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C&L Cold Air Intake with 80mm MAF (96-98 Cobra)

Item 98402
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      Review & Installation Video

      Product Information

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


      • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower
      • 80mm MAF Housing
      • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
      • Durable Cast Aluminum Construction
      • High Flow Reusable Air Filter
      • Easy Installation
      • No Tune Required
      • CARB EO Number: D-640
      • Fits 1996-1998 SVT Cobra
      • Made in the USA


      Maximum Airflow. A C&L Performance Cold Air Intake kit will completely replace your SVT Cobra's restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow filter assembly to maximize airflow for a noticeable increase in horsepower, torque and performance. Pre-calibrate 80mm MAF Housing. This C&L Performance cold air intake kit includes a brand new cast aluminum 80mm MAF housing that is already calibrated for use with the factory 24lb fuel injectors, MAF sensor not included. Made in the USA. Proudly made in the USA from the highest quality materials available, this C&L Performance Cold Air Intake has been extensively flow bench tested and engineered to out perform the competition. No Tune Required. Unlike other Cold Air Intakes on the market, the C&L CAI does not require a computer re-tune. The engineers at C&L really did their homework to improve your pony's 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 Performance 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. CARB Certified. Best of all, this Mustang C&L Cold Air Intake Kit is 50-state smog legal under Carb EO# D-640.

      Application. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 1996 to 1998 SVT Cobra Mustangs equipped with the DOHC 4-valve 4.6L modular V8 engine.


      Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 Details

      MPN# 98402

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (35)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.6 out of 5 overall rating from 35 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • March 20, 2020

        5 1996 Cobra - JamesUK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great intake, Easy to fit and looks great.

        This intake was easy to fit. Took about 20 minutes as you have to take the strut tower brace off. It looks factory as it matches the upper intake and allows you to use the factory strut tower brace. It doesn't get hot either. After an hour of driving the intake was cool to the touch. I also noticed better throttle response as well. Much more air flow then the factory intake. I would recommend this CandL intake.

        Helpful (1)
      • January 16, 2019

        5 1997 Cobra - RobertF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        C L

        Feels like I have more power. And looks Great! Very easy to install.

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      • December 05, 2018

        5 1998 Cobra - Texlakebum Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Excellent mod.

        Very happy with the fit and finish; easy install. Definitely a little more power, but the biggest improvement for me was the throttle response.

        Helpful (4)
      • November 02, 2018

        5 1998 Cobra - RandieT


        Great product for first upgrade. Very happy, could feel the difference in performance from stock. Definitely recommend.

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      • October 15, 2018

        5 1996 Cobra - Edgar Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks great.

        This item looks like it belongs under the hood, it matches the engine perfectly. What I like the most is I can keep the strut tower brace. Some of the other manufacturers make you remove it completely.

        Helpful (5)
      • September 15, 2018

        5 1998 Cobra - JFox2010GT Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        98 Cobra Install

        Recently installed this on my 98 Cobra. Took about 45min-1hr. Hardest part was getting the bolt in by the heat shield. Looks way better over the stock setup and you can hear the intake as well. Worth the money. Didn't really fell to much in performance as this and a catback are my only mods. Throttle response does feel better.

        Helpful (3)
      • September 04, 2018

        4 1996 Cobra - KenB Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks awesome

        Easy install, looks very nice. Make sure to orient the inlet to the TB correctly so it all fits.

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      • July 13, 2018

        5 1998 Cobra - GeorgeF Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Cold air intake

        My stock intake was made from plastic. Did not fair well to the zex nitrous. So had to get a new one and americanmuscle had what I needed. This one was made like a tank hooked up the NOZ and been running like a charm. And it looks great to.

        Helpful (4)
      • May 19, 2018

        5 1997 Cobra - RobertF Installation Time: Afternoon

        Saved The Day !

        The flexible attachment on this cold air intake allowed unit to be pushed down under strut brace on my 97 Cobra. An experienced mechanic can install this unit in one hour. It took me longer because I had to figure things out. My Cobra now has 1) caster-camber plates, 2) strut brace, 3) new cold air intake, 4) new lower control arm bushings, 5) new ball joints, 6 ) new outer tie rods 6) new struts and shocks, and 7) an alignment featuring 5 degrees caster. My car is not lowered, so I suspect 5 degrees caster may not be available on a lowered car. By the way, the car drives extremely well with good directional stability. Roll Tide !!

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      • April 20, 2018

        5 1997 Cobra - MikeS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great product

        Fits really well on the car and not that difficult to install. Kind of a tight fit with how long the filter is but a little finesse and it drops right in.

        Helpful (5)

      Questions & Answers (11 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      I am concerned about intake noise...while I want the performance I don't want to compromise drivability. I'm an older guy so making a lot of noise and attracting attention is not my priority. As this install involves removing the intake noise baffle how noticeable is the intake noise in the cabin?

      • While this should be a bit louder than the intake you likely are currently running this should not be a drastic change in sound and we would not consider this to produce too much cabin noise.

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      Will this fit the 2001 Bullitt? I want the elbow for my car and they used to have the same number from C L.

      • Unfortunately this C&L Cold Air Intake is designed specifically for the 96-98 Cobras and will not fit a 01 Bullitt.

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      What size is the outlet on the filter. Needing to know to replace filter. Thanks

      • The filter included in your C&L Cold Air Intake with 80mm MAF should have the 3.5mm opening, however we recommend removing the filter and verifying this, as this kit has gone through several changes throughout the years C&L has offered it.

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      my engine bay has a red theme going in color. I notice the two rubber seals on the intake are blue but the inside is colored red. can the seal be turned inside out to show the red instead of the blue seal. I show the car and would like to know if this is possible. thanks.

      • The C&L Cold Air Intake w/ 80mm MAF would not allow you to flip the couplers inside and out.

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      what kind of hp gains are there with this CAI, how does it compare to JLT in hp

      • Both C&L and JLT will be pretty close to the same at around 20-25 horse power from their intakes!

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      6 More Questions
      to go from a bbk 65mm to the c l cold intake on my 97 cobra what coupler size do i need. and where would i get it if american muscle doesnt have it 1 answer
      Does the step down coupler come with the kit so I can attach it to the 65mm throttle body. If not do you have the step down coupler 1 answer
      can this be used with nitrous or a kenne bell supercharger. i am adding a BBK 65mm throttle body on will it fit the bigger throttle body 1 answer
      Does the filter come pre-oiled, or do I need to oil it before initial installation? 1 answer
      Has anyone had fitment issues with the strut tower brace and the C L intake? 1 answer
      Will this work on my car? I am building a 96 cobra an i want to put the C&L CAI on my car. But i have 30LBS injectors. Can i use my stock MAF Sensor an program it to 30LBS injectors or do i have to buy a different MAF senor? 2 answers

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      Hardware included:
      • (4) Four Clamps
      • (2) Two Rubber Hose Connectors
      • (2) Two Screws
      • (2) Two Zip Ties
      • (1) One Mass Air Flow
      • (1) One Hex Bolt

      Tech Specs

      Cold Air Intake Specifications
      Year/Model: 1996-1998 SVT Cobra Filter Placement: Engine Bay
      Material: Cast Aluminum Finish: Natural
      Manufacture: C&L Computer Tune Required: No

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