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Old 04-06-2015, 09:13 AM   #1
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Why do the perf. CAI's have an open airbox?? Seems as though that would pull more engine heat.
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The photo above is of the Steeda ProFlow CAI. Note the stainless steel construction of the housing that separates the incoming air from the engine compartment. This extremely durable housing is topped off with a soft/pliable yet tough neoprene synthetic rubber that forms a tight seal against the vehicle hood – effectively stopping unwanted hot engine compartment air from entering the air box. - See more at: Why Steeda Cold Air Intakes Blow Away The ‘Competition’ | Steeda Blog

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Thanks for the info.!
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Why do the perf. CAI's have an open airbox?? Seems as though that would pull more engine heat.
Because most CAIs are for the bling factor and don't do anything for performance. The 96-04 stock intake is a LITTLE restrictive on the turn going into the throttle body but at stock power levels its fine. If you are going to upgrade, go with the JLT, it puts the filter and the MAF directly into the fender which is optimal.
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I had BBK on my old 2v. Put the filter in the fender also.

Looked good but that's about it. Save your money get a tune or gears or something of that sort

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I had the BBK on my 95 and it corroded pretty quick as soon as the car got caught in the rain. It worked ok, did put the filter in the fender but not the MAF.
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I had the March cai kit on my car back when they first come out.It was the type with the conical filter inside a newly shaped air filter box, then a 4" hose was attached to the backside of the air filter box and that hose ran down to a huge scoop that mounted to the bottom of the bumper.It worked OK but I worried every time it rained.I also had a cai kit with the filter mounted inside the fender well,but I couldn't get it to idle right.I tried reclocking the MAF sensor in 10 different positions but never could get it right.As far as I'm concerned, you're better off buying a panel K&N style filter,install it in the stock airbox,get a 4-5" diameter piece of plastic dryer hose,screw it to the back of the air filter box and to the bottom of the bumper then install a C&L power pipe from the MAF sensor up to the throttle body.Another thing to mention that caused idle problems was using a breather/filter type oil filler cap on the rh valve cover.If you use this type of cap,you gotta remove the pcv valve or it will cause a vacuum leak.This link describes it.Scroll down to the ""DONT"" section colored in red once you open the link,to read about this condition.
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Because if a "CAI" alone did anything at all to make a difference, then FORD would build and sell more cars from the factory that way. Wouldn't Ford love to advertise the new Mustang as having 450HP?
CAI + Roush stickers + engine dress up kit + strut tower brace = +1HP
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Because if a "CAI" alone did anything at all to make a difference, then FORD would build and sell more cars from the factory that way. Wouldn't Ford love to advertise the new Mustang as having 450HP?
CAI + Roush stickers + engine dress up kit + strut tower brace = +1HP
Ford has been putting CAIs in their cars for a long time. The stock airbox actually is one as it draws air in through the silencer which pulls from the fender. 3V does it too and the Coyote stock airbox is ridiculously good. The "hot air intakes" that it seems like half the ppl run on their Mustangs are just dumb... sorry.

Said it a million times, get the JLT or leave the stocker alone. Also as far as running oiled filters... meh... run an AEM dry filter if you need to run a purty conical one, otherwise keep with paper. Oil gets all over the MAF and boogers it up at some point.
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