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Old 08-18-2015, 03:26 PM   #1
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Okay so I just bought my new 2015 GT. Now it's time for some upgrades! I was thinking of adding a cold intake system, however I can't find a single one that is legal in CA. Anyone have any suggestions? Is there one that is not legal and will still pass the smog test?
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First of all you posted in the wrong section.

But I know of a CAI that will perform better than any of the aftermaket crap and is still legal in California.


The one that came on your car.
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First of all you posted in the wrong section.

But I know of a CAI that will perform better than any of the aftermaket crap and is still legal in California.


The one that came on your car.
Opened this thread up and expected no less from you lol
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Opened this thread up and expected no less from you lol
I aim to please.
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Old 08-18-2015, 03:55 PM   #5
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Still applies to 2015

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Wow nice to meet you too!

I guess all the after market items being sold are crap, eh?
Let me guess you live at home with mommy in the basement. You have lot of time to come up with smart *** replies and play with yourself...what are you 12?

Yeah I can play too Richard Cranium.

Oh and if I posted in the wrong place why don't you share with me the correct location. Never mind go back to playing Mindcraft.
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Wow nice to meet you too!

I guess all the after market items being sold are crap, eh?
Let me guess you live at home with mommy in the basement. You have lot of time to come up with smart *** replies and play with yourself...what are you 12?

Yeah I can play too Richard Cranium.

Oh and if I posted in the wrong place why don't you share with me the correct location. Never mind go back to playing Mindcraft.
My post was only for laughs. But yes, nowadays, the stock intakes are just as good, if not better then Aftermarket.

Usually with Aftermarket, you are just getting eye candy and sometimes the woosh sound.
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It takes 30 seconds to swap out a CAI. Get whatever you want and put the stock one back in when you need to.
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It takes 30 seconds to swap out a CAI. Get whatever you want and put the stock one back in when you need to.
Yea I was gonna suggest that but....
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I appreciate the feedback. I can take a joke too.

I did think about installing the CAI and then taking it off again at smog time. However, if an aftermarket CAI really doesn't improve much then why replace it? I mean, sure some of them look nice or cool, but why bother? It seems like a waste of money to me.

I am trying to figure out if anything is worth enhancing. Small items like CAI or Throttle Bodies (I mean the $400 one not the whoosh sounding one for 80 bucks). I figure the answer is don't bother.

Some people like the tunes, but those seem a little scary to me.

However what about adding the sway bars? The back end wants to slide. Is that a good investment?
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That is the section for the 2015's.

A CAI as well as a throttle body will do nothing for you except lighten your wallet. If you are looking for more power then start with a tune.

As far as the cheap shots at me I can assure you I'm much older than you and have owned my own house for 27 years. And I have more knowledge on these cars in my thumbnail than you have in your whole body so just sit up and pay attention.
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I appreciate the feedback. I can take a joke too.

I did think about installing the CAI and then taking it off again at smog time. However, if an aftermarket CAI really doesn't improve much then why replace it? I mean, sure some of them look nice or cool, but why bother? It seems like a waste of money to me.

I am trying to figure out if anything is worth enhancing. Small items like CAI or Throttle Bodies (I mean the $400 one not the whoosh sounding one for 80 bucks). I figure the answer is don't bother.

Some people like the tunes, but those seem a little scary to me.

However what about adding the sway bars? The back end wants to slide. Is that a good investment?
IF you want to keep your Power Train warranty without fear, then Suspension will be the best bang for your buck and will ground most of the HP/Torque you have. A good set of mufflers can make the car more fun to drive as well. It all depends on your final vision of the car. Doesn't matter how you get there, just as long as you do.
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I would leave californiastan if I were you
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Moved to the correct section...

If you are set on getting a CAI even though the stock one works better, you have 6 years before you need to smog it. Plenty of time to figure things out.
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Texas still has inspections, and front license plates. Oklahoma requires neither.

Move to Oklahoma!

Texas does have 93 octane though, I'll give you that one.
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Texas still has inspections, and front license plates. Oklahoma requires neither.

Move to Oklahoma!

Texas does have 93 octane though, I'll give you that one.
Don't remind me of the front license plate. My poor front bumper....
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You only need it if your traveling iv never had an issue other than a warning for not having it in the city.


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As others have said CAI is a total waste of money. Ford did a decent job coming up with built in CAI's for our stangs. Yes I dont have a 2015 but the intakes are essentially the same as the prior years.

Same for the Throttle bodies. Waste of money unless you are wanting the "Woosh" sound.

I agree with either getting a Tune for the Performance bang or a Nice suspension setup to put down the power you already have. If you are like me though, warranty is essential to keep unless you got the money to pay for damages. I know they need to "Prove" that the modifications damaged the parts but to save that type of headache I am waiting for 45K miles to do anything more.
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In GA you don't need front plate. Emissions is only in certain county's and only required after the car is 3 years old. So in 2018 I trade mine in and get the new model.

I made the mistake in CAI and throttle body in my '12 camaro. Now I'm happy with my GT PP and I'll experiment with exhaust. Plenty go fast for cruising the streets picking on all the ricers.


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Again thanks for all the input.
Thanks for moving this thread to the correct location.

I don't want issues with the FORD warranty. With that in mind, I will avoid doing anything but exhaust, suspension and maybe some new tires and rims in a couple years.

Yes I have considered moving out of CA for about 10 years. Maybe when I retire. I though about Texas, Arizona and yes even Oklahoma.

There are so many darn rules in CA. You must have front license plate, tinting front windows is a no-no, can't put anything on the headlights and all the smog concerns. The list goes on and on. CA really takes the fun out of things.
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