2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner Intake (TRD or K&N)
2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner Intake (TRD or K&N?)
2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner Intake – TRD or K&N Cold Air Intake (CAI)
We recently had a question on a previous post (TRD Cold Air Intake), specifically about the 2017 and whether or not TRD makes a cold air intake for this model yet. Also, after we did a full install on the TRD intake, we got quite a bit of interest in this for the 2017. So, does TRD make an Intake for the 2017-2018 4Runner? The short answer is, Not Yet.
TRD does not make a 2017-2018 Cold Air Intake. I called our local service center the other day to ask for sure and talked to a few people. One guy gave me the short answer, NO. Then I called again and asked for someone who is a little more knowledgeable about TRD parts and upcoming releases of TRD parts.
What he told me was that for now, they do not have TRD Intake for the 2017 or 2018 4Runner. We are pushing into winter of 2017, the 2018 4Runner was just released (with a new color by the way – Calvary Blue), and the 2019 4Runner is in our distant future. So, with all of this being said, the service rep at the Toyota Service center mentioned that it will be likely they will not release a TRD intake for the 2017-2018 4Runner unless they come out with the same engine layout on the 2019 4Runner.
If Toyota keeps everything in the same place, the service rep said they are “likely” to introduce a TRD intake for these three years. On the 2017-2018 4Runner, Toyota moved the Air Pump, which makes installing the TRD Intake compatible with all other 5th Gen models, impossible.
Here is a comment from another post on the 2017 engine layout change:
Talked to Toyota today, apparently they moved the air pump on the 2017 4Runner so this will not work. Hopefully they will come out with an updated version soon. John…
This was a comment back on our TRD Intake overview post.
Options for the 2017-2018 4Runner Intake?
If you are looking for increased air-flow on your 2017-2018 4Runner, look at the K&N CAI (Cold Air Intake).
- K&N 63-9034 Air Intake System: Check Today’s Price on this Intake
This intake might be your only option for an intake at the moment. And, it’s a pretty good option! But, the TRD Intake will still fit, you just need to re-arrange some wires. We were provided with a few shots of someone who has a TRD intake installed on a 2017 4Runner and this is the same layout as a 2018 4Runner. So yes, it is possible.
Back to the K&N Intake
K&N claims that this intake was engineered specifically for the 2017-2018 Toyota 4 Runner (all models, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Limited). But, this same intake fits just fine all the way back to 2013 4Runner models. So, yes it will work on your 2017-2018 4Runner but it wasn’t “designed for the 2017”.
Like most aftermarket intake systems, the K&N 63-9034 Air Intake System comes with a washable and reusable air filter that can push its life 100K miles before service. Also, the K&N 63-9034 Air Intake System backs its product with a million mile limited warranty. So for all of you 2017-2018 4Runner owners who plan on doing 4 engine swaps, you are covered.
Highlights of the K&N 63-9034 Cold Air Intake (CAI) System
- Estimated horsepower gain of 12.18 HP at 4600 RPM
- Cooler air with less restriction for more power
- Oversized high-flow reusable air filter
- Easy to install, usually in 90 minutes or less
- Million Mile Limited Warranty
- Deep Throaty Sound
- 100k mile filter service life
K&N Intake Vs. TRD Intake Vs. AFE Intake?
Just about all the Intakes out there for the 5th Gen 4Runner are similar. You can choose from the TRD, AFE, and K&N (which are the most popular), and they will do pretty much the same thing. They all push out anywhere from 10-15hp and provide a much gnarlier, throaty sound in your engine bay. They definitely increase air flow which puts less restriction on your engine, which in-tune produces more power for your 4Runner. Once coupled with an aftermarket exhaust like the Borla Exhaust or Magnaflow Exhaust, you will notice quite a difference in sound and performance.
Stock Air Intake Vs. Aftermarket K&N Intake
The stock OEM intake on your 2017-2018 4Runner comes with paper air filters with restricted air-flow tubes. The K&N 63-9034 Cold Air Intake System comes with a much larger tube inlet/outlet and a much better filter. With a K&N 63-9034 Cold Air Intake, your air production will stay much more cool because it has more room to travel and is mounted further away from your engine block.
Cooler air helps your 4Runner engine’s performance and helps your 4Runner to run more efficiently. While we have not installed the K&N 63-9034 Cold Air Intake, the TRD Intake was a piece of cake and installing a cold air intake from model to model is not much different.
UPDATE: 2017-2018 5th Gen 4Runner TRD Intake
We just got an email from Fernando saying that his mechanic was able to install the TRD Intake that is out right now for the 5th Gen 4Runner. He was kind enough to share his pictures with us to prove it. This is what he said about installing the TRD Intake on his 2017 5th Gen 4Runner.
- FERNANDO: For the readers, I think any decent mechanic should be able to install on a 2017 in about 1 hour.
- TRAIL4R: Awesome thanks. What adjustments did you have to make? What was in the way again? Thanks in advance.
- FERNANDO: My mechanic installed. I think it was simply electrical to a sensor. He said it was minor.
In any case, it looks like the TRD Intake does work on the 2017 and 2018 4Runner (TRD Off Road in this case). If you are looking to drop a TRD intake on your 2018 4Runner, the TRD model will work, but we do not have the exact details right now on what exactly needs to be moved around.
Someone really needs to submit an install on the 2017-2018 TRD Intake!
Please comment below and let us know if you have any questions.