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Calif. Tacos:Are CAIs not street Legal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomtn, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Jul 6, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    Grande

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    it might of "help guide" air in, might be about it, atleast for my old car lol. and the pic is off google, ima chevy dude when it comes to muscle


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    forced induction is the next step, ram air is like a pusy forced induction, only really see the best Ram at higher speed since the air eventually would get forced in instead of sucked in, then of course u gotta hav actual hood scoops, or if ur an OG, u would run hoodless :cool:
     
  2. Jul 6, 2011 at 6:24 PM
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    wow, i posted this a couple of hours ago and wham-o... a bunch of replies.

    yeah, i was wondering if any of these CAIs have real dyno test results to back up their claims. same with aftermarket exhausts. these companies make them for so many applications. i kinda doubt they've taken each exhaust and CAI and dyno'd all the cars they make them for.

    so besides that problem, they're not street legal. kinda a hassle to take off/on for smog checks too...and for something that does not improve performance or worse yet, decrease performance since some of them do not seal out hot engine bay air but in fact, may increase the vacuum thereby sucking more hot air in than a stock intake.

    i'll pass and save my money for more important mods like the lift and wheels.
     
  3. Jul 6, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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  4. Jul 6, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    Not true. The newer TRD CAI is CARB legal. I believe there is a Volant CAI that is also CARB legal.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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    the most important thing isnt the "intake" itself, its the filter!! So the CAI isnt exactly what you wanna replace, u wanna replace that shit ass paper air filter u have that does nothing but restrict air!!!! If you want an actually, very small, HP gain and a few more mpgs then just get a drop-in-filter! They ARE smog legal and a good one is only about $40, problem solved!!!!!
     
  6. Jul 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM
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    yeah, gnarly.

    how's the wheelin in chino hills area? or do you head south to san diego?
     
  7. Jul 7, 2011 at 6:13 AM
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    Each vehicle and each engine type has to have it's own CARB legal authorization. So a 2nd Gen Tacoma may have different CAIs that are legal for 4cyldr vs 6 cyldr. For a long time the Tundra had a CARB legal CAI while the 2nd gen Tacoma had none.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:30 AM
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    So I've browsed this thread and did some minor searching. But, my Tacoma is due for it's first smog check this year. I have a drop in K&N filter. Will this be a problem when getting it smogged? It's been a while since I've had a smog check done and I'm not sure, do they do a visual and inspect the filter? No stickers or anything else that would make it look aftermarket without actually looking at the filter. And I'd guess tail pipe emissions wouldn't be much more either, but wanted to verify from anyone who has smogged their V6's with the drop in K&N!

    Thanks!
     
  9. Aug 20, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    If it's just a filter, you should have no problem. The only way they could tell is to take parts off to look at it, which they won't do. It's usually only the CAIs that fail. The CAIs fail the visual inspection portion of the check if they don't have a CARB sticker on them.
     
  10. Aug 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM
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    there isnt much in CA that is allowed to be put on your vehicle other than stock replacement parts with out it being illegal. Its more a question of will you get caught and what cna you get away with unfortunately
     
  11. Oct 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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    Had the smog check today, 0.0's across the board (11 on NO, with a max allowable of 508), with the K&N drop in:cool:
     
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