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C&L Racer Cold Air Intake (15-17 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower
    • Increases of 48 RWHP and 43 RWTQ with a Bama 93 Octane Tune
    • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
    • Roto-Molded Plastic Construction
    • High Flow Reusable Air Filter
    • Easy Installation
    • Computer Tune Required
    • Fits 2015-2017 5.0L GT Mustangs

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. Adam here with And today we're taking a closer look at installing, and dyno testing the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake available for the 2015 to 2017 Mustang GT. Right off the bat, guys, I want to establish that this is a tune required cold air intake because it does have the larger 95-millimeter MAF housing that does require the tune. So, off the bat, what do you say we head over to the dyno graph and take a look at those numbers? We did pair this with a Bama 93 octane tune. Let's take a look at the before and afters.All right. So, like I said, we strapped our '15 GT down to the dyno to establish a baseline run completely bone stock under the hood factory intake with 93 octane in the tank. We ran it in fifth gear, walked away with 382 horsepower, 359-pound feet of torque at the rear wheels. We then installed our C&L cold air intake ran it again under the same conditions with a Bama 93 octane tune uploaded, walked away with 410 horsepower, 388-pound feet of torque at the rear wheels. Good for peak gains of 28 horsepower and 29-pound feet of torque at the rear. But our curve gains are looking even better. Under the curve we have a horsepower gain of 46 horsepower and 45-pound feet of torque at the rear wheels. Now, guys, that is power you are definitely gonna feel out on the road. This is gonna make a huge difference to driveability, your engine is breathing a lot better. And as you can see, we're definitely reaping the benefits of a simple cold air intake and tune.Well, guys, let's break down the C&L racer here. Now, what we have is a tune required intake with that larger 95-millimeter MAF housing from C&L. That's that built aluminum housing you see here that will reuse your factory MAF sensor. The rest of the kit is a rotomolded plastic which is a really durable textured black plastic. Looks pretty good under the hood and also has the C&L name stamped on it. You can see blue couplers, that's gonna be a signature from C&L. This kit here is gonna help your engine breathe a lot better, pickup some more horsepower and torque as we saw at the dyno graphs. With that tune combined, it comes in with pretty respectable numbers. With just a simple cold air intake and tune, you can accomplish a lot for gains, peak and curve.Now, this guy does come with a heat shield that just wraps around the top of the filter there. The filter is a washable, reusable oiled filter from C&L, cotton gauze elements to help filter out all the unwanted particles you don't want making its way into your engine bay. And because it's oiled, when it comes time for routine maintenance, you can just wash it, re-oil it, throw it right back in and you're good to go. No need to pick up a new filter when routine maintenance comes around. So, that's gonna save you money in the long run. Now, this guy is gonna reuse all of your factory hose positionings, it's also gonna reuse your factory sound tube. So, a lot of guys still do wanna hear that aggressive engine bay noise under the hood as well as in the cabin there. And having that sound tube reused in this kit is gonna help you retain that sound. There are some other kits out there that would delete that. So, if you're looking to keep it, this is a good way to go as well.Now, this kit can be bought separately like we have here for right around 300 bucks. But because it does require a tune, we have some convenient combo kits out there as well. We have the C&L racer paired with the Bama tunes and an X4 and a Rev-X tuner. So, if you don't already have a custom handheld tuner and you're looking to pick one up, you might wanna look at some of those combo kits or pick it up separately like we have here and pair it with your own custom tune of choice. Now, this guy, again, coming in right around 300 bucks, install, I'm gonna give one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter. Anybody can tackle it in the driveway at home with very, very simple hand tools. As a matter of fact, cold air intakes are some of the easiest possible things that you can do for your vehicle, let alone under the hood. I'm gonna show you every step of the process. What do you say we get started?All right. Tools used in this install include: an impact gun, a variety of extensions, 7, 8, 10, and 11-millimeter deep sockets, T15 Torx bit, quarter-inch ratchet, and a Phillips head screwdriver.First step in the uninstall, we're gonna get our engine cover out of the way. Now, if you guys have a strut tower brace installed, you're gonna remove that. It'll be two 15-millimeter bolts on each of the strut towers. From there, you'll be able to gain access to the engine cover which you'll just pull straight up and set aside. Next step, let's disconnect our MAF sensor that's located right here by our filter. Underneath, there's a little locking tab. Wanna pull straight back on that, pinch and disconnect. If you take a look at this red thing here, that's that locking tab. So, just pull back on that, pinch the center and will disconnect. All right. Next step, let's do our hoses. Now, we have our vacuum lines, our breather lines, and we have our sound tube. Now, your sound tube may have a clamp here. As you can see, ours has seen better days so we don't have the clamp anymore so we're gonna pull that guy off. Next to that you'll see a couple of hoses. Those