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Is it worth getting a CAI on a V6? I feel like my engine isn't getting enough air flow. It feels as if though it's struggling to get enough air. I was wondering if maybe a CAI will fix that. I researched different brands and I heard it doesn't really matter what brand you get, they all do the same job. So I found one for about 80 bucks on American Muscle. Before I buy, I wanted a second opinion :) thanks
 

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In a way it doesn't matter but you always want a bigger air filter to be able to get the most air flow (obviously) but if I were to get a cai I get one that didn't go into the finder of my car cause I personally think it restricts the air flow. And you also gain MPG's!
 

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In a way it doesn't matter but you always want a bigger air filter to be able to get the most air flow (obviously) but if I were to get a cai I get one that didn't go into the finder of my car cause I personally think it restricts the air flow. And you also gain MPG's!
I heard it gets more air flow through the gender because it's right above the wheel though. And really? I never heard of gaining MPGs
 

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You gain a bit not much
Well all I'm really interested in is better air flow. I don't really want to force my motor anymore than it already has been.
 

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Well its a nice thing to add and its cheap. But better airflow im not sure of cause for the motor it self its not going to add anything but alittle more air
 

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Is it worth getting a CAI on a V6? I feel like my engine isn't getting enough air flow. It feels as if though it's struggling to get enough air. I was wondering if maybe a CAI will fix that. I researched different brands and I heard it doesn't really matter what brand you get, they all do the same job. So I found one for about 80 bucks on American Muscle. Before I buy, I wanted a second opinion :) thanks
sam62893,

A CAI will definitely improve Air flow, Power and MPG. The gains will not be huge with no tune however you'll definitely feel a noticeable increase in all 3 departments!

Depending on the year of your Stang will determine how much power you'll see. Give my Bama team a call and they'll be able to give you some realistic numbers!

-Dan
 

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Colder, denser air is a must. I use AM's CAI with a K&N filter. Bring that cooler, denser air to the combustion chamber, it's more efficient. Lengthen the runners, and even more air can be delivered.
 

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I just put a CAI on my 94 mustang and it was very well worth the $80 from AM. I just had the exhaust done and had the stock intake, when pulling out from a stop (5-speed), it wasn't getting enough air Sony had to give it a little more gas to get the rpms up higher. But now that the CAI is installed, it runs smoother, increase in acceleration and power, and also makes a cool noise when you feel like being bad a**! :) hope this helps!

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Thanks Dan, I'll look into the tuners. I don't know much about engines but I want to learn. When I go on the freeway and step on the gas, the car starts to pull a little bit and the service engine light flashes and turns off. my best guess is that there's not enough airflow. Recently it did that shaking thing a lot and the service engine light stayed on and flashed. Got it checked out and there were some broken white clips which I forgot what they were called that weren't letting enough air go through. So I fixed that, and now its good, but it does it every time I floor it. I was hoping the CAI would fix that. Thank you all for your input. I'm getting some good info that I didn't even know :)
 

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Thanks Dan, I'll look into the tuners. I don't know much about engines but I want to learn. When I go on the freeway and step on the gas, the car starts to pull a little bit and the service engine light flashes and turns off. my best guess is that there's not enough airflow. Recently it did that shaking thing a lot and the service engine light stayed on and flashed. Got it checked out and there were some broken white clips which I forgot what they were called that weren't letting enough air go through. So I fixed that, and now its good, but it does it every time I floor it. I was hoping the CAI would fix that. Thank you all for your input. I'm getting some good info that I didn't even know :)
I have a odd feeling that the symptoms your experiencing are NOT from small airflow. If that was the case every stock mustang would have that happenin.

CAI is good first mod, especially to get acquainted with your car. It will give you prolly 2-4 hp's. not really noticeable IMO. However couple that with a tune it turns into 15-20 hp and then is definitely noticeable. Makes it feel like a new car tbh.

Good thing about both is they are very straight forward mods, and easy for noobs like you and me. The tuner you just plug in under your dash.
 

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I plan on adding a Cold Air Intake to my V6 as well so I will join you in that quest as well. I found mine at AM as well.... Let's see what happens!!!
 

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V6 stang said:
I have a odd feeling that the symptoms your experiencing are NOT from small airflow. If that was the case every stock mustang would have that happenin.

CAI is good first mod, especially to get acquainted with your car. It will give you prolly 2-4 hp's. not really noticeable IMO. However couple that with a tune it turns into 15-20 hp and then is definitely noticeable. Makes it feel like a new car tbh.

