Best Cold Air Intake For 99-04 Mustang GT

Created by Jude Horstman
Date Created: 4/8/2022
Last Updated: 4/26/2024

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One of the easiest and best first mods you can do to your New Edge is installing a brand new Mustang cold air intake. This will make your GT more efficient with better airflow, but it also looks good in the engine bay and sounds fantastic! These easy bolt-ons CAI will take your Mustang to the next level in aftermarket performance! Let’s look at our Best Cold Air Intakes for all 1999-2004 Ford Mustangs

***Fitment note*** This article covers only the 1999-2004 2V 4.6L SOHC V8 applications. None of the products listed below will fit any 1999-2004 V6 Mustang, 2001 Bullitt, 2003-2004 Mach 1, or 1999-2004 SVT Cobra Models.

1999-2004 Mustang GT Cold Air Intake Guide

Part NamePart NumberFitmentPrice
Black Fenderwell CAILRS-9659CA9K1999-04 Mustang GT 4.6L 2VShop Now
BBK Chrome CAIBBK-17181999-04 Mustang GT 4.6L 2VShop Now
JLT Ram Air Intake Kit (96-04) GTJLT-RAI2FMG96041999-04 Mustang GT 4.6L 2VShop Now
Airaid MXP Air Intake System (99-04) GTAID-4532041999-04 Mustang GT 4.6L 2VShop Now

1 | Black Fenderwell Cold Air Intake

Best Cold Air Intake For 99-04 Mustang GT - Best Cold Air Intake For 99-04 Mustang GT

We are kicking things off with a clean and simple design at an unbeatable price. The Black Fenderwell Cold Air Intake is the perfect replacement for your stock intake to force cool air into your intake manifold. This kit includes a new intake tube, air filter, fender well mounting plate, MAF gasket, and installation hardware.

The installation of this kit is simple and can be completed with basic hand tools. No extra modifications or special tools are required.

This high-flow performance cold air intake will create better throttle response and help increase your miles per tank, which is always a great advantage between fill-ups! This kit is designed to fit the 1999-2004 Ford Mustang GT 4.6L 2V.

Part NumberFitment
LRS-9659CA9K1999-2004 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V

Benefits & Features
Increased Fuel MileageBlack Finish
Bolt-On InstallationSmooth Tubular Bends
Increased HorsepowerHardware & Clamps Included
No Tune RequiredHigh Flow Reusable Air Filter

2 | BBK Chrome Fenderwell Cold Air Intake Kit

Best Cold Air Intake For 99-04 Mustang GT - Best Cold Air Intake For 99-04 Mustang GT

A quick and easy way to gain some additional HP with number three on our list is the BBK Chrome Fenderwell Cold Air Intake Kit! This kit features a show chrome finish, a long-lasting conical air filter, and an unmatched high-flow design for superior performance and striking good looks. If you’re looking to add some power and brighten up your engine bay, this BBK CAI is for you!

Part NumberFitment
BBK-17181999-2004 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V

Benefits & Features
Increased Fuel MileageDirect Fit
CARB LegalBolt-On In Minutes
Increased HorsepowerMade In The USA


When it comes to BBK Mustang parts, Late Model Restoration has you covered with various components. BBK is one of the industry leaders in providing Mustang owners with high-quality performance parts for their cars. With a wide array of aftermarket parts to get your Fox Body, SN-95, New Edge, S197, and S550 Mustang performing at their best, it's no surprise that BBK has been the go-to brand for 20+ years.

3 | JLT Ram Air Intake Kit

1996-2004 Mustang JLT Ram Air Intake Kit - GT

Upgrade and replace the restrictive factory air intake system in your 1996-2004 Mustang GT with this premium ram air intake kit from JLT! Constructed from durable black plastic and featuring a roto-molded heat shield, this ram air intake utilizes a high-flow filter, silicone reducers, and stainless steel clamps to provide an industry-leading fit and finish. JLT's ram air intake kit will increase horsepower and airflow while improving the efficiency of your 4.6 2V engine. Due to the large inner diameter of the intake tube, JLT provides a MAF adapter and the proper size couplers/clamps for a perfect fit on your Mustang GT.

