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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today we're taking a closer look at and installing the AFE Momentum GT Cold Air Intake with the Pro 5R Oiled Filter in black available for the 2018 and newer Mustang GT. Now, if you're the owner of that newer S550 5.0, you might be in the market for a new intake that's gonna boost your horsepower and torque gains, gives you an overall better breathing engine, and something that has a washable and reusable oiled filter. Now, there are a lot of things that I like about this intake and I'm gonna take you through the list here.This particular option does have a much larger intake tubing which is gonna streamline that airflow pulling a lot more cold air, which does directly translate to a horsepower and torque bump, but it does not require a tune. Great for guys looking to just pull it out of the box, install it, and get on the road. Inside of this completely enclosed heat shield that's gonna block out all of the excess engine bay heat while pulling in cold air with its built-in air duct. Inside of that is an enclosed oiled filter. Now, this is using multilayers of cotton gauze filtering, a progressive filtering, meaning it's gonna get thicker and thicker and more dense as you go into the filter, which is gonna filter out all the unwanted particles you don't want getting in.Now, being an oil filter, it does require a little bit more maintenance than a dry filter, but it is gonna trap in as much, if not more particles, preventing it from getting into your engine. All you have to do is pop it out, wash it, and reuse it, and you're good to go, and I'll take you through a lot more detail in just a little bit. That enclosed heat shield here is looking pretty good under the hood, I think. It's got this open window to let you see into the filter to check on its condition, and just give it a more attractive appearance up top. The Momentum GT badging is preset onto the filter housing right there, which I actually think looks pretty good, also adds a pop of color under the hood as well.Now, this entire kit, believe it or not, isn't the most expensive in the category. I was shocked when I found that out because it does come with such high-quality materials. Comes in right around 350 bucks, which I think is pretty reasonable for such a high-quality piece. You're completely trapping in the filter, which is always a plus. It's got a pretty leak-free finish all around because it is a one-piece design. Now, the install for this, easy, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home with very simple hand tools, no modifications necessary. It took me about an hour from start to finish. I'm sure it'll take you the same. What do you say we get to it?Tools you use in this install include an impact gun, extension, a ratchet, T20 Torx bit, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 15-millimeter deep sockets. You're also gonna need a 15-millimeter wrench, 20-millimeter wrench, and a pair of pliers. Now, guys, in order to install our factory intake, we are gonna have to get our strut tower brace out of the way as well as our engine cover to get to our clamps at the throttle body. Now, if you don't have the strut tower brace, you can skip that step, go straight to the engine cover. We have ours though, so we're gonna grab a 15 deep socket, remove the two nuts holding on the studs here and on the other side. Now, for this one, we are gonna have to pop our battery cover off, we're just gonna slide that out of the way. You also may have to take this plastic retainer clip off of your positive harness on the battery off of that stud.From here, you're gonna lift up, get that over the stud on both sides, feed it underneath of that harness and set this aside. Now, for your engine cover, you do have two nuts, a 10-millimeter in here and a 10 in here. We've got this one out of the way, so let me show you how to get that one. Grab an extension and a 10-millimeter socket. Go in the engine bay here. I'm gonna loosen that up. Now, it's hard to get the nut out itself, so, once that's loose, you can really just pull up on the cover and the nut will stay in that hole. Perfect. Set it aside. All right, so at this point we're gonna do our MAF sensor and our hoses. For the MAF sensor, you're gonna pull back on the red locking tab, pinch and disconnect. For the hoses, you're just gonna push down on the tab on the side here and release, and then for your black hose, push in, pull up on your grey tab, and disconnect. It's a little tough to get to depending on its orientation. Once you get that off, this is your grey tab there. To remove that, you're really just pushing in here and pulling back.Now, for your sound tube, we're gonna disconnect it with pliers, pinching this retaining clamp. Grab pliers, pinch that all the way closed, and you're