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AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake; Gunmetal Gray (15-17 EcoBoost)

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      Review & Installation Video

      Justin: The AEM Brute Force Cold Air that we have in this video should appeal to all 2015 through '17 EcoBoost owners out there looking to go with a very high-quality system with an exposed style filter for just south of 300 bucks. Now, like most other aftermarket systems for the EcoBoost cars, the AEM here will not require the use of a custom tune but it will be CARB certified, making it 50 state legal. Your installation is gonna be extremely straightforward. So let's call it one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. But we will have a little bit more detail later in the video. Now, even though AEM may be a bit of a newcomer to the Mustang world, they've been making quality stuff for a very long time. In fact, and I'm gonna sound a little old here, I remember back in the day in high school, if you had an AEM intake on your car, you were the man. Now fast forward a lot of years and AEM is still making very nice stuff but is now underneath the K&N umbrella. And what does that mean to you guys? Well, it just means K&N took over the very popular AEM recipe, added a bit of their knowledge into the equation, and just started cranking these things out for more and more applications, yes, including that Ecoboost powered Mustang. Now, even though AEM started heavily in the import world well over 30 years ago, I can't believe I'm saying that, the support for other brands has really exploded in recent years. And it really has come full circle now with an AEM intake on a turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang. But, with all that said, let's focus in a little bit more on the EcoBoost specific kit. And what you're gonna be looking at here, guys, is essentially CNC mandrel bent aluminum for the tubing itself, which is then finished off in a gunmetal metallic gray powder coat. Now it's gonna be pretty unique in the category because, let's face it, a lot of your other intake options are either gonna be black, either metal or plastic, or a polished option so the gunmetal is a bit unique in the category. And, personally, I think it looks really sharp under the hood. But aside from the intake tube, you are also going to be receiving one of the trademark AEM dry flow filters, which, as the name implies, is going to be a synthetic dry option and, of course, doesn't require any oiling or anything like that. And honestly, some owners might prefer a dry filter as opposed to an oiled option, which, let's face it, those oiled options do require a little bit more work, reoiling after cleaning, and things like that. Now, either way, this thing will be a solid upgrade over that cheap paper element factory filter you are going to be replacing. And on top of that, it's reusable, right? So, essentially gonna last the lifetime of your Mustang as long as you take care of this thing properly.But, aside from the CNC mandrel bent aluminum tube, your dry flow filter here, and everything else, you're also gonna be receiving a nice heat shield, powder coated black, of course, as you can see, and all of your hardware and installation instructions needed to get the kit in place. Finally, guys, this thing is made in the USA and again, is CARB certified, meaning Mustang owners in all 50 states will be able to take advantage of the benefits from this intake. And speaking of benefits, well, aside from underhood appearance benefits of the AEM, you're also gonna be looking at a little bit more power and some other stuff as well. And typically, manufacturers like to give claims on intakes. AEM doesn't throw anything out there when it comes to specific numbers in horsepower, and torque but my usual statement on this topic is gonna be in the high single-digit, low double-digit range, without adding anything else like a custom tune, for instance. Aside from that, you're also gonna be looking at a little bit more throttle response and finally, a little bit more noise under the hood, all of which I think owners will say are going to be good things. Let's quickly touch on the installation. And as pointed out at the very top of this video, guys, if you have the slightest bit of mechanical know-how and a set of basic hand tools, you should be able to get this guy in place. So one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter and to give you a better idea of what's involved for this install, here is one of our techs with a walkthrough.Travis: All right, guys, so like my buddy Justin said, this install is very easy. We're gonna start with removing our factory air intake system. And to do that, we're gonna go ahead and hit this 10-millimeter bolt here. We'll start with the factory air box then we're gonna remove the clamp that secures the factory air intake to the turbo. All right, once that 10-millimeter bolt is removed from the airbox, this should be pretty loose. Next step is unplugging our air intake temperature sensor. The sensor itself is gonna live inside of this tube but we're gonna go ahead and disconnect it so it can be removed with the intake itself. All right, with the air intake temperature sensor disconnected, the next step is removing these two hoses here. You have this large hose which is our recirculating hose and then you have a smaller one with a quick disconnect, that's our PCV hose. Go ahead and pull the big one off and go ahead and grab the quick disconnect and pull that other tiny hose off. All right, with everything else disconnected, the last step is disconnecting the factory intake tube from the compressor inlet. You're just gonna need a flathead screwdriver for this one. All right, so with that coupler loosened, we can go ahead and pull the entire air intake assembly from the vehicle. All right, so with our factory intake system removed from the vehicle, we're gonna go ahead and do a little bit of set up of our new intake system before we install everything.First things first, we're gonna install our weatherstripping here. You're gonna need one of these 