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S&B S197 Ford Mustang GT Cold Air Intake Kit
2005-2006 Ford Mustang GT CAI kit from S&B Filters
With Dr. Jamie Meyer's recent magnum-opus on cold-air-intake systems for new Mustang GTs still fresh on our minds, you'd think we'd be hesitant to feed our readers a report on yet another inlet system for Three-Valve 'Stangs. Sorry, gang, bringing you the lowdown on cool, new products for all late-model Mustangs-as soon as we hear about them-is what we're all about here at 5.0&SF. So, in the spirit of new information, we decided to take a close look at an '05-'06 Mustang GT CAI kit from S&B Filters (PN 75-5003; $209.87), and tell you about our findings.
S&B, in Ontario, California, has been making air filters for the last 30 years and has had a hand in improving intake airflow for 'Stangs (with filters and cold-air tubes for GTs and Cobras) since 1996. Prior to the introduction of modular-powered Mustangs, the company made its entrance into the 'Stang market with air-filter elements for '95 models.
Right now, however, the S197 is as hot as fire and it doesn't appear there will be any slowdown of new pieces for it. So read on as we tell you about our recent installation of S&B's new cold-air system, with before-and-after dyno numbers, on Dave Hynes' '06 Mustang Premium GT. Don't be fooled by the appearance-the Roush wing, graphics, and the side-window louvers were all added by the dealer. This kit is a true bolt-on, and it needs no additional tuning, folks. The dyno showed us it works and the following photos will show you how easily it goes on and how clean it looks under the hood of a new GT.
Thanks to Mustang & Fords Editor Mark Houlahan for finding us a great test candidate, and for taking a few hours of his day to relive his glory days as this magazine's tech guru by handling the installation for us. Mark also operates the brand new Mustang chassis dyno at 5.0's headquarters in Tampa, so that may well be the real reason he agreed to help. Besides, he got to use our fully outfitted shop with gear from Alltrade, Sauder, and UCoat It.
Disassembly of the OEM air intake tube and airbox is straightforward and accomplished in just a few minutes. When removing the intake tube, the breather hose between the tube and cam cover must be disconnected. After that, the intake tube simply pulls away from the throttle body after the clamp that secures it is loosened. The airbox is attached to the engine compartment by only one bolt and is taken out with ease. Do not discard the rubber grommets on the base of the airbox because they'll be used later on the S&B box.
Mark removes the stock mass air sensor from the tube that's incorporated in the factory airbox. Save the screws, as they'll be used again when it's time to set up the new intake tube for installation.
The S&B intake tube is installed and secured at the throttle body with the clamp that's included with the system. The breather-hose adapter and the hose itself also are installed at this time.
Mark assembles the air box using the 5/16-inch screws and jam nuts that are included in the cold-air-intake-system. This clear lid covers the assembly, and actually gives it a pretty cool look.
The L bracket that Mark is tightening down actually secures the new air box in the engine compartment (note the original rubber grommet on the base of the air box). The box is initially installed somewhat loosely, so final alignment and fitment can be double checked. Once everything is true, the air filter is installed through the end of the air box and secured to the intake tube.
The mass-air-sensor must be secured to the billet sensor plate mounted on the S&B intake tube. A slight adjustment to the position of the mass-air wiring harness is necessary to accomodate for the sensor's new location. However, connecting to the sensor is a simple, plug-and-play procedure. Mark snaps it in place, and then it's time to hit the dyno.
This cold-air-intake system by S&B Filters helped put an additional 17 horses and 10 lb-ft of torque under the hood of Dave Hyne's '06 Mustang GT. With 218 hp and 208 lb-ft of torque at the back tires, there's no doubt this kit offers legitimate oomph to go along with its slick appearance, for just a shade over 200 bones.