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Old 05-05-2014, 01:44 AM   #1
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Steeda CAI vs Airaid CAI

Hello. Im new here I have a 2014 3.7 auto mustang. My current mods are BAMA 93R Tune, Airaid CAI, and 4.10 Gear. Im getting a BBK Throttle Body next week. I wonder if steeda cai will be better than Airaid since im getting a bigger throttle body, and steeda cai is bigger than most of the aftermarket CAIs. Thanks !
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There won't be much of a difference, if any at all. Airaid and Steeda are in the top 3 of the CAIs, the other is JLT on just horsepower gains stats. I know that the Steeda CAI requires a tune while the Airaid does not. If you already have the Airaid and like it, I say stick with it versus spending $350+ for maybe a 0.5 HP gain on a warm day with the wind blowing directly into you.
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I've actually made the switch from Airaid CAI to the Steeda which I run now. I only noticed a slight difference between the two. I gained maybe 2-3 hp/TQ at most. It has larger tubing and MAF housing which is why it requires a tune. The power you gain is more in the upper part of the power band, 3000 rpm & higher. I would just stick with the Airaid since that's what you have instead of making the switch. I also have a bigger TB and ported manifolds so it helps my set up more than it would yours.
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I have steeda and love it, though I think your money is best being spent on a different mod. The difference between the airaid and the steeda would barely be noticeable at all.. not worth it. Get shorty headers instead.
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Hello. Im new here I have a 2014 3.7 auto mustang. My current mods are BAMA 93R Tune, Airaid CAI, and 4.10 Gear. Im getting a BBK Throttle Body next week. I wonder if steeda cai will be better than Airaid since im getting a bigger throttle body, and steeda cai is bigger than most of the aftermarket CAIs. Thanks !
Welcome! Post up some pictures of your Mustang. We'd love to check it out.

It sounds like you already have a lot of great mods and are headed in the right direction. The Airaid Intake and Steed CAI will both make within a few horsepower of each other. Intakes all make similar power. I currently run a Carbon Fiber Airaid Intake on my 2011 GT and love it! Fit and finish is all there and it makes great power.

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Maybe look into ported intake manifold or some headers.
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Maybe look into ported intake manifold or some headers.

^this, especially the ported upper & lower manifolds. I can't stress enough how much a difference this makes. Very noticeable gains in the mid and upper power range and in torque which the 3.7 lacks.
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^this, especially the ported upper & lower manifolds. I can't stress enough how much a difference this makes. Very noticeable gains in the mid and upper power range and in torque which the 3.7 lacks.
Mmm sound interesting. How much power do you gain from that exactly. I just looked it up. It seem to complicate to work on lol
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Welcome! Post up some pictures of your Mustang. We'd love to check it out.

It sounds like you already have a lot of great mods and are headed in the right direction. The Airaid Intake and Steed CAI will both make within a few horsepower of each other. Intakes all make similar power. I currently run a Carbon Fiber Airaid Intake on my 2011 GT and love it! Fit and finish is all there and it makes great power.

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Thanks My Mustang looks stock right now. Only changed the grilles. Im still focusing under the hood. Maybe more on the cosmetic parts this summer
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Mmm sound interesting. How much power do you gain from that exactly. I just looked it up. It seem to complicate to work on lol

~15hp/15tq after you get your tune dialed which will take some data logging if you use email tunes or one time visit to the dyno. I wouldn't suggest doing it yourself unless you know about porting. I got mines done by Lone wolf and besides my tune it was the most performance enhancing mod. I've linked a thread about it which you see how install and removal goes. It's not hard at all and I did it with basic tools in my garage all from the top of the engine bay. To get this done it runs about $365.

http://www.fastfordmuscle.com/index....ntake-porting/
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Thanks My Mustang looks stock right now. Only changed the grilles. Im still focusing under the hood. Maybe more on the cosmetic parts this summer
Awesome! Keep up the great work with your build. I look forward to seeing the finished product.

Keep me posted and let me know what I can do to help you! I'm only a PM away.

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