Good thing about both is they are very straight forward mods, and easy for noobs like you and me. The tuner you just plug in under your dash.
Yeah, I heard its not much, but it helps. So how do you use a tuner? I'm a little strapped on cash and I saw some kits on AM that have the CAI/tuner as a kit for like 300 bucks. But is that all you need? The tuner? What can you change with a tuner. I honesty don't know much about engines yet. I'm only 19 and I'm starting outside i guess you can say. I'm learning bodywork and painting first

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I plan on adding a Cold Air Intake to my V6 as well so I will join you in that quest as well. I found mine at AM as well.... Let's see what happens!!!
I'm probably going to order mine today. The 80 dollar one from AM. Then maybe later down the line when I sell my '66 I'll get a better one and a tuner. I'll post pics when I install if I do it :p
 

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Yeah, I heard its not much, but it helps. So how do you use a tuner? I'm a little strapped on cash and I saw some kits on AM that have the CAI/tuner as a kit for like 300 bucks. But is that all you need? The tuner? What can you change with a tuner. I honesty don't know much about engines yet. I'm only 19 and I'm starting outside i guess you can say. I'm learning bodywork and painting first

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I'm probably going to order mine today. The 80 dollar one from AM. Then maybe later down the line when I sell my '66 I'll get a better one and a tuner. I'll post pics when I install if I do it :p
Tuners are kinda expensive. 379 for the tuner and free tunes for life. You can do a lot with a tuner.. Biggest thing being bama will load tunes in there, you plug it into your (ob2 reader? I forgot its name) and load your tunes onto the computer. Plug in is right under your dash/steering wheel. It's literally like plugging into a USB for your pc. Other things are like check engine codes.. Turn off your o2 sensors.. Lots of cool stuff you can do. If you have a auto the tuner also will make your shifts harder and at better shift points. It helps manuals a noticeable amount with power, even more so for auto's because of the lacking aggressiveness of the new edge's auto trannies.
 

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Tuners are kinda expensive. 379 for the tuner and free tunes for life. You can do a lot with a tuner.. Biggest thing being bama will load tunes in there, you plug it into your (ob2 reader? I forgot its name) and load your tunes onto the computer. Plug in is right under your dash/steering wheel. It's literally like plugging into a USB for your pc. Other things are like check engine codes.. Turn off your o2 sensors.. Lots of cool stuff you can do. If you have a auto the tuner also will make your shifts harder and at better shift points. It helps manuals a noticeable amount with power, even more so for auto's because of the lacking aggressiveness of the new edge's auto trannies.
Sounds like something every mustang owner should invest in. I think I'll save up for one. I have an auto and I feel like the transmission is slipping a bit. Sometimes it pulls a bit going from first to second. Maybe a tuner can fix that? Delay the shifting or speed it up a bit?
 

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I added one a couple weeks ago and it's a solid investment. Won't transform it into a monster but its a great addition to the mod list.
 

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Ah dude you gotta get that checked. Supposedly if the check engine light is flashing its catalyst damaging. Scan that right away! More air is great and all but without a tune or a cam or head work its not much of a gain(what was mentioned earlier). Maker sure you get air filter cleaner and oil too. Cuz a dirty cotton filter is just as useless as a dirty paper one. You hear different opinions of which style is better, in the fender or out. Either way the air is taken from the fender. I have the $80 AM system which puts it in the fender. It's a great system for the price but a freakin pain to service. I wish I had saved up for the K&N system that puts the filter just outside the filter. It looks like better quality and easier to service the filter. As the old adage goes. Outta sight, outta mind.
 

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a CAI is not the fix here OP....as for CAI i don't see a point in them on our cars. i have a drop in filter and no air silencer...there is no difference between that and a CAI.

as for your issue get the code checked quickly....i have a feeling it's gonna be in the exhaust (ie cats)
 

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a CAI is not the fix here OP....as for CAI i don't see a point in them on our cars. i have a drop in filter and no air silencer...there is no difference between that and a CAI.

as for your issue get the code checked quickly....i have a feeling it's gonna be in the exhaust (ie cats)
It's not the check engine light that flashes, it's the service engine soon light. Before my car used to shudder one I reached 30 mph and the service engine light soon flashed. Got it checked and the broken clips repaired. Now whenever I floor it suddenly on the freeway like to pass someone up it struggles and the light flashes then goes away. But from what I heard, the tuner and CAI is worth it. I mean it's only a couple of HP but it's something :p
 

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the tuner yes...the CAI not so much. Look into a windstar intake if you want a real gain.

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now does it only bog down when flooring it?
 
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