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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-07-2017 Thread Starter
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CAI/Tune Worth it?

Hey Guys,

I'm trying to decide if it's worth getting a CAI/Tune for my 2017 Shelby GT350. I know the benefits and have put CAIs on every other mustang I've had ('85 GT, '97 GT, '11 GT). I have 2 dilemmas about doing it on the Shelby, though. The first is does it really "need" any mods? Before anyone says anything, I know....the answer is YES cars always need mods, but this thing is already stupid fast. The second concern I have is with the tune. Every decent CAI I've seen for this thing requires a new tune. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I keep remembering about the "Cylinder 8" issues from tunes back on the original Coyote motors and them voiding the warranty. I'd hate to cause an issue and void my warranty on a $60,000 car for a mod that it didn't really "need."

So, I guess my question for you guys is 2 fold:

1. Is there really a risk associated with the CAI/Tunes (from reputable manufacturers like K&N, JLT, BBK, etc.).
2. If not, does anyone have any recommendations on which one to go with?

Thanks in advance, guys.

P.S. I've attached some pics of the car, along with some aesthetic mods that my wife got me for my birthday.

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My jealousy over your ride has me unable to impartially comment on your question

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Don't think any aftermarket CAI will show a gain over the 'stock' Shelby setup. It's already a very efficient.
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The GT350 comes with the CAI that Ford Performance sells as part of the power pack for GTs and Ecoboosts. There may better CAIs but I wouldn't think there would be enough difference in power for even the most sensitive butt dyno to feel.
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Aftermarket CIA kits are all about the "look". all bark, no bite. Bling without cajones. The laughable power gains they may provide are worth 500 bucks and up? Nope.


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Well, that was the kind of advice I was looking for. Thanks guys! She'll be staying stock.
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Hey Guys,

I'm trying to decide if it's worth getting a CAI/Tune for my 2017 Shelby GT350. I know the benefits and have put CAIs on every other mustang I've had ('85 GT, '97 GT, '11 GT). I have 2 dilemmas about doing it on the Shelby, though. The first is does it really "need" any mods? Before anyone says anything, I know....the answer is YES cars always need mods, but this thing is already stupid fast. The second concern I have is with the tune. Every decent CAI I've seen for this thing requires a new tune. Maybe I'm being paranoid, but I keep remembering about the "Cylinder 8" issues from tunes back on the original Coyote motors and them voiding the warranty. I'd hate to cause an issue and void my warranty on a $60,000 car for a mod that it didn't really "need."

So, I guess my question for you guys is 2 fold:

1. Is there really a risk associated with the CAI/Tunes (from reputable manufacturers like K&N, JLT, BBK, etc.).
2. If not, does anyone have any recommendations on which one to go with?

Thanks in advance, guys.

P.S. I've attached some pics of the car, along with some aesthetic mods that my wife got me for my birthday.
I heard gt 350s can use a k&n cai without a tune. Though if tuned you'd get better results... I myself would end up tuning it anyways... Even if I had 800 hp...
https://www.americanmuscle.com/kn-se...1517gt350.html
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absolutely i love mine.
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any one have experience with the performance pack in the ecoboost mustang? As far as aftermarket installation? I want to know how much Ford would charge for labor on something like that. I can get the pack for $600, but I'm wondering about the labor costs if Ford puts it in. I want to get the tune and CAI for the car, but don't want to do anything without a warranty, so would need Ford to install their parts. Thanks.
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I have the FP Performance kit. I am very happy with it. You don't need to have Ford install it for the warranty. If you read the warranty document on the FP site it tells you any ASE certified tech can do it.

I did mine at my son's shop, he printed me a work order. I emailed it, the receipt for the kit and a picture of the rack with all his ASE techs certifications to FP, I had a confirmation back in less than two hours confirming my warranty.

You should not have to pay more than an hour labor for the install. Also, if you shop around you can get the kit for close to $500, mine was $509 from Levitton Ford.
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Suspension - CJ Lowering Springs [F:-1.5"/R:-1.0") | 20mm Spacers | MGP Red Caliper Covers |
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