Part NumberFitment
JLT-RAI2FMG96041999-2004 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V

Benefits & Features
Increased Fuel MileageHigh-Flow Air Filter
Improves Air FlowComposite Construction
Easy InstallationBlack Textured Intake Tube


JLT has become one of the industry leaders in Mustang & Lightning performance by bringing in some of the highest performance gains with their performance cold air intake systems. By designing and engineering their own products, they have been able to see huge gains in horsepower and torque in developing direct-fit air induction kits. Shop Latemodel Restoration for JLT cold air intake kits to get the most performance out of your Mustang or Lightning!

4 | AIRAID MXP Air Intake System

1999-04 Mustang Airaid MXP Air Intake System GT

An Airaid MXP Air Intake System for your 1999-2004 Mustang GT will add performance & increase horsepower. This is a great way to add extra fuel mileage and power to your Mustang. Airaid's high-flow cold air kit is designed to take the place of the existing factory air intake system with few modifications necessary! Airaid MXP Air Intakes start with a replacement one-piece roto-molded air inlet tube that addresses the downfall of the restrictive factory design. The blue high-flow air filter brings in more air and features a plastic heat shield to keep this incoming air cooler. Black in color helps to match other underhood components.

Part NumberFitment
AID-4532041999-2004 Mustang GT 4.6L 2V

Benefits & Features
Increased HorsepowerHigh-Flow Air Filter
No Tune RequiredHigh-Quality Construction
Better Air FlowBlack Textured Intake Tube


AIRAID Premium cold air intake systems and air filters are constructed using the finest materials available today for your Ford Mustang. All AIRAID Premium filters utilize a urethane body that won’t crack or curl like their competitors’ rubber units. Filtration is second to none with the combination of AIRAID's proprietary SynthaFlow and multiple cotton gauze layers


No matter which kit you choose for your New Edge GT, you’ll see improvements in performance and gas mileage! On top of that, it looks a lot cleaner than the stock intake and helps your Mustang breathe. If you’re ready to upgrade, go with your gut and pick the one that you think would look best!

If you keep asking yourself, “Does a Cold Air Intake work?” don’t worry; we’ve done all the research to make sure you know that they do. Check out some of the frequently asked questions below to learn more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Cold Air Intakes Work On Mustangs?

Yes! When you upgrade your stock intake to a more significant cold air intake, you’ll increase cold air volume to the combustion process. This will allow your 2V engine to burn the fuel more completely and result in additional horsepower and torque!

How Much Horsepower Does A Cold Air Intake Add To A Mustang GT?

As we mentioned above, increasing the air volume of your engine will help your engine run more efficiently. And more efficient means more power! Don’t believe us? Check out Project Keeping Comp and see the results from the dyno!

Project Keeping Comp | Restored 2004 Mustang GT Hits The Dyno!

Do You Need A Tune For A Cold Air Intake On A Mustang GT?

Upgrading your intake is a great starter mod for new Mustang owners. But you’ll hear talk about “you need to tune your car” once you install it. Is that always true? The answer is yes but also no.

Your car is tuned from the factory to bring in so much air. So increasing that amount will make your GT run better. But tuning is not required. However, taking your car to a local tuner will allow you to get the most out of your new intake. You’ll see better results when adding extra horsepower and torque, which will benefit you in the long run. Luckily, these intakes are considered “no-tune” CAI. Which means they do not require a tune.

If you own a new generation Mustang, they will require a tune when installing a new cold air intake. Check out our full, in-depth article on what mods need a tune!

We also offer a wide variety of Cold Air Intake Systems for different model Mustangs. Including the Mustang V6, GT, SVT Cobra, Saleen, Bullitt, Shelby, Roush, and Mustang Mach 1.

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