16-inch pieces and that's gonna go around the intake tube hole on the heat shield itself. All right, so with your first weatherproofing piece added here for the tube itself, we're gonna go ahead and add the rest of the weatherstripping on the outside of our heat shield. So you're gonna take your 30-inch long piece and you're gonna route it around the top, starting at this support bracket here. Then with our 30-inch piece of weatherstripping applied, on the top, we're gonna go ahead and take our last 16-inch piece of weatherstripping and we're gonna start on the bottom of the bracket and work our way down. All right, now our heat shield is all set up. If you're wondering what this little bracket is here on the intake tube itself, well, that's actually a support bracket. That's gonna help level up the tube as it connects to the heat shield. In order to set that up, you're gonna use this little rubber spacer. You're gonna grab one of your washers and you're gonna grab one of the included nuts. You're gonna put this through here with the washer on the back and you're gonna tighten down one of the nuts on the back. All right, with that tightened down, it should look like this on the other side. All right, with your heat shield all set up, it's time to actually install it in the vehicle. But before we do that, we can actually set up the bottom mounting hole here with the provided hardware.So you're gonna grab the provided bolt and the kit, which is a 13-millimeter head. And you're gonna grab two of the rubber washers and one of the steel washers. You're gonna set it up like this. You're gonna grab one of your steel washers, place it on the bolt, and then grab one of your rubber washers. You're gonna force it down onto the bolt itself. And then you're gonna put this in the heat shield, like so. And then on the other side, you're gonna grab another rubber washer and you're gonna go ahead and secure the bolt to the heat shield with these rubber washers, that should keep it in place. And then once you go install it, you can go ahead and tighten it down to the vehicle with your socket. All right, now, we're gonna go ahead and put the heat shield in the vehicle, like I said. You're gonna wanna slide it in between the cold air inlet and the radiator itself, and that bolt down here that you're gonna wanna tight this into, there's a pre-threaded hole in the body. Let's go ahead and slide this down in here like so, line up your bolt, and then tighten everything up. All right, with that bottom bolt tightened down, the next step is reinstalling the original 10-millimeter bolt that we pulled from the top here. Now, you're gonna set this 10-millimeter bolt up the same way you set the bottom one here. Grab one of those steel washers and two of those rubber grommets, steel, then rubber, insert it through the hole, followed by another rubber washer and go ahead and thread it into the hole and tighten it down.All right, with our heat shield installed, we're back here at the table, we're gonna start removing some original equipment from our factoring intake tube. You're gonna reuse the coupling itself and the new system actually comes with a hole in the filter for your air temperature sensor. So we're gonna pull those two things off from our factory tube here and install them on our new AEM system. All right, so with our original coupler installed on our new intake tube, it's time for us to actually bolt this up to the compressor inlet. All right, when you go to install your new intake tube, you wanna remember that little mount and that rubber grommet we installed on our heat shield. You're gonna go ahead and let this rest on the rubber grommet itself and you're gonna tighten it down with the provided hardware. But before you do that, you wanna make sure you get the rubber coupling on the compressor inlet. So with our intake tube resting on that grommet, we're gonna go ahead and install the intake tube to the compressor inlet. Once it's tightened down, grab your flathead screwdriver, and tighten down that last [inaudible 00:10:24]. All right, our intake tube is now secured to our compressor inlets. We're gonna go ahead and reconnect the two hoses we took off originally, that's our PCV valve and our recirculating hose. All right, now our intake tube is all connected with all those hoses set back up. Next step is, like I said earlier, we're gonna secure our intake tube to that rubber grommet.Again, we're gonna use the last bit of our hardware, which is a steel washer and the provided nut. All right, with your tube tightened down to that rubber grommet, you're gonna go ahead and grab a 10-millimeter socket, and tighten it all together. Now our tube is tightened up to our heat shield. Our next step is actually installing our air filter. So you're gonna go ahead and grab the clamp provided in the kit. You're gonna slide it through this hole here onto the tube itself. All right, with our clamp in place now, we're gonna go ahead and put our air filter on. We're gonna slide through the hole and the weatherstripping onto the intake tube and we're gonna tighten down our clamp with our flathead screwdriver. Now it's kind of a tight fit in here so I showed you how to put the air intake temperature sensor on. We're just gonna be safe and take it out, for now. We'll reinstall it once we get the air filter on. All right, now our air intake filter is attached to the tube and tightened down, everything's where it needs to be. We're gonna go ahead and put our air temperature sensor back in and we're gonna plug it in with the factory harness. All right, and so with our air intake temperature sensor reconnected, that actually wraps up our install of the AEM cold air intake for your EcoBoost Mustang. I'm Travis, thanks for watching. And for all things Mustang, keep it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Increases Throttle Response
      • Improves Horsepower and Torque
      • Reusable Dryflow Filter, No Messy Oils
      • CNC Mandrel-Bent Intake Pipe
      • Gunmetal Gray Powder Coated Finish
      • NO Computer Re-Tune Required
      • Lifetime Warranty
      • CARB E.O. # D-670-23
      • Fits 2015-2017 2.3L EcoBoost Mustangs


