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New owner with question about Airaid Cold Air Intake

So I recently purchased a base model 2012 Mustang. I just installed an Airaid CAI. I have never modded a car before so I just wanted to make sure that what I am experiencing is normal.

When I really get into the throttle or the car has to work like going up hills and the trans stays in a higher gear I can really hear the engine now. What I mean is the growl is much more noticeable. I know this is probably a stupid question and people will say what else where you expecting but I just did not expect that much of a change in engine sound. I am not complaining just making sure the change was supposed to be that noticeable.

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Welcome to the site!! Yes sir,it is supposed to sound that way-enjoy!!



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By installing on open element air filter setup you have taken all the sound damping out of the inlet, it is going to be loud that way.

And a tune will take care of that transmission action, make it like a whole new car, a lots faster whole new car.

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That is totally normal. It is the sound of the beast you awakened .

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Thanks for the answers. I figured that was the case but just wanted to be sure.
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So I recently purchased a base model 2012 Mustang. I just installed an Airaid CAI. I have never modded a car before so I just wanted to make sure that what I am experiencing is normal.

When I really get into the throttle or the car has to work like going up hills and the trans stays in a higher gear I can really hear the engine now. What I mean is the growl is much more noticeable. I know this is probably a stupid question and people will say what else where you expecting but I just did not expect that much of a change in engine sound. I am not complaining just making sure the change was supposed to be that noticeable.

Thanks in advance.

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Welcome to the forum and Congratulations on your new Mustang! Yes, all of the noises you're experiencing are completely normal. You're really going to hear the engine scream with a CAI on there!

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Thanks Dan.

Next is axle back exhaust once I decide on the Borla Stinger or the Borla ATAK and I get 50 posts so I can get the AM discount.
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Do you guys with the CAI find that the car is louder in normal cruising, or just when you accelerate? One of the things I like about the car is how well it's insulated from road noise; sometimes I feel like I'm in a lincoln. Would like to add some growl only when I hit the "go" pedal. Don't want a noiser car all around because that gets fatiguing on longer trips.

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Jazzcat, that is really the only time you will hear the growl. I travel for work and just drove 300 highway miles and the sound was normal for the whole trip. But once you get into it you will definitely had a good difference.

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It growls when you get on the gas. You CAN hear it even at partial throttle but its not annoying. I like the sound.

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That is normal, though the pop would concern me. Just try to be more careful, and like above, a shifter will help make sure that doesn't happen again.

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Welcome, and congrats on the mustang, it looks great!
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Thanks Dan.

Next is axle back exhaust once I decide on the Borla Stinger or the Borla ATAK and I get 50 posts so I can get the AM discount.
Nice! I think I have the twin to ' your mustang. For what it's worth, if you don't like the white stripes at the bottom of the rockers, it peels right off. Grab one edge and peel back at an angle. It was the first mod I did to my car. Then a shorty antenna, then a shifter knob, etc. Next on the list are shorty headers, FRPP sport exhaust, airaid cai,
and finally rims and tires. I'm really having problems finding the right rims to go on a ruby red mustang. Chrome or machined? I don't like all black rims, there needs to be some contrast imho.

Anyways, nice 'stang!
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Yeah, I was going to remove the white stripe but the wife said no and if I want to be able to continue to buy mods then I have to keep her happy. I was actually leaning towards matte black rims as I don't like a lot of flash. Down the road I am thinking long tube headers, shorty O/R X pipe and then lowering springs and staggered 18".

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