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Airaid Cold Air Intake - Synthaflow Oiled Filter (11-14 GT)

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  • Increases of Up to 11 RWHP & 11 RWTQ
  • Improves Fuel Efficiency
  • Provides Filtration Down to Two Microns
  • Filters are Washable and Reusable
  • NO Computer Re-Tune Required w/ Modular Venturi Tube Installed
  • Fits 2011-2014 5.0L Mustang GT
Increase Horsepower and Torque. Airaid Cold Air Intake Systems are computer designed to give your engine maximum air flow, which translates to more horsepower, torque and better fuel efficiency. This Airaid CAI kit completely replaces your 2011-2014 GT Mustangs restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow Airaid filter assembly for an increase of 11 more horsepower and 11 more torque at the rear wheels.

No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the 2011-2014 GT Mustangs, the Airaid CAI does not require a computer re-tune when installed with the included "Modular Venturi Tube". The Modular Venturi Tube (MVT) can be removed for off-road use when combined with a custom tune. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs, Airaid Intake Systems offer unmatched fit, finish, and power!

Superior Filtration. Each cold air intake provides superior air filtration, since it includes an Airaid Premium Filter with SynthaFlow® technology. SynthaFlow® is a synthetic nano-fiber material that traps the smallest dirt particles that ordinary cotton-gauze “performance” filters just can’t capture. Airaid Premium Filters, with SynthaFlow® can capture particulates down to 2 microns in size. Best of all, Premium Filters are washable and re-usable saving you money.

Application. This Airaid Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed to fit the 2011-2014 5.0L GT Mustangs and does not require re-tuning the vehicles computer when installed with the included "Modular Venturi Tube."

Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Intake Tube
  • (1) Premium Air filter
  • (1) Modular Venturi Tube
  • (1) Silicone Reducer
  • (1) Filter Adapter
  • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
  • (1) 25" Weather Stripping
  • Clamps & Necessary Hardware
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Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT Filter Placement: Engine Bay
Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
Manufacturer: Airaid Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14

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Suburb Quality and Fitment

The 2011+ GT Airaid MXP cold air intake is an ideal choice for those who are looking to add power with a simple bolt on intake system. The price is fair, the installation is simple, no doubt that it adds ...

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Goobles UP AIR

I got this cold air intake instead of the chrome BBK one because of negative reviews on the BBK intake on fuel and performace etc. So glad I went with Airaid for my 2012 5.0 Mustang because it sucks in ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars


Hi I’m Justin with, and I’m going to be breaking down Airaid’s Cold air, and race cold air intake, fitting the 2011 and newer Mustang GT. At first glance it would View Full Transcript

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is this CAI california CARB legal?

shadofox Year: 2013 Model: GT

  • No it is not C.A.R.B legal. I contacted Airaid and they told me to pass smog the original intake needs to be in place.

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    Morty33 Year: 2011 Model: GT

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Comparison between this and JLT? Wondering which CAI to buy and im stuck between this and the JLT What is the difference if any?

13GHGGT Year: 2013 Model: GT

  • The JLT is a great CAI, no doubt about it. It has one of the largest air tubes on the market too, maybe even larger than the AirRaid one. The thing I didn't care for on the JLT is the cheap-looking plastic sheild that seperates the CAI from the engine area. If you look at it, it doesn't look like it would do a very good job of keeping hot air from around the engine from getting to the CAI to me. It's just a cheap plastic sheild, wereas the AirRaid one is more of an "air box". I don't think the JLT CAI has a provision to connect to the car's cold air supply which comes from the front grill, and the AirRaid one does. Hope this helps!

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    Squeakyken Year: 2011 Model: GT

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will a cold air intake void my ford warranty? i still have a warranty on my 2011 mustang, will a cai void that warranty?

noss Year: 2011 Model: GT

  • No checked with my Ford dealer and does not affect warranty

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    sgstang Year: 2011 Model: GT

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Overall Rating 4.8

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Performance Gain 4.383562 4.4
  • Fit 4.780822 4.8
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.493151 4.5

