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Merideth: Hey, guys. So, today, we're checking out the K+N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake, fitting all 2016 and newer 3.5-Liter Toyota Tacomas. So this will be for the Tacoma owners who are looking for an effective way to upgrade their intake with some sleek under-the-hood styling. Now, this will do a great job at opening up that airflow for your truck to see some small gains, especially when it comes to some better throttle response for your Tacoma.This will also help a bit when it comes to fuel economy as well simply by just helping your engine breathe better. Now, where this kit really shines is the filtration and making sure that no contaminants are gonna get to your engine components, while still being very high flow and giving you those gains that you're looking for. This will also be for the truck owner who is a fan of a heat shield application over a closed box or air box design.I would like to mention this type of application will be a bit more sensitive to water because just it's not as protected as an air box design is. So if you do live in a dryer climate or you don't do a lot of water fording or mudding, this will be a solid option for you. Not to mention, this will just look a lot sportier than your factory air box with a stealthy completely blacked-out construction. I would like to note that this will not be CARB certified, so keep that in mind if you do live in an emission-restrictive state.Now, getting a little bit more into the construction here, this will have a straight-through flow style aluminum intake tube getting rid of a lot of that restriction that you were originally getting with your factory intake tube. This will also let up a lot of restriction getting rid of the factory air box and upgrading to this heat shield that will increase airflow but also help protect the filter from any hot engine bay air by sealing it to the hood with the supplied seal that's gonna go around the air box here or the heat shield here.Now, speaking of that filter, this will come with an oil-free non-woven synthetic filter media which will optimize your filtration without hindering any airflow. This is also washable and reusable, so this will last way longer than your factory paper filter that you would have to change after so many thousand miles. Not to mention this is going to have a stealthy black construction. As you can see, every piece of this intake is going to have a blacked-out look, which will be a great option if you're looking for something that's going to be super sleek underneath the hood.All of the metal components are gonna have a nice black powder coat finish on top, not only to protect the aluminum underneath but also just go along with the theme of this intake. I personally think a black filter with an all-black construction looks very stealthy in comparison to some other options that may come with an all-black construction, but a different colored filter like red or blue. So if you're a fan of that, then this is going to be the right choice for you.Now, with that being said, this is gonna come in at roughly $550, making this more of a premium choice when it comes to the cold airs in the category. Now, when it comes down to choosing an intake, it really comes down to your application. You need to choose what is right for you. Some other choices in the category may come with a completely different setup where they may look a little bit similar.So with this one, you are getting a heat shield that is going to be a little bit higher flow as to where some other choices are gonna have that closed box choice that I mentioned before. Not to mention, again, it's an all-black construction. It really stands out from the other options, considering that a lot of other choices will either come with a different colored intake tube or mainly a different colored filter. You'll see a lot of choices out there with a red or blue filter and this really stands out because it is a black filter here. And this kit will also come with a dry filter as to where some of their choices will come with an oiled filter.Now, there's not a big difference between the tube, but some people do prefer a dry over an oiled and vice versa. So if you are in the dry category and you're looking for something that's going to give your truck some gains, help it breathe a little bit better, and is going to give you a stealthy look in the meantime, then this is gonna be right up your alley. This kit will also come with a million-mile limited warranty to keep a peace of mind there.Now, as far as the install is concerned, I'm gonna give this a one-out-of-three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about an hour to get the job done with some pretty basic hand tools. And one of our installers here is gonna walk you through that process step by step, so let's go ahead and get into the install.Male: Tools used for today's install, 19-millimeter wrench, a ratchet, 3-millimeter Allen, 4-millimeter Allen, short extension, 10, 12, and 13-millimeter sockets, 10-millimeter wrench, a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, plastic fastener remover, pair of dikes, and a cordless impact. What's going on, guys. So, today, I'm gonna be going over the installation process for your cold air intake. Let's get started. All right, now that we got our hood up, the first step we're gonna do is remove