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I have the Airaid. It seems just from what I have read that the sound of the Airaid is not as loud as the TRD, this has been a downer for me since I wanted more sound. The upside is the price is about $100-150 less and its also street legal with its CARB number and sticker.

From a performance standpoint I would say the Airaid might have a slight disadvantage at lower speeds because it not as tight of sealed box as the TRD.

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The AFE CAI is by far the best intake available for the FJ Cruiser. The fit/finish is the best out there, and it can be adapted to work with the Safari Snorkel should you decide to add one later.

AFE also has a matching throttle body spacer and catback exhaust system, which together add about 40 HP...(and we've got them all in stock)
 

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Are these claim really true, regarding increase of 10-16 horses with a Cold Air Intake.
http://www.autopartswarehouse.com/shop_parts/cold_air_intake/toyota/fj_cruiser.html

Just funny cause back in high school.... being a student and not having any money we use to cut PVC Plastic pipes to make cold air intakes and use
my moms stocking at the end for a filter .... GHETTO RICE-ERrR..... hahahah ;D "I'll beat you with my Honda, the stickers and flame paint job add 10-20 horses"

In my opinion the TRD design is pretty dope or the AFE Cold Air Intake. But I would replace the filter with HKS Honeycomb framed filter.
http://www.promaxauto.com.au/photo/Exterior/Airfilter/hks_airfilter.JPG
The Element is reusable and easy to maintain.
 
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