1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

2010 2.7 Spark Plug change

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Steves104x4, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. Mar 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    #1
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Oh Boy! I just changed very expensive :homer: original equipment IRIDIUM plugs (that looked great!) on my Taco at 14,000 miles with "cheaper" E3.68 special diamond fire plugs.

    It started; that's good. I idles smoothly, wait very very smoothly.

    Took for test drive.

    The engine is building ALOT more power (torque) and off a substantially lower idle than before!

    I will take the truck on the Highway, soon.

    Steve
     
  2. Mar 18, 2011 at 11:44 AM
    #2
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    That's to been seen. They weren't a joke on my 2.4 93 Hardbody, though. We'll see.

    Steve
     
  3. Mar 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM
    #3
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,132
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Funny thing about electricity, and spark plugs....Since the electrons flow thru the path of least resistance, it doeant matter if you have one electrode, or 172,000. All things being equal, there is still only going to be one spark igniting the air/fuel. Any gains felt, more often are simply from a new plug being installed in place of a used one.
     
  4. Mar 18, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    #4
    05RedTaco

    05RedTaco Nom Nom Nom

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2010
    Member:
    #43521
    Messages:
    1,672
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tony
    Scottsdale
    Vehicle:
    2000 Tacoma XtraCab 2.7L 4x4
    I felt HUGE difference in power when I installed my TRD shift knob, it was so sever that I almost went through the sound barrier...
     
  5. Mar 18, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    #5
    jassco

    jassco Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2009
    Member:
    #20568
    Messages:
    558
    Gender:
    Male
    Boston
    Vehicle:
    2010 Access Cab 2.7L SR5 5spd, 4x4
    5100 set to .85 w/ rear TSB, 2012 Rear-view Mirror, Grillecraft, Team Trails FJ Wheels, TPMS canister, Rear headrest delete, Rear console delete, Valley Hitch, Frame undercoat, $2.99 Tailgate hose clamp lock, Avid light bar, 4x4 lighted switch ala Biceman.
    You get about 80-100k miles off those "expensive" plugs according to the manual. I will check mine at 50k and 75k to be sure, but I think all you have done here is made your required plug change 30k miles now. 3 sets of those e3 plus probably is equal to those iridium aka just as expensive. Glad your happy though. Enjoy.
     
  6. Mar 18, 2011 at 12:29 PM
    #6
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    You're right; I will be replacing them in another 12,000 or so miles but IF they get better performance and more importantly fuel economy, that's what I need. If I'm not happy (I'll let you all know) I'll be buying new Denso Iridium right away and consider it an edjukashun.

    Steve
     
  7. Mar 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    #7
    bjmoose

    bjmoose Bullwinkle J. Moose

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2010
    Member:
    #42529
    Messages:
    6,000
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    San Jose CA
    Vehicle:
    '11 Std Cab 4x4 5sp
    OME suspension, ARB Air Lockers, CBI/Relentless/Pelfrey armor, HAM radio

    Yeah man me too. I wanna see some dyno run numbers on those TRD shift knobs.
     
    mahaloTaco likes this.
  8. Mar 18, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    #8
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    You, too are correct. I just go by my right foot and weekly gas expenses as my dyno. My grey leather wrapped Hurst T handle shit knob does make my truck faster, though


    Steve
     
  9. Mar 18, 2011 at 1:03 PM
    #9
    jpmorrisvb

    jpmorrisvb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2008
    Member:
    #4840
    Messages:
    2,436
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jimmy
    Virginia Beach
    Vehicle:
    2014 Barcelona Red TRD Off-Road PreRunner
    Clazzio seat covers, KB Voodoo Powder Coated Tailgate Cap, OEM running boards, ImMrYo Rear-View Mirror Lift Bracket, 35% Tinted windows, EGR window vents, color matched door handles and tail gate lift, WeatherTech FloorLiners, OEM bed mat, sound dampening on rear wall and rear doors, on anytime foglight mod
    Can't you fuckers just let the OP have a good feeling about this. A damn shitstorm hit the fan and now he feels a need to defend himself.