gonna pull back on your tubing, and then release. Now, on the right side by your filter, you're gonna see a 10-millimeter bolt that's holding on your factory air box. Let's get that out of the way. Next, grab a 7-millimeter socket, you're gonna loosen up the clamp holding your tubing to the throttle body. If you don't have a seven, you can also use a flathead screwdriver. Now, what I like to do is, once it's loose, there's a little retaining tab there, just twist that and this should disconnect. Now, you should be able to pick your entire filter, intake tubing, and the air duct on the bottom all up in one piece.Well, guys, we finally got our factory intake off of our 2018 GT behind me on the table next to our AFE GT Momentum option. Now, I wanna take you through some of the similarities, mainly the differences between the two kits, starting with our filter, the main prize. Now, the factory paper filter I took out of the housing here to show you guys, this is a flat paper element filter. It's a dry filter. It's commonly used right off the factory line. It's, quite frankly, nothing impressive, especially when it's coming in comparison to the aftermarket world here. This one is a multilayer progressive cotton filter surrounded by polyurethane in the frame. Now, the polyurethane is a really flexible material, but it's also great for heat dissipation. The filter itself is, again, a progressive cotton filter. What that means is, it's got many layers from inside to out progressively getting finer and finer to filter out even the microscopic particles that can not only rob you of power, but gunk up a lot of other intakes, which we don't want happening here. So this is definitely, by far in a way, a superior filter when compared to the factory option.On top of that, it's got a power stack on the top here. It's an open-ended, which means you're getting a lot better air flow. This is also boasting an increase of up to 28% in airflow in comparison to the factory intake, the factory filter, so that's something to make note of as well. Finally, the filter is, again, washable, reusable, and it's an oiled filter, so when it comes time for maintenance, all you gotta do is pop it out, re-oil it after you wash it, and throw it right back in and it's good to go. It's definitely gonna save you extra money on some filters in the long haul. Aside from everything else, you're getting pretty much an ABS plastic or injection molded plastic, which is going to fit like an absolute snug glove.What I really like about this heat shield or airbox here, it's a one piece enclosed airbox, meaning you don't have to put it together, which also means there are no cracks for heat to leak in from the engine bay or for cold air to leak out preventing it from getting in. So, this is really gonna close in, pull in as much cold air as possible. It's also got a completely molded-on air duct. If you look at your factory tubing, this is a second piece that attaches from the factory that's pulling in cold air from the front grille. That's all one piece here, so, again, this is definitely a big step up as well.Finally, you have a window at the top, which I do think looks pretty good. You can see straight through to the blue oiled filter, so, appearance-wise, it's definitely a step up, but it's also gonna give you a window to see the condition of your filter. You can start to see if it gets starting to get gunked up a little early just by taking a quick glance under the hood. We do have to transfer over a couple of things, including the MAF sensor as well as some rubber bushings, and then, really, the instructions included in the kit are absolutely mint, they take you through every step of the way. I'm even gonna take you through every step, so, what do you say we get to it?All right, grab a T20 Torx bit. You're gonna remove the two factory screws holding on your MAF sensor. Now you can gently take out your MAF sensor and transfer it over to your new tubing. Now we can set our factory stuff aside. All right. You wanna set your MAF sensor in place and give it a good push, it'll click basically into place, that's how you know it's seated. Take the new T20 torque screws, they're black, included in the kit. You're gonna thread a couple of them by hand, grab your socket and tighten them down. Now you can take your vacuum line fittings and you're gonna screw those into place. Now, you don't really have to do anything else. There's the smaller one, it's gonna go right on the bottom, you're just gonna thread that all the way down, and then your larger one's gonna go in this larger hole here.Now you can grab a wrench to just give them a good half turn to fully tighten. Grab a 15-millimeter wrench to tighten down your smaller fitting and a 20-millimeter wrench for the larger one, now your 20 for the larger. Next up, grab the coupler included in the kit and the