Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today we're taking a closer look at, installing and dyno testing the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with the 95-Millimeter MAF Housing and Bama Rev-X Tuner available for the '05 to '09 Mustang GT. You should be checking out this combo kit if you're looking to upgrade your early S197's intake to pick up more horsepower and torque but one that requires a tune and conveniently is put together with a Bama Rev-X tuner. Now this thing here is gonna offer two custom tunes, an 87 street tune and a 93 race tune to really maximize the performance of your S197 and maximize the capability of all the mods you may have on your vehicle already. So we establish our baseline run on the dyno completely bone stock under the hood, stock tune and 93 octane in the tank, ran it on the dyno, walked away with 270 horsepower, 299-foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. Then under the same conditions ran it again with our C&L Racer, 95-millimeter MAF housing and our Bama 93 octane tune, walked away with 290 horsepower, 311-foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. Good for peak gains of 20 horsepower and about 11 or 12 torque at the rear wheels. Curve gains are even more impressive. We got our curve at the top end of the RPM band, around 5,600 RPMs, walked away with 34 horsepower and 32-foot-pounds of torque at the rear wheels. Now curve gains, very, very impressive. That's exactly in line with what C&L claims when using your C&L cold air intake with the 95 housing and the tune. So top end games really looking good but we also have good gains across the entire RPM band. Our 311 torque's coming in right around 4,300 RPMs, that's the sweet spot. We can really feel this on a day to day basis whether you're driving a daily driver or weekend warrior. So overall, I'm impressed with these gains. Now this particular intake from C&L offers a washable and reusable oiled filter, that's gonna be a big upgrade in filtration and pulling in cold air. It also includes that 95-millimeter MAF housing that I mentioned earlier. Now that is perfect for the guys who are heavily modded or have some bolt-ons going on or for the stock guys looking to go that far in the near future. This is gonna help you pick up the airflow that you need to support your mods and maximizing it with that tune is gonna do wonders for your numbers. Now we'll take a look at that dyno graph in just a little bit. Know that the Rev-X tuner comes with a bunch of other features, you get Wi-Fi capabilities, gauges and datalog capabilities to track your live engine vitals, you're also gonna get a DTC code reader for the check engine light that comes on and you're also gonna get cloud sync and wireless updates. Now this thing I'll walk through in just a minute, I want to take you guys through the entire install. Know the kit comes in at around 750 bucks, maybe just under the 750 mark, putting it a little bit more on the premium side of the pricing spectrum for the combo kits simply because it does have that included housing. In addition to all those features in your Rev-X, you're also being automatically enrolled in Bama Free Tunes for Life program. Now that basically means anytime you want to make an upgrade in the future to your tunes, say you pick up a cat-back, long tube headers, intake manifold, whatever the mod may be, you'll need a new tune. You can pick up that for free just by filling out the form and getting that tune written for Bama. Once you pick up the Bama tuner, you're enrolled in that for life as long as you have that tuner and that vehicle paired. Now install, one out of three wretches on our difficulty meter here. Tackle it in maybe two, three hours start to finish. Very simple hand tools required. Anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home. I'll take you through it. So let's get started.Tools used in the install include an impact gun or a ratchet, an extension, 8 and 10-millimeter deep sockets and a T20 Torx bit. All right, now the first step of the uninstall here is to look over it to your left side here where the breather hose is, you're gonna push back on the green clip and pull straight out to disconnect it. On the opposite end here, we're gonna lift up on the red locking tab on our MAF sensor and pinch to disconnect. Next up, grab an 8-millimeter socket and an impact gun or a ratchet and we're gonna loosen up the clamp holding the tubing to our throttle body. Once you have that loose, you can see this little retaining tab, just rotate it over, we should be able to just pull it straight off. Now right next to our air filter there's a 10-millimeter bolt holding that whole thing on, we're gonna loosen that up and remove it. At this point you can just pull off your entire intake in one piece. So we finally got our factory and take off of our '06 GT behind me, it's on the table next to our C&L cold air intake. Now I want to take you guys through some of the similarities but mainly the differences between the two kits starting with the filter. Now the factory filter is a flat, dry paper element filter which is very common for these manufacturers but it's not the most efficient and it's not washable and reusable. Now picking up the C&L option here, it's a cotton gauze, conical filter, a lot larger than the factory one, meant to pull in more cold air and have a better filtration capability than your factory paper element. Because it is an oiled filter it does require a little bit more maintenance when it comes time for routine maintenance but you don't have to open your wallet and buy a new one, pop it off, wash it, re-oil it, throw it right back in and it's good to go like new, a huge upgrade