(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the Airaid Cold Air Intake with a SynthaMax Dry Filter, available for the 2015 and up V6 Mustang. The Airaid Cold Air Intake is going to be for the S550 V6 owners out there who are looking for a top-of-the-line, closed element cold air intake that also keeps the direct cold air feed that Ford has created from factory but that doesn't necessarily require a computer retune. A cold air intake is oftentimes one of the first mods for many Mustang owners, but there are a handful of different options out there and factors to consider like open element or closed air box. The Airaid is one of the options that are available out there right now that brings some of the most benefits to the table without requiring a tune.Speaking of gains, let's break the numbers down first before getting into the intake. We already ran a baseline run and got some numbers on the books, so we're going to run the car again with the Airaid installed. Now we did pair a 93 Octane Bama performance tune with the intake even though the intake does not require a tune, but we wanted to see the full potential that the intake has. A cold air intake by itself will only net a few horsepower at the end of the day, and we're talking single digits here, so even if an aftermarket intake does not necessarily require a tune, we always recommend a tune if you're looking for any gains or improvements from your Mustang. Our baseline run with our 2015 V6 gave us numbers of 241 horsepower and 235 foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. With the Airaid intake and the 93 Octane Bama Performance Tune, the car made 259 horsepower and 249 foot-pounds of torque making for a peak gain of 18 horsepower and 14 foot-pounds of torque. Now keep in mind that we did pair the intake with a tune, so a lot of these gains can definitely be attributed to that tune. And I always say this, but peak gains are nice to know, but the real thing I look for is going to be differences through the curve here or in your driving rpms, which is what you're actually going to notice performance-wise when you're driving. And throughout the curve, we're seeing gains of 21 horsepower in the 6100 rpm range and 20 pounds of torque right in the 3600 rpm range. So the low end torque gain is something that you're going to notice more than the upper rpm power gain. The torque gain is something that you're going to feel every gear that you run above 3600 rpms. Now, like I just said, keep in mind that a lot of the gains that we were seeing are due to the tune that we paired with the intake. So with this intake, we're seeing power being made up top where the factory air intake system and filter become restrictive. Without a tune, like I said before, you'll see a 2-3 horsepower gain, but you also have to keep in mind that the more that you mod the car, the more restrictive the factory intake becomes. Another thing to note here is the low intake air temps, and those can be attributed to the sealed air box, which I'll talk about in a minute. If we take a closer look at the Airaid itself, one of the main differences other than the construction is the dry Synthamax filter. Normally you see a filter that is reusable but that needs to be re-oiled. This filter here is not a normal cotton element filter. It's a synthetic nano-fiber material that filters particles that a normal cotton element filter cannot, and they don't need oil either. Also you have a choice of color here with the option of either a blue, red, or black filter. The intake is roto-molded plastic construction throughout, even with the enclosed filter housing and the intake tube for smooth air delivery to the engine.Speaking of the intake tube, this is one of the larger intake tubes for the S550 V6. One of the big things that I wanted to point out with this intake though is the housing here. First of all, it's enclosed, which you're only going to see from the other option of C&L right now. The enclosed air box is going to protect the filter from elements within the engine compartment as well as help keep warm air from inside the compartment from being used by the engine. And like I mentioned earlier, we saw some of the lowest intake air temps with this intake on the Dyno due to this style of housing. It is a one-piece roto-molded box that also has a unique shape. The shape of the air box improves the air flow around the entire filter, and this leads me to the other cool thing about the housing, and that's that it taps into the factory cold air duct, which brings cool air in from the grill instead of using warm engine compartment air. This is a really nice feature, in my opinion, and gives this intake a benefit that you don't see from many other aftermarket intakes for the S550 V6s. It also has a nice Plexiglas lid that is removable so you can get to the filter easily or see the filter without having to take the air box apart.As far as price point with this intake, this is one of the higher quality options. It has one of the best fit and finishes out of all of the aftermarket cold air intakes for the S550 V6, and so it doesn't come as a surprise that this intake is going to cost a little bit more than the average cold air intake option. It costs a little over $350, which actually isn't even the most expensive option on the site. And like I mentioned earlier, this particular intake does not require a tune, which means that you can just bolt it up and go if you want to, but if you're looking for gains and improvements in drivability, then just know that any improvements you see from the intake can be greatly amplified by running a tune, just as a side note. As for the install, it's nothing too difficult, and the intake will come with all of the items that you'll need including clamps, couplers and hardware. All you really need to complete the install is a 10 mil, a flathead for the plastic pins, and some pliers to remove the hose clamps. This is probably one of the easier mods that you can tackle with your new Mustang and will probably take about a