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Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today we're taking a closer look at, installing and dyno testing the Airaid Race Cold Air Intake with the Bama Rev-X Tuner with two custom tunes combo kit, available for the '11 to '14 Mustang GT. You should be checking this out for your new S197 if you're looking to get a convenient combo kit to boost horsepower and torque numbers giving you a better breathing engine, better throttle response, acceleration, so on and so forth with a custom tune of your choice thrown into the mix.Now this one in particular has the Airaid Race which has a SynthaFlow washable and reusable oiled filter, better filtration, better cold air coming in, a big conical filter that's definitely gonna be an upgrade over the factory paper element while also getting that in combination with a new Bama Rev-X Tuner. Now this one comes with two custom tunes. You'll get a street and a race tune, 87 and 93 octane personally modified to your vehicle with your certain mods to maximize performance. Now in addition to those tunes you're also gonna be getting access to a number of other features like Wi-Fi capability, wireless updates, cloud sync, gauges and data logging to monitor a lot of live engine vital on the fly. You'll also get a DTC code reader being able to clear it as well and a number of other features I'll walk you through in just a little bit.Just know we did dyno this with 93 in the tank. Showing you guys the maximized gains and we walked away with really good numbers. So before we get into anything I wanna take you guys through the numbers.Well, guys, we established our baseline run once we strapped our '14 GT down to the dyno. Bone stock intake under the hood, factory tune with just 93 octane in the tank. Walked away with 341 horsepower, 343 foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. We then of course installed our Airaid intake, uploaded our Bama 93 octane tune, ran it again under the same conditions in fifth gear and walked away with 383 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. Good for peak gains of 42 horsepower and 37 torque at the rear. Now those are really, really impressive gains. Almost right on the money with what Airaid claims to be getting when picking this up with the tune and intake combo. Now the curve gains are around the same, still meeting expectations from Airaid. Walking away at about 5,100 RPM. So towards the top end of the RPM band. We walked away with 37 horsepower and 38 foot-pounds of torque at the rear. So our Mustang did really well with the gains so I'm really happy with the results today.Now guys, in addition to this kit whenever you pick up a Bama tuner device you're automatically enrolled in the Bama Free Tunes for Life Program. What that means is you guys get the value of getting revisions for your tunes and updates for your tunes for free whenever you need them for the lifetime you have the tuner and your vehicle paired. Now basically what that means is any time you pick up an additional mod, say a cat back, long tube headers, intake manifold, throttle body, so on and so forth all you do is hit up Bama, get them to rewrite that tune. They'll add your new mods and you can maximize that without any additional fee which I think is a great addition to this combo kit.So you should know that this comes in right around 750 bucks. It's also gonna get one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home. Very simple hand tools required. I'm gonna walk you through every step. So what do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun, extension, 7, 8, 10 and 13 millimeter deep sockets, a five-thirty-second hex socket, T20 Torx bit, small Allen key and needle nose pliers. Now guys, in order to remove your factory intake you do have to pop your engine cover off but the strut tower brace is preventing that so we're gonna pop our strut tower brace off first to get that off. So grab a 13 millimeter socket. We're gonna remove the 2 13 nuts on each side on the top of your strut tower.You wanna make sure you're holding on to these to reinstall later. All right, now we can do the same thing on the other side. All right. Now you can just lift straight up on your brace and set it aside. Now, the engine cover isn't bolted on. It's just got little nipples that it's attached to so you're gonna basically put your finger up here and pull straight up, disconnect the front and the back and set it aside.Next up we're gonna disconnect the harness connected to your MAF sensor. So underneath there's a little red locking tab. Just pull straight back on that. You'll hear a click. Pinch and disconnect. Over on this side we have a breather line. Now that has to be disconnected as well. It's a little bit different. This little gray tab here, you're gonna push forward and pull back on and just disconnect the hose. Now for your sound tube, you're gonna grab needle nose pliers, you're gonna pinch the hose clamp and pull back on it to