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SR Performance Cold Air Intake (96-04 GT)

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  • Add up to 35 HP and 54 TQ With Optional Tune
  • Reusable High Flow Air Filter
  • Polished Aluminum Finish
  • Simple Installation
  • Fits 1996-2004 GT Mustangs, Excludes 01 Bullitt

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

Hey Justin from AmericanMuscle.com here, taking a closer look at these very budget friendly intakes from SR Performance, available in black or polished fitting all 96-04 Mustang GTs. This kit completely replaces the power robbing factory airbox in your GT with everything you see here, including a reusable high flow intake filter, heat shield, lightweight aluminum 2 piece intake shield in that polished black finish, and all the couplers and hardware needed for the install. If you didn’t know, cooler, denser air results in more horsepower, so with that in mind, this intake puts the filter right in the fender well, allowing for maximum cool air, especially when paired with that heat shield, that should prevent any hot engine bay air from entering the intake. Ok so we all want to know just how much power this intake is going to make, but in order to do so we do need to grab a quick baseline run from our automatic 2000 GT behind me, and then get to work installing this SR Performance intake. Removing the stock airbox and installing the new SR Performance intake is a pretty straightforward task that should only take you about an hour using basic hand tools. Keep in mind you will need to transfer the mass air housing and sensor to the new intake, because the SR Performance intake does not come with either. Even though the SR Performance intake does not require a tune, we are going to upload one of our custom 93 octane Bama tunes, in hopes of seeing some sizeable gains with this setup. This tune is going to optimize our spark timing, perfect our air/fuel ratios, and as a result we should be looking at some drastically improved throttle response. And for our automatic here we’re looking for increased shift firmness, in addition to adjustable shift points. Alright, with our intake bolted up and our tune loaded, we’re going to fire up our GT one more time and see how we do. So our baseline run with our automatic 2000 GT gave us 222 horsepower, and 260 ft/lbs of torque. With our cold air intake and bama combination, we put down 249 horsepower and 295 ft/lbs of torque, making for a peak gain of 27 horsepower over our baseline numbers, and gains of 35 horsepower and 54 ft/lbs of torque throughout the curve. Not only do we pick up more horsepower and torque using this setup, but we also improved our under the hood appearance as well, so even though this intake doesn’t have a big brand name attached to it, it certainly held up its end of the bargain, and delivered some nice gains for a price that’s very hard to beat. So be sure to check out an SR Performance cold air intake for your 4.6 right here at AmericanMuscle.com

Improves Horsepower. This SR Performance Cold Air Intake kit completely replaces the factory air box and restrictive paper filter element in your 1996-2004 4.6 GT mustang with a high flow filter assembly for a noticeable increase in horsepower and throttle response while filtering out destructive power robbing dust particles. This CAI pulls cooler denser air from inside the inner fender well to make more power that you can feel.

Reusable Filter. Included in this kit is a High Flow reusable air filter. So no need to go out and buy a new filter every few thousand miles. Just clean the filter, re-oil it, save money, and go!

Polished Finish. A SR Performance Cold Air Intake not only improves horsepower and acceleration, but it also improves your Mustang's under hood appearance with a striking polished aluminum finish. Now you can have the best of both worlds, performance and style.

Simple Install. SR Performance Cold Air Intake kits are relatively easy to install with basic hand tools. No extra modifications are required for the installation. See the video on the installation tab for an overview of the installation process.

Application. This SR Performance Cold Air Intake is specifically designed for the 1996-2004 GT Mustangs equipped with the 4.6L V8 engine. It is not compatible with the 2001 Bullitt.

Please Note. The MAF housing and sensor is not included with the SR Performance Cold Air Intake.

Fitment: 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) 3" Straight Through Coupler
  • (1) 3.5" - 3" Step Down Coupler
  • (3) 65mm - 89mm Hose Clamp
  • (2) 78mm - 101mm Clamp
  • (1) Gasket
  • (2) Anchor
  • (6) Nylon Lock Nut
  • (6) 1" Bolt
  • (6) Small Washer
  • (2) Large Washer
  • (1) 4" Hose
  • (1) Fender Shield
  • (1) Cone Filter w/ Open End
  • (1) 3.5" Pipe
  • (1) 3" Pipe
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Cold Air Intake Specifications
Year/Model: 96-04 GT Filter Placement: Inside Fender
Material: Aluminium Finish: Polished
Manufacture: N/A Computer Tune Required: No
Will it fit my Mustang?
  • GT - 96, 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04

Does not fit 2001 Bullitt

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SR Performance smokes the competitors

So being new to the raw horse power world I took a chance to save some big money on a CAI and went with SR Performance. Installation took less than 30 min. Recommendation I have is sensor after mass air ...