the engine cover. You're just gonna pull up on it. It's gonna be in place by some rubber grommets and then to pull out like that.All right. So for this part, we're gonna need our clip removal tool. We're gonna start by unplugging the mass airflow sensor just like that, and you're gonna get your clip removal tool and remove the harness off of the air box. And we can just lay that aside for right now. Next, we're gonna get our 10-millimeter socket with our cordless and loosen up the hose clamps. They are 10 millimeter. Then you just wanna crack this loose from this, from the actual air box, this snorkel tube, just like that, and pull it off with a throttle body and lay that just like that for now.Okay. So before we remove this snorkel tube entirely, you're gonna have a vacuum line to the right side of it. I'm gonna turn this so you can see it. This is gonna need to be removed. It's a finger clamp, so you just squeeze it and pull it down. We are gonna need that later so just leave the clamp on and kind of just give it a twist and pull at the same time. Then there's gonna be one more remaining plastic clip. We're gonna get our clip removal pool and remove that, and then now you can take this out entirely. All right.So to remove the air box, you're gonna have two clips on the other side. You're just gonna pull down and lift up just like that. Same thing on the other side, and you're gonna lift out just like that. And, we can put this to the side, too. And now, we'll remove your engine air filter. All right. So now we can remove the air box. We're gonna use our 12-millimeter socket along with our cordless. You're gonna have three bolts, one in the rear by the ABS pump, and then two in the actual air box. We're gonna go ahead and remove those now.All right. So for this part, you're gonna want to get the top of your air box because we are gonna have to reuse the mass air flow sensor. We have our Phillip's screwdriver, and we're gonna remove that right now. And usually, there's just a seal there. You're just gonna pry lightly and up and try and be very cautious with this. And try not to touch anything. And we're gonna put that off to the side. All right. So for the first part of this installation, we got our intake tube.Now, we want to transfer over our mass air flow sensor. It does only go one way, but you want the arrow facing that open hole. You're just gonna slip it on and press it in. Make sure it's seated correctly and everything's lined up. Now we're gonna take our 3-millimeter Allen bolts, came with the kit. Start this by hand. Now we're gonna get our 3-millimeter Allen socket and go ahead and tighten these down. And you don't wanna go crazy tight, but just a little bit just so you know it's snug.So now we're gonna install our adapter for our vacuum line. It should be threaded and barbed on one side. We're gonna start that by hand. And once you feel a little bit of a resistance, you can get your 19-millimeter wrench and just a little bit. You don't want to go crazy tight, because this is plastic. All right. So we got our heat shield and our air filter adapter. You're gonna have two threads on either side. We're gonna put this on the inside of the heat shield just like so, and we're gonna line up our holes.We're gonna get our 4-millimeter Allen bolts along with a lock washer on the inside, and we're gonna start these by hand. Same thing on the other side. And then now we're gonna get our 4-millimeter Allen socket and go ahead and tighten these down. All right. So now that we're at the original spot where we took the air box out, the bolts that we removed in order to remove the air box, we're gonna install these rubber studs.They're going to install, one's gonna be right in front of where the ABS module was right there, and we're just gonna screw these in hand tight. Then you're gonna have another one, gonna go right by this wire. You may have to kind of move the wire out of the way, and again, hand tight and then out of the larger... I'm sorry. You're gonna have a double-sided one. This will be the larger of the two, that's gonna go right by where your power steering reservoir is. It's gonna be difficult to see, but you will see it.It's gonna be between the washer pump and the washer reservoir and the power steering fluid reservoir. And same thing, hand tight. Back to those rubberized studs, we are going to mount our bracket now. We wanna make sure that the slotted side is facing up. We are going to just put it on like so. We got our flat washer and our nylon nut, should be 13 millimeter, and we're gonna put those on. Then using our 13-millimeter socket, we're gonna go ahead and tighten this down. And now it doesn't need to be cranked down because we may need to adjust it, but just snug.All right. So now it's time to install our trim molding onto our heat shield. We're gonna start at the bottom and you're gonna slowly just work your way up. It's not a bad idea to go back around and make sure everything's tight. It is gonna take some finessing. And then, as you can see, we're gonna have a little bit of an excess part that we're gonna cut that with a pair of dikes right now. We're gonna try and cut a little above. All right. And again, you want to cut just a little like a hair right above the end of it. So we're gonna find our spot right here.All right. Now, back to the engine bay where we had installed those rubber grommets, we're gonna install our heat shield