(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
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- How to Install a SR Performance Cold Air Intake on your 1996-2004 Mustang GT
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
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March 29, 2020
Super easy perfect fit
Installed in less than an hour super easy and improved performanceHelpful (0)
March 28, 2020
Loved the new intake only issue I had was with the sensor dosnt fit in the grommet provided and it came with the wrong hardware but I got it in and taken care ofHelpful (0)
March 23, 2020
This intake effects MAF readings
Product fit ok. Filter wasn't a problem, biggest issue is that this intake is HORRIBLE for performance. My MAF voltage could fluctuate up .25v with this intake and the engine could not be tuned properly. Long story short DO NOT BUY THIS INTAKE.Helpful (0)
March 17, 2020
No issues, love the under the hood look and performance boostHelpful (0)
March 13, 2020
Mustang gt 97 intake
Excellent product. Easy to install. Love this product.Helpful (0)
March 10, 2020
Cold air kit
It fits pretty well, it looks good and does what it's supposed to do. I had a couple of issues installing but they were not related to the kit.Helpful (0)
February 19, 2020
Definently got what I wanted for my first mod, made my bay look a lot better and pedal response a lot better! Product arrived in great timing and was an easy install!Helpful (1)
February 06, 2020
Certainly feel the difference in the low and mid range. Got my 96 GT to spin all the way through second gear for the the first time with this Intake lol so proof is thereHelpful (0)
January 17, 2020
My cold air intake came right on time, nothing was missing, and it improved my performance just like the advertisement said it would. I definitely recommend shopping American muscle for performance partsHelpful (0)
January 12, 2020
Fit perfect had no issue, would recommend to anyone looking for a cheap mod for there mustangHelpful (0)
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
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.
is this smog legal in California?
The SR Performance Cold Air Intake is not smog legal.
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.
I just bought mine and was wandering if I need to put oil on the filter
The SR Performance Cold Air Intake uses a Dry Filter. So you will not need to oil it.
Yes, this cold air intake will be compatible with a 78mm throttle body.
I wouldn't expect much if any savings on MPGs.
We would not recommend going through a car wash without the front bumper installed.
We do have a clean/recharge kit which will be linked below. As for when the filter needs to be cleaned is really dependant on how dirty it is. Some areas are dustier than others making the filter dirtier way faster.
No, the MAF housing and sensor is not included with the SR Performance Cold Air Intake.
This will fit with a stock strut tower brace.
Yes, that would be a fine alternative.
You will be able to use an SCT tuner with this cold air intake.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the Box
|Year/Model:||96-04 GT||Filter Placement:||Inside Fender|
|Manufacture:||N/A||Computer Tune Required:||No|
Does not fit 2001 Bullitt