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Old 09-17-2012, 11:18 AM   #1
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2012 Tacoma 4-banger 2WD 2.7L

Can anyone give me some ideas for performance upgrades? My budget is somewhat limited so just need a few ideas to go a little faster. thanks in advance.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:27 AM   #2
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Budget and performance don't belong in the same sentence.

A popular mod for the 4 bangers is the charcoal filter delete with a drop in of your choice.
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Old 09-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #3
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Yes i realized that was pretty dumb to put that in there...well thanks again for the help
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This depends on what you mean by "performance".

Little late now, but the V6 "upgrade" (if you can call it that) was $500 from dealer. That's probably the best bang for the $$ of any performance altering characteristics since it adds 77 hp. That's only $6.50 per 1 hp -- cheap.

A TRD S/C for a V6 adds 68 hp only and costs... $4500. That's $66.18 per 1 hp. This is more inline with typical performance "upgrades".

Now you can alter the characteristics of your vehicle for a lot less. Won't add much/any power, but may give it the feel of more power. Consider a lower gear ratio. Maybe 4.56 gears? That would get you some more get-go without being an overly dramatic modification.
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the V6 "upgrade" (if you can call it that)
Huge upgrade over the weak 4 banger.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:12 AM   #6
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Huge upgrade over the weak 4 banger.
So why don't you have a supercharger if ~70 hp is so huge?
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So why don't you have a supercharger if ~70 hp is so huge?
I don't because the amount of power now is just right. If I want to go fast I will buy a sports car. But the V6 comes with more torque too so you can actually tow something unlike with the useless 4 banger.
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dirtfan, I know this will cause a fuss and many counterclaims. But try using the highest octane fuel you can find. In my opnion, my cost per mile driven also is cheaper on higher octane fuel, better mileage.
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dirtfan, I know this will cause a fuss and many counterclaims. But try using the highest octane fuel you can find. In my opnion, my cost per mile driven also is cheaper on higher octane fuel, better mileage.
That's a cruel joke.
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dirtfan, I know this will cause a fuss and many counterclaims. But try using the highest octane fuel you can find. In my opnion, my cost per mile driven also is cheaper on higher octane fuel, better mileage.
High octane fuel will cause an increase in fuel consumption and decrease in power output. The fuel itself is the same, but there is an added combustion inhibitor used to resist detonation in high compression engines.
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High octane fuel will cause an increase in fuel consumption and decrease in power output. The fuel itself is the same, but there is an added combustion inhibitor used to resist detonation in high compression engines.
Bing!
I notice a loss in power on higher octane.
I run only 87 now.
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But the V6 comes with more torque too so you can actually tow something unlike with the useless 4 banger.
I don't consider my 4 banger useless. It get's me to work while getting decent gas mileage, carries my family, and hauls anything I need to haul.
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To the OP, I know this sounds stupid and shouldn't have any affect on normal driving, but trying turning off your traction control. At a stop hold the button down until you see Trac Off light up.
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I don't consider my 4 banger useless. It get's me to work while getting decent gas mileage, carries my family, and hauls anything I need to haul.


In the end you shouldn't buy a truck for MPGs.
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In the end you shouldn't buy a truck for MPGs.
I did.

V6 would be useless to me as I have no toys (money, that is) to tow.
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I did.

V6 would be useless to me as I have no toys (money, that is) to toy.
You should buy a Prius.
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You should buy a Prius.
Yes, but owning a truck augments the size of my genitalia.
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In the end you shouldn't buy a truck for MPGs.

I didn't sir. I bought my Tacoma because I love Tacomas. I bought the 2.7 because it met my needs and my price. I have no problem driving a 4 cylinder truck.

I don't need a big engine to compensate for anything
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Huge upgrade over the weak 4 banger.
keep bragging about your v6 and look at your MPG over ours
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Yes, but owning a truck augments the size of my genitalia.
Yeah but owning a 4 banger truck put you back in Prius genitalia size.




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I didn't sir. I bought my Tacoma because I love Tacomas. I bought the 2.7 because it met my needs and my price. I have no problem driving a 4 cylinder truck.

I don't need a big engine to compensate for anything
No compensating here. I just didn't want a useless truck and I'm not trying to kid myself about "good" mpgs.

Really though I'm just kidding about the whole 4 banger thing ane I have my own reasons as to why I say it is useless whenever Shemp posts.
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