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Which CAI to purchase

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by Dadic 78, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Sep 21, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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    Dadic 78

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    So, as Ive installed on all my previous vehicles, its time for me to install a CAI on my Taco 4.0L double cab. Can you guys throw in some input for me... I dont want to have to recalibrate the ECU, etc... Just bolt-on, ya know... Im just using the truck as a DD, so the added fuel economy of a CAI is really what I am after.

    Which brand do you guys recommend... I am leaning towards the Air-ram kit right now. It has a great price, and seems to do the trick. Whaddya think.
     
  2. Sep 21, 2010 at 8:51 PM
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    tommyxv

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    I'm interested in hearing suggestions too. Is the TRD CIA worth considering?
     
  3. Sep 21, 2010 at 8:55 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    You won't see much gain from just an intake. Stock is cold air. But if you really have to get one look at the old style TRD or AFE Stage 2.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    Andrew H

    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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  5. Sep 22, 2010 at 1:54 AM
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    minimal gain. almost not worth the money imo. i would just buy an aftermarket filter that fits right into the stock airbox
     
  6. Sep 22, 2010 at 2:46 AM
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    dysfunctnlretard

    dysfunctnlretard Hi

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    Agreed on the fact that your Tacoma draws air from the wheel well already, unlike many others that draw from the hot engine bay, so you do have a cold air intake already. Purchasing an aftermarket one will allow more in at a faster rate but your engine wont know what to do with it unless you get an MAF Calibrator and have it tuned. Your tune will be limited, however, by stock headers and stock pipes.
     
  7. Sep 22, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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    Wow, I am surprised to hear that there is so little performance and or fuel mileage gain from a CAI in these trucks. I guess it makes sense though... The stock setup is pretty decent for getting cold air into the engine.

    Can anyone confirm or deny fuel economy gains from a CAI
     
  8. Sep 22, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    ::childstoy:: Hi-Tech Rednek

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    Like these guys said its already CAI... Look at the URD CAI for something a little different though. It locates the intake infront of your radiator. If I spring for one it will be that. Just beware of water if you take it OR.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    I have a TRD intake and saw no difference in MPG. The best mod for better MPG is a weight reduction on your foot.
     
  10. Sep 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM
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    Dadic 78

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    Weight reduction in my foot... But I wear steel-toed boots every day! :)

    Thanks for the info. guys. I will spend the CAI money on something else. Possibly start saving for exhaust...
     
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