(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install Airaid Cold Air Intake - SynthaMax Dry Filter on your Mustang
Hey everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com. I'm going to be taking a closer look at the Airaid Cold Air Intake System fitting your 2015 Mustang GT equipped with the Synthamax filter available in your choice of either black, red or blue. The Airaid system I have here with me today has definitely become one of the more popular options for the new 2015 GTs and it's really easy to see why. Between the quality of build, the appearance, and more importantly the performance that these new systems have been able to provide for the S550. The purpose of the Airaid, much like any other aftermarket intake system available out there for your 2015 GT, is to eliminate that restrictive factory air box and get rid of that cheap paper filter, increasing not only your looks but obviously your performance in the process either with or without a custom tune. Now this Airaid in particular does not require the use of a custom tune, but as always here at AM we do strongly recommend using a custom tune to really maximize your gains possible using an intake like this, as we'll show you guys in one minute. Taking a closer look at the Airaid, you will notice the attractive build here with the 2015 specific design, namely that CNC'ed ABS plastic air box complete with a plexiglass window etched with the Airaid name trimmed out in stainless steel nicely. Now inside there we have the Synthamax dry filter, again offered in your choice of either black, red or blue and the rotomolded plastic intake tube and all the hardware and couplers needed to get the job done. Guys, as I mentioned at the top of this video, this particular intake I have with me here today from Airaid is equipped with their Synthamax dry filter. If you do look on the site you will also find an Airaid similar to this but with a Synthaflow oiled filter. Well, what's the difference? Airaid claims that both filters are totally capable of capturing dirt and particles down to two microns in size and both are completely washable and reusable, which isn't always the case with a dry filter like the Synthamax here. The main difference between each filter according to Airaid is of course in the construction itself but also in the total amount of CFM each filter can flow. The Synthaflow oiled filter, which I do not have with me here today, can flow roughly 820 CFM whereas the Synthamax dry filter here can flow roughly about 540 CFM. Even though there is a little bit of a difference there, don't expect one filter to make a ton more power than the other. Again, both filters are washable, both are reusable, but only that Synthaflow oiled filter needs to be re-oiled causing a little bit more work. Installing a new cold air intake system onto your brand new GT is definitely going to be one of the easier mods you'll ever tackle. Removing the factory intake, swapping over the map sensor, and then installing the new Airaid in reverse order should only take you roughly an hour or less using basic hand tools. As always guys, if you do have any questions about the intake itself, the differences in filters I just talked about, or about the actual install, reach out to a Mustang expert anytime. Now that we have the intake installed it's time to upload that custom tune we talked about a little bit earlier just to maximize the gains. Once this is done we're going to make another hit here with the 2015 GT behind me, compare it to our baseline run we already did and see how we made out. Our baseline run using our 6-speed 2015 GT gave us 387 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. With the Airaid installed the car is now making 412 horsepower and 387 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels making for a peak gain of 25 horsepower over those baseline numbers and gains of as much as 35 horsepower and 33 pound-feet of torque under the curve. The cold air intake system like the Airaid here is oftentimes one of the first mods many Mustang owners look into when modding his or her own ride. With the appearance upgrades, the performance benefits either with or without a tune, and lastly the ease of install it's pretty easy to see why. Be sure to check out an Airaid option for your Coyote powered GT here at americanmuscle.com.
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Technical Note. This Airaid Cold Air Intake is not legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards.
Fitment: 2015 2016 2017
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February 02, 2020
Should be shipped with all parts
Let me start by saying once I got this thing installed it looks good and does provide a little better throttle response and increased performance overstock. My main issue was getting everything to fit. The washers provided were the wrong size, they shorted me one screw to hold down the cover to make it a closed element, and they didn't provide one of the clamps needed to secure the air filter. Honestly, who is sending these things out? A 10-year-old just shoving stuff in a box and yelling its good to go? On top of this, the fitment of the whole thing was laughably bad. It does go together... you just need patience. Disappointed with the quality control of this company.Helpful (1)
August 12, 2019
Cool Upgrade to My Coyote
Researched many CAI's before I decided to go with the Airaid MXP. So far, so good. Install itself took about an hour though I had already done some preassembly of the subcomponents before I began the actual install. Install was fairly straight forward, even for a novice mechanic like myself. Strongly suggest not bolting down the airbox itself until after you get the intake tube connected to the throttle body reducer coupler. The "extra" wiggle room you'll have with the airbox unbolted will be needed (at least it was for my install). I can't speak to any increase in HP with this upgrade, especially since I also added Magnaflow Foose cat-back exhaust. What I can say is the throttle response has noticeably improved. If I had to choose would I do this upgrade again. Definitely!Helpful (1)
July 24, 2019
Performance over looks
Put simply, This is the best option for performance gains. This is the worst option for looks. The best appearance in my opinion is an open element CAI such as the Roush Intake. The problem with open element intakes is that it heats up a lot and VERY FAST. I saw intake temps in the 160s in normal traffic and the coolant system can't keep up with that for long. This intake is colder than stock all the time!! about 5 degrees colder than stock. It sounds WAY better than stock if you have aftermarket exhaust. Installation was difficult because of the rubber parts being very tight. I think the logo looks bad under the hood, so I left them off. I even prefer it with just the clear cover and no steel window.Helpful (1)
July 17, 2019
It was an sorta easy install was a pain trying to get both sides of the tube in the air box and throttle body one side keep popping out every time I installed it to ether side but i was still satisfied with my order in the end now im just waiting to get it dyno tuned with the other mods on my carHelpful (0)
July 17, 2019
YOU WILL GET POWER GAINS IF YOU DO THIS!