now. You're gonna see how they line up with those rubber studs that we installed. We're gonna get our M6x12 bolts with a lock washer, then followed by a flat washer, and we're gonna install those now. Let's get those hand-tight. You may have to move the box around a little bit to get it to line up. There we go. And then now we're gonna get our 10-millimeter socket and snug these down.All right. So now we're gonna take our M6x16 along with a flat washer and a lock washer. I'm sorry, correction, a lock nut, and we're just gonna drop that in right where that bracket was. And then you're gonna go around and put that nut on. I'm gonna have to put my hand here to hold this in place. We'll just get it started, and we're gonna get our 10-millimeter open wrench and get that on the other side of the nut, along with our 10-millimeter socket, and snug this down.All right. Now it's time to install our actual air filter itself. You're going to want to grab the largest worm gear clamp that is in the ki,t and we're gonna wanna install that right now and tighten it down with a flathead screwdriver. And I'm just gonna go over it just like that and make sure it's tight all the way around, feel underneath. And again, you just wanna hold your clamp in place using your flathead screwdriver and then go ahead and tighten this down. Nice and snug.Don't want to go overboard. Just give it a wiggle, make sure it doesn't move, and you are good to go. All right. So now it's time to install our reducer hose. We're putting the larger side facing the air filter using the larger of the four clamps. You may have to loosen up your clamp a little bit to get it on all the way. There we go. I'll just line up the clamp, make sure it's centered, and go ahead and tighten that with your flathead screwdriver.All right. So now it's time to install our intake pipe. Make sure you put your clamp on before installing the pipe. You know, you might wanna loosen it up a tad so it fits on easier. And you're gonna insert it as far as it'll go and just snug this up the slightest bit so you can still kind of move this around because we are gonna need to do that. This clamp just keeps this from falling.All right. So now our silicon hose with the hump and our two remaining clamps, we're gonna install that from the pipe to the throttle body. Just like that. All right. Now that we have all of our hose connectors and clamps in place, it's good to tighten these up now with our flathead screwdriver. Doesn't hurt to go back around and double-check and then just give it a nice shake, make sure it's nice and secured. So now we can reinstall our vacuum line right onto this barbed fitting until it stops. And then again, another pinch clamp. Let's give that a nice little pull to make sure that that's tight as well.Now we can install our mass air flow sensor harness. Make sure you hear that click. And if you'd like, you can kind of zip tie these any way you want. We're not gonna do that for video purposes. And finally, guys, now it's time to reinstall our engine cover. You're gonna just push it back like so and kind of line it up and you should feel it sit into some grommets like that. Give it a nice little pull, make sure it's nice and secure. All right, guys, that's gonna wrap up today's review and install for the K+N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake fitting your 2016 to current 3.5-liter Tacomas. Thanks for watching. And for all things Tacoma, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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Speed and Acceleration Gains. Push your Tacoma to perform at its peak with the K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake. It’s estimated that you can achieve about 15.57 HP at 5446 RPMs with this Cold Air Intake. For a relatively easy modification, it’s certainly worth the investment.
Washable and Reusable Filter. What’s great about this cold air intake is its oil-free synthetic filter media that can last up to 100,000 miles of service before needing some cleaning maintenance. Best of all, the filter is completely washable and reusable for an eco-friendly and money-saving feature.
Aluminum Construction. Unlike flimsy plastic air intake, this is a tough aluminum mandrel-bent cold air intake that can last for years. In addition, the surfaces are powder-coated to further protect against corrosion and other elements that can degrade the metal.
Bolt-On Installation. The K &N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake is a direct replacement of your factory air intake. You only need hand tools and an hour or 2 for the installation, as all the hardware you need will be included in the kit.
K & N’s 10-Year/1,000,000-Mile Warranty. K&N warrants their K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake against materials and workmanship defects for 10 years or 1,000,000 miles, whichever comes first. Please visit the manufacturer’s website to learn more about exclusions and claim procedures.
No CARB Certification. This cold air intake assembly is not CARB-certified. This is not legal for sale and use in some US states.
Application. The K&N Blackhawk Cold Air Intake will fit 2016-2022 Toyota Tacoma models equipped with the 3.5L engine.
Technical Note. The K&N Cold Air Intake is not designed for vehicles equipped with a Body Lift.
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
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