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 about a previous post, 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, we got quite a bit of interest in this for 2017.

UPDATE: The TRD Intake (PTR03-89100) fits on 2017-2018+.

Check out the complete 2017 Intake Install for everyone looking for proof.

From The Original Post:

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. We are pushing into winter of 2017, and 2018 was just released (with a new color by the way – Calvary Blue), and the 2019 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 models unless they come out with the same engine layout on the 2019.

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, 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: 

Talked to Toyota today, apparently they moved the air pump on the 2017 so this will not work. Hopefully they will come out with an updated version soon. John…

Options for the 2017-2018 Intake?

If you are looking for increased air-flow on your 2017-2018, 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 and this is the same layout as a 2018. So yes, it is possible.

Back to the K&N Intake

K&N claims that this intake was engineered specifically for the 2017-2018 (all models, SR5, TRD Off-Road, TRD Pro and Limited). But, this same intake fits just fine all the way back to 2013 models. So, yes it will work on your 2017-2018 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 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 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. Once coupled with an aftermarket 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 comes with paper air filters with restricted air-flow tubes. The K&N 63-9034 intake comes with a much larger tube inlet/outlet and a much better filter. With a K&N 63-9034 intake, your air production will stay much cooler because it has more room to travel and is mounted further away from your engine block.

Cooler air helps your engine’s performance and helps your 4Runner to run more efficiently. While we have not installed the K&N 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 TRD Intake

We just got an email from Fernando saying that his mechanic was able to install the TRD Intake on his 2017. He was kind enough to share his pictures with us to prove it. This is what he said about installing the Intake:

  • 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.

 

Please comment below and let us know if you have any questions.

Thanks.

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Jason

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… Read more »

Thomas
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Thomas

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.

Michael
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Michael

Hello- Love your page. I have a 2018 TRD Off Road and purchased the same TRD CAI (PTR03-89100) that you bought for your 2014. Should be coming tomorrow? Looks like I’ll be the guinea pig on this install. Was hoping to see more information from “Fernando” on his install before I attempted mine.

Blake
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Blake

Love the site, install photos and steps are super clean and well documented. Hoping the 2018 install of this TRD intake will be available soon. Above someone mentioned K&N intake was ok to ship to Cali but I have yet to find any place that will actually ship here.

Kent
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Kent

I bought part number PTR03-89100 and installed it on my 2018 4runner today…. works and fits fine!! There was a heart stopper moment tho, first time I fired it up it died…. Fired right up again with no issues..

Chris Morimoto
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Chris Morimoto

So the TRD works on your 2018 4Runner TRD Off Road? I’m looking into it and want to keep Toyota parts if possible.

Mitch
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Mitch

I just installed the chrome version of the K&N on my 2018 4Runner Limited and absolutely zero modifications of anything were required at all. Including the MAS sensor look.

It fits perfectly.

Cheers,
Mitch

craig
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craig

looking for a lift kit for 2017 4 runner pro cannot locate one that fits pro series

joe
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joe

searching for a cold air intake for my 2019 TRD Off Road, any feedback or direction on a compatible model?
much thanks in advanced.
Joe

Rodney
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Rodney

Hi Joe, did you ever get anywhere for the TRD CAI fitting the 2019 TRD Off Road?

Campcreek
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Campcreek

Nope. Toyota TRD and AFE told me that their intakes must receive it’s EPA smog certificate. Unfortunately things get complicated in California.

Rodney
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Rodney

That is to bad. Ive looked at the K&N’s, but was hoping to keep it Toyota. K&N Makes the Blackhawk Induction but still won’t fit the 2019 4Runners. If I here anything Ill let you know. Thanks for the fast response.

Campcreek
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Campcreek

Thanks Rodney, appreciate any news. I will start calling around to see if they are available. I was focusing on the ones that didn’t introduce just deep rumbling sound. I really liked the Borla but they didn’t have anything available and they already had some.2019 vehicles to use as a showcase, as I was hoping to do when I contacted the lead R&D guy there. In the meantime, taking some.rides up to the Sierras and enjoying the new ride.

Rodney
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Rodney

Hey there, so I asked a question on Facebook on the TRD CAI on 2019 4Runner. Everyone says it can be done. Some say waisted money, others say S&B CAI. I had a guy show me a copy of a receipt and he bought the individual parts to make the TRD CAI. He saved a few bucks. Hope this helps. If your a Facebook guy check out the Toyota 4Runner 5th Gen owners forum. Friendly guys and sweet looking 4runners.

James C Acuna
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James C Acuna

Hello Joe, I ordered a TRD CAI for my 2019 SR5 Premium from a Toyota dealer here in Denver. When I went to pick it up, the parts guys was emphatic that it “may or may not fit”, and if it does, it will void the factory warrantee. He also said that the service dept. would not install it, as Toyota hasn’t approved it for any Toyota 4runner since 2010. He showed me what was approved by Toyota on the TRDusa.com website, and sure enough, no CAI. I returned it. Now sorting through options.

James Wise
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James Wise

Hey, do any of these aftermarket intakes make the hood scoop on a 2018-19 4Runner Off Road functional? Know any way to do that?

Any advice is much appreciated,

Jim

Tim Horton
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Tim Horton

No. It’s purely cosmetic. You could cut the front where the plastic ‘mesh’ is, and fab up a screen. but all that will do is nothing aside from letting water into your engine bay.
The 4Runner draws air in from the passenger side fender well.

bruce
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bruce

Does your engine need to be retuned to account for the extra air?

Tim Horton
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Tim Horton

No.

Rodney
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Rodney

Does anyone know if the TRD CAI will fit a 2019 Limited 4Runner?

John Wolfen
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John Wolfen

I’m in the same boat. I will be contacting my dealer tomorrow for the correct part number for a TRD CAI for my 2019 4runner TRD Pro. I’m hoping to get this ordered and installed ASAP. After its all done I will certainty share my experience to include good pics.

Tim Horton
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Tim Horton

It fits just fine. Require the removal of one bracket that the bulky tube chamber bolts to. While Toyota did move the smog pump, it doesn’t really change anything as far as the install goes, aside from using the bolt hole for the bracket for one of the zip tie ‘trees’, and I doubt I’ll even bother putting one there. I just installed my TRD intake tonight, and aside from dropping my flathead screwdriver down the engine bay, it was pretty straightforward. The hardest part was disconnecting the wire loom from them mount points. Still have to tape up the… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

I recently got a 19 TRD Pro and going through the same evaluation. I ordered a K&N intake part 77-9034KP because they said it would fit. I spoke to a mechanic today who is putting on my magnaflow exhaust and he said to hold off on the intake as we should check with Toyota to see if there are any long term extra wear and tear. Does anybody have any input on this topic? I was all ready to get it installed and then he gave me cold feet.

Jim
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Jim

Thanks Brenan! That was my assumption as well. His reasoning was the computers now could get confused and end up trying to compensate for the extra air flow by pushing more gas into the engine. He also referenced the mass airflow sensor and O2 sensors as victims of the wear. Hopefully that provides a little more context! Thanks again. Your site kicks ass man.

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