We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing cold air intakes here on TundraHeadquarters.com, and for good reason. Cold air intakes offer increased performance, improved gas mileage, go-fast looks, and a great sound. These kits work because they increase air flow into the engine while also making an effort to ensure the intake air is as cool as possible. Unfortunately, while they do work, cold air intake kits cost $300-$400.
For years, K&N has been offering a less expensive alternative to cold air intake kits, specifically, a high-performance air filter. K&N says that their high-flow air filters significantly increase air flow and therefore offer many of the same benefits as more expensive full-fledged intake kits. We decided to check that claim, and here’s what we came up with:
The Tundra’s ECU, or engine control module, administrates most aspects of your truck. Transmission shift points, air/fuel mixture, engine timing, and other performance settings are controlled by the ECU, as well as more mundane settings like overall tire size. In the world of after market parts, selling programmers that can change these ECU settings has become a big business. Factory engine calibrations usually emphasize things like emissions and fuel economy – change these factory settings (even slighty) and you can often add significant power.
Unfortunately for us, Toyota isn’t a fan of after market engine programmers. Toyota designed their ECU in a way that makes changing factory computer calibrations nearly impossible, even when it comes to changing the most basic of settings. Fortunately, when it comes to oversized wheel/tire packages or gear changes, Hypertech has come up with an in-line Speedometer Calibrator Module that allows you to compensate for your wheels and tires without having to re-program the ECU.
NOTE: To date, Hypertech is one of the only aftermarket tuner/programmer companies with Toyota Tundra applications. And, although the speedometer calibrator does just one of the many jobs we expect from this upgrade, the engineers at Hypertech are working on creating a programmer for the Tundra.
The Toyota Tundra is a beefy-looking full-size truck. Toyota went out of their way to make sure that it had enough “attitude” to contend with the muscled look of the Dodge Ram and the sleek lines of the sharp-angled F150. The bulging front end with the over-sized grille really helped to define the Tundra as a true competitor in the marketplace.
Yet despite the Tundra’s good looks, there are many people out there who see their trucks as a palette which they can customize to their heart’s content. This is usually done in order to make the appearance of their vehicle as much of a reflection of their personality as possible. These people are drawn to the styling of the Tundra but are looking to dress it up with a few extra touches. One of the best ways to do this is with chrome accessories. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular chrome options.
Borla’s stainless steel exhaust tip has the chrome look, and it’s a great accent to a stock exhaust that doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Whether you drive your Toyota Tundra through the urban jungle, the high plains, or along narrow, forested roads, you might have thought about picking something up to protect the front end of your truck. When you consider how much there is at stake not only under the hood, but also the expensive-to-repair bodywork and lighting, it’s clear that you should take whatever steps you can to prevent your truck from falling victim to a careless touch-parker or stray deer.
Here’s a 2007 Toyota Tundra with a Westin Bull Bar. It has the optional skid plate and driving lights. Westin offers this bull bar in either chrome or matte black finish.
Bull bars, cow catchers, deer killers, brush guards – these are all names for essentially the same product: A protective steel framework that extends out in front of your vehicle. Needless to say, there are many different types and styles of grille-guards on the market, ranging from hardcore to pure accessory. How can you decide which brand and style is right for your needs?