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C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF & VMP X4 Tuner (11-14 GT; 12-13 BOSS 302)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower
    • Increases of 33 RWHP and 42 RWTQ
    • C&L Racer Cold Air Intake Included
    • SCT X4 Tuner with 1 VMP Custom Tune
    • Includes One VMP Data Log Review (If Necessary)
    • On Screen Data Logging and Monitoring
    • Reads/Clears DTC Trouble Codes
    • PC/Windows Compatible Only
    • Fits 2011-2014 GT and BOSS Mustangs w/ or w/o Basic Bolt-On Modifications

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, everybody, I'm Justin with AmericanMuscle.com, and this is my detailed review and dyno test of the C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and VMP Tune combo, available for '11-'14 Mustang GT. The C&L VMP combination is going to be for the S197 GT owners out there looking to add the most power possible for south of a thousand bucks, short of using nitrous. Now this is going to be the safest way to add the most bang for your buck using two relatively simple and easy-to-install modifications. And often times this is going to be the way people start when the desire for more power sets in. Now speaking of the gains, let's break down the numbers from the C&L and VMP combination first before I start getting into the intake and tune. We already have our baseline numbers in the books from earlier today. We installed the C&L, we uploaded the VMP 93 octane tune, reran our 2011 automatic GT, and here are the results. Baseline run using our 2011 automatic GT gave us 342 horsepower, and 323 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L VMP combination, the car is now making 372 horsepower, and 358 pound-feet of torque. That's good for a peak gain of 30 horsepower over those baseline numbers, and gains as much as 33 horsepower and 42 pound-feet of torque under the curve. All right, guys, this is what you want to see when you install a couple of parts, right? This thing picked up everywhere. We got big gains down low of torque, big high-end gains of horsepower. I mean, for a couple of mods, an hours worth of your time, this is the results you're looking for. So now that you know a little bit more about the numbers, let's get into some of the details of this kit. First, let's start with the C&L. Now obviously a very popular intake here on the site, if you check out some of the customer reviews. And one that's going to be priced competitively with most of the other aftermarket options here at AM. So with that said, why would you want to go with the C&L? Well, C&L has a long history in the Mustang community. It has produced a wide variety of induction parts for the Mustang for well over 20 years now, all of which are designed, built, and tested in the USA. Breaking down some of the specifics with the C&L, here's what you're going to be looking at guys. Roto molded plastic intake tube, 95-millimeter aluminum mass air flow housing, the reusable oiled high-flow filter. Now again, you can wash this thing, reuse it. It's going to save you some money in the long run. And finally, C&L includes this ABS plastic heat shield. Now even though this heat shield is a little simple by design compared to some of your other options here on the site, there is one thing I really do enjoy about this heat shield, and that's this little plastic overhang here. Now this is going to do an excellent job of keeping water from dripping through those 13 and 14 hood vents onto the actual filter itself, so big thumbs up from me on that. All that aside, C&L is a company that truly puts their flow bench to work. Now as I mentioned earlier, they test their designs over and over again. And by the time they finally nailed their S197 GT intake, they managed to squeeze in an additional 47% more airflow out of this design, compared to the factory air box. Now that's very impressive, and those are results that you're going to see on the dyno, on the street, and at the track. So now that you guys know a little more about the C&L Cold Air Intake let's talk about the second part of the equation, the VMP custom tune. I think you'll find the VMP tune to be the more premium option available here at AmericanMuscle.com. The price is certainly going to reflect that, but it's going to be a more polished or refined product in regards to overall reliability and driveability, and also power, as we already saw with our dyno results. Now you are going to be receiving three tunes written by VMP, a low, medium, and high octane tune, depending on what kind of fuel you have available in your area, along with one single data log revision if necessary. Now again guys, these tunes are written directly by VMP. VMP is going to email you the tunes for an easy upload onto the X4 device that you're going to be receiving from us here at AM. The X4 flash tuner is going to be the workhorse of the aftermarket tuning world. It's definitely one of the most popular handheld tuning devices here at AmericanMuscle.com, but it's also going to be one of the most user-friendly. And it's packed with a bunch of cool features in addition to the main duty of tuning your ride. Probably the coolest feature with the X4, guys, is the on-screen gauges and data logging. Now, this thing is a full-time monitoring device, basically reading and displaying a bunch of useful information from your car's OBDII port all in real time. Things like air fuel ratio, intake air temperature, cooling temperature, ignition timing, RPM, the list goes on. Believe me, this thing can display a bunch of stuff. Now all this information is fully customizable when it comes to layout. You can display up to eight different values at one time on the X4. All very easy to see on the backlit full-color LCD screen. Other notable features with the X4 include the ability to hold up to 10 custom tunes at one time, and it can be used as your diagnostic tool of your S197, reading and clearing those check engine lights easily and quickly with your ride. Now when you do flash your car with the X4 for the first time, it's going to store a carbon copy of your factory PCM. Basically, what this means is whenever you wish to return your car back to stock, the X4 can handle that for you with a simple touch of a button. Obviously, guys, we got a few things going on here with regards to install. Let's start with the C&L first. Now removing your factory intake and getting the new C&L installed will be pretty simple stuff really. It'll take you about 20 to 30 minutes and only is going to involve a basic socket set, a few screwdrivers, a pair of pliers, and a Torque tool to remove your mass airflow sensor from the factory intake. Again, very straightforward install here. You shouldn't have any problems whatsoever. Moving on to the tune, even easier. This is a total plug-and-play job, guys. You're going to want to plug this thing into your car's OBDII port. On the S197, you'll find it on the lower left-hand portion of the dash. After it powers on, go ahead and navigate to the program vehicle tab. Follow the menu on the screen, and you should be good to go in a few minutes there. So again, overall, guys, a very, very simple package to install. Anybody can do this one. I'll call it a simple one out of three wrenches on my overall scale of difficulty, and the whole package should take you roughly an hour from start to finish. Wrapping this one up, guys. The C&L intake is going to be a solid option for your S197 GT. And when paired with that VMP custom tuning option, it's going to provide some excellent power gains, along with a big improvement in your overall driveability. So be sure to learn more about this particular combination right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

