I'm a long time reader and a first time poster on this forum. This is where I've spent the two months that I waited for my '13 GT Premium w/ Track Pckg and Recaros. I've had it now for a few months and to say it's a lot of fun would be an understatement. I've attached a few pics below (hopefully i did it right and they show up).
So far the only thing I've changed is put on Borla S-type axleback exhaust. For the last month or so I've been doing some research into different CAIs and tune combinations. The only thing that is stopping me from getting both is the dreaded warranty issue. This being my first "big boy job" car out of college, I am hesitant to do something that may or may not ruin my warranty if something happens.
For a while there I thought that I found a solution that is the best of both worlds. I was thinking about getting C&L CAI (no tune required) based on review I've read and the fact that they have addressed the water/heat extractors issue for 2013 models. I was hoping to combine that with FRPP Procal tune, which is the only tune according to Ford would not void the warranty. I've read the responses from C&L staff on the forums that it is indeed a viable option. Obviously I would not get the whole effect of CAI and tune, I know that going into this.
I've talked to a few custom mustang shops in my area, and the general response was that off the shelf tunes have OK applicability if that due to inherent difference between any given car. As well as running a CAI without a tune would probably result in the engine running lean.
I apologize for such a long post, I had a lot on my mind. I guess my question is do people run CAI w/o tune with success? I would love to hear from people that do and what is their experience with it has been like. Do I have any other options that I have not explored yet? Any help/suggestions would be welcome.
Welcome to AFM and Congratulations on the awesome pick up. I'm glad to hear you're really enjoying your 13' GT, I know I would be! It's hard to believe you've been able to fight off the "Modification Bug" for a few months now, that's some good self control lol. Most guys have a CAI and Tune on the car before they even get home!
To answer your question, you can run a "No tune Required" CAI on your Coyote. However, you won't see big performance gains with just the intake. When a CAI is paired together with a Bama tune or any tune, that's when you really see the big performance gains! Here's a video we put together for questions just like this, check it out: 2013 Mustang GT Dyno Results - Cold Air Intake & Bama Performance Tuner from AmericanMuscle.com - YouTube
Like listed above, if a Ford dealer is going to void your Warranty, they need proof that the modification you added is what caused the Damage. Example .. If you break a suspension part that's covered under warranty, they can't say it was because of the tune.
I would recommend just giving a few local Ford dealerships a call and feel out their Service Manager. Some guys understand that they shouldn't void your warranty because of a tune!
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions or need some assistance. Our Mustang Experts are here Monday-Friday from 9AM-9PM EST and Saturdays from 9AM-5:30PM EST. If you want to hit them up, their number is 866.727.1266.