you'll pinch and pull back and will disconnect. The one underneath has a little gray release tab which disconnects it. That's this thing here. You'll just push and pull back. And then finally on the side, do the same thing. Pinch and disconnect.Now, on your inner fender here, you'll see a 10-millimeter bolt holding that on, so what we're gonna do is take a little extension along with a 10 socket and get that guy off. Next up, let's loosen up the clamp holding the tubing to our throttle body. Now, that's gonna be a seven-millimeter socket. So, loosen this guy up and disconnect. All right. So, we're gonna pull straight back on this guy to disconnect and then you can lift up on the entire intake assembly and set it aside. All right. So, we've got our factory intake off of our '15 GT behind me. It's on the table next to our C&N racer. Let's talk about some of the similarities and differences between the two.And as you can see, I broke open our factory air box to expose that flat drop-in paper element filter. Now, this guy is a dry filter. Does an okay job filtering out unwanted particles but as far as maximizing airflow and maximizing its efficiency, it's really not gonna do that job. Switching over to the C&L, you can see a huge difference in our filter. We have a tall oiled washable and reusable filter made of a multi-layer cotton gauze with a diamond wire mesh on the outside. That's gonna do a whole lot better of a job filtering out all of the unwanted particles that you don't want getting in and it's also because it's got that 360-degree filter, it's also gonna do a lot better of a job pulling in a lot more cold air. So, as far as maximizing performance, this is definitely gonna be the way to go.Now, that paired with the 95-millimeter MAF housing that we have here from C&L, this guy, again, will require a tune but it is gonna pull in a lot more volume of airflow than your factory unit. This guy is not gonna be nearly as big when it comes to the MAF housing and it's also got this flex tube here which can be a little bit restrictive for the airflow. Your C&L tubing is now made of an ABS plastic, rotomolded plastic so it's durable, impact resistant. It's also got a textured black finish which looks pretty good under the hood and it's got the C&L logo stamped right into the molding. Now, the heat shield here is gonna be a more simplistic cover that's gonna wrap around the top end of your filter.Now, because you're not going with a premium option that has all the bells and whistles of a completely enclosed heat shield, you are getting something a little bit more simplistic. If you're looking for one of those crazier heat shields, you're gonna have to spend a little bit more than this kit. But if you're looking to save money and also get something effective that requires a tune to maximize gains, this guy is gonna be a good way to go. As for the rest of the kit here, you have all stainless steel hardware to go along with it as well as blue silicone couplers which is a signature for C&L to make sure there are no air leaks going through the tubing. And finally, guys, we have to transfer over one factory component, our MAF sensor. So, let's unbolt that from the tubing and transfer it over to our new 95-millimeter MAF housing.Now, to get your factory MAF sensor off, grab a T15 Torx bit. We're gonna loosen up and remove the factory screws. All right. From here, you should then carefully remove that from the factory tubing. We're gonna set this down and set our factory components aside. All right. So, next, what we're gonna do is install our housing onto the other end of our coupler here. Now, when we're doing this, you wanna make sure that the 95-millimeter C&L logo stamped into that steel is facing the bottom. What you're gonna do is pop this guy right on over the coupler. All right. And we're gonna rotate it so our MAF sensor is in approximately the same position as it was on our factory tubing facing that front of the vehicle. Now, you can confirm that it's in the right position by looking through, you'll be able to see the open slot on your MAF sensor facing the opening here toward our filter. Next, what you can do is rotate your clamp in a position and tighten it down.And then from there, install your filter on the other end. When you do that, you wanna make sure that this chrome bar going down the panels is facing the bottom. All right. So, we're gonna grab that clamp, set it over and pop this guy onto the housing, tighten it down. All right. Now we can throw it in the vehicle. All right. So, now we can install this guy all in one piece connecting it to our throttle body. Slides right on over. Grab your 8-millimeter socket. You might want an extension and tighten down that clamp. All right. Next, we can install our heat shield which is essentially just gonna hug that filter and sit up by that clamp here.Now, this has a pre-drilled hole and you're gonna bolt that down to the open hole here on this frame side. Now, grab that bolt included in the kit along with the washer, slide that guy through, put the washer on the other side as well as the nylon lock nut and tighten it down. All right. Next, we can just reconnect all of our factory tubings to their factory locations. They have fittings already molded into the tubing, so we're really just connecting them. And then lastly, your sound tube. All right. Last step is gonna be your MAF sensor. All right. Now, this guy, of course, you're just gonna reconnect and then push down the locking tab and you're good to go. All right. Last step, throw your engine cover back on.Well, guys, that's gonna wrap up my review and install for the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake for the '15 to '17 GT. If this is something you're looking for, you can pick one up right here at

