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ROUSH Performance: 2010-2011 Mustang GT Cold Air Intake Kit

I don't want to tune my car (and probably can't due to California law). However, the installation instruction manual says "for offroad use only". Why would this be the case? This seems like a rather mild modification. The Steeda CAI requires a tune, so I'm just trying to find what options are available for me.

I know I can just get a regular drop in K&N filter, but I like how the cone filters look and it's probably a little better air flow. (maybe that's a silly reason to get it).

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why wouldn't you want a tune?


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why wouldn't you want a tune?
Because it would be illegal here and probably very detectable and non-reversable during a smog check.
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A tune would be super reversible, buy an SCT tuner and you can have 3 tunes on the programmer. One being the stock tune. It only takes a few minutes and you would be at stock levels. Plus I'm sure they will make Cali street legal tunes. I thought the Roush was a plug and play, not requiring a tune and not "off-road only". Maybe I'm wrong.

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I never play by the rules lol, Soon as my car arrives I will rip those California emission system right off its the first year Maryland is going to be using it also! I always tint up my car so I guess Im a rule breaker because I always tune my vehicles also! Have fun with it man, its all reversible I would not suggest doing an Off Road Pipe because in cali they probably look for that stuff but a tune and air intake is undetectable unless u pop the hood for the CAI!
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Modding your car these days in California is a risky game to play.The sheriffs and CHP actually have mobile checkpoints that they set up and check for illegal modifications including all parts that are not original equipment and do not have a CARB exemption.

I believe BBK is the only company at the moment that has a CARB certfied CAI.It cost lots of money and time to get the carb E.O.# but hopefully more smog legal parts will be comming for the new 5.0

I think the Roush CAI would be a good mod and should flow equal to or better than stock/drop in and on a 2011 I doubt that most Leo's would write you up for it.I'm going with the Steeda/SCT combo myself and even thought about the ARH longtubes but decided to keep the stock maifolds for now.

Things are so much easier than back in the day when I had my fox body 5.0's.You can make nice gains with just a tune and a few bolt on's and return to stock if needed.I wont need to smog my car for 6 years so I could actually go crazy with mods.The thing is if you get caught you will have to go to inspection and you will be screwed!!

I say go for it because you only live once

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WE dyno'd this intake prior to the construction of our new twin turbo kit for the 5.0 4v - it made a repeatable 5hp and 3ft/lbs. 8 and 8 never happened - sounded better as well. Ford did a great job this time with the stock stuff
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Modding your car these days in California is a risky game to play.The sheriffs and CHP actually have mobile checkpoints that they set up and check for illegal modifications including all parts that are not original equipment and do not have a CARB exemption.
This is why California is in so much debt. They have cops out there wasting their time trying to enforce the whims of the environmentalist without any reason. There is absolutely no way a CAI will cause any change to emissions output. Meanwhile, people are still running old cars, motorcycles, and leaf blowers without cats because they are all exempt; Not to mention the high energy consumption of the averaeg McMansions here, but hey, they have a Toyota Prius parked in the garage, so it's all good
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I'd pony up the extra dough for one of the intake/tuner combos from the sponsors.
If you keep your stock intake, you can re-flash the car to stock, and install the stock intake in less than an hour. Not much effort for 30 extra HP.

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Seems like you have all the answers, why ask the question in the original post?

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This is why California is in so much debt. They have cops out there wasting their time trying to enforce the whims of the environmentalist without any reason. There is absolutely no way a CAI will cause any change to emissions output. Meanwhile, people are still running old cars, motorcycles, and leaf blowers without cats because they are all exempt; Not to mention the high energy consumption of the averaeg McMansions here, but hey, they have a Toyota Prius parked in the garage, so it's all good

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I was hoping someone could recommend an alternative part, but apparently none exists yet.

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Seems like you have all the answers, why ask the question in the original post?
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It appears you have an answer, it's just not what you are looking for.
If you only have to worry about the smog check every two years or so, what's so difficult about swapping intakes/tunes from a handheld? It's really less than an hours work, every two years.....
I guess I don't get it.
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I was hoping someone could recommend an alternative part, but apparently none exists yet.

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Decided to go with the Roush for a few reasons. It looks and fits like facory, price, hooks up the stock cold air feed on bottom side and built with factory type plastic which prevents heat. It might also be a bit quieter than Steeda or C&L (both nice units) which is one concern. The negatives are keeping the stock resonators since the stock tube is reused and might make a couple hp less than others. My first three mods are Magnaflow Street axleback (sound great), SCT tune and Roush CAI. I plan on cams and a custom tune in the future - are you all ready to shell out about $1200 for cams ? Oh and that sound tube - deleted - see my post on AFM !
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Decided to go with the Roush for a few reasons. It looks and fits like facory, price, hooks up the stock cold air feed on bottom side and built with factory type plastic which prevents heat. It might also be a bit quieter than Steeda or C&L (both nice units) which is one concern. The negatives are keeping the stock resonators since the stock tube is reused and might make a couple hp less than others. My first three mods are Magnaflow Street axleback (sound great), SCT tune and Roush CAI. I plan on cams and a custom tune in the future - are you all ready to shell out about $1200 for cams ? Oh and that sound tube - deleted - see my post on AFM !
anyway you could make a video to hear the magnaflows at idle, revving, and WOT <---lol, J/K unless you're willing!!
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it says in the description, "fits 2010 Mustang GT", but the title says 2010-11....


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