1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Is cold/ cool air intake worth it?

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by saugus, Sep 18, 2011.

  1. Sep 19, 2011 at 5:58 AM
    #21
    colder

    colder Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011
    Member:
    #60063
    Messages:
    322
    Gender:
    Male
    MN
    Vehicle:
    2011 Access Cab TRD Sport
    The old version of the CAI, which you can't buy anymore, was said to provide an extremely slight benefit. The CAI you can buy today only looks good under the hood and makes more noise, no performance benefit.
     
  2. Aug 20, 2013 at 5:39 PM
    #22
    ozmon420

    ozmon420 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Member:
    #8699
    Messages:
    1,075
    Gender:
    Male
    miami, florida
    Vehicle:
    08 tacoma
    18x9 pro comp 7031 rims, alpine iva-d310 w/sirius sat radio, ipod connection, tv tuner, reverse camera, bug deflector, wet okole seat covers, tinted windows, running boards, toytec coilovers front set at 2.5'' , AAL rear,5100's rear, TC UCA, leer topper, bruteforce rear bumper, ARB rear locker.
    I was just watching motorweek on axs tv, and they were comparing the mpg of the Toyota fj with and without the cold air intake and catback exhaust system. they only got .4 of a gallon increase. once you payback for the cost of the modifications it will be about 47k miles before you start saving a penny.
     
  3. Aug 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM
    #23
    gainman

    gainman Semper Fi

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2008
    Member:
    #10185
    Messages:
    3,541
    Gender:
    Male
    SW Florida
    Vehicle:
    2012 TRD Sport Supercharged Manual
    Stuff
    and the stock truck already has a cold air intake.
     
  4. Aug 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM
    #24
    MGMTacolover55

    MGMTacolover55 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2013
    Member:
    #96545
    Messages:
    4,316
    Gender:
    Male
    Orygun
    Vehicle:
    2013 MGM Taco TRD Off Road
    floor Mats
    I would do it purely for the sound and it depends on where you live too
     
  5. Aug 20, 2013 at 7:44 PM
    #25
    BBentley

    BBentley Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2013
    Member:
    #110808
    Messages:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Alabama
    K&N air kit, Borla exhaust, Toytec lift
    I guess it's a personal preference. The first thing I did to my '07 was a K&N cold air kit and the Borla exhaust. I wasn't going for mpg, but performance. And I love it!
     
  6. Aug 20, 2013 at 7:57 PM
    #26
    WATacoRider

    WATacoRider Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2009
    Member:
    #26479
    Messages:
    539
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport 4x4
    Sound/butt dyno performace or did you actually gain real performance?



    To the OP, did they do any HP tests too?
     
  7. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM
    #27
    Spoonman

    Spoonman Granite Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011
    Member:
    #63328
    Messages:
    9,811
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jamie
    Alberta
    Awesome thing is most "cold air intakes" actually raise the temperature of the intake air.
     
  8. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:03 PM
    #28
    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Member:
    #4127
    Messages:
    19,278
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colin
    Charleston, SC
    Vehicle:
    '07 TRD Sport 4x4
    Build thread in sig... 4-link long travel
    CAI + snorkel >>> intake temp = outside air temp :D
     
  9. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:07 PM
    #29
    gjacobsjr

    gjacobsjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Member:
    #83506
    Messages:
    516
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerry
    Reno, NV
    Vehicle:
    12 Tacoma SR5 MagGrey on Black
    Black Raptor 16x8 Leer Shell Blacked out windows Pro Comp 3 in lift good year 265/75/16 Airaid CAI Cat Back 2 3/4 pipe with magnaflow and tip
    Bet you mine sounds better than yours. Lol plus there is noticeable power difference. Airaid CAintake, throttle body spacer and custom cat back exhaust. Vroom vroom bitch (jesse voice)
     
  10. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM
    #30
    169.254.255.201

    169.254.255.201 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2012
    Member:
    #83125
    Messages:
    938
    Interwebs
    A suspension lift doesn't give you any MPGS either :)
     
  11. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:09 PM
    #31
    PLC721

    PLC721 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2009
    Member:
    #28268
    Messages:
    18,957
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Patrick
    Chandler, Az
    Vehicle:
    2017 Toyota Tundra Crewmax ProKiller
    Kings, Toyos, Baja Designs, TC, SDHQ
    I went from a afe stage 2 si, header back exhaust and urd maf to stock and i'm happy with stock
     
  12. Aug 20, 2013 at 8:31 PM
    #32
    Spoonman

    Spoonman Granite Guru

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2011
    Member:
    #63328
    Messages:
    9,811
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jamie
    Alberta
    Snorkels are good for something!
     
