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Old 11-02-2014, 06:46 PM   #1
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2013 GT Air Intake

Which is the best Intake to buy for a 2013 5.0? I want the most HP out of my mustang. I have seen the Airaid is very popular but the new K&N shows 20+HP / 20+ TQ and the Steeda about 40+ HP&Torque. I have the SCT tuner and was thinking about the Steeda just because of the numbers shown. Can anyone help out please?
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I don't have proofs or anything, but everyone will tell you it's just for the looks and sound. The stock air intake is as good as an aftermarket. They will tell you to spend that money on something else that it's not worth it


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Old 11-02-2014, 07:01 PM   #3
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What he said. Unless you change the MAF diameter, or have some serious mods/FI, the stock air box is more than enough.
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Curious. If the stock box is more then enough and give the car the most kick possible with out other mods to MAF etc....

....how are products like the air raid, k&n and Steeda able to clam up to 40hp gains over the stock box?


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I think Steeda changes the MAF. And airraid only claims like 16, I think K&N claims around the same.
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Curious. If the stock box is more then enough and give the car the most kick possible with out other mods to MAF etc....

....how are products like the air raid, k&n and Steeda able to clam up to 40hp gains over the stock box?


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They claim that WITH their tunes.

ie: tune + CAI intake combo = 40 hp+-

And its really like 30+ hp from the tune & maybe 10hp from the CAI.
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They claim that WITH their tunes.

ie: tune + CAI intake combo = 40 hp+-

And its really like 30+ hp from the tune & maybe 10hp from the CAI.
This^ I left out that they claim it with a tune. Just forgot to include it.
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This^ I left out that they claim it with a tune. Just forgot to include it.

That's what I thought as well and why I asked.


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This^ I left out that they claim it with a tune. Just forgot to include it.
It has almost all to do with the tune, and very little to do with the CAI.
They're just trying to sell you more stuff.

The ones claiming tuneless hp gains, don't really show any dyno's to back it up!

Best case scenario, you might get a little gain from air flowing more freely, more so in a dyno setting (no moving air), but I'd take all of their claims with a grain of salt.

Really a stock airbox is designed to get cold air from when the car is moving forward & fast... pushing cold air in to the airbox. When on a dyno the stock airbox doesn't work as efficiently. So it may skew the results to show a bigger gain for the aftermarket filters.

Most of the CAI's allow hot air from the engine compartment in, and some also expose the filter to water dripping in from the hood vents (on 13-14's).

IF I was going to change something besides a drop in, it would be one with a cover to prevent hot engine air & water from hood vents getting in, like this:
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:04 AM   #10
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If you don't want to install a tune, keep the stock box. C.riz is correct about the hood vents. My Steeda CAI is under the first 2 vents, I covered the filter with plastic when I washed it and it really didn't get wet. But I live in the desert and have the luxury of being able to not drive it in the rain. My Steeda is the no-tune with the insert, I noticed a better sound from under the hood but no power increase, very slight improvement in throttle response. I do plan on going with a Steeda tune in the future when I have more miles and the warranty is no longer a factor. It does make the engine bay look better, biggest reason I installed mine.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:31 PM   #11
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Thank you, JD.

Yes, we have 2 CAI's ... with a tune & without a tune.

We have driven our car with a CAI year round ... we have had 0 issues.

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If you don't want to install a tune, keep the stock box. C.riz is correct about the hood vents. My Steeda CAI is under the first 2 vents, I covered the filter with plastic when I washed it and it really didn't get wet. But I live in the desert and have the luxury of being able to not drive it in the rain. My Steeda is the no-tune with the insert, I noticed a better sound from under the hood but no power increase, very slight improvement in throttle response. I do plan on going with a Steeda tune in the future when I have more miles and the warranty is no longer a factor. It does make the engine bay look better, biggest reason I installed mine.
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The steeda tune won't necessarily void your warranty. It's the same mild tune they use on their serialized vehicles that are warrantied by Ford. I'm sure they would give push back, but at the end of the day, they would approve it if it has only been tuned by steeda.

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Thank you, JD.

Yes, we have 2 CAI's ... with a tune & without a tune.

We have driven our car with a CAI year round ... we have had 0 issues.

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To be fair TJ...the filter gets dirty as **** and it needs to be re-oiled every month or so because of the rain. I can't remember the last time my filter was blue. You should really include cleaning kits with these for 13-14 vehicles.

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Old 11-15-2014, 03:33 AM   #14
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Maybe so mikE, but I'm not taking any chances. I also have concerns about the transmission. I don't trust my dealer here in Vegas. I worked for them and know how they are. I'm not racing the car and don't need the extra 44hp Steeda claims from the tune. I have plenty of power now and can wait another 2 years to see how things go. Patience is one of the benefits of being old and having a crotch rocket as my other car.
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To be a little more thorough ... the car that we have been running the CAI on is our 2014 Q Series 650 Red Mustang. We have taken this car through car washes, monsoons, etc. & it has not had any detrimental effects on the vehicle.

Also, in regards to the filter:

While the color fades over time, the oil remains on the filter and will continue to protect it. You should clean the filter when you see a build up of dirt on the outer screen. Cleaning and re-oiling the filter won't hurt it as long as you apply the correct amount of oil, so if they want to maximize the performance of their vehicle, more frequent cleanings can be done. I

In fact, if you clean the filter before it is "packed" with dirt, it will be easier to clean and you will maximizes your vehicle's performance.

Again, the oil color has nothing to do with the filtration. The color was initially used for good looks, and so that the consumer could tell if they missed any spots when re-oiling the filter.

Thank you for the feedback.

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