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C & L MAF Install

aldive

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When I was in Birmingham, AL, earlier this year doing dyno testing ( at http://walkerdynotune.com/mainsite/index.htm ) on my Explorer with Doug Studdard ( of http://www.bamachips.com/ ), we evaluated a new MAF made by C & L Performance ( a Huntsville, AL, company specializing in performance products for late model Ford vehicles http://www.cnlperformance.com/about.html ).

The C & L MAF showed a 7.5 RWHP improvement over the stock Ford MAF on my truck using Doug’s 89 Performance Tune.

What's unique about this new MAF is that it uses the stock Ford sensor electronics in a 73mm solid aluminum housing. Since the electronics are stock Ford, the power increase must be due to the vastly improved flow characteristics and larger size ( stock Ford MAF is 65mm ).

I ordered one from Doug and as usual when dealing with him, the order promptly arrived.

Installation was undemanding. After removing the stock Ford MAF from my truck, the sensor electronics from the stock Ford MAF were removed ( just like you would do to clean the sensor - http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=49253 ) and reinstalled in the C & L housing. Pic The C & L MAF even comes with a T-20 security torx bit.

The C & L MAF does not ship with any mounting hardware. I am having to fabricate a mounting bracket. This has not been finalized; will post pictures when completed.

The new MAF and mounting hardware were then attached to the truck, the six wire connector was connected to the MAF and the truck fired up.

A brief road test showed excellent throttle response and very smooth operation; mileage data will follow shortly.

My main reason in acquiring this MAF was to boost fuel mileage through efficiency; the RWHP increase though expected, was indeed a pleasant windfall.

Bama Chips ( http://www.bamachips.com/ ) is the exclusive dealer for the C & L MAF for the Explorer. Contact Doug for information and to place an order.

The power increase ( 7.5 RWHP with the 89 Performance Tune ) from the C & L MAF has been dyno proven ( http://www.explorerforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132515&highlight=dyno ); unfortunately, we ran out of time to dyno test it with the more powerful 93 Tune.

I shall soon see how this MAF performs in normal driving as well as in the gas mileage department. I also plan on dyno testing the C & L MAF with the 93 Performance tune ( that Doug dyno tuned for my truck ) at a Ft Myers dyno facility ( http://proautotech.com/ ) . I shall report the data when available.

If you are looking for more out of your Explorer, this MAF is a worthy mod.
 

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More pics ....
 

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I put a C&L CAI and MAF combo on my Mach 1. Very good quality and significant performance increases. For those that are looking for intake improvement, C&L makes a quality product. Attached picture is the C&L CAI and MAF setup in my Mach. Well done aluminum casting with good hardware.
 

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this is interesting, sounds like a nice mod. can't wait to hear about the gas mileage.
 






JDraper said:
I put a C&L CAI and MAF combo on my Mach 1. Very good quality and significant performance increases. For those that are looking for intake improvement, C&L makes a quality product.

did you notice any gas mileage increase?
 






rookieshooter said:
did you notice any gas mileage increase?


Not with the way I drive it!!! :D. Actually, I wasn't looking to track that in my Mach. I get 27-28 mpg on the highway in a 300+RWHP car, so I'm quite happy with my mileage. I would suspect that it did increase the mileage since the car breathes much better now. I put the intake on in conjunction with a Borla Stinger cat back and a custom tune.
 






I have not done any mileage studies, yet. Soon come ....

I did install the 93 Tune ( dyno tuned for my truck ) today, filled with 93 Amoco and went for a test drive.

What a kick in the arse the combo of the C & L and Doug's ( http://www.bamachips.com/ ) 93 Tune made.

Very impressed with the combo. A trip to the dyno ( http://proautotech.com/ ) is in the works.

Jeff, glad to see that it works in your Mustang; now get one for the new truck ....
 






To securely mount the C & L MAF, I had to fabricate a mounting bracket.

I decided to use parts of the old MAC mount and add to that. First, I put the MAC mount in my table saw ( with metal cutting blade ) and cut it off just below the mounting flange. Then I put in place in my truck and made measurements and angles need to cut and bend this stainless steel mount.

Next I had to measure and cut a strip of 1 ½" aluminum to the correct distance for the new mount. After the cut was made, I drilled the mounting holes to attach the aluminum to the MAF as well as the other part of the mount.

A quick trip to the hardware store determined that the threaded holes in the C & L MAF are 6 M. Then the screws and bolts are attached.

Finally the mount is attached to the truck with the MAC mounts.

The mount is now very secure.
 

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That's a nice fab job.
 






JDraper said:
Attached picture is the C&L CAI and MAF setup in my Mach. Well done aluminum casting with good hardware.

Where did you get those blue "collars" that fit between the intake and tube, and tube and MAF? (They're the things that you have the twin aircraft-style hose clamps going over.) What are those blue things? Rubber sleeves? Did they come with the tube?
 






Rhett said:
Where did you get those blue "collars" that fit between the intake and tube, and tube and MAF? (They're the things that you have the twin aircraft-style hose clamps going over.) What are those blue things? Rubber sleeves? Did they come with the tube?

They came with the C&L intake, they are a rubberized material with a woven center (kinda like a high quality radiator hose).
 






aldive said:
Very impressed with the combo. A trip to the dyno ( http://proautotech.com/ ) is in the works.

I see that you are getting about 190 rear wheel horsepower on the dyno. Is that normal rwhp for a chipped and modded 4.0 SOHC? If so, that's much higher rwhp than I thought. I realize you are not stock BUT that still is impressive. Is that normal for those engines?
 






The ~ 190 RWHP is with the 89 Tune, with the 93 tune it is ~ 200 RWHP. And the later is without the C & L MAF; with it I am expecting in the 205-210 RWHP.

The third graph is from a bone stock SOHC Explorer.
 

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The 196 is with the 93 program correct? and your expecting as much as 14 more H.P. from the C&L MAF body, the C&L is just a larger MAF body is it not? using the OEM mas
 






Al
One other question, are the bone stock numbers Icepounders?
always wondered why his OEM numbers were so low if the graph is from his truck
 






So how much was this hunk of aluminium? Do you need a tuner/chip to do this?
 






Al, in the first two graphs, are your numbers SAE corrected, STD, or STD corrected?
 






JDraper said:
Al, in the first two graphs, are your numbers SAE corrected, STD, or STD corrected?

Jeff, I believe that they are SAE corrected. Doug would be better able to answer that question.
 









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aldive said:
Jeff, I believe that they are SAE corrected. Doug would be better able to answer that question.
Al
What are the final numbers corrected for, drivetrain loss? temps.Not being pissy, just need to know
 






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