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Old 07-30-2017, 11:59 PM   #1
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CAI vs Stock Intake

I've been reading that fords stock Intake performs very well and a CAI is more looks and sound than performance. For those who have a quality CAI are there noticeable power differences between the two with a tune?
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I've had the airraid and the C&L. Both for noise and looks. I currently have the airraid modular intake tube with the stock airbox and a fresh motorcraft filter. I like this set up the best. (Mpt tuned)

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Airraid here. Looks and sound. No noticeable gains.
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here ya go.

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forgot to add +1 on looks/sound. I bought a used one cheap for those reasons and it was worth it to me.
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I've been reading that fords stock Intake performs very well and a CAI is more looks and sound than performance. For those who have a quality CAI are there noticeable power differences between the two with a tune?

The stock system is the most effective CAI system available for the car.


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wow that is in depth!
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The stock system is the most effective CAI system available for the car.


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At least until you start adding in things like ported IM(s550 upper with s197 lower), headers, etc. That being said, the only intake I'd use is steeda because it has a larger tube and maf area making it tune required.
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I was about to purchase a CAI that i found used locally until i found out aftermarket CAI are not legal in CA. Bummer.
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I was about to purchase a CAI that i found used locally until i found out aftermarket CAI are not legal in CA. Bummer.
That is not totally true. If the manufacturer goes through the time and expense to get a CARB exemption it is legal. Airaid is one of the companies that get the exemption.

Also, a lot of cars come from the factory with CAI, the Shelby GT350 is one.

I purchased the FP Performance Pak for my 17 Ecoboost Mustang and it came with a CAI (same one as the GT350). The tune and CAI are EPA certified and they give you a sticker to put on the CAI with the Executive Order number to show it's compliant.
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That is not totally true. If the manufacturer goes through the time and expense to get a CARB exemption it is legal. Airaid is one of the companies that get the exemption.

Also, a lot of cars come from the factory with CAI, the Shelby GT350 is one.

I purchased the FP Performance Pak for my 17 Ecoboost Mustang and it came with a CAI (same one as the GT350). The tune and CAI are EPA certified and they give you a sticker to put on the CAI with the Executive Order number to show it's compliant.
This is correct. The Airaid CAI is CARB exempt and does not require a tune. A year after I purchased my CAI, Airaid received the CARB exemption. I contacted them and they sent me the CARB sticker, no problem
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That is not totally true. If the manufacturer goes through the time and expense to get a CARB exemption it is legal. Airaid is one of the companies that get the exemption.

Also, a lot of cars come from the factory with CAI, the Shelby GT350 is one.

I purchased the FP Performance Pak for my 17 Ecoboost Mustang and it came with a CAI (same one as the GT350). The tune and CAI are EPA certified and they give you a sticker to put on the CAI with the Executive Order number to show it's compliant.

Oh i see, thanks for the info!
Will be looking into a CAI sometime soon
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