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C&L Racer Cold Air Intake & SCT X4 Tuner w/ VMP Tunes (15-17 GT)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Add up to 46 HP and 48 TQ with Optional Tune
    • SF4/X4 Tuner with 1 VMP Performance Custom Tune
    • C&L Racer Cold Air Intake Included
    • Holds Up to 10 Custom Tunes
    • Includes One Datalog Review (If Necessary)
    • PC/Windows Compatible Only
    • Fits 2015-2017 Stock GT Mustangs with or without Basic Bolt-On Modifications

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Justin: Hey guys, Justin here with, here with my detailed review and dyno test of the C&L Cold Air Intake Kit along with the VMP Custom tune combo available for your 2015 and up Mustang GT. The C&L-VMP combo is going to be for the S550 GT owners out there looking to start modding with two of the premium options in their respective categories: the C&L Cold Air Intake and of course, that VMP Custom Tune. Now a cold air and tune are where most owners tend to go when the desire for more power starts to grow and ultimately, it's going to be for those owners looking for the biggest gains possible as opposed to going with a cold air by itself. And speaking of those gains, let's quickly break the numbers down first before I start talking about some of the specifics here with the C&L and VMP Tune. We already grabbed our baseline run earlier today using our 6PGT behind me, so with the C&L installed and the VMP tune uploaded, we need another hit on the Dynojet and here are the results. Baseline run using our six-speed 2015 GT gave us 386 horsepower, 364 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L VP combo, the car is now making 411 horsepower and 381 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels. That's good for a peak gain of 25 horsepower over those baseline numbers and curve gains of 46 horsepower and 48 pound-feet of torque. Now these numbers are obviously good throughout, right guys, so you're picking up a ton of low-end torque down low and you're picking up some nice P-course power up top. So again, overall the tune, the intake are doing their job as you can see here and the drive-ability, I can't stress it enough guys, is going to be the big separating factor between the VMP option and some of the other options you might find here on the site. Now that you know a little bit more about the combo as far as numbers are concerned, let's get back to the table and break the intake down a little further. Let's first start with the C&L, a very popular intake here on the site and one that's going to come in at the top of the food chain in regards to price, but also quality and fitment, at least in my opinion. Now, C&L has definitely had a very long history in the Mustang community. They've been producing a wide variety of induction parts for Mustangs for over 20 years now and all of their stuff is built, designed and tested right here in the USA. Getting into the specifics here with the C&L, here's what you are going to be looking at, guys. Rotamatic plastic intake tube, 95 millimeter mass airflow housing that does require a tune. And this thing has been finished in aluminum, signature C&L blue couplers here, the large 8-inch reusable oil filter, so again whenever this thing gets a little dirty you can wash it, re-oil it and you're good to go and you're going to save yourself some money in the long run. Finally, C&L's included this really unique curved heat shield here and I do like this because it's going to help prevent any water from dripping through your GT's hood vents onto the actual filter itself, which could possibly cause some problems and that's going to be characteristic of an open element filter, but luckily again, the C&L heat shield is going to prevent that. If I did have one nitpick about the heat shield itself here, is that it could do a slightly better job of tapping into your factory cold air ducting similar to what the Roush, JLT and Aira have all done. Definitely not a deal breaker in my opinion, but worth pointing out. Now that you know a little bit more about the C&L Cold Air Intake, let's quickly touch on the VMP Custom Tune because again, this is going to be a higher-end option available here on the site. Now this thing will of course deliver the power as we already saw with our dynograph. But the big separating factor with the VMP custom tuning is going to be the refined drive-ability. You are going to be receiving three tunes from VMP including a low, medium and high octane tune, depending on what kind of fuel is available in your area along with a single data log revision if necessary. Those three custom tunes will be emailed directly to you from VMP for easy upload onto your X4 Power Flash tuning device which does feature some nice little bells and whistles on its own. These include one-touch data logging, reading up to eight different values on your car at one time including air-fuel ratio, intake air temperature, cooling temperature, things like that, a nice full-color bright LCD screen. It can hold up to 10 tunes at one time and it can read and clear those diagnostic trouble codes. And if for whatever reason you do wish to return your car to stock down the road, the X4 can handle that with a simple touch of a button. You're going to be looking at a very easy and straightforward install with this combo, guys. Basic hand tools for the intake including a socket set, flat head screw driver and a torque tool to remove that mass air flow sensor. Overall, maybe 20 to 30 minutes to removing the factory intake and installing the new C&L. When it comes to the VMP Tune, even easier, total plug and play job here, plug it in, follow the directions on the screen, upload the tune and overall, you should be wrapped up with both of these things in about an hour from start to finish, again, one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter. Anybody should be able to tackle this job in the garage or driveway. Wrapping up my final thoughts on this combo, the C&L again a very well-built intake, its going to help provide some very solid gains along with that VMP custom tune, and along with that power from the VMP tune you are going to see smoothed-out drive-ability with your new GT and overall, a great performing package as we saw with our dyno results. So be sure to learn more about the C&L VMP tune combo for your ride here at

    • Buy this Cold Air Intake and Tuner Kit & Submit your Mustang's Info
    • A VMP Tuning Calibrator will write custom tune files specifically for your Mustang and its Mods
    • Load 'em on your Mustang and GO!

