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C&L Cold Air Intake (15-17 EcoBoost)

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    Features, Videos & Details

    • Add up to 76 HP and 80 TQ with Optional Tune
    • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
    • Roto-Molded Plastic Construction
    • High Flow Reusable Air Filter
    • Easy Installation
    • No Computer Re-Tune Required
    • CARB EO Number: D-776
    • Will Only Work with OEM Intercooler Piping and Factory Throttle Body Location
    • Fits 2015-2017 2.3L EcoBoost Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com, here with my review of the C&L Cold Air Intake available for the 2015 and up EcoBoost Mustang. The C&L Cold Air Intake is going to be for the S550 EcoBoost owners out there who are looking for a 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 re-tune. A cold air intake is normally one of the first mods that many Mustang owners go to and there are a few different options out there with different designs. This is going to be an intake that has all of the bells and whistles, and so this intake is one that's going to bring some of the most benefits to the table but without requiring a tune. So if you're installing an after-market cold air intake, you're looking for gains, whether it be in terms of power, acceleration, sound, appearance, or all of the above. So let's break the numbers down first before getting into the intake. We already ran a baseline run and got some numbers in the books, so we're going to run our car again with the C&L Intake installed. Now, we did happen to throw a tune on the car with a COBB access port, a 93 octane tune to be exact, even though this intake does not require a tune. We did this because we wanted to see the full potential that the intake has since a cold air intake by itself will only net a few horsepower at the end of the day, and we're talking single digits. So even if an after-market 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 EcoBoost gave us numbers of 245 horsepower and 277 foot pounds of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L Intake and the COBB access port tune, the car made 267 horsepower and 352 foot pounds of torque. Making for a peak gain of 22 horsepower and 75 foot pounds of torque. Now, keep in mind that we did pair this intake with a tune. So a lot of the gains that we're seeing here can definitely be attributed to that tune. As with any Dyno result, peak gains are always nice to know. But the real thing I look for is differences throughout the curve. Now, the curve is going to show you the changes that were made in the driving RPMs, and these are the things that you're actually going to notice performance-wise when you're driving. So throughout the curve we're seeing gains of 76 horsepower at 6,100 RPM and 80 foot pounds of torque at 2,800 RPM. Having those low-end torque gains are something that you're really going to feel as you're going through the gears. You'll get up to speed faster and go through the gears faster. Overall what we've seen from this intake on the Dyno here is some of the lowest intake air temps out of the after-market cold air intakes for the EcoBoost. That can be attributed to the sealed air box, which I'll talk about in a minute. We've also seen that it really makes power up top where the factory air intake system and filter become restrictive. Another thing to just keep in mind is that the more you mod your car the more restrictive the factory intake will become, especially when it comes to a turbo car. One other quick thing that I wanted to throw in here is regarding that whole tune or no tune required status of an after-market intake. In case you were wondering, the requirement of a tune with after-market intakes comes from the size of the MAF, or the mass airflow. An after-market intake can only go so big with a MAF size before the car is going to need a computer tune. Now, the EcoBoost Mustang is a speed density car, which means that they don't have a MAF sensor at all. So no after-market intake for this car is going to require a tune, which means that you can just bolt up any intake that you want and go. But I do want to be clear with the fact that you're only going to see gains of two to three horsepower without a tune. A lot of the gains that we're seeing here today, while they are amplified by the top-of-the-line construction that this intake has, are coming more from the tune than the intake itself. If we take a closer look at the C&L itself, much like in the GT and V6 market, this is a popular intake on the site and one that's going to come in at the top of the line in regards to price, at right around $400, but also in quality and fitment as well. This intake is one of the best fit and finishes that I've seen for the S550 EcoBoost. And all C&L's products are built and tested in the USA, which is just something that I like to point out. 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 options of air rate and engine right now. Has a Plexiglas lid that's removable so you can get to your filter easily or see without having to take the air box apart. 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, this technique works. We saw some of the lowest intake air temps on the Dyno with this intake. This leads me to the other cool thing about the housing and that's the fact that it taps into the factory cold air duct here, 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 it gives this intake a benefit that you don't see from many other after-market intakes for the S550 EcoBoost. And like I mentioned earlier, this particular intake does not require a tune, which means that you can just bolt it on and go if you want to. But if you're looking for gains and improvements in drivability, then just know that any improvements that you'll see from the intake can be greatly amplified by running a tune. 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 that you really need to complete the install is a 10 mm, a flathead for the plastic pins, and some pliers to remove the hose clamps. This is probably one of the easiest mods that you can tackle with your new Mustang, and it'll 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 should disconnect the breather hoses from the inlet tube. You're going to need to loosen the clamps on the inlet tube at the throttle body and the air box so you can remove the inlet tube. There's also going to be a 10 millimeter bolt on the air box that holds it to the inner fender that you'll need to back out so you can detach the air box and pull it out of the car. You're also going to want to ready your new air box. And you can throw the filter in the air box before you drop it into the car, or you can install the filter after the air box is in the car. It's really up to you. When you're ready to install the air box into the car, just start with the air duct by sliding it into the factory location, and reinstall the factory bolt to hold it down. Once the air box is in and bolted down, you'll need to get the couplers onto the throttle body in the air box on the other side of the filter on the engine compartment side, just to be clear. Just make sure that you can get to all of the clamps to tighten them down, but leave everything loose for now. Lastly, the inlet tubing needs to be installed. You just slide it into the coupler on either the throttle body or the air box side first. Either way, it doesn't matter, and then tighten down the clamps so that everything is tight. Then it's just a matter of connecting the vacuum hoses to the inlet tube and installing the air box cover and tightening it down. Wrapping things up here, I think the C&L Intake is a well-built intake that has a lot of benefits to it. It works within a closed air box that taps into the cold air duct that Ford has provided for the intake. It fits well, and it has a decent-sized reusable filter, and 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.

