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Stock Air Box Mod (SABM) Review Thread

Discussion in 'Product Reviews' started by csuviper, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. Aug 16, 2015 at 9:21 PM
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    csuviper

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    Those of you that have installed the SABM let hear your reviews.
    How was the following items affected:
    1. MPG
    2. 0-60 time
    3. Acceleration
    4. Higher rpm
    5. Lower end torque
    Please list if you have a supercharger with your review as the results of the SABM may be different from naturally aspirated.

    There is a company called G-Tek Fab that sells the parts as a kit. Not sure if the company was the originator of the mod or if they just took the idea and made a product out of it. (If you know let me know and i will update this.) Here is a link to some info on their kit. Dyno tests were done on a supercharged Tundra.


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  2. Aug 16, 2015 at 9:51 PM
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    And maybe those same questions after 1k miles? I'd like to know if the ecu compensates and nullifies any gains.
     
  3. Aug 17, 2015 at 3:17 PM
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    I was wondering when this thread was gonna launch.

    I will say for the $60 I payed, it's well worth it.

    Let's bear in mind that I have the 4.7 I personally dropped the ball on that. It will not happen with my next Tundra.

    It has made my engine come to life with a throaty sound.

    My acceleration is better.. no hesitation like before.

    O-60 definitely faster time.

    I went to York County, Sc and averaged right around 18 mpg. 1 mpg better.

    I will say this to whoever is considering purchasing it. It's well worth the money. You definitely get your Bang for the Buck. Our Tundras have there own cai, so your doing a mod to it.

    I am interested in Trucky's comments. It will be interesting to see.

    Also I have no answer on the low end torque. I tow my lawn equipment and my buddies 19' center console and cannot feel anything, loss of power or hesitation. Frankly I don't even feel I'm towing anything.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. Aug 17, 2015 at 3:32 PM
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    @rons23 good review. Thank you.
     
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  5. Aug 17, 2015 at 4:08 PM
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  6. Aug 17, 2015 at 4:09 PM
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    Yes sir
     
  7. Aug 17, 2015 at 4:14 PM
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    I believe Gtek Fab is the originator, and his product was dyno tested from what I read.
     
  8. Aug 17, 2015 at 6:50 PM
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    Dyno tested with a supercharged truck not a naturally aspirated truck.
     
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  9. Aug 17, 2015 at 7:15 PM
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    I think is worth it also. I have no loss of low end. It has helped mine in that department. Lugs the hills way better than it used to." Stays in 6th longer. " has helped my overall milage. Can't say 1-2 cause have seen up to 4 on different tanks. Just all depends on how you drive it that tank. I also have 35" tires a single corsa exhaust and a drop in k&n. So I'm sure all things help but am very happy with my sabm kit! Would I recommend.... Yes. Would I buy again yes! Short of the long don't check all the questions up there but yes it's for sure helped and have had it on for close to 9 months. Hope this helps someone on the fence.
     
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  10. Sep 13, 2015 at 8:33 PM
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    Bumping this up to get more feedback
     
  11. Sep 13, 2015 at 10:30 PM
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    I had the mod when I wasn't supercharged and I was happy with it. I didn't see a loss on the low end and for those times when you need to get on the throttle, passing, freeway acceleration, it seemed noticeably more responsive. I agree with Virgils12 on the mileage, overall better, but slightly, definitely not worse.

    In all honesty it is hard to notice a difference. 381 HP, maybe getting 385-390 HP just hard to tell. That being said I reinstalled it after the supercharger install. Again I'm happy with it. The other forum has dynoed results to back it up. I rarely really open it up with the supercharger, at that point fast is fast, hard to compare, but I do think it's a better setup. The stock air inlet, even with the accelerator, seems small considering all of the air demanded. MPG before/after w/ supercharger basically the same, within .5. I measured it less over a few tanks but it could be weather or being more interested to get on the throttle.

    To those on the fence I say try it, I think you'll like it and if not it'd be pretty easy to cap the holes and return to a stock condition.

    On my 1st gen I did my own version of an air box mod building from the ideas of others on Tundra Solutions. On the first gen, 4.7l, this mod was awesome. Definitely held the lower end of the gear better and just overall woke things up. I wish I had that setup for the life of the 03, most of the time I had the K&N FIPK on. http://www.tundrasolutions.com/forums/intake-and-exhaust/315545-airbox-mod-cold-ram-air/
     
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  12. Sep 14, 2015 at 5:58 AM
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    Just completed the SABM MOD over the weekend on a 2016 Tundra 5.7L

    First, the payment through paypal was easy and the item was shipped out quickly. I got the SABM 2 days later, which was faster then I had thought.
    Second, the package came with all parts needed to install the SABM, including very detailed and easy to read instructions with pitctures. The package also came with a bunch of cool stickers (Gave the stickers to my kids :) ).

