Tech: EcoBoost Mustang CAI Install

0 Steeda S550 EcoBoost CAI Install

Fresh Air

Installing Steeda’s cold air intake wakes up the EcoBoost Mustang

By Steve Turner
Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Steeda Autosports

Since there were internal combustion engines, there have been hot rodders trying to increase their output. Over the years, engines have gotten far more efficient and powerful, but numerous production restraints keep carmakers from fully maximizing the performance of their engines.

Steeda ProFlow Mustang Cold Air Intake (PN 555-3199; $394.95) features a roto-molded heat shield, a high-flow inlet tube, a velocity stack inlet, high-flow nano-fiber air filter. It can be run as delivered or with a SCT calibration.
Steeda’s ProFlow Mustang Cold Air Intake (PN 555-3199; $394.95) features a roto-molded heat shield, a high-flow inlet tube, a velocity stack inlet, high-flow nano-fiber air filter. It can be run as delivered or with an SCT calibration.

For example, the factory induction systems have gotten much better over the years. The sealed air boxes in modern Mustangs are fed fresh ambient air from behind the grille via well-designed ducts. However, the flow potential of a sealed box with a panel filter is limited.

These days there is a new Mustang player in town—the EcoBoost Mustang—and its 2.3-liter engine wears a turbo from the factory. Forced induction engines usually respond even better to breathing mods than their naturally aspirated counterparts. So, it’s only natural that the aftermarket with design freer flowing induction systems for these cars.

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