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Great CAI and easy install

Took me about 2 hrs to install, and everything went smoothly, didnt need any additional custom fixes. I could hear and feel the intake when I'm at 2500rpm or higher. Honestly anything more than 100 bucks ...

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Do I have to worry about sucking water? I live in an area that will get pretty good rainfalls at times and was curious if there was a need for concern about sucking up water with the filter location on this cold air intake.


  • I live in an area that gets a lot of rain, and I have never had a problem with this CAI. I've even driven through 3 foot floods to get to work (I would never recommend doing this to anyone), but I can assure you that rain does not affect this intake. It is inside the front of your wheel well, and won't be affected by water any more than a stock air filter would unless you drive through a flood. Have no concern


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fast idling Since installed I am experience a fast idler up to 2000rpm after depress the gas pedal then drop to normal, I still having to fix this out, can you guys help me on this. thank Jesus


  • Without knowing your vehicle and what other mods, assuming all was well when assembled etc, try cleaning your mass airflow sensor that can cause unusual idle. My favorite trick for idle problems to spray carb cleaner around vacuum lines and listen to the engine you will know you have a leak if the idle goes up a bit. Not a fix but it tells you where to start fixing. Honestly this is kind of a loaded question because there really is not enough info given in the question.


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Looking To Purchase I'm looking at getting this a cold air intake but is it as good as a 180 dollar or 230 dollar cold air intake ? Also other have better mpg and others have better acceleration does this cold air intake have the same benefits ? Are the benefits as good as others ? Will the chrome rust ? how much more hp will it add to a stock 4.6L V8 ? Will I have to do any reprogramming ?


  • The cold air intake is made out of aluminum, it will not rust. They say it will get you 4 or so more horses. You don't need to do any programming. The price is right.


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I purchased a used 1999 GT with this intake already installed however the gaskets and connectors are all corroded and beat up. Am I able to purchase those without having to buy a whole new intake?


  • Unfortunately, we do not offer any of those gaskets or connectors separately, they may be able to be sourced locally at parts or auto stores.


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When will this item become available again. I've been watching this item for 4 weeks.


  • Hey Joe, We have another shipment of this item coming in about 4-5 weeks from now. We could always set you up for an order that way it automatically ships to you once back in stock! Just call us in and we'll be more than happy to assist!


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I have a 04 V8 GT Premium Manual, I'm trying to see how it gains 35 . w/ this. How does buying this do that? Explain.


  • Hey Christian, Well the stock intake filter on your car is really only good for filtration of debris. What this intake does is draw significantly more air into the engine as well as filtering it. The engine is basically a giant combustion system and air fuels that. So upgrading the the amount of air that is going through that system creates loads more power. Paired with the optional tune allows you to run your car on a higher octane of gas which adds power as well because its the other component of that combustion. so when you combine the larger levels of air with the larger power additives of the higher octane gas you get the added hp you see listed on the sight!


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Overall Rating 4.6

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:0-$100

  • Performance Gain 4.016326 4.0
  • Fit 4.327902 4.3

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 22, 2017

    Good Fit

    The fit and finish is very good. My 96' GT is bone stock so I can not verify any horsepower gains, but it looks much better than the stock setup. The installation was rather straight forward although no directions were provided.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 09, 2017

    You get what you pay for

    This cold air intake was everything I expected it to be, but nothing more. If you're looking for something for a higher mileage daily driver that will look nicer than the factory piece and give you some performance gains, this is for you. However, if you're looking for a high-quality part for a lower price you're in the wrong place. The parts of the pipes that come welded together are anything but smooth on the inside, mine were misaligned by about 1/16 of an inch if I had to guess, but from the outside it was hardly noticeable and everything is airtight so that's all I can ask for. Additionally, my piping had a series of DEEP scratches on it as if one of the machines on the assembly line was messed up or who knows what, but they were on the piece that goes inside the fender so I wasn't too upset about it. And if you want the smooth shine of the BBK chrome inlet, be prepared for some intense polishing because this comes looking like it was attacked by a Scotch-brite pad.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    August 23, 2016

    Easy install cold air intake

    There was not printed instructions in box. Had to go to website for instructions. Had 1 problem with fitting connection into the small rubber hole couldn't fit it in all the way


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 25, 2013

    SR Performance smokes the competitors

    So being new to the raw horse power world I took a chance to save some big money on a CAI and went with SR Performance. Installation took less than 30 min. Recommendation I have is sensor after mass air flow did not fit in any way in the gasket provided, I boiled some water and let it sit for a min took out worked the sensor in it and she's a tight fit. Start the motor and took it for a spin and holy cow what a difference. Deffently a believer of SR PErformance since than I added SR Performance underdrive pulleys and man 1000 miles later still snappy and no problems and nice look under the hood.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT Red Bluff, CA 96080, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    February 15, 2013

