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From Corvette to Taco

Discussion in 'New Members' started by ExTurbo, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Oct 13, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    ExTurbo

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    Hey guys,

    I figured id make a post to introduce myself, Ive had my Taco for 2 weeks now and have really been enjoying the truck. In July of 09' i purchased a 2003 Z06 Corvette, which had been my dream car for years. Before that I had owned a number of fast cars, including a mid 11 second (1/4 mile) 06 Pontiac GTO, a dodge Srt-4 (neon, wasnt very fast), and a VW GLI with a big turbo. Im a big time enthusiast of anything fast with 4 wheels, and if i had my choice, we'd all be driving around in 6 liter V8's and manual transmissions.

    Unfortunately, being an impulse kinda guy, i bought the Corvette at a very high interest rate, because i HAD to have it (go drive one, you'll understand). Not only that but i had to buy another vehicle to drive every day, so between the payments on the Vette, and insurance on the second vehicle (97 2.2 S10 5sp) the cost was getting out of hand. 2 weeks ago i showed up at my local Toyota dealership just to talk, took the Taco for a ride and really liked the truck. I was able to drop my payments considerably, and cut my insurance in half.

    The Taco is just a fleet truck really, its a 2.7-5 speed-Access cab, with the power package and pretty much nothing else. I would have loved to get a crew cab V6 with the TRD package (sexy trucks for sure) but the idea with this was to save a few bucks. Having had the 112hp S10, i knew i could live with the 4 cylinder, so not having the V6 really wasnt a huge negative for me

    My only gripe with the truck is these little bitch tires. 215's really look silly under this thing...Dochshound comes to mind when i look at this thing....loong body, tiny little legs lol. I would love to get some painted TRD flairs and some wider tires, but dont want to mess with the gearing at all...i rather like the tall ratio and long gears as it makes daily commuting that much easier.

    Anyways Sorry for the novel, But i felt like it wouldnt have been much of an introduction without some backround. Looking forward to learning some things about the truck!
     
  2. Oct 13, 2010 at 7:26 AM
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    Matic

    Matic Locked and Lifted "02" DC TRD.

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    Welcome to tw. And I here ya on the impulse buy thang. Some of us are unfortunate to be born with that gene. Lol. Glad you are liking your tacoma. Welcome to a wallet drainer. :)
     
  3. Oct 13, 2010 at 7:50 AM
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    Thanks for the welcome, Obviously i've owned some wallet drainers in the past, this one (hopefully) will not be one! :rolleyes:
     
  4. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:01 AM
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    welcome to TW! and be careful this site is a trap for making you want to do mods haha
     
  5. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:05 AM
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    ExTurbo

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    hehe only video i have is from when i first bought it...this is its first trip to the 1/4 mile, in sept of 09...went back in OCT and managed a 12.4 @ 116

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    Have pics of my past rides too...

    GTO:

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  6. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    Matic

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    yea.

    Tacomas= Trap, wallet drainer.
    Black rifles= Trap, wallet drainer.
    Woman= TRAP. WALLET DRAINER!!
    corvettes= Trap, wallet drainer.
     
  7. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    Jetta had full bilstien suspension, a big turbo, full exhaust, 14" brembo's and a TON of other mods...fun car but not a good DD as the Bilstiens were rock hard to drive on every day.
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  8. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    Haha thanks, not bad for being stock, having a paper tag in the window, and racing on 7 year old goodyears lol
     
  9. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:18 AM
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    Welcome to TW from TX.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:24 AM
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    Cam?
     