      Boosts Horsepower. An AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake will improve the airflow into your S550 Mustang's engine for more power and better gas mileage all while filtering out harmful power robbing particles. This AEM CAI kit completely replaces your 2.3L Turbocharged EcoBoost Mustangs restrictive factory air box, intake tube and paper filter element with a Dryflow filter assembly for impressive HP and TQ gains.

      No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market for the EcoBoost Mustangs the AEM Brute Force CAI does not require a computer re-tune. The engineers at AEM designed, tuned, and dyno-tested this cold air intake to improve your Pony's power using the stock tune.

      Reusable Dry Air Filter. AEM Dryflow air filters are made from an oil-free, synthetic filter media for outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance. They are washable and re-usable and can be used for up to 100,000 miles before servicing (depending on driving conditions).

      Made in the USA. Manufactured in the USA from CNC mandrel-bent 6061 aluminum piping to assure smooth unrestricted airflow, this AEM cold air intake tube is completed in a Gunmetal Gray powder-coated finish for long lasting corrosion resistance and impressive good looks.

      Lifetime Warranty. AEM is so confident in their cold air intake system that it is covered by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

      Easy Bolt-on Installation. AEM Cold Air Intake kits are designed to install with just basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required for an easy 1 hour installation.

      Recommended Upgrade. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanMuscle recommends a Bama custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best performance possible out of this cold air intake.

      CARB Certified. Best of all, this AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake System is 50-state smog legal under Carb EO# D-670-23.

      Application. This AEM Gunmetal Gray Brute Force Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed to fit the 2015-2017 Mustangs equipped with the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine and does not require re-tuning the vehicles computer for operation.

      Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.

      Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

      AEM 21-740C

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Air filter
      • (1) Intake tube
      • (1) Heat shield/Air box
      • (1) 30" Edge Trim
      • (2) 16" Edge Trim
      • (1) Quick Disconnect
      • (4) Washers 1"x.3000x.100
      • (1) Rubber Mount
      • (1) 8mm washer
      • (1) Bolt M8-1.25x16mm
      • (3) Washers 1"x1/4
      • (2) Nuts
      • (1) Band Clamps

      Tech Specs

      Cold Air Intake Specifications
      Year/Model:2015-2017 EcoBoostFilter Placement:Engine Bay
      Material:6061 AluminiumFinish:Gunmetal Gray
      Manufacturer:AEMComputer Tune Required:No

      Customer Reviews (16)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.9 out of 5 overall rating from 16 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • October 24, 2019

        5 2016 EcoBoost - Bostonruss Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Love the suck!

        Love my new AEM Brute Force intake. Love the sound of it sucking air cruising down the road. Looks awesome installed and feels quicker off the line. Very happy car owner!