  13. Aug 21, 2013 at 5:04 AM
    #33
    13TRDsport

    13TRDsport Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2013
    Member:
    #104693
    Messages:
    234
    Gender:
    Male
    NE PA
    Vehicle:
    13 Access cab TRD Sport
    Aero Turbine 2525XL, K&N air filter, TRD Shift knob. Bilstein 5100's w\Eibach springs.
    throttle body spacers are just anodized paper weights....
     
  14. Aug 21, 2013 at 5:47 AM
    #34
    tfeltz73

    tfeltz73 That's greasy Ricky

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2012
    Member:
    #89405
    Messages:
    486
    Gender:
    Male
    central Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2013 supercharged long travel thing
    I put one on with my supercharger and it really brings out the sound of the supercharger so I would do it again just for the sound it makes
     
  15. Aug 21, 2013 at 6:11 AM
    #35
    gjacobsjr

    gjacobsjr Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2012
    Member:
    #83506
    Messages:
    516
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jerry
    Reno, NV
    Vehicle:
    12 Tacoma SR5 MagGrey on Black
    Black Raptor 16x8 Leer Shell Blacked out windows Pro Comp 3 in lift good year 265/75/16 Airaid CAI Cat Back 2 3/4 pipe with magnaflow and tip
    Funny how everyone talks shit and they are all running stock???? Makes sense to me
     
  16. Aug 21, 2013 at 6:16 AM
    #36
    BrokenTusk

    BrokenTusk I support a velociraptor free workplace.

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Member:
    #36607
    Messages:
    31,957
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Marcelasaurus
    AB, Canada
    Vehicle:
    The Scarlett Whore
    Check Build Thread!!
    x2

    FYI, if lower intake temps are what you want, insulate your stock Air Intake tubing. The stock is already a "Cold Air Intake" and all that most aftermarket CAI's do is smooth out the flow path and create less air flow restrictions. Which is where you get the added noise from, and the slightly higher performances at higher RPM's due to the less restricting flow during the high RPM air flow velocities.

    Though a lot of Aftermarket CAI's also suffer from engine bay heat soaking. Insulating them has positive effects as well.

    Just don't be an idiot and buy the ones that suck air from IN the engine bay...
     
  17. Aug 21, 2013 at 6:27 AM
    #37
    colinb17

    colinb17 If at first you don't succeed, don't try skydiving

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2008
    Member:
    #4127
    Messages:
    19,278
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Colin
    Charleston, SC
    Vehicle:
    '07 TRD Sport 4x4
    Build thread in sig... 4-link long travel
    before i got this volant, i had home made one. welded together a filter box out of some thing gage sheet steel, and then insulated it. just had a plastic intake tube like any of the other aftermarket companies. with the insulated box, i ran 3-5 degrees cooler than the volant does in 90 degree weather. now, the snorkel on the other hand, is a trump-all it seems, getting my intake temps at or within 2 degrees of outside air temp. that's while driving of course. heats up a little sitting at idle. may wrap the intake tube for that.
     
  18. Aug 21, 2013 at 6:37 AM
    #38
    KingKoda

    KingKoda Never Satisfied

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2012
    Member:
    #83946
    Messages:
    291
    Gender:
    Male
    Palmetto
    Vehicle:
    '12 TRD.S DCSB 4x4
    Boosted TRD/URD All Terrain Sleeper w/ Sockmonkey Decals Worth +666HP
    I saw that on motorweek as well. I'd venture to say if you are trying to save penny's on gas you have the wrong vehicle. You need a bicycle. Anyone adding a CAI and trying to save money is doing it for the wrong reason.
     
  19. Aug 21, 2013 at 7:38 AM
    #39
    ozmon420

    ozmon420 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Member:
    #8699
    Messages:
    1,075
    Gender:
    Male
    miami, florida
    Vehicle:
    08 tacoma
    18x9 pro comp 7031 rims, alpine iva-d310 w/sirius sat radio, ipod connection, tv tuner, reverse camera, bug deflector, wet okole seat covers, tinted windows, running boards, toytec coilovers front set at 2.5'' , AAL rear,5100's rear, TC UCA, leer topper, bruteforce rear bumper, ARB rear locker.
    exactly!
     
  20. Aug 21, 2013 at 7:45 AM
    #40
    13TRDsport

    13TRDsport Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 22, 2013
    Member:
    #104693
    Messages:
    234
    Gender:
    Male
    NE PA
    Vehicle:
    13 Access cab TRD Sport
    Aero Turbine 2525XL, K&N air filter, TRD Shift knob. Bilstein 5100's w\Eibach springs.
    The only thing throttle body spacers do is make noise. It is useless in a Fuel Injected engine with a throttle body design. Older cars with carburators benifit from a tb spacer but thats about it.
     

Products Discussed in

To Top