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C&L Street Cold Air Intake (15-17 GT)

Item 388986
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      Review & Installation Video

      Hey, guys. Stephanie with AmericanMuscle.com here with my review of the C&L Street Cold Air Intake, available for the 2015 and up Mustang GT. The C&L Street Cold Air Intake is going to be for the S550 GT owners out there who are looking for a closed element cold air intake that also keeps the direct cold air feed that Ford has created from factory. But that doesn't necessarily require a computer re-tune. A cold air intake is normally one of the first mods that many Mustang owners go to. But a lot of times the question of "Is a tune required?" has an impact on the intake that is chosen. And the C&L right here is an option that brings other benefits besides just performance gains to the table, but without requiring a tune. But speaking of gains, let's break the numbers down first before getting into the intake. We already ran a baseline run and got some numbers in the book. So we're going to run the car again with the C&L installed. Now we did pair a 93 octane tune with the intake, even though this intake does not require a tune. But we wanted to see the full potential that the intake has, and here's what we found. Our baseline run with our 2015 GT gave us numbers of 387 horsepower and 365 foot pounds of torque at the rear wheels. With the C&L in tune installed those numbers changed to 412 horsepower and 387 foot pounds of torque, making for a peak gain of 25 horsepower over those baseline numbers. Our gains throughout the curve showed as much as 34 horsepower and 33 foot pounds of torque right in that 4,000 to 5,500 RPM range. These are the gains that you're actually going to notice when you're driving, especially in this RPM range. Now since we did pair this with a tune, keep in mind that a lot of the gains that you're seeing will be attributed to that tune. If we take a closer look at the C&L, it's first off by popular intake on the site, and one that's going to come in at the top of the line in-regards to price at right around $400. But also in quality and fitment as well. And all of C&L's products are built and tested in the USA, which is just something that I like to point out. But looking at the specifics here, this does include a reusable filter that you can easily wash and re-oil when it gets a little dirty. And it's not the biggest filter that I've seen for an aftermarket S550 cold air intake. But it's not the smallest either.One of the big things that I wanted to point out with this intake though is the housing here. First of all, it's enclosed, which you're only going to see from other options like Airaid and JLT right now. It has a plexiglass lid that's removable, so you can get to your filter easily, or see without having to take the air-box apart. The other cool thing about the housing is that it taps into the cold air duct, which brings cool air in from the grill instead of using warm engine compartment air.And like I mentioned earlier, this particular intake does not require a tune. But the small gains and drive-ability that you'll see from the intake alone can be greatly amplified by running a tune, just as a side note. As for the install, it's nothing too difficult, and the intake will come with all of the items that you'll need, including your clamps and your hardware. All you really need to complete the install is a few sockets and a Flathead for the plastic pins. This is probably one of the easier mods that you can tackle with your new Mustang and will probably take about a half hour to an hour tops. And I'm going to call this a one out of three wrenches on our scale.Wrapping things up here, I think the C&L Street Intake is a well built intake that works with an enclosed air-box and taps into that cold air duct that Ford has provided for the intake. It fits well and has a decent sized reusable filter, and it does not require a tune. You can check this intake out more online for yourself, and for all things Mustang keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.

      Product Information

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

      Features

      • Maximize Airflow for More Horsepower
      • Increases of 34 RWHP and 33 RWTQ with a Bama 93 Octane Tune
      • Flow Bench Engineered and Tested
      • Roto-molded Plastic Construction
      • High Flow Reusable Oiled Air Filter
      • Easy installation
      • No Computer Re-Tune Required
      • Fits 2015-2017 5.0L V8 GT Mustangs

      Description

      Maximum Airflow For More Power. Improve the horsepower, torque and fuel efficiency of your coyote powered S550 GT Mustang by replacing the restrictive factory air box and paper filter element with a C&L Performance high flow intake tube and filter assembly to increase air flow. C&L intakes are dyno tuned and tested for maximum performance and efficiency.

      No Tune Required. This C&L Performance Street Cold Air Intake is designed to improve the performance of your 5.0L V8 coyote powered Pony without the need of reprogramming your Mustang computer. By utilizing state of the art computer-aided designs this C&L Intake will increase 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 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. All parts and instructions are included.

      Recommended Upgrade. Even though a re-tune is not required for operation, AmericanMuscle recommends a custom tune with a Mustang Handheld Tuner to reprogram the vehicles computer (ECU) to get the best possible performance out of this cold air intake.

      Application. This C&L Performance Street Cold Air Intake System is specifically designed for use on 2015-2017 GT Mustangs equipped with the DOHC 4-valve 5.0L Coyote V8 engine.

      Technical Note. This C&L Performance Cold Air Intake is not legal for use in California or other states adopting California emission standards.

      C&L

      Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

      MPN# 388986

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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      Customer Reviews (28)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 28 customers

      Installation Time: Afternoon





      • December 31, 2019

        4 2017 GT - JulioJ Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Very good but

        Honestly and i have no idea if its just me but after installing this i feel my exhaust is more quiet that it was before(i have the corsa xtreme catback)

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      • September 22, 2019

        5 2016 GT - JohnnyJ Installation Time: Afternoon

        TIGHT FIT

        TIGHT FIT 2 HR AND COLD BEER. ____________________________________

        Helpful (2)
      • August 21, 2019

        5 2016 GT - Activeway Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Cold Air Intake

        This is a fantastic old air intake. Good looking, excellent performance and upgradability. Only thing to note is that it is a tight fit. Do not screw the air box in until both ends of the air tube are connected and tightened. Makes the installation much easier.