    Maximum Airflow. A C&L Performance "Racer" Cold Air Intake kit will completely replace your Coyote GT 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 overall performance. With a custom tune you will see increases of 48 HP and 43 ft/lb of Torque at the rear wheels.

    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.

    Required Upgrade. Installation of this C&L Racer Cold Air Intake will require a custom Bama tune with the use of a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) for operation.

    Application. This C&L Performance "Racer" Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 2015-2017 GT Mustangs equipped with the DOHC 4-valve 5.0L Coyote V8 engine. Custom tuning is required for operation.


    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

    MPN# 390001

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Intake tube
    • (1) Air filter
    • (1) MAF Housing
    • (2) Couplers
    • (4) Clamps
    • (2) Fittings
    • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
    • (1) Torx Bit
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        5 Top Rated Questions

        Hey I just got this and it has an extra connector for a hose I do not have I was told it was ok to run it not being plugged? I think the problem is only 2017 Mustang GT's

        • Any unused ports on the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake should be capped or plugged to prevent unmetered air from entering the engine, which could cause a lean condition.

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        If I go with Bama to tune my car with this intake will they already know by me notifying them of the intake or do I need to tell them it requires a tune

        • When you purchase a BAMA Tuner, they email you a tune form asking what modifications you have done to your vehicle. They will ask what cold air intake you have on your vehicle and you would fill that in with the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and they will generate a tune that includes that modification. BAMA will know that this intake requires a tune to the vehicle to make sure it runs correctly.

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        Will this work with the GT350 intake manifold and the GT350 throttle body?

        • The C&L Racer Cold Air Intake would work with the GT350 intake and throttle body yes.

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        I have a question about Tuning. I have a Diablosport Trinity T1000 that I bought since it worked with my Charger R/T as well as my new 2016 GT. I was curious if I could use my T1000 to tune this or if it needs a different tuner.

        • Any tuner device will work with the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake. It all depends on the software that the tunes are written on. I suggest reaching out to the company that makes your tunes to confirm with them.

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        On the Bama tune questionnaire, they ask if this CAI has an insert or no insert...can you confirm?

        • Hey Daniel, the insert they are referring to is the ventri-tube and this does not come with one

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        10 More Questions
        Okay this might be a noob question... I under stand what tune required means and understand you need it to get the hp gains advertised, but will it be okay to put this on then drive to the shop for a tune? Or maybe even have this on for a while then get a tune later? Or will it hurt the engine or effect anything driving it without a tune 2 answers
        I have a Roush Cai no insert, I want to purchase this, will I see a difference if I switched them out? 1 answer
        Will this intake fit with the new 90mm BBK throttle body intake? 1 answer
        Will this work if I have the throttle body from the GT350? 1 answer
        My 2015 has the throttle body from the GT350. Is this going to work? 1 answer
        I have a BAMA tuner already and now I’m going to buy this CAI, how can I get the proper tune? 1 answer
        Hi I wanted to know if this intake will work with my stage 2 roush 2017 mustang gt 1 answer
        Hi I wanted to know will this intake fit my stage 2 roush mustang. 1 answer
        What air inlet temperatures should I expect after installing this cai? 1 answer
        Is this CARB certified? CA emissions legal? 1 answer

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          Ratings Summary

          4.5 out of 5 overall rating from 85 customers

          Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

          Installation Cost: 0-$100

          • October 01, 2019

            1 2016 GT - Renegade Installation Time: Afternoon

            BEWARE! This thing is junk

            The materials this thing is made out of are cheap junk. Not all of the clamps they send you even fit the tube. Had to use one that was on the stock intake. Also, after my wife and I spent three hours in a hot Arizona garage installing this, the car wouldn't even start. It just fizzled out every time I tried to start it. The directions are useless. Bad grammar and distorted pictures make the vague directions completely useless. American Muscles install video was a total sham as everything was already pre set up for him to go through his "install." Avoid this intake. Just buy the Ford Performance pack 2.