    Installtion: The installation took me about 45 minutes, going slow and checking measurements 3-4 times. Once you start cutting you are commited (LOL), make sure the markings are correct.
    I had to move both of the ground wire clusters which were in the way of the new SABM. A bolt was provided to remount the wires in the new location. The rubber tube you get was a little long and had to be cut. It looks to me that the 2016 air box has slightly different demensions then the older ones (not sure). It was basically pushing the box out of square, in which I couldnt get the front bolt of the filter box on. Actually the bolt is still not in, I need to cut a little more tubing to get the box in the correct location (no big deal). I would have done it then but I ran out of time..

    Performance: Since I only have 1,300 miles on the truck; I will not be able to get you any information on mileage gain, since I am still working that out. It definitely sounds more throaty and it seems way more responsive. I am waiting on the K&N filter to come in, currently using the stock filter. Hopefully I will gain even more when the K&N is installed.

    I feel with the ease of installation along with the better sound and performance, it is definitely worth the money.

    PS: I suck at spelling so excuse me if there are errors....

     
  13. Sep 15, 2015 at 5:37 PM
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    Thanks for all the great tips and responses. That's why I wanted to join this forum. I get real answers from people who have already tried this upgrades. Look forward to getting started. Any suggestions on exhaust now that I take is covered?
     
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    It''s pricey but I went with the TRD duals because I think they tested and dynoed over 50 configurations, why would I think I could do better? If you like a little growl the duals will leave you wanting more. On the plus side it's a subtle rumble that doesn't drone or interfere with music, conversations etc... Just enough to put my sweet 5 month old girl to sleep on the freeway!

    That said I would strongly consider the Dirtydeeds option. They can customize the tone and they know the Tundra and will preserve the low end. Down the road I can see myself modding my duals, but $$ is a factor.
     
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    Check your other greeting thread.

    I'm going to throw my two cents in on this one. The problem with this mod, is that the ecu in our trucks makes every attempt to override this type of modification. A lot of times modding the air intake or exhaust will cause the truck to lose low end tq. If you had a blower on your truck it might help, but no one is really sure on this particular mod because there is no dyno proof for a naturally aspirated truck. So.... That being said, If you decide to do this, maybe you could get your truck on a dyno!
     
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    Either of you thought about getting your trucks on a dyno after this mod?
     
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    How's life with this mod on your air box? What have you noticed?
     
  23. Dec 18, 2015 at 3:13 AM
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    Ok...not to be an idiot but this is the first i have heard/ read of this mod....what is it and where can I buy it or can it be a diy mod...just curious? ?

    Performance wise I have only added a k&n drop in..
     
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    PBTRD, do your research before doing this mod. There is no Dyno proof that this mod does anything for your truck and the company selling these has never posted Dyno results to prove any advertised gains. Makes you wonder why. Common sense would make you think if the Dyno results showed the advertised gains, they would post them. If the Dyno results showed a clear HP gain, a lot more guys would buy this mod, I would.
     
  25. Dec 18, 2015 at 4:12 PM
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    They did post dyno results, but it was only on a supercharged truck. I don't think it was much of a gain at that.

    I know this won't be very popular to those who have done this mod, but I'll say it anyway.

    Most likely what will happen with doing this on a naturally aspirated truck will only result in a loss of low end torque. Even changing from the factory paper filter to a k&n or afe filter will hurt low end tq.

    For those without a blower, stick with the factory cold air setup. It's literally the best you will do with the intake.
     
  26. Dec 28, 2015 at 9:46 PM
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    Ok guys. I'm going to ask again, how is the kit working for you guys. Are you happy with the results?

    Look for a cheap mod write up from me soon on an alternative.
     
  27. Dec 28, 2015 at 10:30 PM
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    I'm happy enough with the results. Do I regret installing it - no. Would I install it after having the experience of driving it - eh maybe not in hindsight. On a SC'd Tundra it's probably a .8%-1% increase. Here is a link which includes dyno results on a SC'd Tundra. http://tundrageeks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8902&page=2

    I had it setup before and after the supercharger. I think the fabricator of these is willing to provide one for free to anyone willing to dyno their NA Tundra. Without having dynoed mine as an NA I would guess it increases overall HP but changes the TQ curve bringing on TQ later in the RPM range. Whether that is desirable to you depends on your preference.

    If you like tinkering and trying things it's a relatively low cost for his setup vs a CAI, plus it's better than an open air CAI. I did an airbox mod on my 1st gen and loved it, so I had to try it.

    In the end it doesn't affect performance that much. My $.02.
     
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