disconnect it.Next up we're gonna loosen the clamp holding your tubing to the throttle body. Now you can use a flat head screwdriver for this or an eight millimeter socket. If you're using an impact gun just put it on it's slower setting. There's no need to blast it off. Just loosen that up. I like to rotate it just to get it nice and loose. Now we have one more bolt and then we can pull it off. All right. On the side, the right side of your factory heat shield you have a 10 millimeter bolt here. All right. Now we can pull our intake off in one piece. Pull it off of your throttle body straight back. Keep in mind that there is an air duct on the bottom so you just wanna make sure you're disconnecting it from that which just pulls straight out. Now the sound tube just pops right out of place and you can set it aside.Now we finally got our factory intake off of our 2014 GT next to our Airaid oiled SynthaFlow option and I wanna take you guys through some of the similarities but mainly the differences between the two kits. Gonna start with what filter. Now your factory filter is a very simple, very ordinary traditional paper element filter that's inside of the housing and as you can see I took the housing apart just to pop this out and show you guys the big difference here. Now the new conical filter from Airaid is washable and reusable. You cannot say that for the factory paper element really. This one here is using their SynthaFlow nanofiber technology which can filter down particles down to two microns in size which is not something you can say for even aftermarket cotton gauze filters. Now that's really one of the key things you wanna take a look at when shopping around for an intake is what is the material used in the air filter? Is it oiled, is it dried? These things can make a small difference. This one here is an oiled filter. That means when it comes time for routine maintenance you just pop it out, wash it, re-oil it and throw it right back in. No need to pop your wallet out to buy a new one when it comes time for that maintenance.Now in addition to all of that it's gonna pull in a lot more cold air which is definitely going to be a big upgrade over the factory filter and that is working in conjunction with your new tubing. Now this is roto-molded plastic which is essentially impact resistant and it's gonna be really good for heat dissipation under the hood. We all know that engine heat can get pretty overwhelming so this is gonna do a really good job dissipating that. It's also gonna do a good job streamlining that air flow. The factory tubing does have a lot of kinks, it's got a lot of restrictions. Not the case here. And what I do like about the Airaid kit, it does come with a sound tube retention knob here. Now that's something that's a big upgrade too. Some of the aftermarket options out there will force you to delete that sound tube and for the guys who wanna keep it to make sure they're hearing that inside the cabin, this is a good way to go.Now the heat shield is one thing to point out. This is not gonna be a 100% closed heat shield unlike some of the other options in the category. Some options out there have different bells and whistles. This one uses weatherstripping around the top end to seal up under the inside of the hood instead of closing off completely like your factory one. But it does have an air duct at the bottom so you're retaining that factory air duct pulling in cold air from the front grille. That's a good bonus as well.In addition to that, smaller things. New couplers to seal in that air and a new velocity stack here to streamline the air. Now one thing we do have to do is transfer over our factory MAF sensor from our stock tubing. We're gonna put that over to our new one so let's get started.Now you wanna grab a T20 Torx bit and remove the two factory screws holding on the MAF sensor. Now usually these aren't super tight that you'll need a ratchet. If you do need one you can grab one to pop these off but they should be hand tight enough that you can do it with just a little T20 bit. All right from there you're gonna slide this out, set it down and we're gonna toss our factory components off to the side.All right, now that we have our MAF sensor out of place we're gonna grab it, we're gonna insert it into the slot on your new housing. It only fits in one way. We're gonna line up those holes and grab the new little hex screws included in the kit. If you can, thread them in by hands or grab an Allen key. Now you can tighten it down.Now guys, as you can see and as I mentioned earlier we have the sound tube plug here. Now, if you guys are deleting your sound tube from your factory intake you can remove it from the vehicle and there's a plug included in the kit so you can plug that hole. If you are deleting your sound clip you have to plug this hole or there's gonna be an air leak and a check engine light so you don't want that to happen so again, if you're deleting your sound tube, plug this hole. We're not gonna delete it so I'm not