        Helpful (1)
      • July 26, 2019

        5 2015 GT - MichaelS Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Looks great.

        Fits great and looks great but the washers that came with it didn’t work so luckily I had some laying around that worked. Had to install the restriction insert because I don’t have a tune yet so no noticeable increase.

        Helpful (3)
      • March 13, 2019

        5 2017 GT - JamesL Installation Time: Afternoon

        Love it!

        Love the look and performance gains! Looks awesome under the hood!

        Helpful (1)
      • November 15, 2018

        5 2017 GT - DonaldR Installation Time: Afternoon

        C L Cold Air

        The intake fits in the stock location and has all the necessary hardware to install. The fit is very tight but once it is in place looks like it came from the factory. A great feature is there is a removable inner sleeve to allow use of the intake with no tune. If you decide to add a tune later you remove the inner sleeve.

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      • August 28, 2018

        3 2015 GT - DylanP Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        It's okay

        I got it to fit, but ever since I installed it my RPM's spike to 3500 hundred on a warm start after about 30 minutes of being off. I notice the power difference with my tune too, but that RPM spike is pretty annoying some days.

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      • August 07, 2018

        5 2015 GT - JohnC Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Great CAI

        Easy install slightly noticeable HP without a tune. its a little tight kind of hard to squeeze into the bay. TIP assemble the CAI then install it'll be easy. Install was 1 hour including removing the stock intake. Just waiting on a tune!

        Helpful (5)
      • June 10, 2018

        4 2015 GT - RojerioG Installation Time: Afternoon

        Noticeable

        I installed the intake in about 2 hours being that I’ve never done it. Came out good a little noticeable throttle response. Made the mustang rumble a little deeper.

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      • September 01, 2017

        3 2015 GT - GaryK Installation Time: Afternoon

        intake me

        Instructions were not complete left you guessing what to do after certain steps in the process. Finally got in fitted in place after taking apart previous steps and then reinstalling. Plastic plate that fits over air box is white so you have to take off to see condition of filter which involves unscrewing 8 screws. Should be clear. After installed seems to help response.

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      Questions & Answers (15 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      There are HP and TQ gains given WITH the tune but wha tare the HP and TQ gains with this intake if I don't do a tune?

      • You will still see gains in both horsepower and torque if you do not use a tune, but it will be a significant amount less. The amount you can gain with or without the tune will differ depending on what other modifications you have done to the car.

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      Can I put whitout the glasses for more sound???

      • The screen can be removed from the C&L Street Cold Air Intake, and it will not obstruct the sound of the intake as opposed to having the screen in place. Removal of the screen will allow heat from the engine compartment to be exposed to the filter, so you will experience hotter intake temperatures.

      Helpful (1)

      I'm looking at getting a custom tune but I only have 91 octane where I live. Will this still function correctly on a 91 octane tune? Thanks!

      • You can run this intake with a 91 octane tune.

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      I have a '16 GT pp. If I purchase this kit, will it work with a ported '18 intake manifold and larger throttle body?

      • Unfortunately we have not tested this intake with the ported 2018 manifold. We recommend reaching out to Ford Performance directly to confirm.

      Helpful (0)

      does the filter already come oiled?

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      10 More Questions
      Will the Lund N gauge tune this cold air intake? Thinking of purchasing both 1 answer
      Does this come with a plug for the sound tube? Mine is deleted 1 answer
      Hello, does this item come with the Carb Sticker? I saw the same exact cold air intake with the CARB EO Number: D-776. 1 answer
      I want to order from Europe, but for me it is not clear how to make a tune. Is this possible and if yes how? Thank you. 1 answer
      Where does this intake pull air from? Does it have protection against hydro locking (sucking up water)? I know intakes that pull air from the fender we'll have a risk of hydro locking. 1 answer
      Item #388986 Where can I buy a replacement oiled filter element to fit this CAI ? 1 answer
      I ready order my but if i want to buy 87mm throttle bodies and Gt 350 manifold will it fit ? 1 answer
      Getting ready for another round of mods to my 2015 GT. Adding a BBK 85mm TB and hoping to remove the insert in my C L Street CAI. I will re-tune the car once mods are complete, but want to ensure that the CAI will operate properly. Any help you all can provide is appreciated. 1 answer
      Will installing the intake void my car factory warranty? If I take it to the shop can they tell I had one installed? 1 answer
      Regarding Item #388986, MPN# 388986: From description, it is an oiled filter element. Is there a dry filter element available for the C L unit? Would an Airaid dry filter fit this C L unit? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Intake Tube
      • (1) Air filter
      • (2) EPDM Couplers
      • (1) Heat Shield/Air Box
      • Clamps & all needed hardware

      Tech Specs

      Cold Air Intake Specifications
      Year/Model:2015-2017 GTFilter Placement:Engine Bay
      Material:High Density PolyethyleneFinish:Black
      Manufacturer:C&LComputer Tune Required:No

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