  • 5/5

    April 02, 2011

    Suburb Quality and Fitment

    The 2011+ GT Airaid MXP cold air intake is an ideal choice for those who are looking to add power with a simple bolt on intake system. The price is fair, the installation is simple, no doubt that it adds power, and it is a high quality product. My experience with this product has been more than satisfying since the time I placed my order to its current status installed in my car which is daily driven. I first off must start by saying that American Muscle is currently on my tops list for online shopping, the ordering process was simple, and I had my items shipped to my front door within a day with ground shipping option. They are definitely on top of their game. This intake system can be used with or without a tune. To use the intake without a tune you must have the modular venturi tube (MVT) installed. Upon inspection of the product you can see for yourself that the intake system is a high quality product. The included grommets and fittings are beautifully crafted, and everything fits well, and tight. Pretty simple installation, the hardest part was putting the grommets into the intake, the blind plug that is used for the manual transmission installation can be a bit of a squeeze, but with the help of a flat head screwdriver it will go in. Absolutely no complaints at all about fitment on the vehicle, this intake system fits better than OEM and can be removed or installed within four minutes once you know how to install it. I also must add that this intake system includes a sound tube delete kit for those who do not like the sound tube, I used this feature and love the cleaner look and quieter cabin. I currently have this intake paired with a 93 Performance tune from BAMA and I can tell you, it is totally worth it. If I hold the RPMs at 3500 in first gear, and go WOT, it will spin all the way to third on the OEM 235 Pirellis and 3.73 rear end. Driver mod and wider stickier tires may be needed after installation of the intake system. If you are having trouble choosing between C&L, JLT, Steeda, Roush, and Airaid. You are in the same boat I was. I would definitely recommend the Airaid. The price is fair, the quality is good, the fitment is superb, the engineering and design is great, the diameter of the intake tube is one of the widest of all intakes offered, you can use it with or without a tune, it fits on both the automatic and the manual versions of the mustang GT and if I recall it produced the most power out of all the intake systems offered at the time I purchased the product. Pros: -Fair Price -Adds Power -High Quality -Superb Fitment and Finish -Easy Installation Cons: -None Other Notes: -Can be used with or without an aftermarket tune -Fits both manual and automatic versions of the Mustang GT -Includes a sound tube delete kit


    Year: 2011 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 05, 2012

    Goobles UP AIR

    I got this cold air intake instead of the chrome BBK one because of negative reviews on the BBK intake on fuel and performace etc. So glad I went with Airaid for my 2012 5.0 Mustang because it sucks in so much more air then the stock box. Throttle response is definitely way better and fuel economy is better too. I haven't been able to tell exactly how much it improved though because I can never take my foot of the gas petal, but I get about 21 mpg average per tank of gas in the city but I also have a flowmaster American thunder exhaust and that helps too. If your on the fence get this cold air intake it works awesome.

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    Year: 2012 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 California

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    December 15, 2013

    This product is not worth the money

    Pros: It looks great once installed and sounds great with the Shelby Gt500 exhaust. Cons: If installed on a 2013 GT water will drench the filter and fill the air box. I called Airaid and they sent me a piece of metal that helped keep the filter from direct saturation from water. However it forces the water straight into the air box. If you idle a lot or drive in stop in go traffic the intake air temperature will be around 50 degrees higher than ambient temperature. I put the factory air intake back in after 1 week. That was a $ 350 mistake save your money and get an enclosed system.


    Year: 2013 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 5+ Houston

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    August 19, 2012

    Good Product but don't buy unless you will tune

    This is a well made product and I am certain lots of folks saw gains when they added a Bama Tune. Unfortunately, I bought this thinking without a tune I would see a difference. I did not. My 2013 Mustang GT has only 2800 miles on it and I am not about to mess with my warranty and get a tune, so until then I would have to wait a couple years. If you want it for aesthetics then fine, but I would advise anyone to hold off buying it until you can get a tune. The 11 HP advertized may be true but you will never feel or see the difference. Great product otherwise...

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    Year: 2013 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Chicago, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    March 31, 2011

    Check engine light

    This product is very simple to install- under an hour. I purchased a power combo kit w/ a SCT hand held tuner. The check engine light light comes on. I called American Muscle/ Bama tuner who are very helpful. There is an insert in the intake tube that houses the mass airflow sensor that needs to be removed if you install a power/performance tune. This was not in the installation instruction sheet! I learned this thru the phone call w/ A.M. We are still working on tuning my ride so that the check engine light quits coming on.Thumbs up on for Airaid Cold Air Intake. But so far the SCT tuner sucks because Check engine warning light keeps coming on.

    Joseph Herrera

    Year: 2011 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver

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  • 2/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    January 17, 2014


    Overall the product is very good just not what I was hoping for I guess. Installation was fairly straightforward and it went in for me in about 1-1/2 hours from end to end. The instructions were good with just a few areas that we're missed or weren't quite detailed enough but all in all the fit is perfect and the sound and boost in HP is quite impressive for just a bolt-on mod. What I'm not happy about is the "add-on" shield that is required for hoods with heat extractors. While it does the job to keep water from hitting the filter it looks like an afterthought and covers the "cool factor" and in the end up makes it look not much different than the stock box. Also, the claim it will improve fuel economy is overstated. I've seen a drop of 1-1/2 to 2 MPG since installing. Lastly, it should be better marked that it isn't C.A.R.B. approved or that it could void your warranty. I know that is my fault for not checking but it could've been marked more clearly. Luckily I called my dealer and it won't void the warranty but I will have to hold onto my old intake and swap it back every time I need to do a smog check.