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      • August 23, 2019

        5 2016 EcoBoost - RustyBoss1991 Installation Time: Afternoon

        Awesome product

        This is an awesome purchase, my mustang sounds so good. Thanks americanmuscle for having our backs, I'll definitely be back to purchase more stuff.

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      • April 25, 2019

        5 2016 EcoBoost - Davis

        AEM cai

        First what drew me in was the Gunmetal finish on the pipe and as well as the price point being cheaper then most of the traditional mustang brands. The CAI is easy to install took about 30min. I thought it was going to come with a different coupler for the turbo to intake inlet but didn't but, stock is fine since you can't see it from first glance. You can hear it growling at around 2500pm, some slight gain but nothing dramatic (No tune installed). Very pleased with this purchase.

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      • March 21, 2019

        5 2017 EcoBoost - JamesB Installation Time: Afternoon

        Cold Air Intake success

        Got the item in good condition. I am not strong mechanically but decided to try to install it myself. It took a bit longer than was estimated but it got done. It changed the power and sound of my Mustang. I am happy overall with it.

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      • March 23, 2018

        5 2015 EcoBoost - Mdickey14 Installation Time: Afternoon

        AEM exceeded my expectations

        Purchased this intake a little over a week ago and I am very impressed with the build quality and fit. There is a lot of competition in the CAI market but AEM stood out to me because of the price and materials used. It took me an hour or so to install, but I was taking my time. The removal of the stock box couldn’t be easier. As far as throttle response... I couldn’t feel any noticeable difference but that will change once I tune the car. With that being said it adds a nice sound which definitely enhanced the overall personality of my ecoboost.

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      • March 22, 2018

        4 2015 EcoBoost - AlbertF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product

        Love the sound and super easy to install! I was super disappointed with the delivery of the product though. The shipping was extremely rough; box was nearly destroyed by time I got it. Bent both side of the metal intake tube and had to bend of the side back. There was also minor damage to the filter.

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      • January 09, 2018

        5 2016 EcoBoost - TaylorM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


        First upgrade for my 2016 Ecoboost and it definetly will not be my last! I am extremely satisfied with this purchase, even if you just tap on the gas you can hear the difference in the sound! I got it installed at a shop that specializes in mustangs and they even said they love this AEM CAI and it has a unique sound compared to other ones. Plus you can't beat the price. Go with this purchase you will not regret it!

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      • December 05, 2017

        5 2015 EcoBoost - BryanB Installation Time: Afternoon

        Sounds so good)

        The item is really good, you will notice a new sound to your car when you're cruising and a Really loud air sound when you step on it I love it ! Highly recommend it! I also noticed a a nice throttle response.

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      • November 01, 2017

        5 2017 EcoBoost - TannerK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good mod

        This is a great mod for anyone wanting to upgrade their ecoboost and not pay for top products.

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      • July 28, 2017

        5 2015 EcoBoost - JohnW

        Excellent cold intake

        I was so pleased with this cold air intake it makes my pony stand out and helps with my need for speed.

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      Questions & Answers (4 answers)

      4 Top Rated Questions

      does this item include a mass airflow sensor?

      • This will not include a mass airflow sensor.This will include the air filter, intake tube, heat shield/air box, 30" edge trim, 2 16" trim, a quick disconnect, 4 washers, 1 ruber mount, 1 8mm washer, 1 bolt M8-1.25x16mm, 3 washers 1x1/4, 2 nuts, and band clamps. 

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      Will this fit the 2018 as well??

      • The AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake is specifically designed for the 15-17 Ecoboost Mustangs. We cannot guarantee fitment on a 2018.

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      How much horsepower will this add to my 2015 mustang ecoboost without a tune?

      • The AEM Brute Force Cold Air Intake is estimated to gain 12hp @ 3600RPM.

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      I just ordered this intake for my 2017 ecoboost mustang... it came a couple days ago..... Is this intake guaranteed to fit my 2017..?? The manual says 2015-16 mustang The selection box below would not allow me to choose 2017 so i put 2016. My car is a 2017 mustang ecoboost 2.3 Liter 4-cylinder Thank you

      • This will definitely fit your 2017 EcoBoost Mustang. The manual could possibly still say 2015-2016 because the 2017 is still brand new. The 2015-2017 EcoBoost Mustangs are extremely similar. Most parts for a 2015 and 2016 will fit your car!

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