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Old 04-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #1
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Best cold air intake?

What is the best cold air intake out there for a 2011 5.0? after installation are there any tuning issues?
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Most CAI's require tuning. I wouldn't say one is really better than the other but there was a whole thread on here about how bad one of them was due to the turbulence in the air that is being drawn in. I'm thinking it was JLT but I don't remember for sure.

I have a steeda and it has worked very well for me
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Most CAI's require tuning. I wouldn't say one is really better than the other but there was a whole thread on here about how bad one of them was due to the turbulence in the air that is being drawn in. I'm thinking it was JLT but I don't remember for sure.

I have a steeda and it has worked very well for me
Yes JLT is the one who got all the bad reviews
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Re: Best cold air intake?

any CAI worth having will require a tune, which will void the warranty as well FYI
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Don't waste money on cold air. Put it towards something better. Tune, suspension, off road x pipe.
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Don't waste money on cold air. Put it towards something better. Tune, suspension, off road x pipe.
True, I keep hearing that a CAI even with tune isn't much better than stock airbox with a tune. I do love my o/r x-pipe and tune
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any CAI worth having will require a tune, which will void the warranty as well FYI
Idk about other people on here but i have never woried about waranty on any of my cars. I think its a joke. Plus if my motor decides to go just a reason to go built
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I have a C&L. no problems. CAI gives your moter a cool sound. In addition the units that require a tune, do give you more air flow to your moter. Just the other day I saw a 2011 air box with a crazy amount of dirt in it. He had a K&N drop in filter that missed a lot of dirt. Its scary to think that dirt was going into the moter. If the CAI doesn't do anything else it will save you money on buying replacement filters.
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Idk about other people on here but i have never woried about waranty on any of my cars. I think its a joke. Plus if my motor decides to go just a reason to go built
I wish I could have that same mentality, but I couldn't afford to build it just because it blew.
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I wish I could have that same mentality, but I couldn't afford to build it just because it blew.
This is why outside of suspension and exhaust I am done modding
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I wish I could have that same mentality, but I couldn't afford to build it just because it blew.
I hope it dosent though lol. I just not going to hold back on what i want to do just bc something could hapen.
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This is why outside of suspension and exhaust I am done modding
Amen. When I get mine I'm just doing exhaust and exterior/lighting mods.
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I have a C&L. no problems. CAI gives your moter a cool sound. In addition the units that require a tune, do give you more air flow to your moter. Just the other day I saw a 2011 air box with a crazy amount of dirt in it. He had a K&N drop in filter that missed a lot of dirt. Its scary to think that dirt was going into the moter. If the CAI doesn't do anything else it will save you money on buying replacement filters.
If dirt is in the air box bottom it isn't getting into the engine. The filter is doing its job.


As far as Modding your car. Well anything can happen from a tune or even just exhaust. If you can't afford to replace something then I honestly feel you shouldn't mod your car. Hell sticky tires can cause an axle to break. And then your stuck paying for and axle and labor and crap.
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True, I keep hearing that a CAI even with tune isn't much better than stock airbox with a tune. I do love my o/r x-pipe and tune
Which O/R X-Pipe did u get?.....I'm just afraid it's gonna be too loud cause I have Roush Axelbacks
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Which O/R X-Pipe did u get?.....I'm just afraid it's gonna be too loud cause I have Roush Axelbacks
This one

Blow-By Racing Mustang Off-Road X-Pipe (11-13 GT) at LRS - Free Shipping!

I have flowmaster hushpower axlebacks. Putting on GT500s tomorrow. The flowmasters aren't too bad but I hear the roush's are REALLY loud. you probably need to keep it catted if you want to keep it a little more mellow or I'll sell you my flowmasters
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http://www.s197forum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=79819


This is the x pipe you want.
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Wow awesome deal and good looking pipe... Wish I had seen this when I bought mine
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Well I want I side exhaust. And it looks as if is has rear and side. Looks cool.
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Re: Best cold air intake?

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Most CAI's require tuning. I wouldn't say one is really better than the other but there was a whole thread on here about how bad one of them was due to the turbulence in the air that is being drawn in. I'm thinking it was JLT but I don't remember for sure.

I have a steeda and it has worked very well for me
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Yes JLT is the one who got all the bad reviews
Do you guys have a link to that? I'd be very interested in reading it.

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This is the x pipe you want.
Wow, that thing is pure sex!
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Search for thread called "some cold air testing" thread was started by wnt2gofst
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Ahh ok, I think I skimmed that one I'll go back and read it, thanks.
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We ran at track last night. Test airraid vs stock box. They was with in .05 of each other in the 1/4 mile. He ran best of 11.2@125 with a bolt on auto.
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We ran at track last night. Test airraid vs stock box. They was with in .05 of each other in the 1/4 mile. He ran best of 11.2@125 with a bolt on auto.
Not much of if you ask me. $300 for .05 diff?? That's weak.
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Not much of if you ask me. $300 for .05 diff?? That's weak.
Pretty much.
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I did have an Airaid CAI installed, but removed it due to me feeling that the throttle response was not as crisp as when the stock box was on there. Also noticed a drop in fuel efficiency. The sound when WOT was sweet! I can say it felt like it was pulling a bit harder around 4k rpm's on up. Keep in mind that I went with this CAI for the choice to tune or not to tune.

From some of the numbers I've been seeing, it looks like most of the gains are coming from the tunes. HP numbers of non-tune required CAI's looks to be on par with what is gained from a tune-required CAI(+ the tune gain). Maybe I was experiencing an air/fuel ratio issue with the non-tuned CAI in regards to the initial throttle response, but I didn't care for it that much.
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