    More Power For Improved Performance. Add more power and improve the performance of your 2015-2017 5.0L GT Mustang by installing a C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and SCT SF4/X4 Combo Kit from AmericanMuscle. This Combo Kit features 1 Custom Tune File from VMP Tuning to ensure optimum performance and power.

    VMP Custom Tunes. When you order this combo kit with SCT SF4/X4 tuner, you aren't just getting a tuner - you are getting the tuner and 1 Custom Tune that are written specifically for your Mustang and your particular modifications by VMP Tuning. VMP Tuning even provides one post sale datalog review (if necessary) to assure your Pony is running healthy and strong. 

    C&L Racer Cold Air Intake. A C&L Racer Cold Air Intake kit completely replaces your 2015 to 2017 coyote Powered GT Mustangs restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a high flow air filter assembly. After installation you will see a measured increase in airflow for more horsepower, improved torque, and better fuel economy. All this while filtering out harmful power robbing particles. See more info about this cold air intake - Here

    SCT X4 Tuner With VMP Tunes. The SCT SF4/X4 handheld tuner will allow you to re-tune your S550 Mustangs computer for more power and better drivability. We even included three VMP Tuning custom tunes to take full advantage of your new C&L Racer Cold Air Intake! See more info about this 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 the air/fuel ratio, adjusting ignition timing and tweaking variable cam timing, a VMP Tuning Custom Tune will squeeze out the extra power your aftermarket performance mods have to offer.

    Application. This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake and SCT X4/SF4 Power Flash Tuner with 1 Custom Tune File by VMP Tuning is specially designed to fit the 2015-2017 GT Mustang's equipped with the coyote 5.0L 4 valve V8 engine with or without basic bolt-on upgrade modifications such as a Throttle Body and/or Full Exhaust System.

    **Please Note: The SCT SF4/X4 Tuner ships blank from AmericanMuscle, the custom 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: 2015 2016 2017 Details

    What's in the Box
    • (1) SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner
    • (1) USB PC Interface Cable
    • (1) Intake tube
    • (1) Air filter
    • (1) MAF Housing
    • (2) Couplers
    • (4) Clamps
    • (2) Fittings
    • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
    • (1) Torx Bit
    Installation Info
    Tech Specs

    SCT SF4/X4 Power Flash Tuner Features:

    • The SF4/X4 by SCT is the Newest Replacement for the Popular SF3/X3
    • Compact Design - 2.7” wide X 5.5” tall
    • Full Color 2-3/4" Diagonal LCD Display With Auto Dim Feature
    • Built-in WiFi for Easy Firmware Updates
    • Diagnostic Code Reader - Reads/Clears DTC Trouble Codes
    • On Screen Data Logging and Monitoring
    • Easy to Load; Easy to Restore - Automatically Stores Factory Settings
    • PC/Windows Compatible
    • Click for Instructions on Loading Custom Tunes to your Mustang.
    Tuner Specifications
    Chip/Handheld: Handheld Custom/Strategy: Custom tunes by VMP Tuning
    Memory Size: 4 GB Custom Tunes Held: 10
    Year: 2015-2017 GT Model: SF4/X4 Power Flash Mustang Custom Tuner
    Manufacturer: SCT Special Features: Includes one datalog review from VMP Tuning

    Cold Air Intake Specifications
    Year/Model: 2015-2017 GT Filter Placement: Engine Bay
    Material: High Density Polyethylene Finish: Black
    Manufacturer: C&L Computer Tune Required: Yes
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    Hi, is this okay for a daily driver?


    • This is indeed ok for a daily driver.


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    Im looking at the C L/vmp tuner combo and also the pmas/vmp tuner combo. do you recommend one over the other? I have a 2017 GT Auto base model. Later on i plan on adding the gt350 intake and TB... maybe a procharger.


    • Both of those cold air intakes are really solid with a tune, so I don't think their is a wrong decision. However with that being said, it would be worth contacting VMP directly as they will be writing your tunes, and ask what they think they can get more power out of.


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    Could you show us how to tune the car more specifically please


    How long does it normally take for the VMP tune?


    I read a review by someone with a 2017 that said you have to modify some to work properly in the 2017, is that the case or did they just not receive something or not install it properly?


    if i install just an intake on my 17 gt do i need to have it tuned to get the extra HP?


    • This C&L Racer Cold Air Intake & SCT X4 Tuner will require the tune to be uploaded to obtain the additional HP. The intake will require a tune, so it cannot be used without it.


