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How can I boost horsepower w/out money?

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by 00YotaComa, Sep 2, 2009.

  1. Sep 2, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    00YotaComa

    00YotaComa [OP] HAWAII SELLS MORE TACOMAS THAN ANY OTHER STATE!

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    I noticed when I was driving up to Mauna Kea Volcano, my truck was having a hard time going up the 17% grade. I've got the 3.4 liter V6 (5VZ-FE) and the 5 speed manual trans (R150F). U guys know of anything I can do to up the power without spending cash (something I don't have right now). I've heard bout an old dragster trick, turning the spark plugs to face towards the intake and exhaust ports to get more bang in the compression chamber. Anything else that I can do myself for free? Now granted, my engine has 167k on it. Mahalos! (Thanks)
     
  2. Sep 2, 2009 at 1:53 PM
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    humanoid

    humanoid bite me

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  3. Sep 2, 2009 at 1:56 PM
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    moto932

    moto932 What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN?

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    best bang for the buck mod you can do it the deck plate mod. only about $10-$15 total and pretty simple to do.
     
  4. Sep 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM
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    00YotaComa

    00YotaComa [OP] HAWAII SELLS MORE TACOMAS THAN ANY OTHER STATE!

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    Thx for that deck plate mod suggestion. Question: will it be harmful to the engine since the air will be coming from the hot engine bay or will the air from the fender kinda even it out?
     
  5. Sep 2, 2009 at 4:50 PM
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    00YotaComa

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    Hey Moto932, I went to look at my airbox and see just what i was getting into when low and behold, what do I find...I already have one installed. I guess the previous owner installed one. Looks like he did a damn fine job of it too. I AM A MORON...LOL. That's how all upgrades should be, u think it and it just magically shows up on ur truck!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. Sep 2, 2009 at 5:44 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    "Clocking" the spark plugs is said to work on single valve push rod engines. I have tried it a couple times on my 2000 Tacoma 2.7, and saw no change on the dyno.
     
  7. Sep 2, 2009 at 6:17 PM
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    kevhogaz

    kevhogaz Low Speed, High Drag

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    Lose some weight off the truck. That's "free" horsepower right there. Start with sprung weight, and go from there.
     
  8. Sep 2, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    moto932 What's the matter, Colonel Sandurz? CHICKEN?

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    well, can't beat that can ya. the deck plate is installed in the pic though so its not doing you any good. you need to unscrew the lid so it can get more air to the engine. also, it wont hurt anything sucking the warm air.
     
  9. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:08 AM
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    I know it wasn't gonna be a walk in the park goin up 17% grade, but it just seemed I was struggling a bit too much. Moto932, I did remove the cap and obviously can't tell difference in power but it does have a throatyer sound which is nice (now i just need to change the horn to one that sounds like it's coming from a truck and not a moped lol). Kevhogaz, what is "sprung weight"? Thank u guys a lot for helpin me out!!!!
     
  10. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:10 AM
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    genxer36 Lord of Tomfoolery

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  11. Sep 3, 2009 at 6:26 AM
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    kevhogaz Low Speed, High Drag

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    Sprung weight is weight that's on the axles, or can move. Lighter wheels and tires would be a good example of dropping some sprung weight.
     
  12. Sep 3, 2009 at 6:31 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Actually, thats Unsprung weight. :)
     
  13. Sep 3, 2009 at 6:34 AM
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    kevhogaz Low Speed, High Drag

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    Oh yeah, it's early and I got 'em backwards.
     
  14. Sep 3, 2009 at 6:35 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    :) Its all good. You had me thinking for a min, as you know your shit. :eek:
     
  15. Sep 3, 2009 at 10:16 AM
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    Thanks for that throttle body tip and for that link to the explaination of how to do it!!!! Thanks Kevhogaz for explaining "sprung, unsprung weight" as well!! Man! This place is like Tacopedia!!
     
  16. Sep 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM
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    Free mods!

    1. Strip out anything you don't need out of the truck. Passenger seats, spare tires...hell, take the bed off, it weighs a few hundred pounds.

    2. Downshift!

    :rolleyes:
     
  17. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:11 PM
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    007Tacoma

    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    Okay, let me try...

    I am thinking of a URD Supercharger under my hood...

    Be right back, I am going to go look. :cool:
     
  18. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:21 PM
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    i already tryed that
     
  19. Sep 3, 2009 at 1:34 PM
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    007Tacoma I dub thee malicious!

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    Didn't work for you either, huh? :pout:
     
  20. Sep 3, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    genxer36 Lord of Tomfoolery

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    You are welcome. The throttle body cleaning was very easy. Takes about 30 minutes.
     
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