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

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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 3 VMP Custom Tunes
  • 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 3 Custom Tune Files 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.

3 VMP Custom Tune Files. When you order this CAI/Tuner Combo Kit, you aren't just getting a tuner - you're also receiving 3 Custom Tune Files 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 3 Custom VMP Tunes. 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 3 VMP Custom Tune Files 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
  • (3) VMP Tuning Custom Tune Files
  • (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
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • GT - 11, 12, 13, 14
  • Boss 302 - 12, 13

Most Helpful Reviews

5/5
easy install

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

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5/5
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. ...

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Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars
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11 Questions / 4 Answers

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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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Can the X4/SF4 read and clear codes from any make/model vehicle or just the Mustang?

KevinN

I have a set of tunes already for the mods i have, but i would like to add a boss 302 intake manifold and 90mm throttle body, which is going to require a new set of tunes. Do you how much a new set of tunes from VMP will cost by any chance?

EricB

  • We do offer VMP tunes by themselves I have provided a link below. http://www.americanmuscle.com/vmp-3-tunes-boltons-1114gt.html

    Pat K

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What are these basic bolt-on modifications needed for a Boss 302 intake? I'm wanting this CAI with the Boss or Holley intakes? Thanks

Brotherlove

With the 3 custom tunes included with this, is it 3 separate tunes your getting included from VMP? Also, how are revisions handled if I decide to add more mods down the road and need a revision to a tune?

KeithL

  • Once a purchase is made for this item you will be required to fill out a quick survey about all that was modified on your vehicle. With that information VMP will be able to calibrate 3 tunes to your liking, e.g- Race tune, Performance tune and a conservative tune. As far as making a change in your tune, you will have to purchase a new set of tunes. The prices depends on what all is done to your car: Basic bolt on mods (11-14 GT; 12-13 BOSS): Item# 390484 (http://www.americanmuscle.com/vmp-3-tunes-boltons-1114gt.html) Nitrous, E85 or Mild Performance mods (11-14 GT; 12-13 BOSS): Item# 390486 (www.americanmuscle.com/vmp-3-tunes-mild-mods-1114gt.html) Aftermarket cams, Heavily modded N/A vehicles and Supercharged vehicles (11-14 GT; 12-13 BOSS): Item# 390488 (http://www.americanmuscle.com/vmp-3-tunes-sc-1114gt.html)

    AMDell

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Customer Reviews (32) Write a Review

Overall Rating 4.5

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

  • Performance Gain 4.392256 4.4
  • Seat Of Your Pants Feel 4.05 4.1
  • Ease Of Use 4.366667 4.4
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.266082 4.3
  • Preferred Tune: Race
  • Fit 4.769231 4.8



  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 06, 2013

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

    Great gain in HP

    Prior to ordering this CAI for my 2012 GT... I had flowmaster outlaw axleback, JBA off road H pipe, and a 91 Race tune from Bama. That dyno'd at 391 Horsepower to the wheels. After installing the C&L CAI along with the free new tune from Bama... My 5.0 now is pushing 406 rwhp. That is a huge difference. I can definitely tell the difference in power after installing this C&L CAI.

    rick707

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT vallejo, ca

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    January 27, 2012

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

    I'm a Believer

    I unpacked the box and put the components along with the required tools on a work bench beside the '12 Mustang GT in my shop. I read the installation instructions to my 16 year old daughter, and with a few additional personal "techniques", she had the job completed in 45 minutes. It took about 20 minutes to install the custom Bama tune. The difference was amazing! The next day at work, I gave a test drive to a co-worker who bought his '12 GT the same time as I. He was blown away at the difference the CAI and custom tune made in the Pony. He will be ordering one soon.

    Kahuna22

    Year: 2012 Submodel: GT Dothan, AL.

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    June 02, 2011

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

    Great Product

    Very easy to install. Less than 1 hour. Printed the online 10-page installation guide as the pictures are very helpful. Loaded a SCT-SF3 Bama street tune and went for a ride. Runs great, I can feel the extra power and it sounds great.

    Tom Triatik

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    April 02, 2011

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

    Running Strong

    I really like the C&L CAI and Bama Tune with the SCT. Car ran hard before, however this is a by the seat of your pants HP increase. Must have item, IMOP.

    Ricky Moorehead

    Year: 2011 Submodel: Other

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    April 01, 2011

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

    C&L Intake

    Very happy with this intake. Install was very easy. Very good fit and finish. I bought this intake as part of the package with the SCT tuner. AM had it on sale for $100 off. Can't lose with that deal!

    Robert

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    March 31, 2011

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

    c&l cold air intake (tune required)

    The intake came mostly pre assembled and well wrapped up. It looked well designed and fit perfect. The instructions were so easy to follow my 6 year old son helped me!! It even came with the correct bit needed to remove the sensor. Price was inexpensive and well worth the performance gain.

    jeff

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    March 31, 2011

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

    C@L and Bama Tunining

    What great products. The installation on the C@L cold air intake was easy enough that I let my 14 year old granddaughter do it for me while I watched. Same with the Bama tuning. I currently have it tuned to 87 octane until summer. Saving money on gas. Then I'll retune for 91.

    Jim McCabe

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (1)

  • 5/5

    October 28, 2010

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

    Great Power Gains

    The power gains with this product are amazing, especially 3500 rpms with the 93 octane race tune. It was extremely easy to install, it took around 25 minutes and when you punch it it sounds great.

    Mike H.

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 07, 2012

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

    WOW!! Huge gains!!

    I bought this intake & tune combo awhile back when it was on sale. I installed as soon as it came in and took very little time with the right tools. As far as gains are concerned I had it dynoed with only the addition of the SLP loudmouth axleback kit. I looked up what stock dyno was and read an average of 361 rwhp. After the dyno I hit 398 rwhp on the first pull!!! I was shocked! Best bang for the buck out there. Couldnt be happier.(93 octane race tune/SCT)

    ChrisDank

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT Woodstock, GA

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    April 02, 2011

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

    1 hot cold air intake

    The cold air intake was simple & easy to install.The 91 performance tune works the best so far.The car runs in the mid 12's now!Next is the boss intake with a new tune! I'll write again.

    John Fergasse

    Year: 2011 Submodel: GT

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    February 05, 2011

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

    Awesome!

    This product with Bama Tunes is amazing.. I cannot believe the difference. Took maybe 20 minutes to install, very quick easy and fun!

    Wes Smith

    Helpful (3)

  • 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 (1)

  • 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 (1)

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