    We are all not friggin experts, but we do have one thing in comman ... we all own and drive Tacomas.

    Not to make a generalization but I am sure that each of us did not wake up one morning knowing everything we need to know about our trucks. There is a learning curve.

    It is a beautiful day out there, get out and enjoy it.

    Just my 2 cents worth ..........
     
  10. Mar 18, 2011 at 1:18 PM
    #10
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
     
  11. Mar 19, 2011 at 8:19 AM
    #11
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    OK, I've driven the truck on the highway. The engine is running alot smoother. Not much more to say other than what my fuel consumption will be.

    Do you honestly think I want to F around with spark plugs and headers? Frankly the fuel economy and more importantly idle economy - how much fuel it uses just idling has been a huge F----N disappointment.

    I find it hard to understand why my 93 2.4 4x4 Hardbody (w A/C) got literally DOUBLE or MORE the fuel efficiency.

    There is not much more I can do. I will review this vehicle over the summer and hopefully it meets my needs; Christ knows the driver seat and windshield seal don't and if I HAVE TO, I will get rid of it. Trust me.


    Steve
     
  12. Mar 19, 2011 at 3:09 PM
    #12
    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Member:
    #6497
    Messages:
    106,132
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    FlimFlubberJAM
    Tenoe, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.

    Well.....The Tacoma probably puts out about 70 more hp than the nissan, and is about 20% larger.
     
  13. Mar 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM
    #13
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Thank you for letting me rant. I feel better now. Yes, by the look of it the Frontier is alot worse in every way.

    I've just put on 60 highway miles (and 60 yesterday) and the truck runs awesome. I'm nicely above 1/2 tank of gas well into my second week of driving.





    Steve
     
  14. Mar 21, 2011 at 6:05 PM
    #14
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I'm into my 3rd day with my E3 plugs installed. I can say the engine idles very smoothly and accelerates strangely quietly.

    It appears I may sail right through my 2nd week of driving; I am now at exactly half a tank of gas used in 1 1/2 weeks of driving and that's not bad at all.

    I may have to try the twin electric leafblower "superchargers" :p next. Iit worked for Hot Rod Magazine!

    Steve
     
  15. Mar 21, 2011 at 8:41 PM
    #15
    GuapOh

    GuapOh Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2011
    Member:
    #53345
    Messages:
    447
    Gender:
    Male
    Nor Cal
    Vehicle:
    2011 SR5 4x4 MT
    Skid Plate, Hood Protector, Wheel Locks, Snugtop XV, Yakima Rack, Weathertechs, Sick Speed Shifter, Avid Bumper, Avid Sliders, Bilstien 5100's, TSB Spring packs
    After defending Toyota in a lawsuit over failed spendy aftermarket spark plugs 7 years back, I think I will just stay with the OEM plugs at this point in my 2011 TACO.:eek:

    Glad to see that the newer "cheapies" are working well for you.
     
  16. Mar 31, 2011 at 11:34 AM
    #16
    Steves104x4

    Steves104x4 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2010
    Member:
    #35468
    Messages:
    7,391
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Buffalo NY
    Vehicle:
    2010 RC 2.7 4x4
    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Well, I have had the E3 spark plugs in for two weeks now and have driven the truck a full 3 days longer to refuel than before the install. So, my right foot dyno seems to indicate about a 12 percent or so improvement in fuel economy (with the header and plugs) which is extremely acceptable for me.

    Before the plug install when leaving from a stop I'd almost have to feather the throttle (or the engine would shutter a little from it's idle RPM) but now the truck leaves without throttling and pulls great.

    Obviously the camshaft is made for low rpm up to around 65 or so MPH. I'd love to install a hotter camshaft. Does anyone make a performance cam for this engine?


    Steve
     
To Top