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Are cold air filters worth it?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by coltsporter, Jul 1, 2012.

  1. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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    coltsporter

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    A buddy of mine suggested I get a cold air filter for my 08 V6 extended cab to increase my gas milage. I did a little Google search and I'm wondering if spending 300+ bucks is worth it or not. (Cost vs return) Any and all suggestions are appreciated.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:39 PM
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    NO! The stock system is a cold air intake!

    I have the TRD intake but it hasn't improved anything except made the truck much louder.
     
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    but louder is better :D
     
  4. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM
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    Damn that was fast.
     
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    NOPE! If it wasn't for the cool factor I'd toss it in a second!:p
     
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    There are some that report some mpg gains, but from what I've seen, they are the minority. Seems a few more K&N users report mpg gains, but still a minority, and with the K&N it's not truely a CAI since it just has a fence between the filter and the engine bay, not a box.
     
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    this
     
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    So, is the TRD filter any better than stock or K&N filter? I was planning on just swapping filters. I was gung ho on a TRD intake, but all the reading here suggests its more of a show piece and stock is plenty good and using a better filter is all that is needed.
     
  10. Jul 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    If you are getting increased air flow then you are getting decreased filtering capability. Stick with stock.
     
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    This thread was interesting reading. I was wondering about this topic myself. I put one on my 95' Taco but never noticed any difference either. But it was a 4cyl.
     
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    Anyone know the part # of the AFE Pro-Dry S drop-in filter or the best place to buy one? Thanks!
     
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    CAIs might increase horsepower slightly, but the trade off is a dirtier engine by most accounts. Warm air will increase fuel economy - not cold air. If you want MPG improvements, focus on your driving habits. More can be saved by paying attention to your vehicle.
     
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    YES the K&N CAI will be awesome. You can buy mine LOL :D
     
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    4.0 V6 - 2009 Taco TRD. I will try Amazon, Thanks!:eek:
     

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