Steeda Air Intake
WHY? Performance. Even though the 2005-2007 GT's deliver excellent performance in stock trim there is still more power lurking in the little V-8 and its breathing is a good place to start. I'm not looking to build a 12-second sprinter, but would like to improve on the stock acceleration (it's a lifelong sickness, folks). The stock air intake has a few restrictions built in to satisfy noise regulations, and there are many aftermarket intake systems available to correct the problem. After doing a great deal of research on these systems I decided on a system by Steeda Autosports. Like almost all other intakes for the the current crop of V-8 mustangs this one requires some tuning of the air/fuel ratio to avoid a damaging lean condition. I have heard many good things about the tunes produced by Brent at Brenspeed so I decided to purchase a package that included the Steeda air kit, an SCT XCalibrator 2 tuner and three tunes written for my vehicle and its mods. The site is extremely clean and easy to navigate and the prices are competitive. The list price for this combo at the time I bought was $624, with free shipping. I placed the order online via credit card.
SERVICE. Fantastic. Immediately after ordering I received an email confirmation; soon thereafter I received an email asking for more information needed to program the SCT tuner to my car. In a few days I received a phone call from Brent telling me that they had loaded the tunes into the tuner and were shipping it but that they were out of stock on the Steeda intake and it would be shipped directly from Steeda. That very day I received shipping notifications and tracking numbers for both the intake and the tuner. Both packages arrived at my doorstep less that two weeks after placing the order--not a bad wait considering that the tunes had to be custom-written for my vehicle and loaded into the tuner. I've heard nothing but great things about Brenspeed's customer service and I must concur--this is the way online business should be conducted!
INSTALLATION. This job could be accomplished by an owner with modest mechanical skills and required only basic hand tools. A special torx bit is needed to remove the MAF sensor from the stock tube, so check your toolkit before beginning. The entire installation took me less than an hour.
RESULTS. WOW! Really nice. When I first did the installation I was running a tank of 87-octane fuel so I loaded the 87 tune; the difference in the car was incredible. Things really picked up when I loaded a full tank of 93-octane premium gas and installed the 93 tune! Check out my review on the XCalibrator tuner to read more detail about the changes. I like the looks of this unit; it's crafted really well and looks like it. I really like the metal heat shield too. The sound is an unexpected bonus; I've used aftermarket intakes on other vehicles that made some really obnoxious noises, but the Steeda just makes sweet music! At idle and cruising speed it's no louder than the stock air cleaner, but at wide-open throttle it produces a very pleasing (at least to my ears) growl. Authoritative, but not irritating.
WORTH THE MONEY? Absolutely. If you're looking to improve your car's performance this combination (intake and tuner) is just about the best bang (along with new gears) you'll get for your buck.