Great CAI !
July 27, 2012
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 fun....my 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 !!!