Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. 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. 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