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Help! with explanation of different performance mods?

New to the whole performance mods language. Can someone explain what some of this stuff is? I sort of understand the Cold Air Intake (CAI) setup, but what about tuning? Is this just a reprogram of the computer based on 'stuff' you add to the engine? SCT? C&L? What are these things, how do they work, etc? I'm just seeing these terms, names, and words thrown around on the boards and would like to understand them a little more. Please don't laugh! I was raised and learned on carburated engines! I understand boring and double-barrell and pistons.....


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i will help you where i can. some of the terms I read on the threads were new to me as well.

SCT and C&L are both companies.

SCT makes the Xcalibrator 2:
http://www.mustangtuning.com/sct-xcalibrator-2.html
tuning is almost mandatory after doing adding any kind of power adder. since all new cars on the road have computers and sensors you have to "reflash" the computers data. you will get the most out of your power adder. kinda like learning how to do something all over again when you get something better.

C&L is a company:
http://www.cnlperformance.com/2005GT.html
i am not the best at explaining some things, but i hope this helps. and others will come along and add something here and correct me there.


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A true Cold Air intake will grab air from outside the hood, typically from the front spoiler area or wheel wells. The term is used rather loosely for what is out there right now. Don't get me wrong, the good CAIs will result in some decent power gains, let alone really opening up the sound of the new Mustangs. C&L is a company that makes what is arguably the most popular s-197 CAI kit. A true tune will involve going to a speed shop, putting the car on a dyno and reprogramming the computer system to work with the setup you have. Since the new computers are very sensitive, most cAI kits will require a new program to avoid a check engine light and keep the Air-fuel ratio correct. Most companies offer recalibration units or "tuners" that will allow you to load a new tune into your car that will match the component you purchased. SCT makes a line of hand-held recalibrators and tuners. The SCT(tuner) and C&L(CAI) have become very popular, and you will notice that a lot of memebrs here use them.
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New to the whole performance mods language. Can someone explain what some of this stuff is? I sort of understand the Cold Air Intake (CAI) setup, but what about tuning? Is this just a reprogram of the computer based on 'stuff' you add to the engine? SCT? C&L? What are these things, how do they work, etc? I'm just seeing these terms, names, and words thrown around on the boards and would like to understand them a little more. Please don't laugh! I was raised and learned on carburated engines! I understand boring and double-barrell and pistons.....
Nowadays, tuning, is a whole different thing. The best thing I can say, is, figure out, how much horsepower you want, how much you are willing to spend,then, go from there. If you want to keep your car basically stock, then just take it to a place, that can dynotune your car, where they can tweak the tune, and raise your numbers a bit, without the expense, of more expensive modifications.
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To all you performance modders....what will a K&N air filter do for me? I'd like to do some 'basic' performance mods - just so she runs as well as she can - without nulling the warranty or anything like that. Was talking to my salesguy the other day while waiting on the car (90 day checkup) and he suggested this. What will this filter run me and any suggestions on where to buy?

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dont bother with the k&n...i find its more of a supplemental to the heavy stuff than a stand alone mod...heavy stuff like superchargers or nitrous...shaving off a second or 2 in the quarter makes sense to me...little stuff that barely shaves a microsecond off doesnt...k&ns are around 50 bucks if i remember right but i didnt even feel mine a little bit.
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K&N make an intake called aircharger for about $220 they say it is good for 10-15Hp?
It doesn't require a reflash as some do but can still be tuned a little with a reflash.
There are those that diss the K&N aircharger but how knowlegable are they?
There are CAI's that qoute bigger gains but do need a reflash and higher octane fuel.
So the aircharger is good value and runs regular gas and will not void your warranty.
Look on Ebay
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warrant void?

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K&N make an intake called aircharger for about $220 they say it is good for 10-15Hp?
It doesn't require a reflash as some do but can still be tuned a little with a reflash.
There are those that diss the K&N aircharger but how knowlegable are they?
There are CAI's that qoute bigger gains but do need a reflash and higher octane fuel.
So the aircharger is good value and runs regular gas and will not void your warranty.
Look on Ebay
Are you sure about the K&N CAI not voiding the factory warranty? I've searched a few forums and also K&N's site, but the only definitive wording I could find was that their simple air filters do not void the warranty. I could find nothing stating that their CAI would not void the warranty. If you can provide some source material for your statement, I would greatly appreciate it, as I was considering adding the K&N CAI. Thanks!

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