    Great CAI and easy install

    Took me about 2 hrs to install, and everything went smoothly, didnt need any additional custom fixes. I could hear and feel the intake when I'm at 2500rpm or higher. Honestly anything more than 100 bucks for a CAI will be a ripoff , SR works great


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    March 07, 2012

    Good product

    Overall I am happy with the intake. Installation was a little tight around the strut tower brace but fairly simple. I needed to get a couple hose clamps and a section of hose($5 extra) and air cleaner was a little small. I would recommend this to anybody. Cost is much better then the big name companies with the same gains.


    Year: 1998 Submodel: GT Minnesota

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  • 3/5

    August 12, 2011

    Its ok

    Pretty nice quality for the price. One of the smaller tubes that comes of the main pipe sits too close to the oil fill, almost touches it. Kind of a design flaw if u ask me. Fenderwell blockoff plate attaches goofy also. I needed this to fit a bigger throttle body later. No "seat of the pants" difference in performance. Definitely style over substance.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 3/5

    June 23, 2011

    Cold Air Intake

    Ok system for the money. Not happy with it saying for the 4.6. Not all the hose clamps were there and it was very agravating to have to go buy parts for a kit. Other than that it seems ok. Didn't notice any difference in anything after installed.


    Year: 2001 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 19, 2011

    Amazing CAI

    This aftermarket CAI is a must have. I can't stress enough the amazing bang for the buck. I was skeptical at first but after reading around it seems I was just paranoid. The kit was very easy to install except one thing. When installing the final piece( Air filter) it is better to just snake it through with the shield and first section of pipe before the MAF. Don't try to install the filter from the bottom, it's very hard to do. Other than that I am very satisfied with the product and AM services. I noticed some good throttle response and a cool sucking sound around 2,000rpm. PS. If you have the V8 version just take a 1/4inch vacuum cap and turn it upside down and add some super glue to plug the temperature sensor hole. Works like a charm.


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    May 01, 2010


    I purchased this part for my 2002 GT. It really changed the attitude of the car. I bought the car stock just recently this is the first performance modification I have done. It changed the whole attitude of the car. You notice the slight boost of power, and a little fuller sound in the exhaust, and the ever so pleasing 'woosh' when you kick the throttle. Could not have asked for a better product at a better price. The only down side was that the kit shipped with the wrong size hose clamp. I had to go to Advance and purchase what I lovingly referred to as "$10 ricer part." which was really just a 3" to 4" adapter piece to mount the filter on. I scratched off the "spencer" logo to make myself feel better about it. Also there was a bushing missing from my stock mount and the shield rattles a little as a result but thats unique to my vehicle.


    Year: 2000 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    September 14, 2009


    i put it in my 96' gt it didn't really align. after an hour off messing with it i got it to align. over all great product. deeper sounding, looks great.


    Year: 1996 Submodel: GT

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  • 2/5

    July 12, 2011

    Cheap intake, not much of a difference.

    Overall, I am a little unsatisfied with this product. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I really didn't notice any differences. The car sounded, drove, and accelerated exactly the same as before. Maybe it's just me, but I personally did not notice much of a difference. The only reason I am not upset is because I only paid $75.00 for it, but either way I was expecting much more. Install wasn't too bad, although I don't understand why this one is made for GT's, and yet there is still an extra hole for the sensor that the v6's come with. All in all, good product, but not much improved.


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    June 25, 2010

    Easier than changing stock air filter

    This was a very easy bolt on accessory. There seemed to be a slight gain in throttle response, but it was hard to tell since I added this at the same time when I changed my rear end gearing. I would have to say for a fact that after installing the CAI my exhaust note sounded much better. Even my wife said it sounded better (you can't get a better review than the wife agreeing with you). The only downfall and reason for the 4 stars was the complete lack of any instructions. It is not hard to figure out how to install the CAI, but it would be much quicker if even a single sheet of instructions was included.


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  • 5/5

    September 15, 2010

    Great cold air!

    I LOVE this cold air intake, its the exact thing you get when you spend 100-300 on a JLT, K&N, or BBK. I love this one so much because of the price, don't sit around and look at other intakes and think your better off with the more expensive one, or the name brands. this intake is GREAT. it was fairly simple to install, took me about 20 minutes if even that. one note though: if you have a v8 and your buying this, then your going to need some sort of a plug to fit into the hole that they use for the v6. other than that, great job American Muscle. had it about 4 days after I ordered it. First mod to my 2002 Ford Mustang GT, and certainly won't be the last!


