JLT Performance Cold Air Intake Kit Black Textured GT 2018-2020

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JLT Performance Cold Air Intake Kit Black Textured GT 2018-2019 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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  • Black Plastic Intake Tube
  • S&B Powerstack 5X7" Filter
  • Requires A Custom Tune
  • Made In The USA

JLT Performance Black Textured Cold Air Intake Kit for 2018, 2019 and 2020 GT Mustangs.

The 2018-2020 GT Mustang utilizes a 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine which is proving to be the best engine Ford has put out yet. A new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection translates into 460HP and higher-RPM power at 420lb-ft of torque. An engine, though, is only as good as the parts its connected to, so boost your GT even further by adding JLT Performance's Black Textured Cold Air Intake Kit (P/N: CAI-FMG-18) specifically designed to fit your 2018-2020 GT Mustang.

- OEM-Style Black Textured Plastic Construction
- Computer Designed to Optimize Space
- Made in the USA
- Fits 2018-2020 GT Mustangs


- Plastic Intake Tube - 120mm MAF Size
- Silicone Reducer Coupler
- S&B Powerstack 5"x7" Air Filter
- Heat Shield with Duct and Weatherstrip
- Heavy Duty Clamps and Installation Hardware

This cold air intake, available at CJ Pony Parts, will provide more power and enhanced performance to the 5.0L V8 engine in your GT. It's computer designed for optimized fit in the engine bay. The intake is constructed from OEM-style black textured plastic that's unpainted for a sleek, modern style under your hood. The kit comes complete with everything you need to completely replace your factory intake without any adjustments. It includes a JLT plastic intake tube with 120mm MAF size, a silicone reducer coupler, a heat shield with duct and weatherstrip, heavy-duty clamps and all the necessary installation hardware. Also included is a top of the line S&B Powerstack air filter made to exact specifications for perfect fit and function. The filter has a tapered design and Powerstack filtered ends, with a 5" opening on the tube, so it can handle the large air filter needed for this intake. In the end, you get a huge 5" x 7" air filter that includes a built-in screen for straighter airflow as it passes through the precisely placed and molded 120mm MAF area. JLT designed this intake system for bolt-on installation, so no permanent modifications are necessary to use the kit and upgrade your S550's performance.

*A custom tune is required with this intake (not included).

California Residents: Proposition 65 Warning

Note: This item is not CARB (California Air Resource Board) exempt and is not legal for sale or use in the state of California.

Installation Videos

Video Transcript

While cold air kits have improved over the years, a good aftermarket cold air kit forms excellent to make power and another bonus, the factory intake is ugly. So today we're gonna replace it with a new intake from JLT.

JLT has long been one of the leaders in the cool air intake markets and no surprise they were the first ones to have one for the 2018 Mustang. It's gonna include this 120 millimeter mass air inlet tube, this large five by eight reusable power stack filter, along with an air box and all necessary hardware for installation. This will be a direct replacement for your factory air box. It will require tuning when installed.

For this installation we need quarter inch ratchet, seven millimeter socket, eight millimeter socket, 10 millimeter socket, a six inch extension, ten millimeter wrench, Phillips head screwdriver, T-20 torch bit, and a clip removal tool.

To begin the installation, we're going to remove the engine cover and to do that, you have to remove the strut tower brace. Now you can lift the engine cover off and work around it. Honestly, it's just easier to get it out of the way. To remove these, remove these nuts from each side. To remove the strut tower brace, you pop these caps off, remove the two nuts underneath, and then it just clips on. You just lift it up.

Here you can see the new 2018 engine with the engine cover removed. The cold air kit to remove it, kind of the same way as the older ones. Start by disconnecting this line here, this line back here, the line for the inner tube, the sound tube, and then your mass air sensor and the little plug there.

To release the sound tube, we're going to squeeze this metal clamp.

To remove the cold air kit, we take the whole thing off as one piece. You simply have got to separate the throttle body and remove this bolt right here on the fender.

The next step in the installation is going to be the most difficult part and that is removing the factory sound tube. You don't have to remove it. JLT does provide this piece here that will allow you to keep it by drilling a hole in your new cold air kit. In my case, I'm not a big fan of the fake speaker sound or the fake air sound, so I'm going to remove the air tube and install the plug provided by JLT.

I warn you now, if this is your first S550 and your first attempt at removing the sound tube, this is the hardest part of the whole installation. It's not difficult to do, it's difficult to get to. The sound tube, the bolt is actually way down here on the back of the firewall so you have to get small wrench in there, just make some little turns until you get the nut off and then you can remove the whole sound tube.

Here you can barely see that little red stud. There's a 10 millimeter nut on there. That's what you're trying to remove. I wish I could tell you there's some really cool, simple trick. There isn't. Grab a small 10 millimeter ratcheting wrench if you have one, or any kind of small 10 millimeter wrench. The easiest way I found to do it, reach your arm in, follow the header all the way back, and just make slow turns with your wrench and remove it.

Now we can remove the sound tube.

Now for the second part of the fun part of the installation. That's installing this plug. What you're going to do is exact same way you went in with your arm with the wrench, push this into the opening.

Now to begin the installation, we steal a few things off of the factory air box. We use this grommet with the metal sleeve, this locating grommet and the mass air sensor.

Get this off. Just push the metal sleeve through and work out the grommet. Now we need a sensor, but not the screws. You want to make sure you do use the JLT supplied screws when you install it.

