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Cold Air Intakes - honest opinions needed

I'm interested in installing a CAI and tune in the coming months in my 2008 GT. I understand that the Tune plays a more dominant role in the end performance, but I am looking for honest opinions on the Intakes: performance differences (regardless of how marginal), durability, simplicity of design/compatibility with mechanical and technological OEM features, and of course - all related to price.
As of this moment, I am considering Steeda, JLT, FRPP, BBK, but I am open to other suggestions.
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From what others have told me I'm ordering my JLT today

JLT 05-09 Mustang GT Cold Air Intake & SCT SF3 Combo at AmericanMuscle.com - Free Shipping!

Its basically the best bang for the buck. Even though that carbon fiber steeda one looks awsome, the C&L's are nice as well, they will onlt give you and extra horse or two. So I'd go with the JLT and invest the rest of your money into the next mod

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JLT is the way to go!

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Your not going to find any real significant "performance" differences in CAI's. They all allow more air in, which is their main purpose/function. Picking a CAI comes down to, what looks better to you. When I got mine and I've had a few different ones, I could care less how it looked. I was looking for added hp and performance and that comes from the tune. So...take a look at all the different styles and pick the one YOU want sitting under your hood for what ever reason. Keeping in mind, its not how it looks that makes it perform. Also, if you shop around, some shops, you may offer a package deal, the CAI and Tune for a great price. Thats how I got my first one.

p.s. some have told me I have one of the ugliest CAI's. I'm ok with that..it gets the job done. And my tuner, one of the countries best at Modular Depot, made it all come together.
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i'd go with BBK

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Your not going to find any real significant "performance" differences in CAI's. They all allow more air in, which is their main purpose/function. Picking a CAI comes down to, what looks better to you. When I got mine and I've had a few different ones, I could care less how it looked. I was looking for added hp and performance and that comes from the tune. So...take a look at all the different styles and pick the one YOU want sitting under your hood for what ever reason. Keeping in mind, its not how it looks that makes it perform. Also, if you shop around, some shops, you may offer a package deal, the CAI and Tune for a great price. Thats how I got my first one.

p.s. some have told me I have one of the ugliest CAI's. I'm ok with that..it gets the job done. And my tuner, one of the countries best at Modular Depot, made it all come together.
I wouldn't call it 'ugly'...I'd say 'badass'!.
thanks for the input.

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thanks everyone - interestingly enough, I am leaning toward to BBK and JLT over the other options listed. Seems all/most of you think the same way.

Anyone have any horror stories to share on this topic ? I like to be thorough in my research.

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For those that want to know as much as possible about CAI's before buying, this is a very good article and many of us years ago used it to help us make some decisions.

Cold Air Intake Comparisons - 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Magazine

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Are you preparing to buy a tuner along with the intake? The JLT requires a tune, but the BBK doesn't. Although, there have been some reports of the BBK throwing a CEL without a tune. My BBK never threw a code, but I got it tuned anyway. It was much, much better afterwards.

I have a BBK and I have been extremely happy with it so far. I've had it for almost 2 years and it is a very high quality intake. Extremely easy to install, looks clean and gorgeous under my hood.

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C&L With a Tillman Streat Race 93 ZTune Been Pretty good and The C&L Race Looks Damn Good.

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JLT, or C&L
Whatever you end up picking, if it's one of those, you'll be fine. Definitely get a tuner with it no matter what though.
I'd say an SCT
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I would go with k and n cai

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i have the jlt and sct sf3 combo from AM and love it

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JLT is best by the virtue it's inlet tube is a plastic composite, it's less of a heat sink...for the price it's a good value..on a NA car it's not a huge deal to worry about inlet temps.

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