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K&N Cold Air Intake (POOP)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Buzzbubby, Mar 2, 2010.

  1. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:42 PM
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    Buzzbubby

    Buzzbubby [OP] Still Learning Member!

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    Over the weekend I installed a K&N cold air intake. I noticed that my truck was kinda sluggish.(auto) So I made some phone calls and talked to some people and they said that I need to change out my factory exhaust which I want to do anyway. So! In the mean time, I did some research on here and noticed that some people said that the K&N’s are no good and that they had experience some issues with sensors and h.p and so on. I had this on my taco for 3 days and I came home from work today and put my factory air cleaner assembly back on. It almost felt like I got my baby back and regained my h.p back too. I really think that the K&N made my truck loose h.p. So, for anybody wanting to change over to K&N cold air intake DON"T DO IT! K&N is POOP! :crapstorm:Do your research first. I know we all love our toys on our taco’s but this is one toy that is not worth it. Don’t spend the money. It will probably cost you more down the road from what I read on here. I was going to list this for sale but I almost feel bad about selling it to my fellow Taco peeps! Don’t want them to experience the same issues. Wish I would have did my research! :mad:
    So...what leads me to my next question. What should I go with OTHER then the K&N cold air intake. Or should I just leave the air assembly stock and do other modifications.
     
  2. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:43 PM
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    NWtacoma

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    you'll lose power with an aftermarket exhaust too.
     
  3. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:44 PM
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  4. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:55 PM
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    jacob_wood Screw your MPG's

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    I have it and actually noticed the opposite. I gained about 1-2 mpg, and have a little bit more hp. Sorry to hear that though there are a few others out there that people have like Volant, and the AEM brutefore. Hope you find something that works :thumbsup:.
     
  5. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:58 PM
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    So what i should do is just make it look pretty and leave h.p mods alone:)
     
  6. Mar 2, 2010 at 1:59 PM
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    ItalynStylion

    ItalynStylion Sounds Gooooood

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  7. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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    its all in your head.
     
  8. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:06 PM
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    get a supercharger
     
  9. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    I've been running the K&N CAI for a couple of years, to date, i have the second fastest mph in the 1/4 (behind a twin-turbo'd XR), and that was with minimal mods. I expect to be the new record holder as soon as I make it make it back to the track.

    The K&N has very good MAF accuracy as recorded through data logging on the X-1 controller. The intake is capable of a lot of power.

    The reason for the 'slugish-ness' on your truck could have been a number of things. ECU relearning the MAF curve and adjusting to the higher load/MAF, AFR could have been out of wack, bad fuel, number of things.

    My suggestion, give it another try. Fill up with 91+ octane (if you looking for power, it costs money), reset the ECU (disconnect the battery for about 10 minutes), then go out for a few runs. The ECU will have to relearn its-self, but the CAI paired with the higher octane gas and a 'new tune', you will see some gains.

    :laugh:

    So don't do any performance mods, otherwise you lose performance?

    There's an option, this one is my favorite. :D
     
  10. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    I had my exhaust before my K&N and i lost a good amount of low end torque, but once i got the drop in it evened it out again. But it might be different for 2nd gens.
     
  11. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:11 PM
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    Pretty sure it's not thanks though.
     
  12. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    get a dynomax super turbo muffler welded in in place of the stock muffler, and you'll gain power.
     
  13. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:13 PM
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    :playball: do some research
     
  14. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:14 PM
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    its not, before i got blown :laugh: I had improved throtttle response, and better gas mileage with mine. AEM brute force--dry filter
     
  15. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    I have the K&N to and felt it opened up my truck after i installed it. Better throttle response and just peepier. Sorry to hear you didnt have the same results
     
  16. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM
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    are you kidding? look at who your talking to buddy...he knows his stuff


    haha I like that you quoted me in your sig:D
     
  17. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:51 PM
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    MY50cal I think I'm getting the Fear.

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    ... and it's not in our heads. :rolleyes:
     
  18. Mar 2, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    Seriously? You're saying this to Xrunnit?

    Most people putting aftermarket exhaust on their trucks ARE losing power because they either are going to a more restrictive muffler, a different exhaust pipe diameter (which throws off backpressure), or a fake dual (same).

    Not all aftermarket catbacks are guaranteed to do this. It's highly situational.
     
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