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

6 Cylinder Towing Review

Discussion in 'Towing' started by F-125Racer, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. Jul 15, 2011 at 1:03 PM
    #41
    gusher

    gusher SUPERCHARGED!!!

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2008
    Member:
    #5106
    Messages:
    1,154
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Greg
    Hudson NH
    Vehicle:
    08 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 long bed, TRD Sport
    '08 Indigo Double Cab TRD Sport 4x4 Long Bed, Grillcraft grill, Pioneer AVH-P3200BT head unit, XM receiver, Boyo backup camera, Custom devil horns Toyota logo, Black headlight mod, Fog lights on anytime mod, Maglight mount, Weathertech floor liners, Debadged, Trex color-matched eyelids, Access tonneau cover, Toyota bed divider, Sno-way 7'4" snow plow, Auxiliary backup lights, Rear spring TSB, Removed front mud flaps, 2.5" Hell Bent Steel front lift, 285/70-17 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs, Satin black MB TKO wheels, Black Go Rhino Dominator II nerf steps, custom HomeLink install, CompuStar remote starter, Redline Tuning QuickLift Elite hood struts, Toyota bed mat, Custom short Taco antenna, TRD cold air intake, TRD exhaust, TRD supercharger
    I'd really like to do the same thing -- bags and a little on-board compressor with a remote gauge and on/off switch. I just think that'd give me flexibility to level out no matter (well, just about no matter) what I'm towing or hauling.
     
  2. Jul 16, 2011 at 8:08 AM
    #42
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
    Why don't you just get the spring TSB done?? The ride is fine with no vibration issues.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    #43
    bcb97

    bcb97 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2011
    Member:
    #52918
    Messages:
    122
    Gender:
    Male
    IF I can sell my airbags I probably will. Would it look funny with my back end up 2" more without raising the front??
     
  4. Jul 18, 2011 at 5:09 AM
    #44
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
    The TSB spring raised the back of my truck 1". It actually looks just about right.
     
  5. Jul 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM
    #45
    Supra TT

    Supra TT Solid Axle FTMFW!!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Member:
    #48645
    Messages:
    5,437
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Vehicle:
    2000 SAS D44/Ford 9"
    SAS.. Need I say more.
    I tow with my 2008 TRD OR with the factory installed tow package and I generally only haul my 2000 SAS taco on a tandem 16' trailer. Certified Cat scales say im at 10,860# total. I get about 12.2-13.4 MPG according to my Ultra Gauge and generally its correct. I usually drive around 70 MPG. I've hauled it on three 5 hour trips and two 8 hour trips. And a couple 90 minute trips. I find that it likes to kick out of gear a lot, but actually it still gets up and goes. I can say I was shocked on how it performed, impressed. I love taco's :D
     
  6. Aug 4, 2011 at 5:46 AM
    #46
    NicP

    NicP Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2010
    Member:
    #35351
    Messages:
    162
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Nic
    colorado
    Vehicle:
    05 DC LB
    3" Icon CO Icon Rez and AAL ProComp 7089 BFG 285 AT KO
    I tow a bit(6x12 enclosed haulmark). Id like more power so want to supercharge. However my taco has over 150K on it. Is it a bad idea? Will the investment of S/C kill the life left on the truck(my last 1st gen I sold with 250K so i know NA will last).
    Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
     
  7. Aug 4, 2011 at 6:06 AM
    #47
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
    Should be no problem. About a year ago a local guy put a S/C on his 06 with 220k on it and it's still just fine.
     
  8. Sep 4, 2011 at 8:43 PM
    #48
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
  9. Feb 7, 2012 at 5:29 PM
    #49
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
    Bumped for kalaniwavo.
     
  10. Mar 5, 2012 at 3:46 PM
    #50
    Airlight

    Airlight Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Member:
    #67054
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    southern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 V6 SR5
    I recently returned home from a long weekend camping trip. My 2012 Tacoma did a superb job handling my 2750# trailer with her short-bed loaded with camping gear, and two bicycles atop the tonneau. I started in D but within a few miles thought it prudent to keep 'er in 4th.

    I was surprised the RPM stayed below 2500 throughout the trip. I tow at 60MPH, though just for the helluva it, I took it up to 70mph to check the feel, which was fine.

    With the '04 Highlander I had been using as a tow vehicle, the 3.3L V6 liked to tow in the 2800 RPM range. The motor seemed to like it better.

    Rig.jpg
     
  11. Jul 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM
    #51
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
  12. Nov 1, 2012 at 5:19 AM
    #52
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
  13. Nov 1, 2012 at 8:00 AM
    #53
    aCab

    aCab Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2012
    Member:
    #90128
    Messages:
    38
    Gender:
    Male
    Good info for me. If I get a Tacoma, I'll be towing two weekends a month, with the occasional long trip. I was interested in a S/C and how it would tow - good to know the mpgs increased. The rpm while towing doesn't surprise me me - especially with the converter locked - no slip, so rpms should be the exact same unless you have some other sort of gearing reduction in line now.

    Thanks for the bump of the thread F-125Racer, and for directing me over here from the 2nd gen thread I started.
     