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          • August 04, 2019

            5 2016 GT - Lalex1234 Installation Time: Afternoon

            Great product

            Easy install well worth the money instantly feel the difference

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          • June 28, 2019

            5 2016 GT - rags16 Installation Time: Full Day


            simple-straight forward installation, looks great, sounds good !!

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          • June 26, 2019

            5 2015 GT - MDR75 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Quality product

            Good quality, very easy to install. Took about 1 hour to remove old air box and install. DIY friendly.

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          • April 03, 2019

            5 2015 GT - MikeW Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            ok fitment

            car breathes much better and revs faster with the CandL intake

            Helpful (1)
          • April 01, 2019

            5 2016 GT - TimC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Exactly as Advertised

            The product is perfect. One of the best low dollar mods for extra HP gains.

            Helpful (1)
          • February 25, 2019

            5 2016 GT - IzzakH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Best bang for buck!

            I chose this unit due to the bigger MAF rain / heat cover and install video on AM showing the most gains. Make sure to tighten brackets with socket wrench instead of flat head to prevent slippage.

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          • February 23, 2019

            1 2017 GT - JoshuaV Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Cheaply made. Keeps coming apart. Not worth the money.

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          • February 17, 2019

            5 2017 GT - EricM Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Need for speed

            This is a great item, it was a very fast way to see real gains quick. I added a tune with this and could really fill the extra power. The instal time was about 45 mins. This was money well spent.

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          • February 06, 2019

            5 2015 GT - MichaelG

            Love It

            I love the sound and feel of this intake gives my GT. And can’t forget the best part. The gains!

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          • February 05, 2019

            3 2017 GT - MohannadI Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour


            Clamps kept getting loose and the intake would come off. I would refit it tighten it up and same thing. It’s been good now but definatly should come with some kind of support.

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          • January 31, 2019

            2 2017 GT - As5h0le Installation Time: Shop Install Installation Cost: 0-$100


            Keeps coming apart on a regular basis. I wouldnt waste your money

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          • January 24, 2019

            5 2015 GT - VincentR Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            I like it.

            I have this with a vmp tune and I must say it really gives your mustang more power. I notice it in all gears but I notice it even more when I'm in 6 gear. To me 6 gear on stock 15 gt is kind of wimpy but not no more. This cold air intake is awesome

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          • December 18, 2018

            5 2016 GT - Rarrik Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Easy install...

            I love the increase in mid - top end power and that intake howl is addiction itself. (Be advised when installing,The candl logo on the MassAir housing INSTALL WITH THE CandL NAME LOGO FACING DOWN)...

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          • November 24, 2018

            5 2017 GT - BobV Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            C L CAI

            Very easy to follow instructions and installed quickly

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          • November 04, 2018

            5 2017 GT - Cebow6 Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Screenshot this

            Awesome intake, easy to install, at the end though there is an extra “spout” that needs a plug, i just electric taped it for now, and the metal part where you insert your mass airflow sensor needs to be tightened to the air filter a certain way, people said “words face down” which actually doesn’t mean anything, you need it turned down but also flipped the correct way, also the cover doesn’t really fit well so i didn’t even attempt to screw it on.

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          • October 25, 2018

            5 2016 GT - ClaudeS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            For 2016 GT

            Took me about 15 minutes to install and the fit was perfect. Love the sound and easy to tune.

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          • October 22, 2018

            5 2016 GT - RonB Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Great CIA

            Shipping was fast. Intake teamed with the rev-x and Bama tunes woke the car up. Recommend this set up along with borla ATAK catback and sound tube delete.

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          • October 10, 2018

            5 2017 GT - Greystang Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            Forgot to review

            Had it installed with the bama tune, pretty sweet definitely feel the power difference.

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          • October 05, 2018

            5 2017 GT - AkBad504 Installation Time: Afternoon

            Now Breathing

            The CandL Racer has my S550 breathing way better than before with killer acceleration! It also seems to not burn as much gas. With the Bama 93 Octane Race Tune I’m always looking for playmates on the Highway to Burn! This is a must have setup...

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