AFE 2005 GT Cold Air System

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aFe?contacted StangNet about there new complete Cold Air System for the 2005 Mustang.? They asked us to get a hands on review of the new system.? They told us their system was specifically designed to function without any kind of tune or recalibration of the system.? This is the first system that we have heard of and wanted to test it out for ourselves.

afe Cold Air System 2005 Mustang GTaFe?contacted StangNet about there new complete Cold Air System for the 2005 Mustang.? They asked us to get a hands on review of the new system.? They told us their system was specifically designed to function without any kind of tune or recalibration of the system.? This is the first system that we have heard of and wanted to test it out for ourselves.? Pro3i was kind enough to offer their facilities to us for the install.?

Overall we were impressed by the ease of installation and also the overall appearance of the kit.? The instructions were well written and were easy to follow.? The system comes complete with a rotomolded intake tube, intake filter housing with a clear-coated aluminum beveled lid, specially shaped oval high flow air filter, urethane coupler and a complete hardware kit.

This kit was specific for the new GT but they also make one for the 2005 V6.? Installation time was about 30 minutes and required just a few sockets and screwdriver.

Before we started the installation we made sure the engine was properly cooled down and the negative terminal on the battery was disconnected in order to prevent any damage to the systems.

We started by loosening the hose clamps on the throttle body, the air box, and removing the breather tube. We then disconnected the MAF sensor. The red clip needs to be pulled up in order to remove the sensor. (Pull the plug out without removing the red clip and you will have to explain to your Ford dealership why your MAF sensor mysteriously broke.) Then remove the screws securing the airbox and the entire assembly should come out of the engine bay easily.

2005 AFE Cold Air System Mustang GT

We then placed the powder coated air filter housing in the engine bay. Not only does the housing look great but also it serves as a shield blocking hot air from the engine. The housing is secured using the factory rubber bushings and screws. The specially rotomolded air intake tube bolts into the housing and connects to the urethane coupler. We then transferred the MAF sensor to the intake tube, installed the provided spacers, and tightened up all of the bolts.? The aFe tube is specifically designed with all the correct parameters and placement for the MAF sensor so that the computer is not effected and no codes are thrown and drivability remains true.
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The pre-oiled air filter was then installed into the housing. The filter is reusable and washable.
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After the filter had been installed and tightened properly we bolted the brushed aluminum housing into place. Once we had finished installing the aFe kit we checked all of the bolts and electrical connections to ensure that they were installed correctly. With the aFe kit installed it was time for some real world testing.

Unlike other kits on the market for the 2005 Mustang, the aFe kit does not require you to flash the OEM tune. At first, knowing how delicate the tunes are, we were in a bit of doubt.? But after 2 weeks of driving the Mustang daily we have yet to notice a check engine light or any issues.? A much crisper acceleration and improved intake note were also a welcome bonus.? StangNet gives the aFe Cold Air Intake kit for the 2005 Mustang GT two thumbs up.

The aFe Product Sheet states that they gained 19 HP and 22 ft/lbs torque with this system and no flash needed.? If you are looking for some more horsepower, an easy install, some cool looks under the hood and all without having the break the bank or risk warranty issues with a fancy computer flash, the aFe Cold Air system is the ticket.

Thanks to:

aFe Filters
www.afefilters.com

 

Pro3i
www.pro3i.com

 

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