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C&L Racer Cold Air Intake (18-20 GT)

Item 402185
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      Review & Installation Video

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower and Torque
      • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
      • Roto-Molded Plastic Construction
      • High Flow Reusable Oiled Air Filter
      • Simple Installation
      • Computer Re-tune Required for Operation
      • Not Carb Certified
      • Fits 2018-2020 5.0L GT Mustang Models


      Power And Performance. Improve the power and performance of your coyote powered 2018-2020 GT Mustang by installing a C&L Performance "Racer" Cold Air Intake Kit. This Cold Air Intake replaces the restrictive stock air box and paper filter element found on the GT with a roto-molded air intake tube and a free flowing air filter assembly. This Racer Intake was engineered to maximize airflow for a noticeable increase in horsepower, torque and overall performance.

      Rechargeable High Flow Filter. Included with your C&L Cold Air Kit is a high-flow air filter that is engineered to effectively filter out minuscule power robbing particulates while maintaining excellent air flow. Seeing that this filter is rechargeable you will no longer need to spend money on OEM paper filters that restrict power. Just clean your C&L filter, re-oil, and reinstall to save yourself time and money while enjoying increased performance.

      Calibration Required. Installation of this C&L Racer Cold Air Intake will require the use of a Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for operation. By reprogramming your Mustangs ECU you will be able to realize the full power potential that this Cold Air Intake has to offer.

      Straight Forward Installation. Designed to be a direct fit replacement for the factory intake this C&L Racer Cold Air Intake installs with just basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required for an easy 1 hour installation. All necessary parts and instructions are included.

      Not CARB Certified. This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake is not CARB certified at this time, therefore it is not legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards. Not legal for use on pollution controlled motor vehicles; intended for off road use only.

      Application. This C&L Performance "Racer" Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 2018-2020 GT Mustangs equipped with the DOHC 4-valve 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. Custom tuning is required for operation.


      Fitment: 2018 2019 2020 Details

      MPN# 402185

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (14)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.2 out of 5 overall rating from 14 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • October 14, 2019

        5 2018 GT - MikiianB Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great Product

        I love the CAI it’s a great product and with a tune you can feel the power difference.

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      • September 22, 2019

        5 2018 GT - Robert Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks great sounds great

        Easy to install less than an hour with all the tools needed great results

        Helpful (0)
      • June 17, 2019

        4 2019 GT - Mustang11 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Cai racer

        You can definitely feel the difference with this and a tuner. Turns the car into a completely different beast. Would definitely recommend this product.

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      • June 06, 2019

        5 2018 GT - TrevorL Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product, great price

        I shopped for intakes for a while, and caught this one on sale. For the price I couldn’t pass it up. The install was very simple, any entry level mechanic can do this. You will need a tune make sure you know that going in, if your doing email tunes make sure you get the PN code off the ECM located under the fuse box. I would recommend this product to anyone who daily’s there car, it sounds great and works very well. It does come with instructions but if you’ve ever done this before they won’t be needed. Basic tools needed flathead, Phillips screw driver, 10mm socket with 3” extension. I will be taking this to the track for data log and can’t wait to see the results.

        Helpful (2)
      • November 06, 2018

        5 2018 GT - Mustang Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Love it

        I like this over the JLT wouldn't go back. Recommend this to anyone that wants way more breathing power out of 2018 mustang.

        Helpful (4)
      • October 28, 2018

        5 2018 GT - AnnP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Cold air

        Quick install very self explanatory and good directions. I took a little extra time and powder coated the mass air sensor housing black to match under the hood a little better.

        Helpful (4)
      • September 26, 2018

        3 2018 GT - PatrickM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        C L Racer

        You need to keep it moving to get fresh air, the temperature goes up rapidly on red light.

        Helpful (6)
      • September 25, 2018

        5 2018 GT - KyleF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Good product

        Install was very easy. This thing whistles like a freight train. Flowing some good air. Not as much HP gains as others according to my dyno guy, but good price

        Helpful (4)
      • August 30, 2018

        1 2018 GT - AdolfoV Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Worst intake ever

        I have to check it everyday I drive my mustang cause it keeps coming off either from. Thriller body or from air cone it self , fitment is bad and don't sit right on the car

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      • August 22, 2018

        1 2018 GT - RamiN Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        To small.....

        The factory maf on the 18 Mustang measures 100mm. This is a 95mm sold in kit.... 5mm smaller. Terrible!!

        Helpful (13)

      Questions & Answers (9 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Do I need to worry about water with this intake? It seems rather un-protected vs. the factory intake.

      • You will not have to worry about water no.

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      How often do you need to clean and re-oil the filter? How do you wash the filter?

      • You would need to clean the filter when it is noticeably dirty. You can pick up a filter cleaner and re-oil kit at most automotive stores.

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      Will this intake work on a 2016 GT with a 2018 intake manifold swap or do I still use the 15-17 kit?

      • We would be unable to confirm fitment with this CAI for anything other than 15-17 GT's.

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      What if I install and don’t get tune right away?

      • The C&L Racer Cold Air Intake will not operate on your vehicle correctly without the proper tune loaded. You will expedience a drop in MPG, notice surging, have minor lag response when getting accelerating, and quite a handful of other results. We highly suggest against installing this cold air intake without the proper tune. 

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      Hello, how much more horsepower and torque does this add? Thanks

      • The C&L Racer Cold Air Intake will add 10-15hp on the average Mustang. Torque will be approximately the same.

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      4 More Questions
      What size is the maf housing? Is it still the same 95mm as previous models? 1 answer
      Is this one specifically made for 2018 mustangs or can I use it in a 2017 mustang as well?? 1 answer
      Does it come with the cover seen in the 2017 and earlier models? 1 answer
      I noticed 2017 and earlier intakes on the C L Racer have a plastic cover to prevent water from coming into the hood vent and getting the filter wet. Won't this filter get wet without the plastic protective cover? I wonder why they didn't include this cover on the 2018 model? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Intake tube
      • (1) Air filter
      • (1) MAF Housing
      • (2) Couplers
      • (4) Clamps
      • (2) Fittings
      • (1) Torx Bit

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