over the factory option. The heat shield that's gonna be in is this plastic heat shield here which is good at dissipating heat, it's also got a pre-installed weatherstripping around the top to trap in the cold air while also blocking out excess engine heat, trapping it up under the hood. Now the tubing here is a lot larger than the factory one. As you can see, this is our factory tubing, a lot of kinks, a lot of opportunity for air restriction, not gonna be the case with our C&L option. It's also got a pre-calibrated 95-millimeter mass airflow housing, this is gonna help you build up that horsepower and torque number and it's perfect for modified Mustangs. If you've got the simple bolt-ons or if you're heavily modified, increasing your MAF housing is gonna be a necessity to reap all the benefits of your mods especially when it comes to combining it with a tune, that's already set here in the kit but it is still good for stock Mustangs as well who look forward to adding mods in the future. Now it also includes blue silicone couplers with an orange interior, very unique to the C&L option, that's just gonna be some underhood dress up really, no performance gains there but it is gonna seal everything nice and tight so there's no air leaks, that's also a plus. Comes with all new clamps, all new everything pretty much, all you have to do is transfer over your factory MAF sensor or if you're picking up a new one for your 95 housing, you can do that now but we're just gonna transfer over our factory MAF sensor. So what do you say we get started?You want to grab your T20 Torx bit and we're gonna remove the two Torx screws holding on the factory sensor to the tubing. If you're using an impact gun like I am, have it on its lowest setting, you don't want to strip out these bolts. Pop these off, slide out your factory sensor, set your factory tubing aside. All right, next up, grab your MAF sensor, you're gonna slide it into the 95-millimeter housing. Should fit nice and snug right into the indent. Grab those T20s and thread those in by hand. Put them in, couple of threads. Grab your T20 socket, tighten those down. Perfect. Next up, take the larger blue silicone coupler, we're gonna slide one of the larger clamps over the end and we're gonna fit that over the side of the tubing that would attach to our throttle body. You may need to stretch it out a little bit and if you need to, loosen up that clamp to make it stretch even more. Okay. Gonna seat that down so it's nice and snug. Looks like we'll need to loosen up that clamp a little bit. You want to make sure the clamp is seated appropriately all the way around the edging. Grab your 8-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Next step, we're gonna grab our other silicone coupler. Once you have one of your clamps over the coupler, you can just slide it onto the other end of the tubing. Once you have that seated, orient your clamp the way you need it, grab an 8-millimeter socket and tighten it down. Now the other end of that is gonna go to your MAF sensor. You want to make sure you're installing this appropriately, so you take a look at your sensor, there's an arrow pointing toward the connector, that's the flow of the air. You want to make sure that that's pointing toward the direction of your throttle body, it really should be facing the rear of your vehicle. Before you pop that over the other end, grab your clamp on the coupler. All right, once you have that seated, again, just align your coupler and your clamp and tighten it down. All right, now we can start on the install under our hood, grab your heat shield, you're gonna drop it into place. Grab that factory 10-millimeter bolt, thread that in by hand right on your inner wheel well. Should get in there a couple of threads. The directions let's us know from C&L that you can zip tie your ABS lines to these two pre-drilled holes on the heat shield on this end to keep that from moving around. We're not gonna worry about that today but if on some models you want to, you can zip tie that right there to your lines. For us, we're gonna grab our 10-millimeter socket and we're gonna tighten down that bolt. Once you have that tightened down and everything else is secured, this won't be moving around. Next, grab your tubing, drop that in with the MAF sensor and MAF housing going into the heat shield. The other end, you can connect your throttle body, grab an 8-mil socket and tighten down this clamp. Grab your C&L filter, find that chrome or metal bar right there, that's gonna be on the bottom. So you can rotate that down to the bottom, you want to be able to read C&L properly. Drop this in, connect it to the MAF housing, grab your socket and tighten that down. All right, now you can grab your factory breather line, your vacuum line. Connect that to the fitting pre-installed on your tubing. Once that snaps in place, we can connect our MAF sensor. Grab your harness, connect to the MAF sensor, once you hear that click drop the red locking tab and you're good to go. All right, guys. First step for the tune after your intake is installed is to grab the harness included in the Rev-X kit, plug in the OBD-2 side of the harness to your OBD-2 slot under the driver side dashboard on your left-hand side. That just clips right in. The other end here, we're gonna plug in to the top of our Rev-X. Put your key in the ignition, turn it on. All right, jumping right into tuning the vehicle here from the main menu, you want your key in the ignition, turn it on, but don't start your engine. Press program vehicle. Confirm your VIN. Now it may ask you if this is the first time you're booting it up, it may ask you to connect to Wi-Fi in order to update the device. We've already updated