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Old 01-18-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Talking REVIEW: AFE Magnum Force Intake VS. Volant Sealed Intake w/ RAM Scoop

Hey guys, figured I would give a little review on a couple intakes I've had and currently have. Both intakes were on my 2005 Toyota 4x4 4.0 V6.

First: AFE Magnum Force Intake- (Past set up)

-This intake was a great intake. The installation was a breeze and everything aligned and bolted up easily, and as it should. The biggest thing I liked about the intake was that it was LOUD! And loud at all times, not just romping on it at 4K. I could hear it working as low as 1500 rpm. The one thing that I didn't like about it was that it was that it wasn't completely sealed. All the sides were enclosed besides the one that connects to the fender (where the stock intake location draws air). They just left 'that side of the box' off. That would be my only complaint about the intake. I saw a bit more throttle response over stock and didn't see any mpg gain. But, if you are looking for a fairly inexpensive intake for the NOISE, this is the intake to get. The only reason I got rid of it was because I thought I had a solid deal on a TRD intake and sold it beforehand. Then the deal fell through.. so I was left with stock.

Pic of intake that was on my truck:



Second: Volant CAI (w/ optional RAM SCOOP)

-I just received this intake recently. The installation was a little bit harder than the AFE, but not too bad. Took around 1hr. The intake took some maneuvering and sliding around until I could get the MAF sensor and all hoses lined up correctly. (One thing that I'm not a real fan of is that the MAF sensor doesn't seem to line up 100% correctly like OEM. Granted, everything works fine just not completely how I would like it too). The VOLANT is 100% sealed which I love. It also fits in the fender wall location perfect. No gaps or anything. As far as performance, my truck seems to have a lot more throttle response over stock, and the AFE for that matter. It gives the truck a nice rumble on start up/idle but is quieter than the AFE (still sounds great though) at all RPMs. I'm assuming this is due to the completely sealed design. I have the optional RAM Scoop on order and will report back when it gets installed!

Overall:

-I like both intakes. The AFE and Volant are the only two brands I have "tested" with and like both. I would like to find another AFE for my 2007 or maybe even try a K&N or TRD. Both intakes sound great and both have their pro's. I would recommend either one to anyone who is looking for an intake for the sound, looks, and throttle response gain. Besides that, I didn't see any real HP and MPG gains with either (and I'm okay with that)

Pic of Volant Intake (current set up)

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If you're looking for a TRD intake, buy an Injen. Injen makes the intakes for TRD and uses an Amoil dry filter.
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If you're looking for a TRD intake, buy an Injen. Injen makes the intakes for TRD and uses an Amoil dry filter.
I looked at Injen's website and their intake for the Tacoma looks nothing like the TRD intake

http://www.injenairintakes.com/
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I stand corrected. Injen used to make the intakes for TRD. TRD used to be a seperate entity from Toyota. A year or so after 4.0L came out, it was nearly impossible to get TRD parts, as Toyota bought TRD and was integrating them into their system. They changed part numbers and such. The early 4.0L CAIs had the same metal filter enclosure as the Injen, but had TRD stamped on it.

When I had ordered the TRD headers for my 3.4L I was lucky enough that the dealer I ordered them through was able to find a NOS set in a warehouse. I then put a CAI on my Taco, but I just ordered the Injen, as it was impossible to find a TRD badged intake at the time...that was during the transition.
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I stand corrected. Injen used to make the intakes for TRD. TRD used to be a seperate entity from Toyota. A year or so after 4.0L came out, it was nearly impossible to get TRD parts, as Toyota bought TRD and was integrating them into their system. They changed part numbers and such. The early 4.0L CAIs had the same metal filter enclosure as the Injen, but had TRD stamped on it.

When I had ordered the TRD headers for my 3.4L I was lucky enough that the dealer I ordered them through was able to find a NOS set in a warehouse. I then put a CAI on my Taco, but I just ordered the Injen, as it was impossible to find a TRD badged intake at the time...that was during the transition.
Interesting....
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Ordering the scoop for the volant now (hopefully) so should have another report soon
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any updates with the scoop?
Nope, not yet. Was waiting/working with a seller on here but they decided to keep it. So now, I'm looking online for new ones
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I was actually debating on these exact two cais, based on what you said I might go with the volant set up. On the volant website both parts cai and scoop are $525.00. Is that the going rate? Or can I get it cheaper elswhere.
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I was actually debating on these exact two cais, based on what you said I might go with the volant set up. On the volant website both parts cai and scoop are $525.00. Is that the going rate? Or can I get it cheaper elswhere.
Auto Anyting has the Scoop for $152. and the intake is $275.00
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Auto Anyting has the Scoop for $152. and the intake is $275.00
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can't wait for the updates on the scoop. started thinking about it myself been running Volant for about 4 years.
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If you're looking for a TRD intake, buy an Injen. Injen makes the intakes for TRD and uses an Amoil dry filter.
AFE Stage II SI is EXACTLY the same as the gen1 TRD intake for the 1grfe, it just has AFE stamped on it instead of TRD. The TRD gen 1 is very difficult to find now and the gen 2 is garbage

AFE Stage II SI
REVIEW: AFE Magnum Force Intake VS. Volant Sealed Intake w/ RAM Scoop-54-81162_400.jpg
Gen 1 TRD CAI (for 1grfe)
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URD

I put the URD on mine and it sounds bitchen, I passed my friend on the freeway and he called me later and asked what exhaust I had... That was before I even put my Banks on. People in front of you definitely know your passing them
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I have been looking for some dyno results for the Volant but they don't seem to exist. The AFE claims up to 13hp. 21 lb/ft gain. Anyone know off hand and/or find a link for Volant?
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Well guys, have a volant scooped intake on my hands, Ill see how it goes tomorrow
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aFe makes the TRD intake just FYI. Its just stamped TRD instead of aFe
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Well, been running the Volant w/ Ram scoop for a few days now. Sounds very good, there is a real "sucking" sounds front the front of the truck that you can actually here while driving. I love it and I have a tbs on the way (just for the sound) so I think i will really love it then. No CEls from anything but I need to do some experimenting with blocking the various openings to see what works best.
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AFE Stage II SI is EXACTLY the same as the gen1 TRD intake for the 1grfe, it just has AFE stamped on it instead of TRD. The TRD gen 1 is very difficult to find now and the gen 2 is garbage
why do you say the gen 2 TRD CAI is garbage?
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