gonna use this plug. We'll worry about this when we get to the install.Now, for these two precut holes right next to that sound tube plug we're gonna plug the bigger hole because that one's not gonna be used. The smaller one is actually gonna get the hose fitting for your vacuum line. Grab the bigger plug included in the kit. We're just gonna plug that hole. And then the smaller grommet is gonna align the other one. Now with that grommet you're gonna take your hose fitting and insert that into the rubber grommet. Seat it all the way down.Next up we're gonna grab our coupler that's gonna attach our tubing to the throttle body. That's the one that has two different sized edges. Grab a clamp, put it over the larger end. That's going to be inserted over the intake tubing where the throttle body will connect. All right. Once you have the coupler seated grab a clamp, tighten it down with your eight millimeter socket or your flat head.On the other end we're gonna grab the larger coupler, one of the clamps, make sure that's inserted over the end there. If you have to loosen it up now's the time to do so. And insert it over the other end. Once you have that seated get your clamp into position. Tighten it down with your socket. What I wanna remind you to do is make sure that you're orienting that so that you can access the bolt head on the clamp from in the engine bay. You don't wanna tighten it down from upside down because then you won't be able to get to it. So you wanna install it just like that.Now at this point you can take clamps and put them over the other side of both couplers. Now what I like to do is just get it in place, get it a little snug. You wanna leave room for adjustment because you still have to install it on the car. So I like to get them in place just so I know that they're there and get it prepped for install. There you go. They're still loose. You want it enough so that the coupler can stretch and still fit over the throttle body. At this point we're gonna start assembling our heat shield.Next up is our velocity stack. Now this is going to install on the inside of our heat shield just like this and your new filter is going to attach to the outside there. Now as you can see it's got threaded holes, three of them, and predrilled holes on the heat shield. You're gonna line that up with your five-thirty-second hex screw. Now this is gonna screw in through those holes. There's washers included in the kit as well. Make sure you're using those. Grab a five-thirty-second hex bit and you can tighten them down by hand. But first what I'm gonna do, grab a washer, put it over the bolt, grab this, set it into place, just rotate it to line up those bolt holes and tighten them down by hand. All right, once you get them threaded in a little bit you can grab that socket and really start to tighten them down. Now what I'm gonna do is put my impact gun on its lowest setting and just give it a very light tap to get them tight.Next up is our little weatherstripping. This is gonna start on the edge and work its way around the top. Installing it is super simple. It's got a little lip here. That'll just snap right onto the edging. Just push it down with a little bit of force starting at this edge. We're gonna do...just get it snapped into place.Now guys, you can do this next step on the car but it is a little easier off car. You know, it's all personal preference. So I'm gonna grab our filter. I'm gonna install the big clamp over the end here and install that to the velocity stack in the heat shield. First you wanna make sure you're locating that metal strip in the filter. That's gonna be on the bottom. You really just wanna make it legible. So grab...see that Airaid logo? You're gonna put it in facing upward. Snap it right on to the velocity stack. Rotate your clamp upward so that you can see the bolt head. Grab your socket and tighten it down. Now we can throw it in our car.Now, when you're dropping this in the engine bay starting with the heat shield you wanna make note of the air duct that's connect to this little rectangle here. Just drop this into place. Make sure it lines up nicely. It'll snap right in there. Line this precut hole up to the factory mounting location for your 10 millimeter bolt. Grab that and we're gonna tighten it down. All right. And I can take that factory bolt, thread it down into place. Grab your 10 socket and tighten it down.All right, now we can grab our new tubing, connect it to the air filter and the throttle body. If you need to loosen up those clamps, you can do so so everything can stretch over into place. There you go. All right. Rotate your clamps upward, tighten them down. Do the same thing for the filter.Now for the mass airflow sensor, that is now on the opposite side. What we're gonna do is feed that harness underneath to bring it around to the other end. Might be difficult to get to and see. Line it up. Snap it into place. You'll hear a click. Drop that red locking tab and we're good to move on.All right, grab that breather