Originally Posted by shnschpr
CAI? sorry not up to date on terminology. Still stuck in the 60's era. Wait let me guess. cold air intake?
CAI = Cold Air Induction. CAI kit is usually sold with a tuning tool, like the Predator, or SCT X Calibrator.
The Tuning tool plugs into the computer outlet under your dash, and loads a custom tune file into your computer, greatly increasing the performance of your car. If you have an automatic transmission, a custom tune will change the way your transmission shifts- which will seem like a huge increase in performance to you.
This is the single best investment you can make on the Mustang, and the modificationis easily reversible- you can re-load your stock tune into the computer whenever you want, and the CAI can be removed in a matter of minutes.
The Granatelli CAI does not require a tuning tool to install, but is you have an automatic trans
, you will still want a tuning tool.
Other mods you will see in people's signature lines: CAI
= Cold Air Induction LCA
= Lower Control Arms (Suspension) S/C
= Supercharged N/A
= Normally Aspirated (non-turbocharged, non-S/C, non nitrous) UDP
= Under Drive Pulleys (another great mod that frees up horsepower) X-pipe
= exhaust X-pipe that replaces factory H-pipe. Some X-pipe come without cats (no catalitic converters- illegal & loud, but also gives you more horsepower. These are ususally called "off-road X-pipes") Axle-backs
= complicated name for replacement mufflers that attach behind the axle, thereby not affecting the rest of the exhaust system. Performance-wise, a waste of money, but we still do it anyway!!
Good luck with your new stang. If you have any intention of continuing in the future with bolt-on power additions, ask for referrals and shop for a tuning tool that is offered through a vendor who is also a mail-order custom tune file creator, so that you will have customer support when the time comes (and the time WILL come).
This bolt-on thing is an addiction- if you have ever owned a Harley, you will know what I am talking about!!!!