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Okay, so it took a bit of massaging to fit properly, but I am quite happy with the results. Not too shabby for $69 shipped. I forgot to check my mileage on my drive from AZ to NorCal before installing it, but I got 18.2 out of a tank on the drive home, and that was averaging 80 mph (between 70 in traffic, 75 up the Grapevine and 85 through the desert), including going up and over the Grapevine (4100 ft pass on I5, for those that don't know), truck was basically empty, just the wife and I and probably 200 lbs of luggage and junk.



It is basically an AEM Brute Force rip off. The filter is as good, or better than K & N quality. I was thinking about getting a drycharger for it, but K & N doesn't make one that has a top piece to it in this size, just the opened ended sleeves, and this filter has filter material in the "cap" at the top, unlike a K & N. Not too worried about it though, as it pretty well protected from water splashes.

The only problems I had with it were that I was missing 2 nuts and a bolt, that were supposed to be included, per the directions (which were quite good, BTW). But I found some that worked in my pile-o-nuts-and-bolts, so I didn't bother contacting the place I got it from. And the mounting bracket on the tube appears to be welding in the wrong spot, but with some bending (it is aluminum, so it bends easily with a pair of channel locks or the like) to make it fit right.

It is quite louder than stock at greater than 1/2 throttle, or under load and uphills, but nothing too annoying. But you know it is there. But I expected that after having K & N FIPKs on other vehicles. I actually like the sound. At cruising, or normal acceleration, it sounds the same inside the cab. You can hear the air sucking noise more under hood, or standing outside the truck though.

I would recommened it to anyone looking for a fairly cheap intake solution, if you don't mind a little work to get it to fit. Much better than $200+ for a K & N, AirRaid, Volant, etc.

EDIT: AEM brute force, not AiRaid rip off.
 

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Looks good, that tube looks like it should be quite a bit smoother than the OE one internally. Uni Filter, if they don't have an appropriate sized wrap for that, sells thier foam in bulk, so you can custom make your own if you want.
 

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Looks good, that tube looks like it should be quite a bit smoother than the OE one internally. Uni Filter, if they don't have an appropriate sized wrap for that, sells thier foam in bulk, so you can custom make your own if you want.
Here in the desert with the fine dust, the foam would be better. But I will be moving to Seattle, then back to norcal, and water is more the concern there. I think the drycharger would suit me better, but I'm gonna keep looking to see what I can find.
 

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Looks nice, but I doubt anybody here in Kalifornia could run that since I doubt it is CARB approved.
 

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Looks nice, but I doubt anybody here in Kalifornia could run that since I doubt it is CARB approved.
I never had any problems with just replacing my airbox with a cone filter on my old car in CA, but that was back in the late 90's. My Jeep had a CARB sticker for the FIPK, but neither place I had it smogged even asked me to see it. I had is smogged in '04 before I sold it and moved here. I had been told in the past, that as long as ever vacuum hose is hooked up, you are good to go. :shurgs:
 

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They are getting way more strict out here. My last header almost failed smog because the tech was insisting it had to have a CARB plate welded on to the header and not the sticker under the hood that I received. My new header has the plate, but the techs out here look for all sorts of ways to fail you if you have modified your vehicle.

Heck, even the cops here will cite you for an illegal exhaust or intake. My roommate got one of those tickets. Dropped in the stock intake, got the ticket signed off, then put the aftermarket stuff back in. All because the intake wasn't CARB approved. The wonderful Republik of Kalifornia, such a great place to live.
 

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They are getting way more strict out here. My last header almost failed smog because the tech was insisting it had to have a CARB plate welded on to the header and not the sticker under the hood that I received. My new header has the plate, but the techs out here look for all sorts of ways to fail you if you have modified your vehicle.

Heck, even the cops here will cite you for an illegal exhaust or intake. My roommate got one of those tickets. Dropped in the stock intake, got the ticket signed off, then put the aftermarket stuff back in. All because the intake wasn't CARB approved. The wonderful Republik of Kalifornia, such a great place to live.
Yeah, I'm keeping my stock intake just incase I end up back in Kali once school is done. God forbid.
 

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Could you give the specifics on the eBay auction you got it from so I can get one? What am I looking for? Is it as simple as looking up Tacoma intake? Couldn't be....

Jody.
 

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Could you give the specifics on the eBay auction you got it from so I can get one? What am I looking for? Is it as simple as looking up Tacoma intake? Couldn't be....

Jody.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7950794591&category=38634

That was the same one with blue hoses.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7950275206

And that is mine.

You will have to bend the little mount to make it fit, and get a couple of nuts, a bolt and a 3 hose clamps, but that ads all of $2 to the price. Obtain that stuff before you install, and your life will be much easier.

Good luck!
 

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=7950794591&category=38634

That was the same one with blue hoses.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7950275206

And that is mine.

You will have to bend the little mount to make it fit, and get a couple of nuts, a bolt and a 3 hose clamps, but that ads all of $2 to the price. Obtain that stuff before you install, and your life will be much easier.

Good luck!
Dumb question. Where is your MAF? I dont see it in your pic.

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Still loving it! Filter is staying pretty clean, at least compared to the K & N in my jeep (but the grill was straight open to the filter in the jeep). It has seems to have a LOT more high RPM get up with it. Now I just need to get a magnaflow to balance out the underhood noise when I get on it.

Everything is holding well, but I through some red locktite on the nuts holding it to the rubber thing on the fender since I didn't have nylocks there. It only has about 2K miles so far, but ZERO problems.

And the lift FINALLY gets ordered on Monday, since the 5100s seem to have reappeared.
 
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