(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
- Customer Submitted:
- Mustang V6 Cold Air Intake Installation Guide (1999-2004)
Hey everyone I’m Justin with AmericanMuscle.com and I’m taking a look at this polished aluminum cold air intake kit for all 99-04 V6 Mustangs. We’re going to show you what kind of horsepower and torque numbers you can expect, when using this very budget friendly intake. This kit replaces your somewhat restrictive factory airbox with everything you see here, including the washable high flow filter, polished aluminum intake tube, heat shield, and all necessary hardware. Besides giving you a nice boost in power and sound, this kit is sure to give you a nice visual improvement under the hood as well, thanks to that polished aluminum finish. Cooler, denser air results in more horsepower, that’s a fact. With that in mind this kit puts your filter right in your fender well, giving you maximum cool air, especially when combined with the supplied heat shield. We want to see what kind of improvements this kit is going to make on our 2000 V6 back there, but before we go bolting everything up we want to get a baseline number down first, to see what we’re working with. Our automatic V6 put down a less than exciting 146 horsepower, and 170 ft/lbs of torque, in stock form, now we’re going to install our polished cold air intake system, which should only take about an hour, thanks to the fact that this kit includes all hardware needed for install. The only exception is for you folks out there whose car isn’t equipped with an air temperature sensor, located right here. If you’re one of those few, don’t worry, simply go to your local hardware store, pick up a rubber plug that shouldn’t cost you more than a buck or two, and plug the hole, problem solved. In addition to installing our cold air intake, we’re also going to upload our custom 93 octane Bama tune, and maximize our gains. This is going to optimize our spark timing, perfect those air/fuel ratios, and give you drastically improved throttle response. Alright, so now the moment of truth, with our intake installed and our Bama tune uploaded, let’s turn the rollers one more time and see the improvements this intake made on our V6. The numbers are in and we’re very happy with the results. Our polished cold air intake equipped V6 put down a total of 164 horsepower, and 194 ft/lbs of torque, making for an impressive peak gain of 18 horsepower over our baseline numbers. We were also able to pick up some very nice power throughout the curve as well, making 19 horsepower, and 27 ft/lbs of torque respectively. Not only do we pick up more horsepower and torque with this intake, but we improved our under the hood appearance and added a nice little growl to the motor as well. So even though this intake doesn’t have a big brand name stamped all over it, it certainly held up its end of the bargain and made some solid gains.
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March 06, 2020
Awesome customer service
Had some questions, and got all the help I needed. Definitely can feel the difference in take off.Helpful (0)
January 09, 2020
here's the scoop
came as advertised, Without any instructions on how it goes together or on your vehicle. just looked at my other mustang to see how. Lucky me, right. sound is good, power is good, look is outstanding.just with the filter came in yellow as bought with out have to purchace another filter.Helpful (0)
January 06, 2020
As Expected From Reviews
This was a decent product and a good price. Took about an hour to install - would have been quicker with instructions. Online videos were a bit hit-and-miss, but watch enough of them and you'll get the idea. Also came with a reducer to go from throttle body to pipe instead of the needed coupler, but a quick trip to the parts store (and another $10) and we were in business. Sounds good, has more "oomph" and runs well. I'm satisfied with the product overall.Helpful (0)
December 13, 2019
For my first MOD this was very fun to do my self. Took some time OfCourse but learning about my car in different ways is always fun. Highly recommend to those looking for something cheap,simple, and easy to do. Sounds great.Helpful (0)
October 22, 2019
This item is amazing. Looks great under the hood. Fitment for coupler to throttle body was a bit fought but got it on. Gives off a little hiss which sounds great.Helpful (0)
October 13, 2019
This is something I wish I had installed earlier, the starting, the idle, and acceleration everything is better smoother and just better. The part that connects to the throttle body is a little to small like all the other reviews said but my son just manhandled it into place after that everything else was a cakewalk. It took us roughly an hour and a half to install, at night and with no instructions but really not a difficult job but so worth it.Helpful (1)
October 02, 2019
Got what I pay for
over-all , preforms as advertised. Looks great, sounds great. On the performance side, better low end acceleration. Without a dyno run, can't tell how much hp gain. It feels like some, say 8 to 10 maybe, with stock tune. As for fit, 1st tube cold of been angled slightly less, rubs against shock tower when engine rocks while revving. Also rubber connection tube is too small, lubed and man- handled it, finally got it to fit. On the larger side, no hose clamps provided, fit, all were too short. Happend to have one laying around so crisis averted. Ended up with a handful of extra parts that no one knows what they are for. Was trial by error, as no instructions were provided. Took a little over 2 hours to get it like I wanted, had to bend the "through fender" plate, as they didn't properly take into account, the wiring harness that also goes through the same hole. Took a little over two hours to install, should of taken less than an hour.Helpful (4)
September 22, 2019
Overall makes my Mustang accelerate a bit faster but made a large difference on start up, now my car starts right up with no hesitation like it used to with stock. The rubber joint that wrapped over the throttle body was not at all the right size and was a struggle to stretch over the throttle body but it worked after prying, the rest went on without issue.Helpful (0)
September 14, 2019
Cold Air Intake
It’s a great peace for tour car definitely makes it look a lot better so far the best thing I could have bought.Helpful (0)
September 11, 2019
SR air intake
It was easy to install and help my mustang gain some hp.Helpful (0)
Really worth the money? Got a 3.8V6 is this worth buying for the price, or should i just save up the little extra money and get another one? Whats your suggestions?