    Maximum Airflow. A C&L Performance Cold Air Intake kit will completely replace your 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang's restrictive stock air box and paper filter element with a high flow filter assembly to maximize airflow for a noticeable increase in horsepower, torque and performance.

    No Tune Required. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake is designed to improve the performance of your turbocharged EcoBoost Mustang without the need of reprogramming your Mustang computer. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs this C&L Intake will increase power using the factory tune.

    Rechargeable High Flow Filter. Included with your C&L Cold Air Kit is a high-flow, reusable, rechargeable filter. That means no more spending money on OEM paper filters that waste money and horsepower. Just clean your C&L filter, re-oil it, and put it back on to save money and enjoy better performance in one shot.

    Easy Installation. C&L Cold Air Intake kits are designed to install with just basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required for an easy 1 hour installation. All parts and instructions are included.

    Recommended Upgrade. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanMuscle recommends a custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best possible performance out of this cold air intake.

    CARB Certified. Best of all, this Mustang C&L Cold Air Intake Kit is 50-state smog legal under Carb EO# D-776.

    Application. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 2015-2017 Mustangs equipped with the turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost engine.

    Note. This intake will only work with OEM inercooler piping and factory throttle body location.

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Intake tube
    • (1) Air filter
    • (2) EPDM Couplers
    • (4) Clamps
    • (2) Fittings
    • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
    • (1) Torx Bit
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Cold Air Intake Specifications
    Year/Model: 2015-2017 EcoBoost Filter Placement: Engine Bay
    Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
    Manufacturer: C&L Computer Tune Required: No
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    Questions & Answers (25)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    Will this intake fit my 2018 ecoboost?

    • The C&L Cold Air Intake will not fit the 2018 Ecoboost.

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    what's the size for this intake?

    • The size is similar to that of the stock intake, however, it is much higher flowing and allows for colder air to be brought into the engine.

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    IS THIS INTAKE AVAILABLE WITH A RED AIR FILTER??

    • The C&L Cold Air Intake is currently only available with the blue filter, we apologize. If you have a red filter with the same dimensions as this filter, they can be interchanged.

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    What is the inlet diameter of the air filter?

    • The filter will have a 3.5" ID.

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    Will this fit with throttle body spacer?

    • Yes, this cold air intake will fit with a throttle body spacer installed.

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    10 More Questions
    I bought my car used and the previous owner had it tuned and took the tuner when he traded it in. I have no info on the tune or tuner he used. He did not install a cai but did replace the stock filter with a k n. Can/should I install a cai with the previous tune or can/should I install a cai with a new tune? 1 answer
    without a tuner what is the most a could get out of this part? 1 answer
    What is the best Tune for this Air Intake? I want to get the most HP and TQ from this mod. 1 answer
    Just want to make sure, is this intake legal in California? 1 answer
    Can I upgrade the intercooler and intercooler piping with this CAI? 1 answer
    after buying the c l intake, do i buy the tuner kit ad option? which tuner kit shall i buy? 1 answer
    What will be more efficient if to consider installing functional ram hood? This closed intake, or roush open intake? 1 answer
    When you get the cold air intake do you need to oil the filter before driving the car or do you have to oil the filter when you clean the filter down the road 1 answer
    Do I need to buy any extra piping or does this come with everything I need to add is on my stock 2015 ecoboost? 1 answer
    Hello, Just purchased one of these intakes from your scratch and dent sale without a filter and I am curious to know what the part number is for the filter so I can purchase one? Thanks! 1 answer

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    Customer Reviews (87) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.7

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Performance Gain 4.151163 4.2
    • Fit 4.72093 4.7



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 19, 2018

      C L Cold air intake

      Beautifully made, works great, only issue is the pcv is a little short, had to modify existing hose to keep pcv from pulling out of intake.