    Year: 2013 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 2 San Diego, CA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    April 03, 2012


    Installed the unit on my '12 GT with 3:73 gear and I couldn't be more pleased with this product .After the usual studying as we all do, I picked this unit for the aggressive appearance and performance reported by the other buyers. 30 minute installation was a breeze! Buttoned it up and went for a test drive and the first thing noticable was the angry howling starting at 3500 rpm...sweet music! Before the install, running thru the gears, the car did it's normal massive tire spins then hooked up. After installling the Airaid piece, the car breaks loose again (first & second) around 4500 rpm. Awesome torque increase and response. BUY THIS!!


    Year: 2012 Model: GT Driving Style: Street / Strip 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Houston

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 27, 2012

    Great CAI !

    I received this CAI from AM so quick, they must be shipping yesterday-AIR! Seriously, I ordered this on a Friday, and on Mon. it was at my door! Installed it in about 15 minutes, taking my time. Super easy! You gotta remove the modular venturi tube (MVT) if you are going to run a custom tune...I saw other reviews and I thought how could you be so stupid as to miss that? But, now I see, it comes already inserted into the end of the CAI tube and sorta appears to be a part of it. If you are not paying attention you will leave it in there. Just reach in and tug on the inside of the CAI tube, and it pops out. It has great fit and finish, the best in my opinion. I don't like the AirRaid emblem on there, that looks kinda cheesy. Someone said in their review you can get a Ford emblem that exact size from like Pepboys or something, and if I can find one of those, it will go on in it's place. The decision on which CAI to buy, for me came down to either this one or the Steeda. But, I had a Steeda on my previous Mustang 2008 GT, and I did not like the heat shield being made of metal - that thing got mega-HOT! Seems to me that can't be good, as it's got to be warming the intake air. Their CAI also has metal tube where the MAF sensor goes in, and that part of the CAI gets hot too. Would possibly have chosen the JLT, but I don't like the cheap heat shield it has. So the AirRaid won me over, with it's large size, thick high-quality plastic heat shield (which also connects to the factory air supply from the front of the car, which some CAI's do not) and clean almost factory look. Quality is top-notch! Ok, now for the perfomance aspect. Does it perform? I say, heck yes! Let me set the record staight here. I have seen it argued on some of the forums, that these new 5.0 'Stangs already have a CAI from the factory, and so adding an aftermarket one yeilds no gains. I say, bull. NOT true. Before I bought the CAI, I had replaced the factory air filter with a K&N, and was running a custom 93race tune from AM. After installing the AirRaid CAI and an updated tune for it, I did notice a BIG difference in throttle response, take-off power from a stop, and wide-open throttle (WOT) power! So it DOES make a difference, I have no doubt whatsoever. My 5.0 is an automatic, and now when I floor it from a standing start, and it just spins the tires like crazy then finally hits second gear. Winds that gear out real quick, almost right to the redline, then upon the 2-3 shift burns the tires again and fish-tails a bit before grabbing pavement again. Even on the 3-4 shift, it spins the tires now! So much 5.0 just screams now. If you don't get a CAI and tune, you just don't know what a difference it makes and you are missing out. And if your Mustang has the auto tranny, oh man you just gotta have a tune 'cause the factory auto trans shifting strategy Ford puts in there is just plain lame- the shifts are too soft, the tranny shifts up too soon, and won't hardly even spin the tires. This is a Mustang, and it should run like a muscle-car, not your granny's caddy! A tune and CAI are your best two first mods to get the 5.0 running like it should. And IMHO, the AirRaid is the best CAI out there for these cars so... GO FOR IT !!!


    Year: 2011 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 3 Knoxville, TN

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 27, 2012

    Sounds and power

    this cai looks good fits in the car perfect and is solid. I installed by myself in under an hour. Insatlled as a "no tune" but I can really hear the sound of it pulling air into the intake and when I hit about 3300 rpm the engine takes off like it didn't before I haven't dyno'd not going to but I can feel something there! So I can say it's worth it for that and knowing the pony is breathing better.


    Year: 2011 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver 'Stangs I have owned: 1 Oklahoma

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  • 5/5

    April 08, 2011

    Airaid review

    I can't be happier! The install was easy, and everything fit just right. Gains were as expected. It also comes with the parts needed to delete that plastic sounding sound tube. Just get some catbacks and you get plenty of sound. The quality of this product its very good.


    Year: 2011 Model: GT Driving Style: Daily Driver

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