2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner Intake (TRD or K&N)

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2017-2018 Toyota 4Runner Intake (TRD or K&N?)

2017-2018 cold air intake 4runner

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).

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.

2017-2018 cold air intake 4runner

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.

Thanks.

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  • Jason
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    You can get the part ant any Toyota dealer out here in SoCal, and they will install it and they tell me it will be covered under the Toyota new-car warranty.  A friend of mine who put the part (PTR-03-8911) in his 2017 SR5, is getting 3PMG more than I (18.5 vs 15.5) around town, and loves the torque increase and sound.  Toyota will sell me the part at it’s dealers for @$375.  So, my closest dealer’s parts manager was the guy who said it probably won’t pass SMOG,  not due to the emissions, but because it hasn’t got the “certification” on it.  Now, aren’t the 4Runner and Tacoma using the same engine?  How does the new 2017 Tacoma TRD get SMOG approval?  The parts guy at the dealer I bought the car at advised I talk to a guy who does smog checks and see if he can help.  My friend with the part, who installed it himself in under an hour, said he was keeping the stock part and would put it on for an inspection if he sensed a problem.

    I’d heard Toyota TRD would be offing the 2018 TRD 4Runners and this part with the 2018 models, which would then work on the 2017.  I’ll let you know what happens when I check with the SMOG guys.

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Jason,
      Yeah, they are on the same block but the 4Runner has a bit more hp out of the gates. The 4Runner has dual variable valve timing while the taco just has the single vvt. I don’t know why they don’t do this for the taco.

      In any case, about the intake, yeah that’s a good question. I thought it was all emissions. I didn’t know the trd intake needed just the cert. so that would explain why the AFE and K&N can ship to Cali.

      But that’s also really strange because AFE makes the trd intake. Don’t quote me on that but I’m 90% sure that AFE makes or got the contract to make all the TRD intakes. Again, I’m almost certain on this but I could be wrong. I should call Toyota and see or better yet call AFE and check with them. You never know. Some dude in the parts department might claim that trd USA makes everything trd. But I doubt it.

      Just like the TRD supercharger was made by Magnuson. So no wonder why Magnuson made the 5th gen SC And Toyota “discontinued” it.

      Also, for fitment on the TRD intake, we’ve had so many people ask about this. Toyota says it doesn’t work on anything above 13 is crazy because I installed it 2014, we’ve also had every year 4runner confirm 2015, 2016 and then 2017 but the 2017 I guess required moving additional wires around. But, then again so did ours but I would assume that there are a different set of wires because Toyota moved an air pump in the 2017+ models.

      Let me know what you hear on the smog.

  • Thomas
    Reply

    Any confirmation about installing the TRD cold air intake (PTR03-89100) into a 2018 4Runner? Just purchased a TRD Offroad Premium and wanted to make sure this intake fits into the 2018. Another option I found is AFE shows a couple of cold air intakes (54-76009 Momentum GT & 54-81932 Magnum FORCE Stage-2 Si) on their website as well.

    • Brenan - Trail4R
      Reply

      Thomas,
      Yes. The TRD Intake does fit in the 2018 but it may require additional re-routing of wires. This is fairly common, even on lower year models of the 4Runner. The AFE intake and the K&N intake are both great options, though. All of these intakes for the 4Runner will increase HP gains and provide more fuel efficiency. Either option would be a good fit for the 2018 4Runner. Let us know what you decide and we would love to see what you end up with. We would love to see another intake install on something newer than the 2015-2017 4Runners on the site now. Everyone would love to see an actual intake install on a 2018 4Runner. $100 for any install you submit : )

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