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Old 01-04-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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Hi guys. I'm new to this forum and new to the mustang community. Just picked up a 2016 GT California Edition two days ago. Figured it's time to do a first mod - cold air intake. Tried searching around and keep finding same 4 ( Roush, JLT, Airaid and Steeda ) but very conflicting arguments on which one is better. All really same price. What do you guys use or think?


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CAI's are just for looks on the 2015+ GTs, you don't get much of any gains

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Its a zero power gain mod, purely for looks. You might actually lose some power. Spend the money on a tune and if you are stick, a MGW shifter. Then gears (if manual) and then suspension/wheels/tires.
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What are the reasons you are thinking about getting a CAI?
If for HP --- spend your $$'s elsewhere. If for looks, and for additional intake noise, then you will be happy with the results.
In addition --- some of the cotton filters are taking some heat lately for lack of filtering ability. They also are a known problem for over-oiling the filter and then making the MAF go bad when it gets oil on it.
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As with any mod, you're doing the right thing by asking about it and getting good information. As you can already detect, CAI's over the factory one you already have is not going to net you any real gains in performance; if you want some under hood eye candy or perhaps some sound when you stomp the right pedal, then sure, buy one, but don't expect any gains in power.
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My first mod would be different mufflers to improve sound. Actually, that was the first mod on my car, about two weeks in.


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All those CAI's are causing much higher iat's on guys cars. Stick with the stock setup.
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With a perfectly dialed in dyno tune you may pick up 5 hp over stock honestly your money is better spent elsewhere unless your A. Chasing the whistle noise or B. Like the appearance and the fact that you have a re-usable filter.
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With a perfectly dialed in dyno tune you may pick up 5 hp over stock honestly your money is better spent elsewhere unless your A. Chasing the whistle noise or B. Like the appearance and the fact that you have a re-usable filter.
Show dyno claims that prove even a 5whp difference between the stock CAI and an aftermarket that can actually be attributed to the CAI or being able to change something in the tune because of the CAI. I don't think you'll find any. I could be wrong...

As for the re-usable filters, more and more stuff keeps showing up on those not being exactly great from actually doing their jobs filtering particulate matter from the filter oil getting on stuff.
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Show dyno claims that prove even a 5whp difference between the stock CAI and an aftermarket that can actually be attributed to the CAI or being able to change something in the tune because of the CAI. I don't think you'll find any. I could be wrong...

As for the re-usable filters, more and more stuff keeps showing up on those not being exactly great from actually doing their jobs filtering particulate matter from the lbeginning filter oil getting on stuff.


Here you go I put it up on the dyno. I'm not arguing a point or saying it's worth doing I'm saying it's not wor the money. First run was stock second was with JLT. It's not an impressive gain it's n
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Sorry idk what happened with that post I'm on my phone but here's the dyno sheet. Also ford filters have one of the best media and are excellent at filtering particulate matter out probably much better than the CAIs out there but that doesn't mean that the after market ones are not reusable.

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The JLT CAI requires a tune. Did you add a tune when you added that CAI?
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Yes final numbers yielded 396hp after the tune and 367 tq off the spray. Click image for larger version

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Ill be the first to say.. WOW the California special in white looks amazing!
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White Mustangs just look amazing in general. My 95 Cobra was Crystal White and that was the favorite color Mustang I've ever owned.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I have some more questions about a CAI. I've read for hours and can't make up my mind. Steeda claims 20hp with their non tune CAI and Corsa claims 18hp with their non tune CAI. How can these guys claim these HP gains? I'm not arguing what you guys are saying, but how can they make these claims if they aren't true?

I will say the only people I see saying CAI's are wonderful are the people selling them.
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the word they often omit is "up to" or they are used in addition to a tune. As to how they can make those claims here is an example:

My V6 can beat any V8 because it is Race Red and therefore faster than any other color. (If the V8 is Race Red it will prob be a tie)

forgot to mention I scored a used Airaid CAI for looks and sound only...it was cheap and worth it to me for what I got out of it.
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I don't quite understand your analogy, but what I'm picking up is that the statements are "half truths". Thanks for your reply.
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Waste of money. Only good for eye candy.


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^ and if you get a chrome one it'll add 5mph to your top end!
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I would recommend looking at the Ford Performance packages. You can buy a CAI with a tune and keep your factory warranty. https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-9603-M8
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I would recommend looking at the Ford Performance packages. You can buy a CAI with a tune and keep your factory warranty. https://performanceparts.ford.com/part/M-9603-M8
Your factory warranty is not retained. It drops to 3/36 from purchase date of vehicle. Ford Racing is an aftermarket company just like the rest. Read the fine print.
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Today I'll install an Airaid "tube" & AEM drop-in filter into stock box w/ removal of the stock box resonator & plug the hole! Sound will be a little improved.
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