appropriate sized clamp, you're gonna put that over the coupler and insert that over the end that's gonna attach to the throttle body. Grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten down the clamp, and if you don't have that, you can grab a flathead. All right, and then I'm just gonna slide this one over the other end for the throttle body. Next up, grab your filter and the largest clamp included in the kit. The larger clamp's gonna go over the inlet for the filter, and the filter's gonna sit into place here. All right, grab an 11-millimeter socket and tighten that down.Before we go in the car, there's two steps left. We got to take out our factory spacer and grommet that would retain the 10-millimeter bolt from the inside of the wheel well. We also need to plug this opening on the side of the AFP heat shield. So, for this, you're just gonna push up from the bottom, pull the metal piece out, and then push the rubber out of the way. Install the rubber the same way from the inside, and then we're gonna pop that metal piece right back in. All right, perfect. Take the rubber plug included in the kit and you're gonna plug up this side hole. All right. Now we can drop it in place. All right, now we're gonna pop our sound tube out of the way for just a second, we'll get back to that in a minute. You're gonna drop your heat shield into place. Air duct is gonna go toward your front grille. You're gonna line up this knob here to the rubber grommet on the inside of the wheel well. So that seats, you can put your 10-millimeter bolt back in.Next up, we would drop in our tubing, but as you can see, our MAF sensor isn't going to reach the new MAF location. It used to be somewhere over here. So we're gonna have to detach this cord. The harness here is connected by a Christmas tree clip right on this plastic retainer, you're just gonna push that out of the way, and it gives you more room. If you need to, you can go on the side of your intake box and disconnect the secondary harness in the wheel well, which would be right about there. and that would give you far more room. This you can relocate to somewhere here on the plastic trim, wherever you see fit. For us, you're gonna put that right back and keep it as is. Now, what I like to do, before we drop this in place, is to grab that hose that would connect underneath and just connect that now. Push that in, that way it's easier than trying to do it on the car. As you slide this in, you wanna make sure you're putting a clamp over the end. You wanna make sure you're putting that over the filter. Slide your tubing in, and connect to the filter outlet. All right, slide that over the throttle body. Now, it looks like we're gonna have to loosen up our clamp, slide it into position and then tighten it down. All right, from here, sliding that clamp back to the end, grab an 8-millimeter socket, and you're gonna tighten this guy down. Grab our other breather hose and we're gonna attach that to the host fitting right here. Let that click. Pull over your MAF sensor. I'm gonna reconnect this harness, click that into place, drop the red locking tab. Again, guys, if you need more room, we're just about perfect here, but if you need more room, you can detach that from the side.Now, the next step is to get rid of our sound tube because there is no location to retain that on your new intake. Now, what I would recommend doing is you can take the plug included in the kit, it says rubber plug here, it's cap, and you're gonna remove this one-time use clamp, from there, you can plug that tubing there. The alternative is to unclamp here, which is an 8-millimeter clamp, and grab a plug of your choice, something that'll fit. Now, we are not gonna detach this, because this is a one-time use and we wanna make sure we would be able to return this to stock. So, what we're gonna do is detach this, but I'd recommend, guys, that you plug this up with a plug of your choice. Now, again, once you have that off, grab a plug, the one included in the kit won't fit here, but you can get one of your choice.All right, last steps, guys. You're gonna grab your engine cover and set that back in place. We'll top that off with our strut tower brace. All right, and drop this nut back in there with our 10-millimeter socket. Tighten that up. Finally, our strut tower brace. Now, when you feed this on, you wanna be on your passenger side, feed it on under the battery terminal harness and onto the studs, and then follow that up with the driver side. And then put back your factory 15-millimeter nuts. Final step, battery cover, and from there, you're good to go.Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the AFE Momentum GT Cold Air Intake in Black with the Pro 5R Oiled Filter. If you wanna get this one for yourself, you can do so right here at americanmuscle.com.
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