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Old 06-10-2008, 09:34 PM
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From discussions surrounding Cold Air Intake I've herd that CAI can make your car run lean, and you may need high flow injectors/fuel rails or a tuner to use one; how much of that statement is true?

I was looking into purchasing the following CAI: http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=INJ%2DPF9025P &N=700+4294846476+4294908331+4294908282+429492 5239+4294813803+115&autoview=sku

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a cai doesnt really add much hp.

spending 365 on one is retarded IMO.
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:52 PM
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not worth it all cai/rai perform the same not much of a horsepower difference your basically paying for the name, i picked my K&N rai up on ebay for $40 just look around
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drop in K&N filter is your best bet. it just replaces the stock paper filter and basically does the same thing as a cai for much cheaper.
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if youre just looking for the extra 2 horses, then just drop in a K&N filter. If you just want the look then take your time and find one you like with a good name. But dont spend alot of money expecting great results.

Technically your stock composite/plastic intake runs cooler air than a metal tube in your enginebay. Metal conducts heat better than plastic...which means it heats up faster and transfers that heat to other things (the air) better. to work effectively the nice shiny metal tube would have to be wrapped in insulation a few inches thick, but then you wouldnt have that look.
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From discussions surrounding Cold Air Intake I've herd that CAI can make your car run lean, and you may need high flow injectors/fuel rails or a tuner to use one; how much of that statement is true?

I was looking into purchasing the following CAI: http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=INJ%2DPF9025P &N=700+4294846476+4294908331+4294908282+429492 5239+4294813803+115&autoview=sku

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For starters don't believe ever thing you read,... and bighp gains.

With that being said... I've had the MAC fender well CAI for over 8 yrson my 5.0 and truthfully you might gain 1hp or possible 2hp (if that) over the stock setup. So you need to ask yourself if that little gain worth spending $365???
However the looks of the the after market fenderwell CAI unit looks $365 better than the stock unit[:@]
Just my $.02
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If your REALLY looking for performance boost in that price range get underdrive pullies instead. They can get you around 5-10 hp, whereas a CAI will only give you 1-3.

..less bling but more zing
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Old 06-11-2008, 03:01 PM
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If your REALLY looking for performance boost in that price range get underdrive pullies instead. They can get you around 5-10 hp, whereas a CAI will only give you 1-3.

..less bling but more zing
those dont really do jack either. 5-10 hp is being generous.

OP: what are your goals for the car??
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From discussions surrounding Cold Air Intake I've herd that CAI can make your car run lean, and you may need high flow injectors/fuel rails or a tuner to use one; how much of that statement is true?

I was looking into purchasing the following CAI: http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=INJ%2DPF9025P &N=700+4294846476+4294908331+4294908282+429492 5239+4294813803+115&autoview=sku

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None of you guys bothered to look at the application. It's for an S197 Not a SN95/New edge or fox body.

That price is average for S197 and there is a sizeable HP increase for such asimplemod, up to 15 HP. The differences are the drive by wire throttle we have, three valves per cylinder, and higher baseline HP than previous model mustangs.

What I don't buy into about that CAI is that it's "Tuned" so no handheld is needed to retune the car. Almost all aftermarket intakes on the S197s require a retune of the ECU to keep the car from leaning out because of the electronics involved. Not an issue on older mustangs. I would say this "Tuned" intake may net 7hp at the flywheel on an S197. SN95/new edgeneed not apply.
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Old 06-13-2008, 11:54 PM
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Hey thanks everyone,

Personaly I like the look of the Injen product it looks clean, and almost like it would come equiped from the factory.
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