  11. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    nice man, very nice, im pretty sure anyone who likes modding vehicles any car they get is a money/time sink thats pretty damn quick , they had a "stock" drag at MIR in maryland a few weeks ago, was pretty cool, alot of $$$ was there
     
  12. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    GTO was on the stock rear and axles, and upgrading was quite expensive at the time. I had Bias ply 17" slicks on it, but i purposely left about 18-20lbs of air in them so they would spin, which of course meant i never broke a rear :)

    Mod list was pretty extensive, IIRC it was basically this

    Cold air Intake
    Ported Throttle Body
    Ported FAST intake Manifold
    Custom Cam (Medium in size)
    Custom Tune (of course)
    Light weight Underdrive Pulley
    Long Tube Headers, gutted cats, with catback
    3.91 Gears
    LS7 Clutch
    Rear shocks and springs (with dragbags for adjustability)


    Thats all i can remember off the top of my head, some other things like a Short throw shifter ETC didnt really make a difference, but i had a TON of money into that car, unfortunately it met an untimely demise, crashed it into a light pole and it caught on fire :(
     
  13. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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    Z06 to a Taco? I'm sorry. That ought to make some people here mad, but I've driven a Z06....pretty damn sweet. I've also driven those new GTO's...they shift like crap. At least you can go beyond the curb now.
     
  14. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    awesome!!

    love the duration in the cam.. Sounds so good!! What was your sweet spot in RPMs, about 1500/2000-5000?
     
  15. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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    GTO and Z06 had the same trans, but the shifter in the goat was pretty sloppy. Had you driven one with a short throw, that would have changed your mind on the trans.

    Cam was a 231/234 .613 Intake lift .598 on the exhaust (not sure if anyone here will know what all that means, but by no means was it a MONSTER) sweet spot was basically the entire RPM range...lol tons of tq everywhere, plus the gears made it really snappy on the street

    It dynoed a little low because of the type of dynomometer i ran on, but basically having 404 ft-lbs to the rear wheels is amazing to drive.

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  16. Oct 13, 2010 at 8:57 AM
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    ^nice^ I dont know a lot about it but seems to be a pretty mild cam, but definitely producing. Stock heads?
     
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    I drove both cars at a GM event that had a ton of different vehicles you could drive. Imports as well. I just remember me and my friend both not liking the way the GTO shifted, granted, I don't think we were even able to hit 3rd, but finding 2nd was difficult at times. It sounded good though. The Vette, no problem at all. I think I got to about 70mph in 2nd before I had to slow down for the turn. The dude next to me was a little scared. :) I had a friend who bought the yellow Z06 with the carbon fiber pieces all over it....damn sweet car. (didn't get to drive that one though) he actually had a white one too, with blue stripes. He was a rich old fart that passed away recently. Both were the best you could get as far as options go.
     
  18. Oct 13, 2010 at 9:01 AM
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    congrats on the new Tacoma, and welcome to the forums. ya ive always been a street truck kinda person. used to have a lowered Trailblazer SS and a lowered Yukon. they looked good but the rides were shitty. felt like i needed a change and needed to lower the payments on the Yukon i had, so i switched to the taco to lower payments... didnt regret my decision at all
     
  19. Oct 13, 2010 at 9:04 AM
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    I was in the process of buying Aftermarket heads when i crashed the car...i had sent the check out the morning of my accident :( But yea stock heads, actually i had the second quickest (but had the higher MPH) Naturally aspirated 6 speed GTO (with stock heads) in the country with an 11.67 @ 119 mph.

    The cam was Mild but i had it spec'd specifically for mid range tq, which was needed to move the heavy pig of a GTO down the track..lol

    Shifter was one of my first mods for that car...i agree it was pretty sloppy. Not to mention it was a lot farther away from the driver, so unless your 6'5", you had to reach pretty far for 5th and 6th gears. I much preferred the position of the shifter in the corvette, trust me, but i got used to the goat.
     
  20. Oct 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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    Welcome to the forum!!

    My husband and I own a 2001 Corvette. It's just a cruiser...with some upgrades (Bissani Xpipe, Corsa Exhaust, Veriram intake, tires, wheels, the boring stuff). My neiphew, sister & brother in law also have vettes. Do you ever come over to PA and race? My neiphew dragged his vette for a couple years but after changing his tranny (manual) too many times, it got too expensive.

    Still fun as hell!!

    A friend of ours has an 02 (??) Z06 and he races on the One-Lap circuit and autocrosses a lot.
     
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