line, plug it into the fitting. You'll just hear that click. Now for your sound tube, if you're not deleting your sound tube grab the clamp included in the kit or you can use that factory one, but we're gonna use this one here, just gonna plug it in there. All right. Grab your seven millimeter socket and tighten down this clamp. All right. Now we can pop our engine cover back in place and again, there's no bolts for that. You just wanna line it up onto those studs and it'll pop right back on.All right. The last step of the process. Grab your factory strut tower brace. Feed it on over. Connect it to both sides. Grab your factory 13 millimeter nuts and tighten them down. All right. Now you're good to go.The first step, guys, for the tuning process is to grab the harness included in the kit. You're gonna plug one end into the OBD2 port under your driver side dashboard and the other end into your Rev-X. You're gonna go right under here, find that port. Should be just under your headlight knob right around there. And plug this in. All right. Now we can grab the other end, plug it in here, shut the door and get to tuning.From the main menu I just wanna show you guys how to jump right into the tuning process. So from the main menu hit program vehicle. Confirm your VIN. Now it's gonna let you know internet is required to move forward especially when it comes to updates and pulling things off the cloud. So we've already connected to the internet so we're gonna hit continue but if you haven't you can use device settings to get into it or it'll connect through here.All right. So it looks like at this point it's gonna make an update. We'll come back when the update's done but if you do need an update make sure you don't unplug your device. You wanna make sure it's all complete before you do anything.All right. Once the device is up to date you can press OK. Once the software update is done it'll begin a firmware update. So you have one more update if it's right out of the box. Again guys, just have a little bit of patience and don't unplug the device.All right. Update complete. Hit OK. Now it'll ask for a cloud sync. Now if your tuner, in this case Bama uploaded your tune to the cloud you can access it here wirelessly once connected to your Wi-Fi. We've already gotten our tune file on the device so we're gonna hit skip but if you haven't done so already, hit that cloud sync. Make sure your key's in the ignition in the on position but do not start your engine. Press continue.At this point you can select your tune. Now for this purpose we're only gonna use the 93 race tune for the Airaid intake combo so I'm gonna select that but you wanna make sure you're selecting whichever tune you wanna flash to your vehicle. From there it'll load up, sync your factory tune, your stock tune to the device, save it so you can always revert back to stock at any time and then it'll begin writing the tune. Before it does that, it'll let you know this is gonna disable preloaded tunes. So you can just hit confirm there. If you wanna make any additional tune changes, things like tire size, gear ratio, speed limit or rev limiter, so on and so forth you can hit change now and go through that process. We're just gonna use that tune that we've received from Bama without any changes. So you can hit skip and continue. At this point it saves the stock tune and then tunes your vehicle. So again, don't turn your key off and don't unplug your device until it's finished.Now it may prompt you to turn your key off at certain points. In this case you wanna follow that direction and then back on. But when it starts loading you definitely don't wanna turn the key off unless it tells you otherwise. All right. At this point it'll let you know programming is complete. You can hit done. It takes you back to the main menu and you're good to go.Now guys, I wanna take you through some of the actual features other than programming your vehicle in the Rev-X device. Now under program vehicle you'll see gauges and data log. If you click this you'll actually be able to monitor live engine vitals on the fly if your key is in the ignition. You're gonna hit continue. What this basically means is you can monitor coolant temps, air-fuel ratio, voltage, so on and so forth. There's so many different options for you to use. You wanna make sure you're selecting your configuration. So if it's the first time you're using this, you'll have to go in and find your vehicle. So this is a 2014 so we wanna go down to Ford Gas '08 and newer vehicles since it's the 2014. It's newer than that. It's a gas vehicle so we're gonna select that. You basically you wanna start with the proper configuration and then from there it monitors your engine's vitals. You can also data log on top of that which I'll get to in one second. Now as you can see we have two gauges. This is super useful for guys who wanna monitor things, have adjustability, variety, things you can change without having to have a bunch of gauge pods on your dash or your A-pillar, so