(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake on your Ford Mustang
Hey everybody, I'm Justin with americanmuscle.com. This is my breakdown and dyno test of the K&N Blackhawk cold air intake system available for your 2011 through 2014 Mustang GT.K&N is without a doubt one of the biggest and most recognizable names in the automotive after-market world and for good reason. They pretty much invented the cotton air filter back in the '60s, and to the benefit of hot rodders everywhere have been innovating the market ever since. The Blackhawk is one of many different offerings from K&N for your Coyote powered GT and is going to come in right in the middle of the price range as far as after-market intakes are concerned. If you haven't been able to tell by now, the Blackhawk gets its name thanks to its very stealthy all-black construction that a lot of us Mustang owners find appealing. When I say black, I mean it. Everything on this intake has been completely blacked out, even down to the hose clamps themselves.Taking a closer look at some of the components of the Blackhawk here, you'll notice this powder-coated black aluminum tube, of course with the K&N logo showing through; the black dry filter, which is washable and reusable so it's going to save you some money in the long run; the plastic heat shield here; and of course all the couplers and hardware necessary to complete the kit. The K&N is a no-tune-required intake thanks to the size of that mass air flow housing. Therefore, you do have the luxury of running this intake either with or without a custom tune and still picking up some power. Ultimately, that's what running a cold air is all about. Sure, it's going to look good under the hood, but we want to see just how much power you can expect out of this intake.First, let's talk about getting it installed. Tackling a cold air install on your Mustang is definitely Wrenching 101 and can be easily accomplished in the driveway using some basic hand tools in an hour or less. Guys, don't forget, in addition to the manufacturer's install instructions included with the intake, you can also find detailed install instructions on the product page at americanmuscle.com. As always, at the end of the day if you have any more questions, feel free to give us a call.We already grabbed our baseline run using our automatic 2011 GT behind me. Now with the intake installed, it's time to get down to business. Even though I told you guys this is a no-tune-required intake, we also went ahead and uploaded our tune here to really maximize the potential of the K&N. The tune's going to optimize both our cam and spark timing, make adjustments to our drive by wire calibrations, giving you better driveability in the process, and ultimately squeeze every ounce of power out of our setup by really nailing those air-fuel ratios.With everything in place, let's make another hit here on the Dynojet and see how the K&N performs. Our baseline run using our automatic 2011 GT gave us 358 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque. With the K&N, the car's now making 375 horsepower and 358 pound-feet of torque, which makes for a peak gain of 17 horsepower over those baseline numbers and gains of as much as 25 horsepower and 26 pound-feet of torque throughout the curve.To wrap things up here, the Blackhawk intake from K&N is a great option for you Coyote owners out there who are a big fan of the all-black styling and, as we just witnessed, will provide some pretty solid gains. Be sure to check out the full lineup of K&N intakes for your Mustang here at americanmuscle.com.
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Fitment: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Details
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March 16, 2020
Love the new filter
Was easy to install and makes the engine look cleaner..Helpful (0)
February 07, 2020
Easy install for the novice
Install of the cold air intake was simple and directions were easy to follow. The k andn plaque had some cosmetic flaws. Bit the performance is great. Noticeable sound difference and power.Helpful (0)
October 19, 2019
Easy install in 30 minutes and is very sexy. The black filter just puts the cherry on the sundae. Even if I do buy another intake. This filter is stayingHelpful (0)
October 17, 2019
Great fitment it took me about 1 to 2 hrs to install on my own sounds great and i feel a little more gaine on my 2013 ford mustang gtHelpful (0)
September 02, 2019
i love it , looks nice , got a lot of compliments on itHelpful (0)
August 19, 2019
K N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake
I really like my knew KandN. It looks great on my 2014 GT/CS.Helpful (1)
July 05, 2019
Easy to install! Only took me 2 hours to install. Looks great and sounds great. Good purchase!Helpful (0)
June 06, 2019
This cold air intake is well worth the money. I didn’t really notice much of a gain in horsepower but the throttle response is definitely much better. It also makes a nice whistling sound when you accelerateHelpful (2)
April 30, 2019
Great Looking Sounding Intake
I am very happy with my new KandN Blackhawk CAI. I don't feel a huge power gain but then again I haven't tuned the car yet. The KandN adds a great aggressive sound as the car is accelerating and also looks great under the hood! It was a perfect fit and easy install. I'd highly recommend the Blackhawk.Helpful (0)
April 17, 2019
Could not give it a 5 never had a chance to take it oit on the road. After install, leaving the filter off I decided to give it a water test. The outcome was not good. Took a hose to the hood, opened the hood and there was water where no water should be. Looked good but due to the problem of water entering the filter, decided to return it.Helpful (2)
Another person asked about the potential for rain to get into the filter because her hood has vents. I have the Stalker hood. Is this an issue? Rain getting into the air filter?
The K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake will be fine with the Stalker Hood. It does not allow much water to get into the engine bay. Though, if it is in the direct line of rain, it can be bad for the engine.
I have a 2014 GT with the Track Cal tune from Ford Performance. Is this intake compatible with that tune?
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake will not require a tune and will work with the Track Cal tune yes.
Will this fit on a 85mm bbk throttle body?
Yes, this will work with an 85mm throttle body! You may just need to heat up the coupler so it stretches over the throttle body.
How many hp gains without a tune?
Without a tune, the K&N Blackhawk cold air intake may provide close to 10 HP.
Would this work on a 2013 GT California Special manual transmission?
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake can be paired with the stock throttle body equipped with a throttle body spacer.
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake can be used on the Boss 302 Intake Manifold but will require a larger coupler to adapt the intake to the throttle body.
This cold air intake should pass emissions without any issues unless you're in California or a state that adopted California's emission standards. This honestly varies per state so we generally recommend that you confirm with a local shop on what will and won't pass emissions in your specific state.
The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake is designed for round throttle bodies, and would not be compatible with oval throttle bodies such as the VMP Twin 67mm.
The K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake is not legal for use in California and does not carry a CARB compliant code.
The K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake will fit between the throttle body and the fan. As far as how deep the pipe goes down from the throttle body to the fan, I would try calling in to our customer support line to see if we can better assist you with depth.
The K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake will fit on the BBK 90mm throttle body. You may just need to heat up the coupler to allow it to stretch over that throttle body.
This K&N Black Hawk Cold Air Intake is only intended for 11-14 Mustang GT's. This product will not work with your 5.7 Challenger.
The MAF housing directly correlates to the stock size of 1-3/4" x 1-5/8" x 1-1/4" for easy fitment.
You will not need to purchase the Boss intake manifold install kit to use this cold air intake with the Boss 302 intake manifold.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||2011-2014 GT||Filter Placement:||Engine Bay|
|Material:||Aluminum||Finish:||Black Powder Coat Finish|
|Manufacturer:||K&N||Computer Tune Required:||No|
Not Compatible with the Boss 302 Intake Manifold.