    Year: 2002 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    January 30, 2009

    WOW - Great Quality & Price!

    I have looked at many other CAI kits for my 1999 GT at 3x the price, but when this one arrived I was really impressed! The polished tubes look great and the performance boost when combined with the intake spacer I bought at the same time suprised me. I would like to make a couple of installation suggestions though: (1) When installing the CAI kit its very hard to re-install the intake air temperature sensor into the rubber grommet on the new polished tubing - it will go a lot easier if you put a VERY small amount of lubricant on both the inside of the grommet and the outside of the sensor collar (BE CAREFUL TO KEEP THE SENSOR CLEAN). (2) Installation instructions say to put the air filter on through the bottom of the fender after you have put everything else together, because its too big to fit through the inner fender opening - NOT TRUE. You would have to remove the inner fender to do this - I found it was easier to assemble all the pieces of the lower tube (mass air sensor, polished tube, fender mount and air filter) and carefully snake them through the inner fender opening, and YES IT DOES FIT! Keep all your connections loose (including all the clamps) until you get everything lined up right, then tighten everything up STARTING with the fender mount bolts and you are done. ALSO - on the installation instructions for the intake spacer they say not to disconnect the EGR (exhaust gas recirculator) and to have a friend just lift up on the entire throttle body assembly and slide the spacer under it... ITS NOT GOING TO WORK! The rigid tubing attached to the EGR is much too stiff to get this procedure to work, even with help. You are better off if you just disconnect the EGR by first loosening the large compression fitting holding the rigid tubing to the EGR, then removing the two bolts holding the EGR to the plenum (careful with the gasket, save it to put back later). Personally, I removed the entire plenum and throttle body assembly and gave it a good cleaning with a spray carb & choke cleaner (you will be surprised on how much oil and dirt is in there) before I reinstalled the assembly with the new intake spacer. The intake spacer installation photos also show the entire IAC (Idle Air Control) being un-bolted and removed. YOU DONT NEED TO DO THIS - just carefully pull the rubber hose off it instead. Well, I hope my installation tips help you - you are really gonna love what these parts do for your GTs performance!

    Gary D.

    Year: 1999 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    April 30, 2010

    Incredible Perfomance Mod

    installed this on my 03GT, improved the sound of the car, more throaty and a little deeper, the CAI is a great mod for acceleration and highend horsepower but if you are looking for blow away performance, hook it up to a 75mm throttle body and plenum, nothin beats hearing all that cold air suck up through the fender at the redline, just make sure to plug the hole made for the V6 sensor GT's dont have, once again thanks American Muscle for unbeatable performance, to keep us ford boys ahead of all them pesky chevys


    Year: 2003 Submodel: GT

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  • 4/5

    April 22, 2011

    2004 GT CAI

    Overall, a very good value for the price. The product is better constructed than those you will find on ebay for $60, and you know it comes with all necessary parts for installation. Installation was easy, and the filter can be put in from the top, never mind going in through the fender well. Took me about 30 minutes, and a 15 of those were spent trying to get the lower pipe in place. Keep everything loose and do it this way if you're doing it by yourself, a second set of hands would decrease the struggle and allow installation through the fender. I was a bit irritated that it didn't come with a 5 cent rubber stopper or metal plug in case you don't have the IAT on your car. This would be the only improvement I would suggest. As the kit sits, it is essentially not complete for later 4.6 GT's. Using a rubber stopper is probably the best way to plug this, a little super glue to hold it in place. I would recommend the kit over more expensive kits, because it really is all you need. Spending more money would be for all looks.


    Year: 2004 Submodel: GT

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  • 5/5

    July 26, 2010

    $$ saver

    I installed this intake with in 20 minuts its only problem was with the small air sensor i had to drill out a the hole a lil biger on the rubber insert but mannn can you say money saver it showed just in the first week way better MPG i gain about 4 or 5 more MPG and when you opned her up it kicks and you can hear the TURBO like sound of air being sucked .. BEST BANG FOR YOUR MUASTNG BUCK.. great job guys and girls at AM i cant wait for my motor mounts and exhaust system to come in ...

    Alex djprock

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  • 5/5

    June 17, 2010

    great price, works well

    i bought this CAI because it was so cheap, and the reviews were good. absolutely worth it. it was an easy project, all went together with no problem. and it works great. deepened my exhaust and gives more power. AM had that and my clutch kit at the door in no time.


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  • 5/5

    July 17, 2010


    Great product, install wasn't too bad, noticeable throttle response improvement, definitely recommend!!


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