Hi, I own a 2000 (auto) 2.4l taco and am going to be doing work to it. It only has 36k original miles and spent a lot of time garaged. I read the mpg thread already and have made many of those suggested upgrades a priority. If anything about my cars figures seem odd it's because the previous owner had ordered the car directly from the factory, customized.
Considering that this truck is all stock, what are upgrades I should make to simply ensure its "health" per se? I was thinking of replacing the suspension, the engine cooling parts, the spark plugs and wiring that wear due to time and getting a tune up along with replacing my filters with AFE's. I read that I should also replace my exhaust system, as the manufactures put in poor systems. I wasn't sure if this was true or not, and I really don't want something that's all noise. Not trying to knock anyone but I dislike car upgrades that are all "boom" and no "vroom".
I also contacted Toyota to have my car inspected for the frame recall. Which makes me wonder if there are any other parts of this car that Toyota didn't do so hot on, that should be replaced.
Also, I couldn't find any threads that had any info about tire size/life size effects on mpg/torque. If there are any I would appreciate a link.
One last thing, what brand/model should I go with for the cool air intake and for a brush guard (to protect if I were to hit a deer. There are many, to say the least, where I live)? I want to stick to quality parts, so I understand I'm going to be doing part with a lot of money.
Thanks for your help, and just want to say from what I've read this is a really great community. Thanks for building it up to what it is now.