(approx) 1 Hour
Simple installation for anyone.
Justin: If you're looking for a super affordable intake for that 2015 through 2017 GT that will just so happen to pack a whole bunch of flash, well, my friend, you have found it. The SR Performance Polished Cold Air here will be the most affordable in the category, and by a pretty hefty margin, mind you, and will be a direct bolt-on, no-tune required option that can be had right around 150 bucks. Now since most if not all aftermarket intakes bolt on without modification, including this one, expect a relatively simple one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter here and about an hour or so to get everything knocked out.Well, let's just cut right to the chase and call this thing what it is and that is a budget-friendly or entry-level intake. It's not gonna have some of the more elaborate features, if you will, such as a fancy sealed air box or maybe a rotomolded plastic tube with brands stamped all over it. Instead, this is gonna be as bare-boned as it gets. However, it is one of only two intakes in the category currently that will be available with a brightly polished finish. The other being the K&N Series 69 which by the way is more than double the price of the SR intake that we have here. So again, if you want that flash but you don't need a bunch of big brand names stamped all over itthis is no doubt gonna be a solid choice.So what else are you gonna be receiving outside of your polished aluminum intake tube? Well, for one, you are gonna be looking at a reusable high flow oiled filter here along with all of your couplers, the hardware, and of course, your heat shield needed to get everything in place. I do wanna point out that the heat shield will help in blocking out some of that hot engine bay air from entering your filter, but ultimately guys if you want a true cold air intake, you're gonna have to stick with some sort of sealed enclosure as it's really gonna be the only way to achieve that feature.So in addition to your components, we also know that this thing can be used without the use of a custom tune. However, at this time, it has not been CARB-certified. What about some of the benefits? Well, outside of your aesthetics from the polished finish for those that are into that you can also look forward to things like a little bit more throttle response, a big-time increase in noise coming from under the hood of your S550 GT and last but not least, a little bump in power, guys. Nothing too crazy here. We're talking mid to high single digits in regards to both horsepower and torque when used without a custom tune. But now comes the time in the video where we show you how to get everything installed. So as promised, here's that detailed walkthrough along with a quick tool breakdown.Man: Tools used for this installation, Pushpin removal tool, flathead screwdriver, extension, 10-millimeter socket, 8-millimeter socket, 7-millimeter socket, three-eighths drive, side cutters or diagonal cutters, a screwdriver with a T15 bit and a Philips head bit, optional is an impact.Today I'm gonna show you how to install the SR Performance Cold Air Intake for your '15 through '17 S550 Mustang. Let's get started.Our first step, of course, is to pop the hood. All right. The next step is to remove our engine cover to gain access to the front of our throttle body. Now there's four little pressure fittings we need to lift up from the top and then back and it should slide right out. Not having to remove this strut tower brace.All right, first we're gonna work on removing our vacuum line and sound tube line so you're gonna have to remove one, two, three, four of them. Now for the sound tube, I have an eight-millimeter socket for this hose clamp. It's gonna loosen that up. Pull it away from the air box. Then for our vacuum lines, there's a little clip you just have to push down and remove. Same thing for this vacuum line right here. That's for your PCV. That goes into your valve cover. I'm gonna switch my sockets up to a seven-millimeter. Tack our hose clamp over here.All right, you don't have to remove it because it will be locked in there. Next, we're gonna disconnect our mass airflow sensor right here. There's a little red tab on the bottom side of it. Move that backwards and then that will slide right out. All right, now I'm gonna take a 10-millimeter and take the bolt out of our air box.All right, now we have to make room for our airbox to come out. You'll see a little attachment for our mass airflow sensor. I'm using a pushpin removal tool to get behind that right here and just pry it out. You can use a flathead screwdriver. We're just trying to get this out of the way. Set it off to the side there. Now we're gonna pull the boot from the throttle body, just like that. Make sure all our lines are disconnected, mass airflow is out of the way and this should just pop right out.All right, one last step before we can work on our new cold air intake. We have to remove these eight pushpins holding this little radiator cover in place. So I'm using my pushpin removal tool again. You can use a flathead but I highly recommend one of these tools.All right, so now that you have your parts for your new SR Performance Cold Air Intake on the table, we're gonna take our weather stripping and we're going to put it around the edge of the top here. Should be able to make that corner no problem. And then we're gonna