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Calling all Tacos, what cold air intake or mod do you have?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016-2023)' started by TacoDfresh, Apr 1, 2021.

  1. Apr 1, 2021 at 5:16 AM
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    TacoDfresh

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    Looking for a cold air intake or mod I can do for the taco. Let me know what you have.
     
  2. Apr 1, 2021 at 5:19 AM
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    ShirtTucker

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    Welcome to TW. I would spend about a month reading though the gazillion posts about mods, favorite mods, cheap mods, etc.

    Good luck, and I hope you like your wallet thin and light.
     
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  3. Apr 1, 2021 at 6:11 AM
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    hiPSI

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    Welcome. If you are looking for engine glitter and a louder sound then get the TRD.
    If you are looking for additional performance don't bother as the truck already has a CAI. It pulls air from above the right tire outside the engine compartment.

    @jberry813 really? I thought the dumbgeon was bad but upside down too? Lol
     
  4. Apr 1, 2021 at 7:11 AM
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    omg_miiiike

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    I'd say save your money.. But if you want just a little bit of deep noise wide open throttle, and whistle while cruising.

    I purchased the K&N (not a fan of them) that was on sale on Amazon because I wanted to try a different filter and I wanted to replace the OEM intake tube with something with better direct (straight) flow.

    I am OVTuned but I feel the intake did open the truck up just a bit more due to getting rid of the box thing on the OEM tube.

    Link to what I bought, but I paid $150 shipped which is the only reason I purchased it.

    https://www.amazon.com/57-9039-Perf...words=k&n+tacoma+intake&qid=1617286168&sr=8-3
     
  5. Apr 1, 2021 at 7:48 AM
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    shotgunbilly420

    shotgunbilly420 OG Owner 230k+mi club/Tacoma enthusiast

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    315/75/16, 6in modded RC lift,Anderson Engineering manifold spacer,K&N air intake, URD YPipe, stock exhaust ,16" method nv305 wheels, AFE throttle body spacer, vf Tune program, JTL 3.0 Oil catch can x2, rear cat delete
    Depends most are OPEN INTAKES air raid and afe most common COLD AIR INTAKES
     
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  6. Apr 1, 2021 at 7:57 AM
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    farmtacoma

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  7. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:01 AM
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    bhughesru03

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    9377569F-AC5B-463C-A5E9-2E1CC850E168.jpg Bought my truck on a Saturday and by Sunday morning I installed a K&N performance intake. It definitely makes the truck louder at higher rpm’s. Almost annoyingly loud. Although listening to the engine helps me pay more attention to keeping the rpm’s down so I can get the best mpg’s possible. Although the main reason I got it was to improve the throttle response. It does do a good job at that. I went from a ‘15 TRD Sport to test driving a ‘20 OR and the few I tried I thought there was something wrong with the throttle bc how unresponsive it was. I added the CAI and it has fixed that problem. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not throw you back in your seat, but now it makes it feel more normal when I press on the accelerator.
     
  8. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:12 AM
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    MadRiverTaco

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    The URD TCAI is a solid product. Well engineered and very throaty and aggressive sounding at high RPMs. Also an attention grabber where it sits right behind the grille for maximum dense, cold air flow.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:25 AM
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    NinGee87

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    I have an HPS Silicone intake tube which was maybe a little over $100 on Amazon. Opened the truck up a bit, doesn't have an annoying drone, and took about 20mins to install. The truck isn't geared like a sports car, so I wasn't expecting much. I am happy with it though.
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  10. Apr 1, 2021 at 8:26 AM
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    I have a drop in TRD air filter. I like to think the engineers knew what they were doing when they designed it. I have used CAI's before on naturally aspirated engines and never noticed a difference other than sound. Plus they can be expensive.
     
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    eurowner

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    TRD Intake Accelerator, Green Filter, HPS tube.
     
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    I went with S&B Filters. Its a huge airbox and filter. I did it purely for sound, which in my mind, sounds better than any exhaust out there. No performance gains however throttle response is much improved. If there was a mod I could live without, it would be this one.
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  13. Apr 3, 2021 at 8:45 AM
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    Steamy Longbottom

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    Modifications are bad and only bad people modify.
    I don't have a Taco yet as it's being built, but I have narrowed it down between the AFE Momentum GT or the iHolley intake because they utilize a scoop that may bring in colder air from the front at cruising speed and theoretically improve the IAT, which I plan to document in the future with my Bluedriver. My requirement is at least equal flow with better filtration, which is a lot to ask for in general. I don't think that there are meaningful "gainz" to be had but colder air might result in tiny but measurable efficiency gains. The dyno charts can be misleading as to date, gear, temperature, and other factors so be weary of snake oil.
     
  14. Apr 3, 2021 at 8:50 AM
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    Whats wrong with the OEM CAI that came with the truck?

    I'm using the OEM CAI and getting about 19 mpg with a 4.0L V-6. Gots plenty of power. Gots enough throttle noise. Gots good throttle response.

    Don't know what else is needed. :notsure:

    Surely, I don't need to skinny my wallet.
     
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    Why not? It their truck. Some might ask why you need a Tacoma with 4 wheel drive? Why do you need a V-6? A 4 cylinder 2 wheel drive Geo Metro will also get you from point A to point B.
     
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  17. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:04 AM
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    I would love to have a snorkel.
     
  18. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:04 AM
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    @Shocked Perhaps my post was too subtle for your grasp.

    The point. Tacomas come equipped with a functional CAI. There is no performance gain from an aftermarket doodad. The aftermarket will only empty your wallet.

    Of course, it is the OP's truck. They can do as they wish. Although, many owners do not realize the Tacoma is equipped with a CAI from the factory.

    A bicycle or a pair of shoes will get you from point A to point B also.
     
  19. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:06 AM
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    There are tons of info saying there is a gain. For some people, these trucks are a blank canvas, and want to have fun. Who am I or you to judge them for it? I say do whatever you want to your truck and be happy.
     
  20. Apr 3, 2021 at 9:08 AM
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    @Shocked If you read carefully.

    You will discover that I did not judge.

    I only offered that the truck already had an OEM CAI.

    I wish you a Happy Easter and a nice weekend.
     

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