it, so we're gonna hit skip. You want to make sure you're connected to Wi-Fi. Also, if Bama uploaded your tune to the cloud you can access the cloud now by pressing continue. You'll sync your tune from the cloud to your device and be able to upload it. Ours is already tackled, so we'll hit skip. Street notice, just know it's not legal for sale or use in California or pollution controlled vehicles. Press continue. Again, key on but do not start the engine. At this point, you'll be able to select your tune. Now we have a number of tunes on this particular Rev-X device for video purposes but you want to make sure you're selecting your proper one. Now again, you'll only get two custom tunes, so 87 and 93 octane is what you should see, also known as 93 race, might be labeled differently depending on yours, ours is gonna say 93 race C&L Racer for our CNL cold air intake. It'll process, ask you if you want to make any changes to the tune, that'll be things like gear ratio, tire size, speed limiter, rev limiter, so on and so forth. We're not gonna be making any changes to the tune itself, we want to go straight in with 93 and just show you guys what it's like on that base file. All right, just letting you know it's gonna disable the pre-loaded tune on the device, you can just hit confirm. If you want to make changes do so now. We're gonna hit skip, continue to confirm. At this point, it's going to save your stock file from the vehicle to the device, so if you ever wanted to revert back to stock, you can do so at any point. You can basically go through the same process we're doing now except return to stock will be an option. It may prompt you to turn your key off like it is now. Then you want to turn your key on when it prompts you to do so. It'll save your stock file and then jump right into writing the tune. All right, programming complete, we can hit done, take us back to the main menu, you're good to go. All right, let's walk through some of the menu options for the Rev-X. Now we've already looked at program vehicle, underneath that is gauges and datalogging. Now this is gonna allow you to monitor some of your live engine vitals. So you want to make sure your key is on and press continue. It's gonna tap into the ECU and you're gonna want to select your vehicle. It'll give you a list of different options there including, you know, Ford '07 and newer, Ford '08 and older things like that. Once you select that, it'll move into the gauges. Now in this case, we've got one gauge layout that has eight different vitals, this is the most,you can track at once, super useful. As you can see, we have battery voltage, intake air temperature, coolant temperature desired, idle, so on and so forth. If you wanted to change any of them, why don't we go into gauge layout? We'll change it to something a little easier to read like just two gauges, we'll have one of the top, one on the bottom, battery voltage, coolant temp. If you wanted to change one of them, all you have to is select, we'll change battery voltage, go to item, we'll change that to air intake temp, hit approve and it swaps that out. So you can track so many different engine vitals all at once, super useful. You can change it so that it mounts in landscape or portrait orientation. You can start recording the data log to communicate that with your tuner to make any updates or if you want to track, you know, how things are performing. So we're gonna hit stop and that'll take you back to the main menu. Vehicle functions is underneath that. Read and clear DTC or diagnostic trouble codes. Check engine light comes on, plug your Rev-X in, you don't need any code reader, you can do it right with the device. Read the code, that'll give you the code and a description, you can clear it. Special functions most guys won't need to worry about, that's more like a can reset or cam relearn. We're gonna go ahead and exit. Vehicle Info, this will give you important data such as your VIN number your ECU strategy, all of the things you'll need to request new tunes in the future. You can take full advantage of the Bama Free Tunes for Life. Occasionally your tune will ask for your strategy code or your VIN, that's right on the device. Device Info, similar but more on the device side you have serial number, part number, firmware version. Serial number is something you need for new tunes as well. Under that, device settings, the top four are pretty important. Check For Updates, Cloud File Sync, Upload Data To Cloud and Wi-Fi. You'll need Wi-Fi to be able to use the top three, so Wi-Fi connectivity, connect to your local network. You can upload the data log I just showed you to the cloud to give to your tuner. You can download files that they upload to the cloud directly to your device and you can check for updates. I recommend checking for updates anytime that you're gonna retune your vehicle and you can always do it right on the device with Wi-Fi. Underneath that there's just simple display options. You know, day/night mode, orientation, you'd change the color, real simple stuff and you can change the orientation. That's useful for guys who maybe have a windshield mount, you want to mount it a certain way, you can orient it however you'd like it. Hit exit, right back to the main menu and that's your Rev-X. Guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with 95 MAF Housing along with the Bama Rev-X Tuner. This is available for all '05 to '09 GT owners who are looking to swap out the factory intake, pick up horsepower and torque numbers along with throttle response, acceleration and overall just a better performing engine with a 93 octane tune and an 87 from Bama in a convenient kit. Pick yours up right here at americanmuscle.com.