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Best mods to increase Mileage?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Steven, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. Feb 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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    I'm driving a '09 SR5 TRD Sport, the mileage is pretty nasty for what I was expecting. I'm wondering what the best things are that I can do to increase mileage. The first things that would make sense would be a high flow intake and exhaust right? And what about chipping it? What's the best programmer I could put in? Thanks!

    I'd post a pic, not sure how..
     
  2. Feb 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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    Tear out your interior... Strip bed down, remove doors, get tiny tires... No serious no mod other than lightening the truck and watching how you drive is going to make it more efficient.
     
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    Welcome from red deer ye drive good is the best cold air and exhaust help a bit that's about it
     
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    Though the improvements would be negligible (if even noticeable), anytime you can improve your power to weight ratio or make efficiency improvements in intake and exhaust, you should be able to improve MPG's.

    I think the answers you're looking for are things like cold air intake, exhaust etc....these items will provide barely, if any, improvements. If you do decide to go that route though, this forum is filled with insights that you'll find helpful.

    Magnaflow, Dynomax, MBRP, Banks, Aero Turbine are all popular systems/mufflers that the users here like. I personally like the Dynomax Ultraflo system or Banks. These will improve aesthetics and sound.

    For intake options, the stock is a CAI already. Most people will tell you a drop in AFE filter in the stock location would be your best bet. I personally like the URD set up. Hope that helps you a little.
     
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    Okay thanks for the input. So I guess if I were to justify $600 for an exhaust system it would just be for the sound and added power then. Is there any real benefit to putting a programmer or a chip in mine?
     
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    The EPA tested several devices that claimed to increase gas mileage and found that none really did to any significant degree. Since gas mileage is a huge marketing point nowadays auto manufacturers do all they can already to increase it while still keeping the capabilities and power that owners demand.

    Like previous posters have said, in order to get better mileage out of your truck, assuming it's is in tune and there are no other problems, is to either lighten the load, decrease aerodynamic drag, or modify your driving habits.

    I drove 200 miles once on a flat state road at 55 mph and got 25 mpg with my fully-loaded Tacoma (I was moving) with the AC on. I would have liked to have driven that speed on the Interstate but the 80 mph traffic would have run me over had I done so.

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    "They don't work," says John Millett, spokesperson for the EPA. "Believe me, if it were that easy, cars would be built that way, especially the magnets and whirligig devices. It's smart to be skeptical about claims like that."

    Read more: Gas-saving devices mostly a scam http://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/gas-saving-devices-mostly-a-scam-1.aspx#ixzz1niW9TpSm

    http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/reports.htm
     
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    Add the most amount of air you are comfortable adding to your tires. Keep weather and road conditions in mind.
     
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    Keep it under 2k rpms and under 65mph
     
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    Chris4x4 might have more insights for you on Tacoma specific exhausts, but I believe he found only the Dynomax Turbo muffler to produce an HP increase...8HP I think on the dyno but don't quote me. So almost any system you would buy would be for sound and aesthetics.

    Needless to say....stay away from turbine products for your intake, TB spacers, and other snake oil type products.

    Might wanna search ultra gauge/scan gauge. They can help to inform you about consumption based on throttle position/load/etc which may teach you how to drive your Tacoma more efficiently.
     
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  18. Feb 28, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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    put your right foot on a diet. seriously, i have an ultra gage in mine. i installed an are filter, flowmaster american thunder pipes. keeping the same driving technique etc, i gained 3/10 of a mile average. just have to watch the foot.
     
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    I was driving to the dump yesterday towing a trailer that has older tires so I like to keep it under 55 mph -- the rpms at 55 were about not much over 1500, which is probably why I got such good mileage that time. Generally, the truck gets about 19 mpg at 75 mph on the Interstate, driving in town, or in the mountains (back when I lived in a state that had mountains).

    I forgot to mention rolling resistance too. I generally keep my tires at 32 pounds all around when not loaded or driving in sand (I have a little pump I keep behind the seat to air back up -- less than twenty bucks and highly recommended) and my tires have worn pretty evenly.
     
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