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Discussion in '2011-2014 V6 Mustang Tech' started by jsrmr37, Sep 30, 2014.
What's the cool air intake filter for? What is it useful for?
Do you have a product you're specifically referring to? Or are you just asking what a cold air intake does vs the stock intake system?
No nothing specific. Just what does the cold air intake vs the stock intake system
The average cold air intake (CAI) is just tubing with flanges to mount the original MAF sensor and, if present, temperature sensor. Its possible there would be gains in power, but do not expect tangible benefits, The induction noises also change.
The more expensive options may take into account some legitimate fluid dynamics, and they're purdy.
The thought is that stock intakes often draw warm engine bay air in and cool air is more dense so you'd get more power out of ambient air drawn from the fender. In practice it's not all that effective.
Your car technically come with a cold air intake. Check where you're drawing the air from. Right behind the grille. When you add an aftermarket CAI, it's drawing air from the exact same place. Through the exact same snorkel. They really should just be called open air intakes or open air filters. They're mostly bought for looks and the added sound. Airaid does make a tube, without the baffles, that attaches to the original airbox which will do everything the open air intakes do.
There are cars out there that will benefit greatly from a CAI. Those are the cars that draw air from inside the engine compartment. Put a CAI on there and get air from more outside the compartment. That will be cooler, denser air (contains more O2). Ford is adding a lot of stock 'mods' to the cars that people used to make for performance gains. While they make it harder to make more power, the cars come with more power already.
I have had the "Tube by Airaid" for 3 months and like the added sound, now I need to tune my pony to see the added horsepower.
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