    1. Buy this Cold Air Intake and Tuner Combo and Submit your Mustang's Info Here!
    2. A VMP Tuning Calibrator will write custom tune files specifically for your Mustang and its Mods
    3. Load them on your Mustang and GO!


    More Power for Enhanced Performance. Add more power and enhance the performance of your 2011-2014 5.0L GT or BOSS Mustang by installing a C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with 95mm MAF and SCT X4 Combo Kit from AmericanMuscle. This kit features 1 Custom Tune File direct from VMP Tuning to ensure optimum performance and power. This winning combination will improve airflow by up to 47 percent, significantly boosting overall power by 33 HP and 42 TQ.

    1 VMP Custom Tune File. When you order this CAI/Tuner Combo Kit, you aren't just getting a tuner - you're also receiving 1 Custom Tune File written directly by VMP Tuning specifically for your Mustang and your particular set of modifications. Tune Files include a low, a medium and a high octane tune, depending what fuel is available in your area. VMP Tuning even provides one post sale data log review (if necessary) to ensure your 5.0L is running healthy and strong. Tune Files will be emailed from VMP for an easy upload to the X4 Tuner.

    C&L Racer Cold Air Intake. A C&L Racer Cold Air Intake Kit completely replaces your 5.0L's restrictive factory air box and paper filter with a roto-molded intake tube and rechargeable high flow air filter assembly. After installation, you'll see up to a 47% increase in airflow for more horsepower, improved torque and better fuel economy. Additionally, harmful power robbing particles will be filtered out with the help of the oiled, reusable air filter. See more info about this Racer Cold Air Intake - Here!

    SCT X4 Tuner. The SCT X4 Handheld Tuner will allow you to re-tune your S197 Mustang's computer for increased power and better drivability. With its compact design and full color LCD screen, you'll easily be able to take full advantage of your new C&L Racer Cold Air Intake with 1 Custom VMP Tune. See more info about this Custom Tuner - Here!

    Increase Your Mod's Potential. From the factory, Ford programs their vehicles to cater to the needs of the daily driver, not the performance enthusiast who adds aftermarket bolt-on modifications in search of more power. That is why a custom tune file is so important. By optimizing air/fuel ratio, adjusting ignition timing and tweaking variable cam timing, a VMP Custom Tune will squeeze out extra power that your aftermarket performance mods have to offer.

    Application. This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and VMP X4 Tuner with 1 VMP Custom Tune File is specifically designed for 2011-2014 5.0L GT and BOSS Mustangs with or without basic bolt-on modifications, such as a Throttle Body and/or Full Exhaust System.

