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Best cold air intakes for 2017 Toyota Tacoma 3.5 ??

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by lennarguywithtruck, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Nov 19, 2019 at 9:09 PM
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    Agreed, and there should be some sort of “50+” post restriction for new users, and maybe a way to combine threads instead of allowing duplicates to spring up all the time instead of contribute to earlier discussions. Maybe there should be a way to flag newb posts that shouldn’t exist because the forum covered it a hundred times already.

    But without that^ being real, let’s be real. Your post above this one is a response to the idea of using a construction cone as a “CAI” (you thought it was funny, and I do too), and the OP (who may very well be a fake/troll account) wants to know about MPGs. So tell us about CAIs and MPGs. I’m actually interested because I get hard for killer fuel economy numbers.

    And Bill isn’t a forum whore, he’s a very nice forum escort that happened to have a run of bad luck with his reputation following the noodle incident. Give him a chance for redemption, man.
     
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  2. Nov 19, 2019 at 9:17 PM
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    93AA7B28-AF8E-48A9-9FA9-43EDFE6120A6.jpg Man you can’t go wrong with the Trd intake thats just my 2 cent piece
     
  3. Nov 19, 2019 at 9:18 PM
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    HPS has a tube that gets rid of the resonator but keeps the filter etc. That should make it louder without costing a lot. Or just go to Home Depot and find some various rubber hoses that are large enough to use for the intake.
     
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  4. Nov 19, 2019 at 9:23 PM
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    Do you ever feel ripped off, because it's kinda like a red colored lid on the stock air box with red pipe couplers?
     
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    I was a little worried about feeling ripped off tbh...till the first time I put the go pedal to floor...Its definitely increased my smiles per gallon ... it is your stock air box but they give you a different style air horn that at least seems less restrictive than the stock one
     
  6. Nov 19, 2019 at 10:14 PM
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    Illusions my friend

    it’s been dyno’d.
     
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  8. Nov 19, 2019 at 10:28 PM
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    Anyone ever thought of using a anemometer to measure airflow to see how much Cubic feet per minute (CFM) a CAI can produce over stock airbox

    I bet you'll see that a CAI will produce more CFM !!


    Also the stock airbox opening is it located in a high pressure or low pressure location ??
     
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  9. Nov 19, 2019 at 10:46 PM
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    Not I
    Got mine for 40% off

    'Course it's still sitting in a box in the garage along with a bunch of TRD oil filters...

    Also, those red couplers are supple and sexy af. Sometimes, when I'm at the mall, I'll lift my hood and just stand by my truck browsing reddit until someone comes along to take a peek. Then I film their reaction.

    Oh wait, it's still in the box. Also, are there actually "malls" anymore?
     
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  10. Nov 19, 2019 at 10:51 PM
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    Seemed like he was referencing the noise. I dont know about performance but it definitely gives a more aggressive sound at higher RPMS which feeds the thrill. So I understand the sentiment.
     
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    Yes it's readily testable with a flowbench. However, it makes no difference if the engine can't use the additional flow capacity. The 3.5L needs even less flow than the 4.0L 1GR as long as both are naturally aspirated.

    Buy the CAI for the sound (like I did), but don't pretend it gives more power.
    Enclosed by the fenderwell plastic? High pressure because air moves slowly there. :laugh:
    See that's one of the reasons I got a Volant intake, so I can impress the mall crowds with the red cone filter shown thru the clear airbox lid. :p
     
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    Can you back any of this up with data?
     
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    The stock intake is a cai....
     
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    Data on increase of driving enjoyment? Like dopamine levels? :p
     
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    I was given a Spectre intake earlier this year. I got almost through the install before I stopped and boxed it back up. It was absolute trash. The heat shield didn't fit around the body, there was incomplete gasketing for the shield, and the tube had horrific welds (complete with MIG dingleberries) that had to be filed to fit right.

    I expect that intake air temps would have been higher with that than stock, since stock pulls from the wheel well, and the Spectre filter sat unsealed in the engine compartment.
     
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    Buy a drop in aFe pro dry filter for your stock intake.

    cold air intakes do nothing in Tacoma’s but give you a throatier sound, as we already have cold air intakes. Stay away from K&N and any other company that oil their filters. Oil grabs dirt and decreases air flow.
     
  17. Nov 20, 2019 at 8:39 AM
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    Wasn't there a thread about a year ago about an AFE dry filter that was flawed and took out an engine? I think it was a batch issue, but . . .
     
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    Meh I kinda like the look of the TRD intake but I don't like it 350 dollars worth.

    About the only thing that will give you any real gains will be a 91+ tune or a blower.
     
  19. Nov 20, 2019 at 9:16 AM
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    not sure about aFe specifically, I know K&Ns are proven to damage engines with their filter oil. I don’t think aFe is flawless, but it is sure better than others. No product is perfect.

    Keep in mind it may have been hyped up that it was the filter that killed the engine if it was a dealership that said such. Dealers are the first to blame any aftermarket product. They’ll say your lift kit caused issues a wheel bearing or with other unrelated parts. All while a chunk of the trucks on the lots are sold with lift “off-road” third party packages. They’re notorious for shifting blame.
     
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    But is it located in a high pressure or low pressure area and what the rated cfm of airflow for the OEM set up
     

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