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    Overall Rating 3.9

    out of 5 stars

    • Performance Gain 4.166667 4.2
    • Seat Of Your Pants Feel 4.111111 4.1
    • Ease Of Use 4.388889 4.4
    • Bang For Your Buck 3.833333 3.8
    • Preferred Tune: Performance

    • 5/5

      April 16, 2018


      Wow this combo is nasty, once you get the tune. 30 minutes to install big gains and fuel mileage


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      March 29, 2018


      Intake is flawless Tuner came scratched and with only one cord, returned it and new one came in perfect shape, but when the VMP tunes came they were for the first tuner that was sent back 834.00 for a car parked in garage waiting for yet again another American muscle mistake


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      January 31, 2018

      What a difference

      This is one mod that you don't want to miss out on. Huge difference if you are looking to open your GT up and show its potential.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      January 08, 2018

      Great gains! Very fast

      Not really digging the way the trans shifts, but totally makes the car a beast


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      December 30, 2017

      Really a 4.85, but I rounded up

      First off, if you have a 2017 the intake isn’t “exactly” designed for that year. What I mean by that is I’m assuming on the 15-16 there are 3 tubes that feed into the intake, plus the sound tube, so that’s 4 total. 2017s only have 2 plus the sound tube, so this will leave 1 open port on the intake. I just went to advance and bought some vacuum caps part #47397(the larger black ones fit like a glove), and some small clamps(I got these at advance too) to plug the hole. I feel like this should of came with it for anybody with a 17 model. Hence the 4.85 score. Now that that’s out of the way. The intall took 45 minutes(not including the 10 min trip to advance). The tune took about 10 minutes and holy bologna!!!! This car opens up so much, especially down low. And the sound is so much better. You can really hear the coyote howl. All in all this is a quick and easy and great bang for your buck install. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to let their coyote breathe and stretch her legs!!!


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      December 22, 2017


      Fitted perfectly and was not hard to install. It took longer than I thought for VMP to email the tunes to me though, but overall I would purchase again.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      November 16, 2017

      Good buy

      Good product, easy install. Gave it 4 stars because the heat shield is a little finicky to get right. Overall I am happy with the product, haven't really noticed any massive gains with it.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 23, 2017


      Highly recommended. Easy install. Looks good under the hood. Obtained my Custom Tune. My S550 runs great!


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      October 16, 2017

      It would be worth it, if it worked...

      Sadly when I put the intake on my car that requires a tune and I tried to upload the tune, I kept getting an error message 11091. I couldn't upload the tune and still can't it's been 2 and a half weeks and sct said they would get back to me on a fix which they've failed to do. Everytime I call about it they say they'll call me back, can't give me a solid answer, and sound like they don't wanna help, I don't wanna say this is a waste of money but it's starting to look like since I can't use either of these products, I've had to take off the new intake and use my old stock parts just to use my car after a week of waiting and still waiting, I would just not buy the sct x4 if you have a 2015 to 2017 mustang.


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 2/5

      October 12, 2017

      Wouldn’t recommend

      Didn’t see any power gains wasn’t really that good of a tune the intake isn’t really all that the review they have make seem so much then it really is


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      October 12, 2017

      Best part is sound

      Great product, does exactly what it says it will do. After the new rims that made more restriction to power, the CAI feels like it has a little more power vs stock before the rims. A little pricey for what you get IMO but product works. Favorite part is how much the induction of air while driving you can hear. That makes the car sound so mean, love it! Don't expedite product because you will still have to wait for tune. That being said,right when you order, go request a tune from VMP. 5 - 10 days wait time. Installing it was EASY. The MAF housing has lettering that you would think would go upright to read it 95mm. That actually is supposed to be positioned towards the bottom. If it's the other way around the car will start up n then die. VMP not the easiest to deal with but the calibration expert Joe was phenomenal.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 3/5

      July 14, 2017

      A mess

      Installing the intake was not the problem at all. But it took 10 days to get to my house and i never got an email from Bama performance to request my custom tune. So when it all arrived to my house i was shocked and disappointed to see that i was sent a tuner with no tunes on it rendering it useless. But the intake was easy to install, however for some odd reason i am missing a hose and im not sure why that is but it didnt seem to be a problem.


      Year: 2017 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      July 03, 2017

      Intake and tuner

      Intake performs very well and noticable improvement in the car with the combo of intake and tuner. Highly recommended


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      February 27, 2017

      Great Product

      ThIs was an easy install only took me about 20 minutes to put it on. It did take awhile for the tuner to download into the car but that's normal as I have put tunes on other cars before. It made a huge improvement to the car you can really feel the difference. I recommend getting this set up. Also when your just normal driving I am getting a little bit better fuel economy.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 4/5

      July 16, 2016

      Good setup

      Installation was very simple. I noticed the gains dramatically on low end. Only thing about this setup is the plastic heat shield is not easy on the eye and seams very cheap.


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 1/5

      May 17, 2016

      Wasted my money

      After install and tune my tire monitoring system was disabled so was my blind spot system and check engine light came on. So reinstalled factory air box and returned engine tune back to stock and put the intake and tuner back in the box. Don't waste your money as this combo was far from cheap


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      April 12, 2016

      Best product you will never regret buying

      I was scared to waste that much amount of money of first but I recommend to everyone . It gives you the most agreesive tune you can ever find


      Year: 2015 Submodel: GT

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    • 5/5

      April 04, 2016

      best cai around

      The best cai on the market . This cai install in minutes . In my opinion it has a deeper growl than the other comp cai.


      Year: 2016 Submodel: GT

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