    **Please Note: The SCT X4 Tuner will ship blank from AmericanMuscle. The Custom VMP Tune Files will be emailed directly to the end user within 5-7 business days from VMP Tuning.


    This product will not ship to addresses in California due to state regulations. Additionally, support will not be provided for tuning for California residents.

    Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) VMP X4 Tuner
    • (1) USB PC Interface Cable
    • (1) OBDII Interface Cable
    • (1) VMP Tuning Custom Tune File
    • (1) Air Intake Tube
    • (1) Air Filter
    • (1) MAF Housing
    • (2) Silicone Couplers
    • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
    • Clamps & All Needed Hardware
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs
    Cold Air Intake Specifications
    Year/Model: 2011-2014 GT, BOSS Filter Placement: Engine Bay
    Material: ABS Plastic Finish: Black
    Manufacturer: C&L Computer Tune Required: Yes

    VMP X4 Tuner Features:

    • Full Color LCD Display with Auto Dim Feature
    • Built-In Wi-Fi for Easy Updates
    • On Screen Data Logging and Monitoring
    • Reads/Clears DTC Trouble Codes
    • PC/Windows Compatible
    Chip/Handheld: Handheld Custom/Strategy: Custom Tunes by VMP Tuning
    Memory Size: 4 GB Custom Tunes Held: 10
    Year: 2011-2014 GT, BOSS Model: X4 Power Flash Custom Tuner
    Manufacturer: SCT Special Features: Includes One Data Log Review from VMP Tuning
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    16 Questions / 6 Answers

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    Why does this produce less horsepower than the street intake? Shouldn't it be the other away around? Thanks - Chad

    Chad

    • Yes, they actually should be the other way around on the website, we do apologize, there may have been a glitch in the website when they went ont.

      AMjordan

    Helpful (1)

    my 2011 gt has a Bama sreet tune installed already ,It has magaflow race axle back kit,Will the tune i have now will be ok for this c@l intake or does the car need a re=tune?,note: I have BAMA tunes for life so it would not be a problem if I have to install a new tune.Thanks AM

    LeviK

    • The C&L Racer Cold Air Intake will require a retune to compensate for the larger MAF housing sizing.

      Rob D

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    I have a 2014 GT, with no engine mods as of yet. I have a couple of questions. By using this tuner, will I have to run 93 octane all the time? By loading the tunes made for my car, will this eliminate the throttle lag?

    Ron11

    • Hello! With this VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes you don't have to necessarily run the 93 Octane tune. They are custom tunes so you can have them custom made for your intended use and they should be able to reduce throttle lag. However I do recommend the BAMA X4 tuner over this one, as BAMA is our in house tuning department. Also with the BAMA X4 you receive Free Tunes for Life!

      Ryan H

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    Will this cold air intake work well with the Ford performance 90 mm throttle body and the Ford performance boss 302 intake manifold

    ScottW

    • The C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF will work well with the 90mm throttle body and Boss manifold yes.

      AMRickyD

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    is this CAI compatible with the BBK 85MM throttle body?

    DanielM

    • This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake is compatible with larger, aftermarket throttle bodies however the coupler that connects from the intake elbow to the throttle body will have a very snug fit.

      AMJEFF

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    Can I order just the filter? Already have full set up otherwise.

    JeremyY

    • We do sell just the filters by themselves. You have to make sure that you get the right inlet size for your tube.

      AM MikeW

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    Customer Reviews (35) Write a Review

    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

    • Performance Gain 4.459048 4.5
    • Seat Of Your Pants Feel 4.140909 4.1
    • Ease Of Use 4.427273 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.325 4.3
    • Preferred Tune: Race
    • Fit 4.733333 4.7



    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      April 29, 2018

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      Fantastic!

      Intake went on relatively pain free. The heat shield mounts different than other intakes as it is much smaller but it didnt cause any problems. Used a preloaded tune for candl on my sxf4 tuner and the car runs great. Noticeable gains at higher rpm with hardly any low end loss. Well built and very functional

      MasonM

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (0)

    • 5/5

      August 16, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Vmp x4 tuner

      Just ordered a boss 302r intake and airaid race cold air along with the vmp x4 tuner got it all installed sent out for the tune next day had a tune back in few days. Installed tune Car runs great idles perfect no lights and flat out screams now. Would definitely recommend vmp for all your tuning needs. Very knowledgeable staff.

      HomerH

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 31, 2017

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      No disappointment here !

      A very high quality intake that came with excellent instructions .Installation was simple and the performance and sound were great ! Very satisfied.