I believe it's well worth it if you buy the tuner, too. I bought this CAI, tuner and new NGK plugs. Along with an Amsoil oil change and W O W, what a difference. I run on a limited budget, and I know this was a good choice.
How safe it is to drive a cold air intake on a rain??? Bought this product just have a doubt about when driving on a rainy day water might go to the engine?
These are safe, use the K&N spray to apply a light coat any fine mist entering your intake is harmless, cars are faster on rainy days, the air is denser Keep your filter clean, and use the spray, your as safe as stock, and will as mentioned run better Perkins
Start up and idle hiss....? On my install, this CAI puts out a loud hissing sound that varies with the A/C compressor cycling. When under load, it sounds mean, but at idle it sounds loud and unnatural. Any suggestions?
The hissing noise is due to the increase air demand/flow during that initial start up and especially with the added load of an A/C compressor. It in completely normal and as you said, sounds kinda mean.
Will the CAI work with my 04, 3.9L 40th Anniversary Eddition, and will it hurt not using a tuner? This is my first ever Mustang. I feel it lacks the inital power it should of already came with. I regularly preform my P/M as scheduled. Will this work for my model 3.9L 40th V6. I noticed in the instalation box it only lists up to 03 instal directions. And if it needs a tune, which tuner should I buy? I'm new at the preformance aspect, but am no rookie to mechanics.
This will definitely work on your 3.9L and does not require a tune. Getting a tune will definitely help your Mustang get the full power out of the CAI, but it is not required!
Someone asked if it was legal in CA. The answer was not real clear. It says it was tested or approved but then says so it is not legal in CA. This SR Performance Cold Air Intake has been been tested or approved by the California Air Resource Board (CARB) meaning it is not legal for use upon highway in the state of California.
This intake is not CARB certified, so it is not legal for use in California or states adopting California's CARB regulations.
That goes right behind the filter, connecting the filter to the tube.
The SR Performance Cold Air Intake (99-04 V6) will be in no harm unless submerged under water. If the intake is subjected to taking on water being submerged this will damage your Motor.
They are breather caps I dont know why people plug their intake with them. But I can tell you that they are meant to ventilate crankcase fumes, I've seen them on cylinder heads and intakes but cylinder heads makes the most sense IDK on intakes. You can buy one from AM just look under underhood dress up access. you'll find a ford racing one with sheild.
lt arrives pre-oiled and ready to be installed.
After cleaning the filter, you would just need to re-oil it. Generally kits are available for that to make it easier.
This intake is not CARB certified.
If you are having trouble with your install, please contact customer service, and we will assist you further. ! We are here every weekday from 8:30 AM until 11 PM, and weekends until 9 PM Eastern Time We look forward to hearing from you!
The replacement filter for this CAI can be found at the link below: https://www.americanmuscle.com/sr-replacement-airfilter.html
The SR Performance Intake utilizes a aluminum construction which will require specific materials for paint. American Muscle highly suggests professional painting to ensure the proper primer and paint material is used, However you are able to used can spray paint but will require a primer and paint that is specific to use against engine heat. The couplers included with the SR Performance intake are made of treated rubber which will can not be properly painted over top of. However, you local auto parts store should have colored couplers available for purchase that you can use with this kit.
(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
What's in the BoxHardware included:
|Year/Model:||99-04 V6||Filter Placement:||Inside Fender|
|Manufacture:||N/A||Computer Tune Required:||No|