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I'd save my money for a while. If you buy the Airaid and Bama combo from AM, you save about $90 compared to buying them separately. I actually caught mine on sale back last spring and then the forum discount on top of that.

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Originally Posted by MustangInTexas View Post
I'd save my money for a while. If you buy the Airaid and Bama combo from AM, you save about $90 compared to buying them separately. I actually caught mine on sale back last spring and then the forum discount on top of that.
That's how I got mine. American Muscle had the combo on sale for Labor Day + forum discount + Airaid has a $30 rebate. Interesting thing was, Airaid mailed me cash instead of a check.

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Originally Posted by 2012v6Pony View Post
Wait, save your money and then get them both at the same time with a CAI/Tuner combo deal at American Muscle!
This is what I meant earlier Speed. Sorry for not clarifying, I could have sworn I typed all that out.

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Originally Posted by WhiteP0ny View Post
I'm not sure where to put my money first. I want to get a Bama tune, but also I'm scoping out the Airaid CAI. the CAI is obviously cheaper, but if i go with that, i have to wait quite a long time for a tune.

I'm leaning towards the tune..

You're definitely going to see the bigger gains from the Bama custom tune, however these two mods compliment each other greatly. You're going to notice more power, torque, acceleration, drive ability, gas mileage, throttle response, shift points (if auto) and much more from a Bama custom tune! You'll also notice some power, torque, engine noise and throttle response from the CAI. Most CAI's for the 11+ Mustangs are going to be tune required, so it's usually a good idea to do get the kit and safe a few bucks!

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Originally Posted by 2012v6Pony View Post
Well that depends on the brand and construction...
Some are noting more than a straight tube with a cone filter. (I find it hard to call these "cold" air intakes)
Others use the stock ducting that grabs cooler air from the lower front of the grill to actually give it a chance to get colder denser air.
Main goal is to allow more volume of (hopefully cooler) air flow with less restriction than stock air box/filter...
I was also under the impressions that those with the straight pipes were ram air and those that has the filter curve into the fender were cold air.

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i would deff go for the tune. You are not going to see any real power coming out of your car with the cai without a tune anyway....
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If you have a manual trans I'd call it pretty much a toss up, I wasn't really impressed with the performance increase with either in my 12 MT. Although the CAI does make an awesome sound. Gears is what really woke that car up! If you have an auto then get a tune. I also had an 2011 AT, don't ask, between first and second at wide open throttle my trans took a nap. Never seen a transmission shift that slowly. The BAMA 87 street tune knocked .6 seconds off my eighth mile ET most of which came from my transmission shifting like, well, like a transmission!!

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Depends on if you care or want to haggle about warranty. I did an Airaid CAI. Makes cool sounds lol. I don't need warranty headaches of a tune since its my only car.

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For my 12 Auto NOTHING woke it up like the Tune. I already had an AiRaid and full 2 1/2 Catback, which likely helped make the tune even more effective. Nevertheless, the car pulls noticeably harder from idle all the way to redline and the difference in how it shifts is downright astonishing.

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I haven't read the whole thread. Sorry. But...

Given the choice between a tune or a CAI, I'd recommend the tune. Out of the box it can give the same performance increase, but it has the benefit of being adjustable after data logging. You can make a tune a lot more aggressive. With a CAI, you get what you get.
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