on and so forth.Now as you can see we're tracking two things here. We have control module voltage and coolant temp. Now say you want coolant temp but you wanna change control module voltage. Gonna click on that one, select item. Say you wanted to monitor intake air temp. Select it. Hit approve and it changes that block. It's really useful stuff here. One other thing you can do is click to the right, gives you another menu. Say we wanna select our gauge layout. Instead of monitoring two vitals we wanna monitor the max, up to eight. So you can select that layout. You have eight gauges listed on your screen with the data you want. This is super easy to use. You can also rotate it so it's landscape instead of portrait mode. So it all depends on if you have that windshield mount, depends on how you wanna orient it. It's all personal preference. From there you can data log, you can start recording data. Send that to and from your tuner, in this case Bama if you wanna make revisions. You have free revisions with the Bama Tunes for Life Program and that's really useful to have here directly on the Rev-X. So if we wanna get out of it, we're just gonna hit stop data log from that menu, takes you back to the main menu.Under that, vehicle functions. Read and clear DTC codes. DTC being Diagnostic Trouble Codes so if your check engine light comes on you don't need a different code reader. You can plug your Rev-X right into your OBD2 like we have here, select read codes. It'll let you know the code and a description. Once you have it taken care of you can clear the code and get rid of that check engine light. Special functions. Most people won't use. You can use cam reset, cam relearn, things like that. We're not gonna need to go into that today.Now vehicle info. Wanna have your key in the on position. Vehicle info is useful if you're requesting a new tune or if you need access to your VIN number. That'll all be listed in your vehicle info as well as your computer code or your ECM strategy code. So that's everything you need for a new tune. Device info gives you serial number for the device. That you'll need. And you'll be able to see if you have the latest firmware versions. You'll also be able to see how many unlocks you have left and if your status is paired. Now paired basically means this Rev-X is paired to this vehicle. Unlocks being that's how many times you can unlock it and go to a different vehicle. You're limited to three of those with the Rev-X device.Device settings. Four of the top options are super useful: check for updates, cloud file sync, upload data log to cloud and Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi's very straightforward. Connecting to your Wi-Fi network which you'll need for the other three options. Check for updates I always recommend doing when you get new tunes. You just wanna make sure your device is up to date both software and firmware wise. Cloud file sync's pretty obvious. When Bama sends you a new tune they may put it on the cloud. You can wirelessly grab that from the cloud on your device with Wi-Fi instead of having to plug it into your computer to sync that way. Same thing goes for data log but in reverse. If you data log your vehicle on your device you can upload it to the cloud wirelessly via Wi-Fi for Bama to grab and go for revisions. Under that, brightness, orientation. You can change the theme, the background theme. There's blue options, red options, white options. Power management mode, audio. You can...startup function is pretty useful. You can start it up. When you plug your device in it can automatically go to the gauges and data log screen. If you, you know, always have it plugged in on a windshield mount you can select this from the device settings if every time you turn your car on and this boots up you want it to go straight into your pods, your gauges. So that's pretty useful. Other than that, you can hit exit, takes you back to the main menu and those are your features.That's gonna wrap up my review and install as well as dyno testing of the Airaid Race Cold Air Intake with the Bama Rev-X Tuner with two custom tunes for the '11 to '14 GT. 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**Please Note: The Rev-X Performance Programmer ships blank from AmericanMuscle. Your custom tune files may take 2-3 business days to be written, meaning they should be available for download via the cloud when your tuner arrives.
It's highly recommended to download Free LiveLink and Updater Software. The LiveLink Application is used to view, data log, record and playback your Mustang's PCM data on a laptop computer. The Updater Application lets you update your device's Firmware, Tune Revision or to load Custom Tunes onto your device. Requires Windows Vista/7/8/10 and an internet connection.
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Simple installation for anyone.
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Cold Air Intake Specifications
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