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Best Sounding Cold Air Intake

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by CPax, May 1, 2022.

  1. May 1, 2022 at 9:08 AM
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    CPax

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    Hey guys -

    What’s the best sounding CAI for our 3rd gens? Not looking to debate whether they improve performance or not, I really don’t care. I’m strictly looking to blow a few hundred on awesome sound.

    Had one on a K20 mugen Si i had back in the day and it made glorious noises.

    Is there a consensus on this? Seems like the TRD Pro one looks great but doesn’t really sound a lot different than stock.
     
  2. May 1, 2022 at 9:10 AM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
     
  3. May 1, 2022 at 9:11 AM
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    something wrong with wanting shit to sound cool?
     
  4. May 1, 2022 at 9:15 AM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Just run a velocity stack on itI do like a nice sounding exhaust, though
     
  5. May 1, 2022 at 9:23 AM
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    can’t tell if you’re joking or not re: velocity stack.

    Maybe exhaust is the better way to go for a Tacoma? Guess I’m just partial to engine noise va exhaust noise. Many exhausts are way too loud and obnoxious for my taste. Maybe will look into this route none the less.
     
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  6. May 1, 2022 at 9:29 AM
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    I would think freeing up the exhaust would be a good place to start. Gibson is the name of the exhaust. Good luck!
     
  7. May 1, 2022 at 9:32 AM
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    i much prefer a decent exhaust note to the vaccum "thoook" sound of a throttle body. reminds me of days past when we cut links off of springs, and added exhaust tips 3x wider than the pipe.
     
  8. May 1, 2022 at 9:36 AM
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    I had a K&N intake with their cone on the end in my third Gen and it was pretty aggressive sounding when you stepped on it.
     
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  9. May 1, 2022 at 9:38 AM
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    I have the K&N on both my Tundra and Tacoma and they sound great. Adds a nice growl to the engine when you get on it. I have yet to hear an exhaust that sounds good on a V6. I had what I consider to be the best sounding cat back with the Borla S and it still sounded like crap. Get above 4k rpm's and its was very raspy so I took it off and sold it.
     
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  10. May 2, 2022 at 11:30 AM
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    If you don’t want the drone in the cabin, I have a TRD CAI along with the TRD Cat Back. Sounds good to me and no unwanted drone noise.
     
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  11. May 4, 2022 at 8:38 PM
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  12. May 4, 2022 at 8:40 PM
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    For mild exhausts look into the TRD catback or Borla S type.
     
  13. May 5, 2022 at 7:21 AM
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    I found a used AFE Momentum GT w/ Scoop on FB for cheap. Love the way it sounds. I wouldn't want an exhaust due to the sound of the 3.5, but the intake i love.
     
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