They are like 300 plus another 150 or so for the Ram Air Scoop you are talking about. Looking at getting one my self.Nice. What did that cost you by the way? Also, see that other round port on the front of the box? Don't they make something that goes into that and it mounts towards the front of the engine compartment ?:thumbsup:
they do but the stock intake has all those ribs in it and it restricts airflow, (at least this is what i understand, correct me if im wrong) The After market CAIs are straight with a shorter tube thus allowing better, un-restricted airflow to the enginei thought all the new tacoma's came with CAI? no? is that one that much better or what?
Both AFE and K&N are Hot-Engine-Compartment-Air-Intakes. How can anybody argue that they pull colder than stock air and keep a straight face is beyond me. Stock intake pulls air from the outside thru the wheel well, after market AFE and K&N "CAI" pull from the hot engine compartment.
I don't necessarily disagree with you but your questions are not taking something into account: An OEM manufacturer is going to take the cheapest and most reliable route. That doesn't always translate into the best performance.Let common sense help some on deciding just how good an aftermarket part or system is:
1) Why would the Manufacturer short you on the performance it could have for an extra $100?
2) If you gained MPG with a simple piece of tubing and a "one size fits all" air filter element - wouldn't they do that at the factory that built the vehicle?
3) Who do you think has more money and resources for Research and Development - the company that designed and built the entire vehicle, or the company that made that "cold air intake"?
4) If something you could buy and install yourself would actually add HorsePower and MPG, why would any vehicle manufacturer waste millions designing it the way they did (and lose the edge on the competition)?