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Old 04-11-2010, 22:19   #1 (permalink)
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2000 4cyl cougar, Cai?? or free airflow

i've got a 2000 mercury cougar with the 4cyl, the plastic box sitting on top of the Throttle body looks like it can be easily deleted and a full cai can be run from the throttle body, i'm looking to make a cai or at least remove the box sitting on top of the throttle body cuz it looks like it would restrict air flow
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Re: 2000 4cyl cougar, Cai?? or free airflow

I'm sure you could run a cone style filter, but I personally would recommend running a fenderwell setup if possible or have the filter segregated by some sort of a housing from the rest of the engine bay. I see too many cars that have a cone filter sticking off the intake tube, and in my book that is a big NO-NO. There is nothing CAI about it when it is sucking in hot engine air from under the hood like I commonly see. Don't make the same mistake lots of other people do!

Here is a link to show the setup I am referring to. It is not specific to your vehicle, but you get the idea.>>>>

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Note the results of the test they did....over 50 degrees cooler with the "ice-box"!!
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do I need to tune the engine afterwards?
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I would absolutely get it tuned. You will get the most of your CAI that way. Coming from someone who has a project himself, I can tell you that 90% of all my bolt-ons ($2800 worth) are almost worthless without a tune of some sort and actually some of them won't even respond properly without a tune. I think a CAI falls under this rule.

Worthless frills like stickers and fender vents obviously don't need a tune.
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i've taken a couple auto classes and done a couple headgaskets so I know my way around a car, is a tune something I can do on this or am I going to need to drop this off at a speed shop?
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i've taken a couple auto classes and done a couple headgaskets so I know my way around a car, is a tune something I can do on this or am I going to need to drop this off at a speed shop?
You can get a chip or a hand-held tuner and do it yourself. The chip is around $300 and the handheld can be almost $500 but most likely more like $400-450. The upside to having a handheld is that it has diagnostic trouble-shooting capabilities most of the time and you can read trouble codes with the handheld, so it is a dual-purpose device.

If you opt for going with a chip, Lonnie over at Blue Oval Chips is a good guy. The tune is going to make that CAI adapt well and add performance on top of that. 15-20 hp to the crank is fairly typical and you WILL feel that.


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