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Removing the air silencer

Article by:Chris Benge E-Mail

Summary:

One of the cheapest (and first) modifications mustang owners take advantage of as soon as they get their new Mustang GT / Cobra home is removing the air-silencer. It costs you virtually nothing, and can be completed in less than 5 minutes of your time. The benefits are a less restrictive path for air to flow into your intake, and is a perfect combination with a new K&N air-filter (note: if you don't have one, GET one!). While you're at it, now is also a good time to set your timing.

Details:

The following steps were performed on a '94 Mustang GT, but should be identical for all EFI Mustangs equipped with the 5.0L engine.

 

The first step is to locate the air-box. This is the cylindrical black plastic case on the passenger side of your engine near the headlight.

Air-Box Assembly on the 5.0L

 

Next locate, and then remove the bolt and two clamps holding the MAF (located directly above the air-box assembly) to the air-box assembly. The bolt actually holds the air-box to the frame, but we will need to be able to "shift" the air-box around slightly in the next step.

Clamps & Bolts on Air-Box Assembly

 

Next, wiggle the MAF back-and-forth while lifting up until it completely disconnects from the air-box assembly and rests above it.
Remove the air-filter from the air-box assembly. If you have a new K&N air filter you can throw your old one away at this point.

Lift up the MAF and pull out the air filter

Finally, remove the air-silencer from the air-box assembly. The easiest way to do this is to push down on the lip of the rubber seal until the entire air-silencer is disconnected.

After the air-silencer is completely loose of the air-box, you can remove it by pulling up and out. note: it will be a tight squeeze, but will eventually come all the way out. You can throw the silencer away, or keep it as a trophy as your Mustangs first mod!

Remove the Air-Silencer

 

The Air-Silencer Removed
behold, the air-silencer!
I hope this article adds to the enjoyment of your 5.0 / 4.6 Stang!

 

 

One of the cheapest (and first) modifications mustang owners take advantage of as soon as they get their new Mustang GT / Cobra home is removing the air-silencer.

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