  14. Jan 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM
    #54
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
  15. Mar 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM
    #55
    F-125Racer

    F-125Racer [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2009
    Member:
    #25352
    Messages:
    136
    Gender:
    Male
    Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    09,DC,TRD Sport, 4WD, TRD S/C
  16. Mar 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM
    #56
    Airlight

    Airlight Member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2011
    Member:
    #67054
    Messages:
    8
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Michael
    southern California
    Vehicle:
    '12 V6 SR5

    This thread is getting dangerous. ST tires, which are trailer tires, are not rated to be taken past 65 mph. If you are using automobile tires on your trailer you are really asking for a sidewall failure blowout. (You might be using LT tires, which can be okay.) But setting aside for the moment the danger of how quickly things happen at 75mph compared to, say, 60 mph, towing (or for that matter driving) faster than the tire is rated for is dramatically increasing the risk. And doing it often is dramatically increasing the frequency of risk. Both high risk and high frequency guarantee a potentially catastrophic failure with dire consequences. Knowledge is power.

    (For the record, I tow a 2800# travel trailer, a 1955 Airlight 15', completely remanufactured with all new mechanical, including a new Dexter torflex axle. I have 500 lbs tongue weight -- I like between 15-20% tongue weight. I tow with a 2012 dc short bed 4.0L V6 with supplemental air bags to get rid of a little rear end sag. My truck bed is loaded with camping gear, and I carry two bicycles on the tonneau cover... I never tow in overdrive, and I rarely must downshift from 4th. )
     
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2013
  17. Mar 15, 2013 at 4:49 PM
    #57
    MindOVERMatter

    MindOVERMatter Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2011
    Member:
    #48805
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    Tampa Bay area FL.
    Vehicle:
    Tacoma TRD Sport 4x4
    Well let's do the math:

    Figure you can get the supercharger with fit kit installed out the door for $4500 (if you're lucky):mad:

    Without a smaller pulley you're looking at a real world gain of 65hp:D

    4500/65 = approx $70 per 1 hp:rolleyes:

    Lets say your towing mpg rises from 11 to 13 mpg after the supercharger (that's being lucky):confused:

    with an average of 13 mpg on a 20 gallon tank that means approx 260 miles before empty with the supercharger (where as stock would travel approx 220 miles before E)

    Figure gas at a current rate of $4 per gallon

    That 40 miles gained is equivalent to around 3 gallons at 13mpg

    You save the cost of 3 gallons of gas every time you fill up. So this means about $12 dollars each tank

    In summary: It would take over 330 fill ups (that's around 85,000 miles at 13 mpg:eek:) to offset the price of the supercharger. For this reason, it's simply not wise to calculate the s/c as an investment strategy.

    If we decide to stay stock:
    $4500/4=approx1125 US gallons

    1125*11=approx12,375 miles @ 11mpg

    Everything said: I would still slap a s/c on at the speed of light if it became available at the right price. My broke a** just can't justify the expense at current MSRP:eek:

    *If anybody would like to correct my numbers, please feel free
     
  18. Mar 17, 2013 at 9:07 AM
    #58
    scottg918514

    scottg918514 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2013
    Member:
    #99203
    Messages:
    95
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    2013 DC, TRD 6-spd Manual, 4wd

    Agree with the towing speed, I've towed boats for 15 yrs, sometimes for 11+ hr road trips, always keep it around 65 on interstate.

    But, anyway, is there anyone towing with the v6, manual? Any advice? I used to tow the same boat I have now with a 2007 FJ manual. Same engine and gear box, but much shorter wheelbase. It wasn't bad, but hoping it is a little better with the Tacoma, stability-wise. I'd estimate boat/trailer combo is #4000 - 4300 range
     
  19. Mar 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM
    #59
    jdavis92

    jdavis92 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2009
    Member:
    #27329
    Messages:
    224
    Gender:
    Male
    Flagstaff, AZ
    Vehicle:
    05 Tacoma V6 SR5 Package #8 Debadged
    URD TCAI, aFe 2.5" exhaust, UltraGauge, Weathertechs, Wet Okoles
    Towed my Jayco 165 Sport (2800lbs dry) from Flagstaff AZ (7000ft) to West Phoenix (1500ft) and back. About 170 miles each way.

    I have an Ultragauge to monitor mileage, among other things. Although I wish I could monitor tranny temps too.

    I got 14mpg going down the hill and 11.5mpg on the way back. I was able to keep it in D for most of the way down and 4 on the way up. There are two big hills where 3 and a decrease in speed was necessary. Tried to keep it at about 65mph most of the time.

    Planning on doing 850 miles to NoCal in June.

    Here is a pic of the load and a pic of the elevation profile from Flagstaff to PHX.

    I think I am going to get sway control bars for the trailer because the back end just sagged a little and those will help I think.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  20. Mar 25, 2013 at 10:56 AM
    #60
    EDJY

    EDJY Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Member:
    #52459
    Messages:
    382
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Elliott
    Bay Area, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prerunner TRD
    5100's @.85, Eibach coils, toytech 1.5" AAL, Snugtop rebel, k&n drop in
    Its not real heavy, maybe 3500 pounds loaded, but I got 16-17 mpg in my 01 towing a flatbed loaded with motorcycles and atv's and camping gear in the bed with 4 bug guys in the cab. I kept it between 55-65. Its not worth going any faster... plus its against the law in cali.
     
To Top