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Talking First Mod?!?

Alright.... I've been busting my head on this one, and figured it couldn't hurt to hear opinions from the Mustang community. I'll hopefully have my GT here soon enough and I'll only have enough left over for one mod.

I've narrowed it down to two.... A CAI/Tuner combo (leaning towards the Steeda intake), or a set of axle back mufflers (Borla S-type stingers, catback too expensive). Can't afford anything more at the moment considering how much I'm already spending on the car, so these are the options I feel I'll get the most out of. On the one hand, I'll have that beautiful low level rumble coming from the car, on the other I'll have more power which is never a bad thing. Needless to say I'm torn.

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I'd go with the CAI/TUNES I'm getting a tuner soon I already have a CAI best of luck to you


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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-26-2016
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Id go for the CAI/Tuner first. I noticed the most initial gains from my CAI/Tuner. The axle-back was my 2nd mod, then an H-pipe.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-27-2016
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I don't think you'll see any power gain from a CAI...the FORD intake flows WAY MORE than the engine can use!!

Depending on the tuner you can gain up to 30 HP with or without a CAI but the "drivability" will greatly improve!!

Save your $$$'s for future mods!!
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The intakes on the 5.0s are pretty awesome from the factory, so a CAI isn't much of a gain. On the other hand, every Mustang I've heard with Borla Stingers turned heads, 4.6 and 5.0 alike. That's where I'd start. If you have a manual, don't forget a Barton or MGW shifter.

As long as you're N/A, I'd definitely recommend Brenspeed and an SCT tuner, but if you end up going FI, a dyno tune is a must.

If it's in the budget, my personal choice would be a set of LTs, Borla Stingers, a few mods to curb that IRS wheel hop, and a dyno tune and call it quits. That 5.0 would scream.

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In the past, my recommendation would have been to do exactly what you're doing. The funny thing is that with my S550, my first mod was Steeda Jacking Jails, then a Steeda Clutch Spring, and a Bob's Oil Separator. I've also got a Steeda Heel/Toe accelerator pedal to install. No clue when I'll get around to the intake, exhaust, and tune. Probably later this year?

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I'm looking to install a airaid CAI but on AM site after the video they ran a dyno and before the install it shows less than 400 horses. Why is there a big difference and what would be a good CAI to install and tune or no tune.


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Alright.... I've been busting my head on this one, and figured it couldn't hurt to hear opinions from the Mustang community. I'll hopefully have my GT here soon enough and I'll only have enough left over for one mod.

I've narrowed it down to two.... A CAI/Tuner combo (leaning towards the Steeda intake), or a set of axle back mufflers (Borla S-type stingers, catback too expensive). Can't afford anything more at the moment considering how much I'm already spending on the car, so these are the options I feel I'll get the most out of. On the one hand, I'll have that beautiful low level rumble coming from the car, on the other I'll have more power which is never a bad thing. Needless to say I'm torn.

Opinions?

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Get the louder cans!

LOL my first "mod" was over the weekend - got myself a clutch pedal extension. 1 1/2" is a HUGE difference. I don't know why I never thought of this for ALL my past vehicles.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-17-2016
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A custom calibration and cold air intake is always the best choice if you are looking to start the modding process. A calibration in essence unleashes what this engine wants to do to but can not without the help of a great calibration. Not to mention you get an SCT X4 with the package, you will need one of these when you get addicted to the power and crave a lot more. cough* cough* (supercharger) or if you want to put in a different set of rear end gears.

Here is a link to what we would recommend to start with: 2015-16 Mustang GT JLT Plastic Cold Air Intake Custom Tuner Package

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