(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
- Customer Submitted:
- How to Install a Airaid Cold Air Intake on your 2011-2014 Mustang GT
Hi I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, 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 appear that both of these intakes from Airaid are identical, and that’s because they pretty much are, both intakes feature the same molded high density polyethelene tube and heat shield, the same black couplers, and the same massive SynthaFlow filter, but there is one exception and that would be this removable, modular Venturi insert, that is included with the regular version of the airaid, but is not included with the race version. When installed, the insert reduces the air flow enough so that you can run this intake on your Coyote motor without the need for a performance tune, and still make more power over your stock airbox. With the insert removed however you’re letting more air into the engine and it’s at that point the performance tune becomes required. That makes the Race intake from Airaid an excellent choice for the Mustang owner that already has a tune in place, on the other hand if you’re on a budget and you’re not ready to pull the trigger on a tune just yet, the regular Airaid may be the better option. Install the intake with the included insert, then enjoy some decent gains until you’re ready for a tune. At that point remove the insert, upload your tune, and you’re instantly on your way to making more power. With our baseline runs already out of the way, we want to see just how much power we can expect when using these intakes. Of course since we’re looking for the biggest gains possible, we’re going to run the Airaid without the insert installed and pair it up with one of our custom Bama tunes. Installing the Airaid onto your car is an easy enough task for any backyard mechanic to tackle, in about an hour’s time using basic hand tools. The custom Bama tune is going to do a lot of things for our GT, including tweaking your fuel ratios, optimize our spark timing, and adjust our variable cam timing. The tune should also help our automatic here with increased shift firmness and adjustable shift points. With the Airaid installed and the tune uploaded let’s make another hit here on the Dyno and see what the results are. Our baseline run with our automatic 2011 GT gave us 336 horsepower and 302 ft/lbs of torque, with our Airaid and Bama combination we put down 362 horsepower and 336 ft/lbs of torque making for a peak gain of 33 horsepower over our baseline numbers, and gains of 36 horsepower and 60 ft/lbs of torque throughout the curve. So that wraps up my review of the cold air intake and race intake from Airaid, whether you already have a tune, or you’re planning on picking one up down the road, Airaid’s two options make it a whole lot easier to pick the ideal option for your setup, and as always they can both be found right here at AmericanMuscle.com
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Not CARB Certified.This is not CARB certified, therefore not legal for sale or use in California, or any state adopting California's emissions standards.
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."
Note: Coupon codes cannot be applied to this product.
Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details
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March 26, 2020
My car started to breath
Great product. Love the performance and the sound it makes on high RPMHelpful (0)
March 23, 2020
Great first mod
Decided to start off my build with this product first and it was a great first start. With the removable insert it has the opportunity of adding a tune later on and getting more power and it was a super quick and easy install. Looks great under the hood and gave my car a much better sound!Helpful (0)
February 14, 2020
Hop up the HP.
Paired this with a cat back exhaust and sounds and runs great. Chose this intake as it is modifiable if I want to tune the car.Helpful (1)
October 22, 2019
Feel The Power!
Before getting this system I would have a lag in throttle response. Now I’m getting all the power I need and then some, without a tune!!. Best system out there. Also made the exhaust a little louder in my opinion. I have Outlaws Axle and Scavenger X PipeHelpful (1)
August 05, 2019
Read instructions and it is a perfect fit, looks good toHelpful (0)
August 05, 2019
Easy Install and perfect fit. Noticable acceleration increase.Helpful (2)
August 01, 2019
Definitely worth the investment and even better with a tune.Helpful (1)
July 03, 2019
Went together very easy, along with dyno tune ( no other mods ) car put down 414 Hp at the wheelsHelpful (0)
June 11, 2019
Not a cold air intake
At idle my air temp is 40 degrees higher than factory airbox. At 60 mph the air temp is 10 degrees higher than factory airbox.Helpful (0)
May 12, 2019
It didn’t take too long to install and I like the little whistle it has. Also a small boost in power.Helpful (1)
will a cold air intake void my ford warranty? i still have a warranty on my 2011 mustang, will a cai void that warranty?
No checked with my Ford dealer and does not affect warranty
Cleaning the synthaflow filter Do you have to clean the filter, and if so, what do you use, and how?
You can use the Airaid Filter Recharge Kit to clean your air filter. Check out the link below for more details!
How many Horsepower can you gain without a tune ??
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake without a tune will add about +11 HP and +11 TQ to the 11'-14' Mustang GT.
is this CAI california CARB legal?
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.
I installed the airaide on my 13 GT . I dont have the inner tube for use without a tune . However I installed it anyways because I didnt know at the time .. my check engine light came on . Is it safe to use before tune ?
We do not recommend using the intake with the Modular Venturi Tube removed unless a tune is installed.
It is not CARB legal.
Any of the throttle bodies on our site will work with the boss manifold and this intake.
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."
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake will not trigger a check engine light when installed correctly. 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"
With the Modualr Venturi Tube installed this will not require any tune but you can get this tuned later on. In addition this will indeed fit on a stock 2012 GT.
This should cause no issues with your Check Engine Light, and no tune is requried so long as the Modular Venturi Tube is installed.
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake will not require a tune if you install the venturi tube. If the tube is taken out, you will need to request a new custom tune.
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake can utilize the OEM sound tube, or you can install the included sound tube delete cap.
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake should have no issues being installed with the BBK 85MM Throttle Body. The coupler may be slightly harder to install on the throttle body because if the size difference but you should have no needed modifications during installation of the two items.
The intake will be protected from moisture by the hood and will not require a cover or pre-filter. A pre-filter would certainly help with high humidity conditions and will add an additional layer of filtration, but it is not required.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2011-2014 GT||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||High Density Polyethylene||Finish:||Black|
|Manufacturer:||Airaid||Computer Tune Required:||No|
Not Compatible with the Boss 302 Intake Manifold.