to the sound deadener that the stock air intake has that the CAI's do not. But they are eye candy under the hood.

If it were me, I'd go with a tuner and gears for best improvement over stock.

Cutting that sound deadener off would be DOPE. U know if anyone just sells a replacement tube without it??
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How many here have just done a K&N drop in? I really do love the sound of a CAI,but not for 300.00.
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Cutting that sound deadener off would be DOPE. U know if anyone just sells a replacement tube without it??
I did this. I wrote it up sometime last year.

I used a dremel tool with the round cutting disc. Then I used fiberglass matt and the resin to cover the hole left behind; the hard part was to get the matt to "curve" to match the rest of the stock tube. I used a ruler to poke the matt outward from inside the tube until it all set up. When it dried, I sanded it smooth, then painted it black.

Instant sound!
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How many here have just done a K&N drop in? I really do love the sound of a CAI,but not for 300.00.

I do. Had it in for a week, throttle response seems better. Exhaust sounds la lil deeper too but it could be in my head
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I did this. I wrote it up sometime last year.



I used a dremel tool with the round cutting disc. Then I used fiberglass matt and the resin to cover the hole left behind; the hard part was to get the matt to "curve" to match the rest of the stock tube. I used a ruler to poke the matt outward from inside the tube until it all set up. When it dried, I sanded it smooth, then painted it black.



Instant sound!

That sounds way better than buy an aftermarket cai. Everything ive read says stock airbox flows great. I thought abt cuttin off the deadener, but ford told me a cai is a no no so i imagine they wont be very happy if i cut the stocker.

Anybody wanna sell their stock intake?? Lol
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That sounds way better than buy an aftermarket cai. Everything ive read says stock airbox flows great. I thought abt cuttin off the deadener, but ford told me a cai is a no no so i imagine they wont be very happy if i cut the stocker.

Anybody wanna sell their stock intake?? Lol
I do lol
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100? I live on long island. Would have to figure something out with shipping. It only has 400 miles on it.
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Keep shopping around I found this on craigslist for $120 local sale.
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If money is tight, a tune is the best power adder you can buy.
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That sounds way better than buy an aftermarket cai. Everything ive read says stock airbox flows great. I thought abt cuttin off the deadener, but ford told me a cai is a no no so i imagine they wont be very happy if i cut the stocker.

Anybody wanna sell their stock intake?? Lol

There is a stock intake for sale right now in the Classified section. I also posted a thread in the DIY area explaining how I disabled my silencer.
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No faith in the aftermarket CAI. However, if you see someone at the drag strip running very well, ask them what they did and follow their advice. A low time slip is proof of what works. Everything else is crap. You want a CAI and wondered if it makes a different noise? You must be about the same age as my lawn mower. Just kidding, have fun.
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I would sell my stock intake for $70. let me know.
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