Ok so I've noticed so many people complaining about not noticing any power gains with this and the oiled Airaid CAI. I completely understand your frustration and I'm not trying to call anyone out. For the price and the advertised HP increase you should definitely notice a difference. The problem with this CAI is it's exactly the same as the stock air box unless you cut out the Venturi tube. If you don't believe me ask yourself why aren't any CEL thrown or no change in how the engine runs after installing? That's because the car thinks the stock air box is still installed. The Venturi tube restricts the airflow to the same as the stock air box. Cutting the tube out took me about 20 minutes with a Dremel tool using a cutting wheel. All you do is cut along the inside edge of the tube on the side with the MAF sensor. If you reach inside the tube you can feel the section that needs to be cut out. These CAI used to come with a removable tube insert. So if you got a tune you could remove the insert allowing more air flow. This is only for those who are going to get a tune. If you do this modification along with a tune you will definitely notice a difference in power, especially with a 93 tune. Higher octane along with increased airflow is self explanatory. Now for the actual review of the product.... I wanted this CAI bc of the closed box design with an air duct coming from the front grill. This is the best design IMO. The box keeps the hot engine air away and the air duct is exactly where it needs to be. My issue is with AIRAID. There are countless reviews of missing parts and mine was no different. I had missing hardware as well. Other than that everything is good. I do recommend this CAI but only for those who plan on getting a tune and cutting out the tube insert.Helpful (5)
July 17, 2019
Very fast delivery and very easy to install! Highly recommend.Helpful (0)
July 05, 2019
Best component of a complete package
This final component of my NA build had the biggest noticeable increase. The install was expectedly more involved then a standard install due to my Velosa ram air and my 85mm custom TB spacer that adds plenum area. First problem would be the loos of the rubber seal that is bonded to the stock air box and seals the radiator backwash from entering the air box at the Velosa cone. I cut the rubber seal and was able to fit it over the Velosa and the Airaid box surprisingly fit over it and sealed up nicely. The 85mm TB being a 1/2" forward kept me from using my cool turbo quality coupler no matter how much I cut it, so I used the softer one they included. That 1/2" made the final fit a challenge and I had to reach through the filter ring to pry the hump hose on like a tire on a rim, whew. Leave the box loose to make it easier. That pressure on the box in turn disforms the box ever so slightly and you have to start the cover screws each just a little tightening each a little at a time to fit while it straightens the box back to it's original shape. After injectors, coils, 85mm TB, Velosa ram air, Bama Tuner and exhaust, the Airaid gave huge gains!!!!!!Helpful (0)
May 06, 2019
Had what I needed in stock
Easy install, great fitment. Sound tube delete was included with the kit.Helpful (1)
May 04, 2019
Airaid MXP dry filter
This cold air intake is well worth the money. The fit is exceptional , like a glove. Easy to install follow the directions and you can't go wrong. The choice of filter colors enhances the unit, my car happens to be red it matches well.Helpful (0)
April 10, 2019
Box itself was good quality, fit and finish however need some work. MAF sensor wires are mashed against radiator shroud, vacuum lines on right side of inlet tube almost required an extention.Helpful (0)
What would be the increased hp without the tune
Without a tune, the Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake will provide gains of approximately 10-15 horsepower.
How do you wash these? Last time I cleaned it I just used a vacuum to suck some of the debris out of it but no clue if that is sufficient or not. Thanks.
It is a good idea get a filter cleaning kit. You can use a hose with low pressure in order to rinse the filter off. The filter will need to air dry completely. You do not want to install the filter when it is still damp.
Does the air box with the clear lid come with the stainless steal cover shown in all of the customer photos? It is not in the photo advertising the product.
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake w/ SynthaMax Dry Filter comes with the steel on the lid as seen in the customer photos.
I have a '15 GT. What is the risk of voiding warranties...what warranty would it void...and when does that warranty end? What tune is recommended?
In regards to factory warranties, we generally recommend reaching out to your dealership to determine what aftermarket parts will void your warranty if installed on the vehicle. As far as what tune would work best with the Airaid Cold Air Intake, it would really depend on what kind of performance gains you're looking to see. Bama offers Street, Performance and Race tunes. The latter being the one that will provide the best possible gains (not including e85).
Which replacement Airaid air filter should be bought for this intake system? Any specific model number of air filter?
We recommend reaching out to Airaid directly as we do not currently offer a replacement filter. Their contact number is 800-498-6951.
It will work. However, a new coupler may be required.
Yes, as long as the tuner tunes for that specific application.
We cannot confirm fitment with UK spec vehicles.
The filter is indeed washable and reusable.
The sound tube's only function is to produce more engine noise inside the cabin.
The intake would not be water resistant. However, you would not have anything to worry about when it rains as that wouldn't cause an issue for the Mustang as long as the cold air intake isn't drenched.
The Airaid MXP Series Cold Air Intake will work with the Ford Performance 87MM GT350 Throttle Body.
You can use this CAI with the power pack 2, however, the pre-configured tune from Ford Performance will not support this. You will need a new custom tune.
We have not yet test fit this CAI with the 2018 GT's at this moment and would be unable to verify until we do so.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2015-2017 GT||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||High Density Polyethylene||Finish:||Black|
|Manufacture:||Airaid||Computer Tune Required:||No|