Re: TRD CAI and TRD Cat Back Exhaust
I have a TRD CAI and the TRD exhaust. It seems to have a little more "pep", especially at higher RPMs. My FJ came with the exhaust, and I added the intake about a year after I purchased it, so I did have the ability to make the comparison (with or without). The most noted difference is the sound. It sounds really good with the intake. As strange as this may sound, I was fine paying the money for the intake on the merit of the sound alone. It also seems like it affects the way it shifts (I have a 5 MT). When I have it on cruise it doesn't seem to shift to a lower gear on hills as quickly as it used to. It definately increased my MPGs, so that was a huge plus
I also learned that I could "haggle" with the parts department. I ended up paying $350 at the dealership with the justification that I wasn't paying for shipping, and I was purchasing it locally just in case there was an issue.
The instructions for the intake are really detailed with pictures and all. Even someone with minimal mechanical experience would have a decent shot at installing one of these.
As noted above, the same thing can be had cheaper, and I know I paid a premium just for the "TRD" logo, but for some reason I was hell bent on using "genuine" TRD parts.