So, yes the stock intake is a CAI with a decent surface area... however...
The aftermarket setups do have more surface area and can draw more air through. They also eliminate some restriction with the stock design creating a fair amount of turbulence. However, this is all negligible and not "worth the price" as stated above.
Pluses to one on our trucks:
- They sound badass under WOT
- Very minimal but slight gains. You'll gain this more with completing the exhaust flow (headers, cat elimination, exhaust). Tuning (URD
MAF calibrator, Unichip, U-CON)... will actually grant you some decent gains without boost. However, the cost of doing all of this... probably not worth it. If you do it for anything, it's for the sound and slight increase in throttle response.
All that said, I personally recommend the AFE Si2 Pro Guard (for the desert for sure, more protection the better) and also put a pre-filter on it. I absolutely love mine.
Also that "scoop" volant intake is completely retarded and useless, the hood scoop on the Tacoma's is in a negative pressure zone... you're actually starving the engine for air.
Also the K&N drop ins, and even my oil based AFE proguard filter cause absolutely NO Issues with the MAF. *Oil properly and it's perfectly fine. *Over oil, and you have issues. *I ran the K&N drop in for about 40,000mi on my 2008, and this AFE has been on my truck for roughly 40,000+.
As for the tails, they're pretty much all on ebay
. That said, the stock LED lights are the most highly sought after and probably the nicest by most people's opinions. The only reason I have aftermarket is because I was rear ended and watched cheaper lights than stock... I do kinda like them for the most part (minus the actual chrome surround on the led's)