      JohnF

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      September 03, 2018

      Perfect fit.

      Super easy install. Perfect fit. The only thing that I thought was a little strange was the way the air sensor gets remounted to the new unit. Seems like the sensor sits a little crooked. Not a big deal. I don't feel any hp gains from this, but I wasn't expecting to and I'm not running a tune at this time. Again, super easy install. I definitely recommend this item. Cheers.

      Teddie

      Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 26, 2018

      Intake review

      Very happy with the performance, sound, and look of this intake. The price is perfect and happy with how easy it was to install.

      FernandoM

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (1)

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 23, 2018

      C L Cold Air Intake (ecoboost)

      This item doesn’t make too much of a difference. It’s not much louder if any added noise at all. It looks cool under the hood that’s about it. Buy the CandL bypass valve if you want some added sound for cheap, however it may make your mustang run rich. Easy to install.

      LaneK

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      August 14, 2018

      Good quality

      Love the look of it but I am not noticing any power gain

      DanielZ

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      August 12, 2018

      Awesome!!

      I am enjoying my new intake! It is helping my mustang breathe better! What a difference in the get up and go! Before this it felt like it had asthma and it was struggling to breathe :( But now!! My pony is revived!!!! Yahoo!

      ElizabethD

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (1)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 03, 2018

      intake

      works great good purchase worth the money spent!!!

      CameronR

      Year: 2018 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 02, 2018

      C L Cold Air Intake

      This intake is amazing for my 2017 ecoboost mustang! It lets my car breath a lot more giving it much more horsepower when paired with my Bama tuner.Not only power but the sound of the turbo with the air intake is amazing! I feel like im in a fast and the furious movie! The airbox encloses the filter really well. No dust or other small debris fall inside keeping it clean. Very easy to install if you fallow directions!

      Luisito

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 30, 2018

      C L intake

      Very easy to install and great results. Can’t wait to get the results once it’s tuned.

      LoganS

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 29, 2018

      C L Cold Air Intake

      Easy install, feels like it has given my mustang more throttle response by removing the old restrictive air box.

      JamesU

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 19, 2018

      Great product

      The intake was quite easy to install and noticed a huge difference in the sound of the turbo when on throttle, However i was not happy with the huge crack/scratch in my piece of plexiglass that came with the intake box.

      MichaelP

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      June 06, 2018

      Nice weekend project

      Easy to install,turbo area is a little tight but can hear the turbo a whole lot more.

      JamesB

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      June 05, 2018

      C L Cold Air Intake on my 17 EcoBoost

      Very easy install and quick install. The only fault I have is the eom BPV's electrical plug in is too close to the cold air suppy pipe. CandL needs to from a small divet there in the pipe for better clearance for that connector.

      DavidS

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 24, 2018

      Great intake

      Sounds great, no HP improvement without a tune and mine is still under warranty so OK. fit was a little off and PCV disconnect is a little vague. Best is to install the provided tube into intake after snapping PCV coupling on to tube. Let it get warm a day or tube then loosen and retighten every thing up. The air temperature set up is a little cheesy, but it works with good turbo sound and the tune will finish it off , I'm sure

      JamesM

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 18, 2018

      Great Purchase

      The new intake sounds and looks great! Very easy install.

      ShaneD

      Year: 2015 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 3/5

      May 18, 2018

      C l air

      It’s okey I like but it’s not 70hp more it’s only 15hp more

      NehatS

      Year: 2017 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 17, 2018

      Great Adder

      This product was so easy to install! It took about a 1/2 hour. A serious game changer. And to boot, better gas mileage. Unfortunately, since the install, I can’t stop flooring it.

      MikeS

      Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Afternoon

      May 13, 2018

      Yellow Dragon Boost

      Without a tune you can tell the different immediately. The acceleration is so much on point. The amount of cold air that comes into the turbo gets it going quicker. Love the upgrade. I would recommend it to all Eco Boost owners out there.

      BlueDragon

      Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      May 09, 2018

      GREAT MOD!!

      This was a great first mod for my 16' ecoboost. Noticed a small amount of added power, but when I coupled it with my SCT X4 tuner, it completely changed the car! I have bought a few things from AM in the past for my 04' GT and have never been disappointed with anything that I have bought from them.

      ClarenceR

      Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      May 07, 2018

      Man whole different car!

      I bought this intake along with the An Unleashed tuner and the car feels alive! Whole new feel pulls you into the back of your seat!

      Hunter

      Year: 2016 Submodel: EcoBoost

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