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It looks to be of very poor quality. The inside of the main intake plastic tube is rough and has little peices of plastic hanging on. i would not feel comfortable with that being used on my truck. I am going to send it back and get my money back. I am just going to use a K&N drop in filter and remove the secondary filter.
 

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$280 and thy cant even make it good quality.
I like my intake and it was only 100bucks and its smooth and no burrs anywhere like you said
 

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Though it looks really nice 05xrunner, aren't you now drawing air from the engine compartment and not from the cooler fenderwell like the stock CIA?
 

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Though it looks really nice 05xrunner, aren't you now drawing air from the engine compartment and not from the cooler fenderwell like the stock CIA?
The filter is sitting right at the hole in the fender...its no different then where the stock system pulled it in from
 

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The only bad thing about it is that it is made of metal and metal gets really hot which makes the intake air hot, which in turn will make you loose power. You should never use metal as a component of intake.
 

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its really not that big of a deal.... theres no turbo under the intake making insane amounts of heat..... the enginebay is cooled really well..... The air doesnt sit in the intake tube and marinate itself........
 

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its really not that big of a deal.... theres no turbo under the intake making insane amounts of heat..... the enginebay is cooled really well..... The air doesnt sit in the intake tube and marinate itself........
LOL yea I mean the engine bay is HUGE...the motor isnt all that close plus my scoop is open to let out some heat
 

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its nothing like my old celica... the hood would steam water when water hit it, and that was with the insulation on. Those HEat blocking shields look nice... but pretty much serve no purpose when your driving down the highway and a shitton of air is moving througout your engine bay.
 

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this would be cool on my 4x4 base model where I have the OEM foglight dummie plugs

 

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if you bought EVERYTHING in that y setup..just say u need exactly that...that comes to be 200bucks roughly. The parts are pretty cheap.
The Bends are around 12bucks each, the longer pipes are around 8bucks. the smaller ones are around 6bucks, filters are 30 each. the velocity stacks I think where 12 each also
 

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05XRunner said:
The filter is sitting right at the hole in the fender...its no different then where the stock system pulled it in from
Except that the stock one was sealed from the engine compartment. Looks like your filter pulls from the sides, not the front so yours gets air easier from the engine compartment than from the stock hole. I don't think air wants to enter that hole, but a sealed box requires the air come through the hole, big difference.

The scanguage I have shows the intake air temperature, which with the stock sealed CIA, matches the outside air temperature, Toyota did a good job.

I'd be curious to see with the scanguage if you are getting hotter air or not, my guess, HOT, straight off your radiator.
 

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Except that the stock one was sealed from the engine compartment. Looks like your filter pulls from the sides, not the front so yours gets air easier from the engine compartment than from the stock hole. I don't think air wants to enter that hole, but a sealed box requires the air come through the hole, big difference.

The scanguage I have shows the intake air temperature, which with the stock sealed CIA, matches the outside air temperature, Toyota did a good job.

I'd be curious to see with the scanguage if you are getting hotter air or not, my guess, HOT, straight off your radiator.
Well the front of the filter is open..It pulles air in from the front and sides.
I will keep my straight intake vs that huge monstrosity of a box that was on there from the factory. also it is not made of metal so it does not get hot to heat up the air more.
Plus I didnt know my radiator was over on my fender or even ontop of the motor. The radiator is no where near the intake the closest part it would be to the intake is still about a foot away from it
 

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05XRunner said:
Well the front of the filter is open..It pulles air in from the front and sides.
I will keep my straight intake vs that huge monstrosity of a box that was on there from the factory. also it is not made of metal so it does not get hot to heat up the air more.
Plus I didnt know my radiator was over on my fender or even ontop of the motor. The radiator is no where near the intake the closest part it would be to the intake is still about a foot away from it
But your engine compartment gets positive pressure from the front through your radiator, so hot air wants to comes off your radiator and up across your engine compartment, then down off the backof your firewall. If anything the hot air wants to go out the stock hole, preventing cooler air from coming in.

Sealing your air cleaner to the stock opening would be much more effective, but you'd be back to a monstrosity, something like the Volant which is pretty huge. Oh well, still looks nice.
 

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Well It works fine for me. For the cost of only being tad over $100 not a big deal. I still think it works better then stock
 

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Volant made an intake system for the Lightning world that looked good on paper but was total garbage in real life. Poor fitment and actually created a restriction in the intake. Very poorly engineered.
 

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The air wont be blowing straight off the radiator onto the the tube anyway since there is a fan shroud, the air is more likely to go under the truck after it blows on the front of the motor than over the engine to the firewall and down under.
 

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The air wont be blowing straight off the radiator onto the the tube anyway since there is a fan shroud, the air is more likely to go under the truck after it blows on the front of the motor than over the engine to the firewall and down under.
I'm not saying that hot air blowing on the tube is the big problem. The problem is you have a 193+F engine surrounded by hotter air and no cold air for that intake to find. And just like the stock side opening, even if you open up the hood scoop, outside air doesn't want to come in. Ram air hoods on the old musclecars didn't really ram (unless they were much taller than the Tacoma hood), they required a sealed passage to the engine which allowed the engine to suck cold air from outside just like our stock CIA, no positive pressure.

Snow on my hood melts in 0F ambient temperatures, something's getting it that hot, with or without a fan shroud.
 

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i had a similar problem with a polished intake. thing would get super hot in no time (this was on a 1.6L 4-cyl; decided to sand blast it, and coat with high-heat engine enamel. very impressive. that stuff stays cool to the touch. otherwise, you could always use a header/turbo wrap.
 
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