We're going to install the sensor now into our intake tube. Put the supplied gasket in place. Line it up properly. It will only go on one way. Get these snug. You don't have to crank them real tight.

With the sensor installed now, we can install the filter. Put that metal vein facing down. Grab the alignment grommet we removed earlier. Put that right here in the fender. Now we can install the air box. Take the factory grommet with the metal sleeve and install that in our JLT box.

Put it down into place. Box in place. We install the stock bolt. The box mounted now, we're going to grab the JLT duct here. We're going to slide it forward and then push it onto the factory piece. There will be two alignment dots here. One will be on either side of the air box when it's seated properly.

We're ready to install the intake tube. Grab the supplied coupler. Put it on the tube first. Leave the clamps loose then connect it to the throttle bottle. Get everything seated and tighten it down.

Now this part is optional, but included in the kit is this piece of foam. If you want to, basically just push this right down in here to completely seal the filter in the box. I'm not a big fan of the way it looks. It's not really necessary in my opinion, but if you do want to install it and completely seal it, you can.

We can make all of our connections. The box has a hole for this tab here. Push that through and plug in your mass air sensor. At this point, we're going to reinstall our engine intake cover and your installation's finished.

As we've come to expect from JLT Performance, the fit and finish was spot on and it looks great under the hood. I've used JLT on plenty of other cars including my race car and I've always make great power, so I'm expecting the same out of the 2018. I can't wait to get this car back on the dyno and see what kind of horsepower we get out of it. Again I do want to mention this intake will require a custom tune so you will have to tune it along with the installation. But overall, the install's very simple. This will take you less than hour. Be back on the road in no time.

Vehicle Fitment

This product will fit the following Mustang years:

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy install except for the sound tube plug Super easy install except for the sound tube. Super hard to get to the retaining nut as stated in the video but if you twist and turn the sound tube the retaining tab will slide past the retaining nut on the firewall. The plug for the hole in the firewall is hard plastic and it was easily installed after I put in boiling water to soften it up.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do I have Tyrannosaurus Rex arms?? Ok first off, I do really like this cold air intake its a much better looking, performing, and fitting C.A.I. over the stock part. The install was overall VERY straightforward and simple. However, the instructions from the part are not very clear and detailed. (Thank you CJs for your install videos, I just followed step by step with you and it worked great). As for the dreaded sound tube delete... YES, it is just as much of a pain in the .... as the video says. I felt like my arms were just an inch too short to really get the bolt off. As Bill says in the video get a very small ratcheting 10mm wrench and just go in from underneath. (follow the headers) This was difficult for me since I am right handed and I had to do this left handed. Once this is done now you have to plug the hole. I found this more difficult to do than take off the bolt. I placed the plug in some hot water first (this made the plug more pliable for the hole) again, patience and some long arms work well here. Other than that, very simple straightforward install. I have read on other websites that the fit is not great on this product causing the hood not to close. I did not have this issue, the fit was perfect for me. Take your time on the install and it should work great.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from JLT CAI Install is very quick and easy, sound tube delete is a bit of a pain but not too bad! Setup with a tune from Dyno Edge and gained 30 RWHP!
Date published: 2019-03-14
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Will the Ford Performance: M-9601-G ‘blue’ filter fit this JLT cold-air intake system?

Asked by: Goody
No it will not.
Answered by: rk cjpp
Date published: 2020-03-22

Is this a Olided or dry filter?

Asked by: JAC77
It is oiled.
Answered by: rk cjpp
Date published: 2019-10-25

Does the JLT Performance CAI with the SCT BDX Tuner for the 2018-19 Mustang GT work for the European spec Mustangs in Europe.

Asked by: Stang
Unfortunately I cannot accurately answer your question. Without the vendor supplying any information regarding fitment for non-US Spec cars and CJ's not having a car to test parts on, we cannot confirm this part working on your vehicle at this time.
Answered by: jmg1
Date published: 2019-08-12

I purchased a SCT BDX Tuner already. If I purchase this intake, should the tuner have the tune file integrated, or will I need a separate custom tune file?

Asked by: BWG1
You would have to plug in your tuner and check.
Answered by: rk cjpp
Date published: 2020-03-15

Do you know of any CAI's that are compatible with a 2018 Mustang Gt with the Active Exhaust feature? I tried a K and N and it wouldn't work as I assume it was a fuel/air mix issue and the check engine light would not go out.

Asked by: Oxford White
The intake you have chosen will work but will require a custom tune.
Answered by: rk cjpp
Date published: 2018-07-13

Does the tuner (SCT BDX Tuner) come with instructions on how to tune the engine with this product, or is this something a professional has to do?

Asked by: ToddZ
It comes with instructions and the tuner will guide you along the tuning process.
Answered by: rk cjpp
Date published: 2020-03-15

Are pre-loaded tunes to use this intake on the recommended programmer y'all sell? Where can we source "intake" tunes?

Asked by: Tex350zer
Through the SCT BDX Tuner or you can have a custom tune with the Lund Racing nGauge.
Answered by: CJPP Dave
Date published: 2020-03-15

Will this product make the warranty invalid and how much horsepower will it add?

Asked by: Rhino 123
Unless the product in question is directly responsible for an issue, your warranty should remain intact. Read up on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act for more details.
Answered by: CJPP Dave
Date published: 2018-01-08
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