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Default C & L Air Intake for 1994-1995 Mustang GT

What do you guys think of the c and l cai for my 95? I thinking of buying this one. I have a bbk cai but i don't really like the filter under the fender thing, it 's always falling off and you always have to lift the car. Today I was driving home on the freeway and notice a decrease in power and was wondering what the hell 's going on so then I get home and noticed the filter was gone. It must a felt off some where in the freeway. I wanna get a cai with the filter near the engine base. Why is c and l so exspenives? and is it smog legal?

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There aren't many options for the 94-95 when it comes to CAI's. I like the C&L but it is expensive and thats why I don't have it. I have the UPR CAI that i recently modified to eliminate the filter in the fender deal. I just didn't like the idea of so many bends in my intake. I feel the flow will be better be eliminating that 90 degree bend at the end and the gain from that is more then the 1-2 horsepower I "MIGHT" lose due to under engine heat. Plus I placed a shield around the filter to help keep the heat away. If I ever see a used C&L 4-sale on the cheap I'll get it but I don't think it's worth what they cost.

Plus I've been looking into the ol metal vs plastic intake question as to which would work better. I think if you have 2 identical intakes only difference being one's metal and the other's plastic, the plastic would outperform the metal because it doesn't get heat soaked. Metal absorbs heat much better then plastic. Now I know where only talking about like 1-2 horsepower difference but thats just the point, there is a difference. I wish K&N made a complete CAI for our cars, not that filter with bracket deal only. I may write to them to see whats up.
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There aren't many options for the 94-95 when it comes to CAI's. I like the C&L but it is expensive and thats why I don't have it. I have the UPR CAI that i recently modified to eliminate the filter in the fender deal. I just didn't like the idea of so many bends in my intake. I feel the flow will be better be eliminating that 90 degree bend at the end and the gain from that is more then the 1-2 horsepower I "MIGHT" lose due to under engine heat. Plus I placed a shield around the filter to help keep the heat away. If I ever see a used C&L 4-sale on the cheap I'll get it but I don't think it's worth what they cost.

Plus I've been looking into the ol metal vs plastic intake question as to which would work better. I think if you have 2 identical intakes only difference being one's metal and the other's plastic, the plastic would outperform the metal because it doesn't get heat soaked. Metal absorbs heat much better then plastic. Now I know where only talking about like 1-2 horsepower difference but thats just the point, there is a difference. I wish K&N made a complete CAI for our cars, not that filter with bracket deal only. I may write to them to see whats up.

Yea If they had the k and n full intake i would get it, I think the c and l is aluminum or metal not sure. Anyway i can modify my intake to install the filter near the engine bay?
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The c&l is my first choice, they have sample tubes that measure the air flow and send it to your computer, and the sample tubes are interchangeable so when you get new heads or supercharger or something, you dont have to reprogram your maf, you just buy the $30 sample tube that matches your injectors, i recently purchased 24# injectors so i bought a new sample tube
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The c&l is my first choice, they have sample tubes that measure the air flow and send it to your computer, and the sample tubes are interchangeable so when you get new heads or supercharger or something, you dont have to reprogram your maf, you just buy the $30 sample tube that matches your injectors, i recently purchased 24# injectors so i bought a new sample tube
You think I should buy it? Either that or i have to buy a replacement filter then it might just fall out again.
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I suggest it, but thats just my opinion, jeck latemodel for pricing too, they are normally cheaper than most companies
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Here are a couple of pictures of my C&L. Had to modify it when I went to the cobra intake.

I loved it when I bought it and I love it now!!!!!!!!!!
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Here are a couple of pictures of my C&L. Had to modify it when I went to the cobra intake.

I loved it when I bought it and I love it now!!!!!!!!!!
How did it feel on your gt. Does it have good throttle response
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The c&l is my first choice, they have sample tubes that measure the air flow and send it to your computer, and the sample tubes are interchangeable so when you get new heads or supercharger or something, you dont have to reprogram your maf, you just buy the $30 sample tube that matches your injectors, i recently purchased 24# injectors so i bought a new sample tube
The C&L tube the OP is talking about is just the intake tube. Not the actual MAF that you're talking about.

That tube is definitely better than the wrinkly stock piece. The main thing you want is the straightest and smoothest flow as possible.

It will work, but it's JUST the tube. You can either hook it up to your stock air box (I think) or you'll have to get something like the K&N air filter kit.

Or you could just get a complete cold air intake kit. That tube alone won't give you much if any gains.
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There are a lot of claims about how much HP the CAIs will give. I had the cheapo American Muscle and the noise drove me crazy. I started looking around and found the K&N fipk. The actual dyno sheets on a stock 94 5.0 showed an increase of 13hp. Assuming that is true, I didn't figure I could find one with more HP than that. I bought it and am very happy. I get NO noise from it. However, Summit racing sells their version of it for about $40 less. It looks EXACTLY the same.
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westcoast408: It did feel good. Hard to tell exactly what the improvement was. It is not like putting in gears but I feel that there was a HP gain.

I had a cheapo on my 96 V6 and it made so much noise, I had to get rid of it. The C&L gives you very little noise. Under light throttle you can hear the air intake but once you step on it you do not hear it anymore. Cuse the exhaust is making more better tunes!!!!!!!!!!
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There are a lot of claims about how much HP the CAIs will give. I had the cheapo American Muscle and the noise drove me crazy. I started looking around and found the K&N fipk. The actual dyno sheets on a stock 94 5.0 showed an increase of 13hp. Assuming that is true, I didn't figure I could find one with more HP than that. I bought it and am very happy. I get NO noise from it. However, Summit racing sells their version of it for about $40 less. It looks EXACTLY the same.
I have that K&N kit. I really doubt it gives a 13HP gain, but I did feel a noticeable increase in throttle response. But since I already have that K&N kit, the C&L intake tube would be a good buy. But instead I'm just going to get 1 of three things: 3" stainless steel exhaust tubing and run a straight pipe from the filter to the TB, or just use PVC pipe, OR I am looking for silicone tubing to run straight from the filter to the TB.

Again, all you're looking for is a good filter and a straight smooth shot from the filter to the TB.
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Thanks I 'm going to check out summit
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I have that K&N kit. I really doubt it gives a 13HP gain, but I did feel a noticeable increase in throttle response. But since I already have that K&N kit, the C&L intake tube would be a good buy. But instead I'm just going to get 1 of three things: 3" stainless steel exhaust tubing and run a straight pipe from the filter to the TB, or just use PVC pipe, OR I am looking for silicone tubing to run straight from the filter to the TB.

Again, all you're looking for is a good filter and a straight smooth shot from the filter to the TB.
I 'm just looking for a cai that hads the filter near the engine bay and not underneath the fender like most for the 94-95's
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That's what the K&N is. It's all under the hood. Just a huge filter stuck on the end of the existing pipe. Just leaves the hole in the fender where the old intake would have gone. I guess it's more called a RAM air than cold air.
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