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Old 07-05-2011, 08:08 PM   #1
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More power for going up hill with a 2.7

Are there any mods that will help? When i hit the big hills in my 2.7 I have to down shift. It was loaded with a sh*t load of camping gear and 4 adults though.
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You can try a AFE drop in and secondary filter delete for cheap. Other mods include a header and exhaust but nothing short of a supercharger will give you a big jump.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:14 AM   #3
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I guess I don't understand why a person would be surprised (or care) that they have to downshift when climbing a big hill... that is just normal. Many vehicles with larger engines (and automatic transmissions) do so too. It's totally normal to do so... you are asking the engine (any engine) to work harder when climbing a hill... when you do that you have to give it more gear do to maintain speed... don't worry about it... just downshift when you are supposed to. It's like complaining that you have to give it more gas when climbing a hill.

Now if you just want more power because you want more power... that is fine... but the fact that you have to downshift climbing a big hill is not necessarily indicative of lack of power of the 2.7L I4... as I said above... that is just normal for most any engine/transmission combo.
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Headers provide the best bang for your buck for the 2.7 hands down. But you'll still probably have to downshift as ohdrj1all said...unless you're going 60+ MPH up the hill.
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I guess I don't understand why a person would be surprised (or care) that they have to downshift when climbing a big hill... that is just normal. Many vehicles with larger engines (and automatic transmissions) do so too. It's totally normal to do so... you are asking the engine (any engine) to work harder when climbing a hill... when you do that you have to give it more gear do to maintain speed... don't worry about it... just downshift when you are supposed to. It's like complaining that you have to give it more gas when climbing a hill.

Now if you just want more power because you want more power... that is fine... but the fact that you have to downshift climbing a big hill is not necessarily indicative of lack of power of the 2.7L I4... as I said above... that is just normal for most any engine/transmission combo.
I could not agree more. Good post.
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Try riding a bike up even a slight incline and you'll be scrambling for the shifter to downshift real quick you don't have the torque in a 4 to pull a hill with the ease you seem to be expecting, HOWEVER that is a beautiful engine for what it is, and a hard worker too. Your truck is still 4000 lbs empty which is pretty heavy. With people and gear, I say your truck does fine.
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As others have said, downshift . I do it In anticipation of every oncoming hill and she climbs like a friggin koala bear up a Eucalypts tree. Nothing that an automatic transmission doesn't already do.
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I have the 2.7L, and even myself being a big fan of the 2.7L, I knew people would complain with the power of the Double Cab, 4 cyl offered this year. If your not into speed and power, two couples or 4 adults could cruise around with no problems, but if the same two couples or adults loaded up for a weekend out of town, with personal gear for 4, that alone will begin to challange the truck's limits. Then, add toys, etc. and your probably dogging it up inclines for sure. Does this sound about right? My truck (AC Cab) empty has no issues with inclines, but loaded up with gear I am down shifting for sure...
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Sorry for the Hi-jack but my question is somewhat related

I've recently acquired an automatic 2.7l 2011 Tacoma and want to know if it is okay to bump the shifter over to third when going up a hill on the freeway??? I've always had manuals so this is new to me???
Yes but you have an automatic transmission so it will automatically downshift as you apply more throttle and the angle of the truck changes.
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Thanks- Just seems like the engine really dogs down before shifting so didn't want to f%$k it up...
Don't be afraid to use the throttle.
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I guess I don't understand why a person would be surprised (or care) that they have to downshift when climbing a big hill... that is just normal. Many vehicles with larger engines (and automatic transmissions) do so too. It's totally normal to do so... you are asking the engine (any engine) to work harder when climbing a hill... when you do that you have to give it more gear do to maintain speed... don't worry about it... just downshift when you are supposed to. It's like complaining that you have to give it more gas when climbing a hill.

Now if you just want more power because you want more power... that is fine... but the fact that you have to downshift climbing a big hill is not necessarily indicative of lack of power of the 2.7L I4... as I said above... that is just normal for most any engine/transmission combo.
this is America, what do you expect. we want to be able to do more with less, haven't you seen the budget situation?

but none the less i agree with you
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Downshifting is easiest way if you dont do any modifications, or while you are waiting to do them. Ive noticed my 2.7 doesnt always downshift by pushing harder on the gas, and Sometimes I dont feel like waiting for it to shift. Whenever I am on the freeway if I need some quick passing power I push it over the third, or if I am going up a hill in like city streets or residential areas I pop back into second.
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Originally Posted by Tombiology70 View Post
Sorry for the Hi-jack but my question is somewhat related

I've recently acquired an automatic 2.7l 2011 Tacoma and want to know if it is okay to bump the shifter over to third when going up a hill on the freeway??? I've always had manuals so this is new to me???
As mentioned, the auto will shift itself when needed, but if your about to go up a nice incline, just switch off the overdrive prior to the incline...
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You could install the URD Supercharger System.

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You could install the URD Supercharger System.

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Does this mean they're ready to ship out?
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this is America, what do you expect. we want to be able to do more with less, haven't you seen the budget situation?

but none the less i agree with you
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You could install the URD Supercharger System.

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From what I have heard, this is your best bet for power without killing your mileage. I'm sure it's also $$. But you'd be hard pressed to spend less money for the same power gains.
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This is gonna be the cheapest way to make a noticeable difference on hills, but it's gonna cost you gas mileage on the flats.

I don't hear you complaining about speed up these hills, just that you have to downshift.

I personally would accept it as the nature of the beast and leave it alone.

My 09 5 lug Regular Cab 2.7 5 speed requires 3rd gear and 4400 RPM to climb a 7% grade at 70 MPH with 1,000lbs in the back. It's noisy, but the truck does not seem to mind it. It's smooth, doesn't overheat, doesn't sound like it's going to come apart. It's a 4 cyl, it has barely enough power to get the job done and that power only comes at high rpm.
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