right to this grommet right here and then cut off the extra. And I just have a pair of diagonal cutters or side cutters or however you wanna call them. Sometimes there's a little piece after, that metal. I'm just gonna make sure it's seated all the way on there.All right, now we're gonna take our plastic ring, insert our air filter into the large portion of it. All right, we're gonna tighten that down. I'm just using a flathead for this hose clamp here. All right, and this is gonna go through here. But we'll wait till we get it on the car so we can put our boot on there as well. There's a few things we've gotta do to this still. There's a rubber grommet that we have to slip through this hole right here. I'm going to take my weather stripping and get that out of the way. Put this in its new hole right there. Perfect.All right, our next step is to transfer our mass airflow sensor from our old airbox to our new tube here. So I have a T15 Torx head here on a screwdriver. I'm just gonna loosen this up. We are not gonna be reusing that hardware. So we're gonna put it right back into its place. Be careful with this mass airflow sensor. You will see that the sensor is oriented towards the filter housing so we're gonna do the same thing.All right, now there should be a little gasket and there is right there on the mass airflow sensor. So we're gonna slip that into place. Start our screws. All right, so I have this really thin piece of weather stripping. This actually goes where the intake tube and the air filter go. So I'm gonna put that in place now.This is kinda tricky, so just be patient. You can even use a little bit of glue to keep it in place. Another thing we're gonna do is we're gonna attach our boot to our air filter. That's just gonna slide on there. Use one of our supplied hose clamps. Slip that down and tighten that up.All right, now with that tight, we're gonna put another hose clamp on it and you'll see why I'm doing that. Actually, we're gonna put it through first and then put our hose clamp on. And then we're gonna bring our intake tube into place. Mass airflow sensor facing towards you and the front of the car. Just slip that intake tube in there. Nice and evenly. Now I'm gonna tighten this up. Make sure my clamp is where I want it.All right, now we're ready to bring this into the car. All right, we have one more step to prepping our engine bay for our new cold air intake. We have to remove these two 10-millimeter bolts holding this upper radiator bracket in place. So since you have your lower and your other radiator bracket in place when you remove this, you may notice a little bit of flex from your radiator. Don't worry about that. We're gonna be putting that right back into place.All right, so now I'm gonna bring the...our new airbox and air filter into place. And you'll notice this tab here. We're gonna slip that over our radiator hoop there and make sure our intake is pretty much right there. All right, so we're gonna put our bolt back into our fender. I'm gonna move...you can bend this airbox ever so slightly. Bend that into place and tighten that up.Then we're gonna move back to the radiator bracket we just took off. We're gonna slip this bracket back on and put our bolts back in. All right, now we're gonna take our boot for the throttle body and our air intake tube. We're gonna insert this nipple. This is gonna be for our vacuum lines. I'm gonna push it down until that seats right there. Now you want this facing towards the passenger side. Let's put our hose clamp on first and then slip this guy on.Then we're gonna slide this onto our throttle body with another hose clamp. Make sure that it's on all the way around that throttle body. All right, now I'm gonna tighten down these hose clamps. And now we can work on our vacuum lines. Now the next step is gonna require you to cut this rubber hose for our vacuum T. I'm gonna cut it right about here and I'm just using a really sharp knife. And just like that. That way we can get our T in there with our hose clamp. Then the hose clamp this end to the intake tube. Now you are gonna have an extra vacuum port. We are gonna clap that off as well.All right, now we're gonna put our hose clamps on our vacuum T. Slide that on right there, tighten that down. All right. Now, this is ready to be installed on our intake right there but be sure to put your other hose clamp on there. We're gonna slide that on right there. We're gonna tighten that down as well.All right, let's make our vacuum connections. This is the PCV. It's gonna go right there. This one is another vacuum line. That is gonna go right here. Now, this vacuum line will go onto the intake elbow here, just like that. All right, now we're gonna put our sound tube back into place. This is gonna go underneath the PCV here and make this connection here. The sound tube will slip right onto there. We'll tighten that down with our seven-mil.All right, this is the vacuum cap for the top there. And then we're going to re-plug in our mass airflow sensor. And then get our grille cover back into place. Radiator cover back into place here, and our pushpin.All right, we're gonna place our engine cover back on. This will just slide back into place. All right, guys. That's gonna wrap up my install of this SR Performance Cold Air Intake, and for all things Mustang, keep it here at americanmuscle.com.
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