half hour or an hour tops, and I'm going to call it a one out of three wrenches on our scale. You can start by disconnecting the two breather hoses from the inlet tube. Remove the 10 millimeter bolt on the air box that holds it to the inner fender and detach the air box from the lower inlet tube on the side of the rad as you take out the air box. Loosen the clamps on the inlet tube at the throttle body in the air box and then remove the inlet tube. Then you're going to want to ready your new air box by installing the filter adapter. Next install the aluminum fitting for the air hose to the intake tube. Then you're ready to install the air box to the car, starting with the air duct sliding into the factory location and reinstall the factory bolt to hold it down. Once the air box is in and bolted down, slide the coupler onto the adapter on the air box, then slide the other coupler onto the throttle body. Just make sure that you adjust all the clamps so you can tighten them down but leave everything loose for now. Install the inlet tube into the coupler on the throttle body and then onto the air filter coupler. Tighten down the clamps so everything is tight. Connect the vacuum hoses to the inlet tube, install the air box cover and tighten that down. Wrapping things up here, I think the Airaid Synthamax cold air intake is an enclosed air box intake that is a well-built intake that taps into the factory cold air duct that Ford has provided for the intake. It looks good under the hood and has a reusable dry air filter that performs better than the normal cotton element aftermarket air filter and the intake does not require a tune. You can check this intake out more online for yourself and for all things Mustang, keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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March 21, 2019
Really love it
Real easy installation, I’m loving it so far no I’m getting a tuneHelpful (0)
November 20, 2018
Good gains with a tune
Gained a couple horsepower on the dyno as a supporting mod ! It looks good under the hood and made my exhaust sound a tad deeper. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.Helpful (3)
October 18, 2017
Easy to install and works perfectly! This product is worth buying, worth the $373Helpful (4)
September 07, 2017
Best 400$ I've ever spent
First of all, I'm a k and n guy but after I bought this I'm air raid all the way. It makes your car run so much better, and the sound you get from under the hood is amazing. Definitely noticed a change in throttle response and believe it or not, it's helped my gas mileageHelpful (5)
July 29, 2017
The install was simple easy. However, I have been disappointed with the lack of growl. I went with it because it was a closed air intake. If I had it to do again, I would go with the Roush. Win some lose some.Helpful (5)
July 02, 2017
Holy cow! Super easy install, 30 minutes or so. Fit perfectly and looks nice! Noticed immediate power gain and a more responsive throttle with smoother shifts. (I do have a BAMA Tune). This item is super highly recommended, you won't regret it, I'm sure of that! Wish I would have purchased it sooner! 2015 Mustang v6 Competition OrangeHelpful (4)
June 20, 2017
GREAT Air Flow and GREAT Sound!!!
I new to the Mustang world but I have always been a fan. This was my first purchase for my 2016 Mustang and it won't be my last. I was easy to install and I notice a difference in how my car performed. Next step is a tune and exhaust. Watch out world here I come!!!!!Helpful (4)
June 07, 2017
I was very on the fence about this purchase. I wanted something to make my engine sound meaner. This definitely did it. At full throttle it absolutely roars. Would purchase again.Helpful (4)
January 19, 2017
Easiest Intake Install Ever!
I've installed several cold air intake setups on other vehicles, but this Airaid system is by far the easiest installation I have ever encountered. The instructions are simple and easy to follow and all of the necessary components are included. As far as the quality of the product goes, the fit and finish on every single piece is phenomenal! This intake may not throw you into the back of your seat after being installed, but the more aggressive air induction noise is worth the price alone. I have a feeling that I'll be using this CAI setup for a long time.Helpful (7)
January 12, 2017
You definitely feel the additional power from the part. It's easy to install, I have no negative remarks to it! Definite investment plus.Helpful (5)
What is the part number for the filters?
We do not carry the replacement filters for this intake; however, this filter would take Airaid replacement filters with manufacturer numbers 700-495, 701-495, 702-495, and 703-495.
What is the temp difference between the stock air vs the cai?
Is there a reducer that is installed that allows you to run this CAI without a tune? If so would I be correct assuming it can be removed later if paired with a tune?
The Airaid Cold Air Intake does not require a tune and will include the reducer for vehicles not equipped with a computer tune.
Is this CAI CALIFORNIA approved?
Yes, this intake is CARB legal under CARB EO: D-609-19.
how much of a hp gain without a tune??
Horsepower gains without a tune will always vary depending on what other modifications have already been done to your vehicle.
All of our cold air intakes can be tuned and you will notice a benefit with both of them together. The certain intakes that are tune required, just means that you cannot use that intake without a tune or else your car will not run properly.
Hi, This Airaid SynthaMax Dry Filter Cold Air Intake will work with your BBK 73MM throttle body, i do suggest getting a BAMA tune when using these two items together.
No oil required at all, I bolted it on and off I went, improved my hp and fuel economy.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2015-2017 V6||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||High Density Polyethylene||Finish:||Black|
|Manufacture:||Airaid||Computer Tune Required:||No|