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Old 06-07-2011, 08:21 PM   #1
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lookin for cheap power!

I got an 08 V6 I'm just lookin for easy and cheap ways to free up some power. Any of you pros got a place to start? I'm a mechanic so if its technical I don't care.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #2
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If you're a mechanic shouldn't you be telling us...? Lol. But your cheapest options for real power would be like a set of DTLT headers and a URD MAF calibrator
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:23 PM   #3
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Cheap and power aren't words that come in the same sentence. All bolt on mods will give you a tiny bit of power. A supercharger will give you a big jump in power.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:25 PM   #4
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A lighted 4x4 switch will give about .2hp!!
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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Not a lot of options. The usual bolts ons help from what I hear but to get the most out of them a URD MAF calibrator will be needed. None of that snake oil crap such as higher octane gas, "ebay chip", TB spacer, or magnets are worth your time or money.
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Horsepower is just a question of money. How fast do you want to go?
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:39 PM   #8
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No such thing as cheap power.
Except for stickers. You forgot the cool stickers.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:45 PM   #9
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^Dammit, you're right. Adding a TRD sticker to a non TRD Tacoma adds 37.5hp. That's a FACT.
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Losing weight is the only real "cheap" mod that makes a noticeable difference. Put your truck on a diet...while you save up for a supercharger.
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Mine didn't add power to the engine but I will beat anyone shifting into 4wd at night.
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:52 PM   #13
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Losing weight is the only real "cheap" mod that makes a noticeable difference. Put your truck on a diet...while you save up for a supercharger.
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I got an 08 V6 I'm just lookin for easy and cheap ways to free up some power. Any of you pros got a place to start? I'm a mechanic so if its technical I don't care.
diesel swap! jkjk haha
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:55 PM   #15
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Losing weight is the only real "cheap" mod that makes a noticeable difference. Put your truck on a diet...while you save up for a supercharger.

This is the correct answer.
Many years ago a set of headers, loud muffs, intake, carb, and some timming changes would add a ton of power.
Not anymore the factorys are building as much power in as they can to make the engine more efficent to add MPG.
You can add 20 HP but it will cost you 1-2 grand.
Is it worth it?
That is up to you.
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Supercharger.

Or if that's too expensive, nitrous.
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Be like me and make super charger noises with your mouth as you're driving
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Old 06-07-2011, 11:14 PM   #19
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