      RogerT

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 07, 2017

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      C@L cai install

      highly recommend this cold air intake kit,very easy to install looks much better than factory setup.With this cold air intake kit and a tune my 2011 gt rocks

      LeviK

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      July 06, 2017

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      cl intake and bama tuner

      I installed this at the same time as I did the bama tuner and was pleasantly surprised of the performance gains and that feeling from the driver seat. no regrets on the money spent on this install and it wa pretty simple

      JoeY

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (2)

    • 5/5

      June 12, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Recommended

      Great tuner easy to use vmp was very helpful with the whole process and data logging

      DONKEYSHOW2000

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      May 31, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Solid tune

      Can't complain at all about the tune. The time frame was a little longer than expected. However end result was great. Will use this process again if I decide to go forced induction.

      Pdxstang

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      May 27, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      VMP X4

      Completely satisfied with this tuner I bought one for both of my mustangs and they are well worth the money

      Nick1002

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      March 03, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Great easy to use

      So easy to use, great feachers able to turn off rear o2 seniors change gear ratios and rev limiter just with the hand held tuner even if you have no experience with devices such as this your be able to easily stumble your way threw it took about 15 mins to save my factory tune and to upload the 93 tune I couldn't be happier my gas mileage increased on my last road trip and the power band feels much smoother than before

      Kief

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 3/5

      February 21, 2017

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Tuner is great, tune is average

      The x4 is a great tuner no doubt. Data logging is much more difficult than the ngauge though. As far as the tune? I'll say it's about average. I've had Lund, MPT, Bama and now VMP. You only get one datalog revised tune where as Lund will work with you till it's perfect regardless of how many datalogs you do. I'd put VMP one above bama as far as quality.

      6thgt

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (6)

    • 3/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 14, 2017

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      Great intake

      the intake is great the part that bug me is the fact that it came with missing parts i have called AM 3 times asking about my missing hardware and i have never gotten anything back i have had an open ti ket about it for 3 days.

      Sleeperpony

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (5)

    • 5/5

      January 29, 2017

      easy install

      easy install and big difference in performance combined with the tune runs like a scalded dog!

      Jamiep

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (5)

    • 1/5

      December 21, 2016

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      tune i cant run because of CEL

      vmp tune is nice but basically its useless because i cant run it, the CEL is lit up due to offroad h pipe. they could have at least change the values of the o2 sensors very disappointed! waste of money and ended up just running the sct pre-loaded tune

      coyoteh

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (6)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      October 25, 2016

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      Noticeable mod!

      Easy and straightforward install! took me less than an hour. I had my bama tune ready and off road x-pipe on and ready to go. Noticeable gains! I don't plan on doing a dyno but definitely satisfied. I recommend!

      CFitness

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 4/5

      September 03, 2016

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Very happy

      I'm happy with this tuner it did what it said it would do. I noticed the hp and torque gains. I even get better gas mileage on the highway. I can't wait till I get some coustom tunes add to it though.

      Jason

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 4/5

      April 04, 2016

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Great tune

      This tune was great felt a bit more power than Bama. No problems whatsoever

      Johngonzalez

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      April 03, 2016

      Review from VMP X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner w/ 3 Custom Tunes (11-14 GT, 12-13 BOSS Stock or w/ Bolt-On Mods)

      Perfect

      Tune does major work helps the car alot especially paied with an intake.

      HellcatLoL

      Year: 2012 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (4)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 14, 2016

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      Power up!!

      I've been wanting this intake for a while and now it's on and unleashing my GT. You can definitely tell a difference in take off and power. So happy to finally have this and the computer tune installed.

      Camcolsdad

      Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (6)

    • 4/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      March 10, 2016

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      C and L intake

      Easy install, great gains, and better gas mileage really worth having a cold air intake

      Coyote

      Year: 2014 Submodel: GT

      Helpful (3)

    • 5/5

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      February 23, 2016

      Review from C&L Racer Cold Air Intake w/ 95mm MAF (11-14 GT)

      Easy install straight forward

      I installed the CandL and my car kept cutting off so i was wondering why it took me a while with the help of the American Muscle Team to tell me the silver cylinder has to be turned around and the MAS (Mass Air Sensor) opening had to be facing the air filter after that it worked like a charm instant gain goes great with a tune a must have.

      Ghul

      Year: 2013 Submodel: GT Hayward, CA

      Helpful (5)

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