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Are cold intake systems worth the money and do they help?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by copdude33, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM
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    copdude33

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    I am looking at the K&N system, KNE77-9025KP, for my 2010 Tacoma and was wondering what the benefits were to having a cold intake system. Will it make the Tacoma last longer, get better MPG's and so forth? Will it make the engine run quieter?
     
  2. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:03 AM
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    More HP, better MPG and a killer sound when you open her up!
     
  3. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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  4. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM
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    Whats one of them there run ??
     
  5. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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    I have been running the K&N for over a year now with a Gibson cat back exhaust and it improved mid range (3000-4500rpm) pick up a bit. It makes the engine louder with a nice throaty sound when you get on the gas. Other TW members say that it reduces HP but I don't think this has been the case for me, I doubt I have gained the 10 HP K&N claim. You do have top maintain them by cleaning and oiling them but it is not hard to do and doesn't take much time. As for MPG....mmmmmm....I am a bit of a lead foot so mine went down slightly, I don't think it improves it but if you drive with a lighter foot I think you will get similar to stock.
     
  6. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:13 AM
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  7. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:17 AM
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    i noticed a good increase in mpg, but it went back down to stock mpg's after installing my lift and tires.
     
  8. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:18 AM
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    This is caused by over oiling the filter, in other words user error.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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    Maybe get the trd or the afe, they are well built and come with good filters that don't need oil!
     
  10. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM
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    I installed the TRD CAI and liked the sound.... but, no real gas mileage increase, or truly noticable throttle response. I took it off and sold it 3 months later and bought a AFE-S pro dry drop in and have noticed an increase in mileage. For a recent weekend trip running 70ish on the Interstate and around in traffic that weekend I averaged 21.5 mpg. Wish I bought the drop in to begin with. If you get a CAI, you really need to do an MAF Calibration (the truck actually runs a bit richer with out Calibration). Unless you are ready to spend an extra $ after you install the CAI, I would spend your money elsewhere.
     
  11. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    Once I saw that the factory installs a cold air intake (drawing from the passenger fenderwell) I saw no reason to investigate any aftermarket intakes.
     
  12. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    a CAI has minimal benefits by itself, besides making the truck sound meaner. Now paired with a true dual exhaust, and a tuner tuned for these mods you can see anywhere from 10rwhp to 22rwhp
     
  13. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:54 AM
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    Your stock intake is a cold air.
     
  14. Mar 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM
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    I starting running a Scangauge II and the intake air temperature is usually less than 5 degrees over ambient.

    Save your money for something else.
     
  15. Mar 17, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    Your stock air box is a cold air intake. This is true, intakes like the trd pull air from the same place the oem intake does. However the path the air takes is straighter, bigger and smoother. That and they have that big conical filter. They do increase hp a little and throttle response,Plus the sound is nice too! If you got the money then buy it! It won't disappoint!
     
  16. Mar 17, 2010 at 7:05 PM
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    i have a trd cai and the filter is oiled... is there a trd cai that comes with a non-oiled filter?
     
  17. Mar 17, 2010 at 7:08 PM
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  18. Mar 17, 2010 at 7:14 PM
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    oh yeah you can get the afe pro dry s filter
     
  19. Mar 17, 2010 at 8:32 PM
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    i have the TRD and put an AFE pro dry filter in it, in place of the trd, so i dont have to oil it and worry about screwing with the maf sensor.
     
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