Installation Time: Afternoon
March 16, 2018
I bought this for my 2017 GT (Performance package). The install is easy and can be done in a couple hours. It's a tight fit, from the 350 GT CAI to the 87mm throttle body, but take your time and it'll fit. When you are installing it on a 2017, there is no need to cut any hoses, I was a bit confused at first, so I called the Ford Performance number and they verified, the 2017 hoses connect directly to the 350 CAI, no need to cut any hoses. Downloading the software and tune from Ford Performance is easy, but you do need internet connection while downloading the tune to your vehicle, not sure why, but the instructions make it clear that you do. I had to update the software as there was a newer version of it, but I did not know this until I restarted my computer and clicked on it, it then told me a new version was available and had to be downloaded, again, no big deal, took about 3 minutes. When it actually came to downloading the tune to the vehicle, that took about 12 minutes and it was fairly straight forward, unlike most aftermarket tuners, I did not see anywhere where my original "Factory Tune" was saved incase I wanted to change it back to "Stock" at a later time, maybe it's there somewhere, I just didn't see it. I figured they don't save the stock tune since you are replacing it with another Ford Tune. Once everything was done, I took it for a drive. There is a noticeable difference in the lower end torque, the throttle response is definitely improved, overall, the car just feels "Better". Is this a game changer, not really, but it does make a noticeable improvement...oh yeah, the no lift shift, it's a fun option, but for the love of God, ensure you do it right and don't miss a gear, no damage, but I could smell the clutch for a minute or two afterwards!! Overall, considering you get a CAI, Throttle Body and tune for less than $720, it's a good deal. Yes, I did the install myself, but only because the dealership wanted to charge me an additional $330 to install it. If I ever have warranty issues, I figure I can win that fight since it's ford performance parts and the Magnuson Moss Act should help, hopefully. Anyway, I like the product and the results.