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Idaho to Alaska Tune Tips

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by hucker, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Nov 27, 2009 at 12:34 PM
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    hucker

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    Hey, I've got a 2000 Prerunner (3.4L V6) with 180,000 on it. I'm moving to Anchorage Alaska next week and I'm going to tune my truck up before the drive. Since its like 2800 miles every mpg I save saves me like 50 bucks. So far I plan to swap plugs, oil, sea foam it, air filter, clean MAF. I'm also going to put a block heater in it for the cold, possibly an oil pan heater as well. Anything else you guys can think of?
     
  2. Nov 27, 2009 at 12:38 PM
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    look up the deckplate mod. saves gas if you throw in an aftermarket filter.
     
  3. Nov 27, 2009 at 4:19 PM
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    I'd just change all the fliuds (make sure the oil is a low viscoisty, like 5W30)
     
  4. Nov 27, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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    blackhawke88

    blackhawke88 wo ai ni bao bei ^_^

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    also dont go above 65 mph, air your tires up well, and accelerate lightly
     
  5. Nov 27, 2009 at 7:22 PM
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    i made a similar drive a few years back - me in my Subaru and my ex in his 99 Tacoma. We went in the late summer from Montana through Alberta and British Columbia but my recommendations to you are:
    bring extra fluids - oil, windshield washer fluid especially. service stations/mechanics are few are far between up there. tire chains would be helpful too. and extra warm clothes just in case you have to stop. traffic is pretty consistent on the road so dont worry, if you need help theres bound to be a good samaritan not too far away. if it gets super cold - below 0 - be kind to your truck and dont drive fast. oh, and a camera. lots of opportunity for photos.

    otherwise just be sure you have lots of music to listen to. i barely kept my sanity on the trip! five days and 2727 miles...my ass was flat by the time we reached our destination!

    hmmm...boise to AK...guessing youre an air force guy? cant imagine anyone going willingly to AK...
     
  6. Nov 27, 2009 at 11:01 PM
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    Haha, actually I've driven from boise to Alaska or vice versa 5 times in the last few years, just spring and fall though, and I'm a college student whose scholarship ran out so in states my next option.. but yeah, books on tape are key, thanks for the advice on the extra fluids
     
  7. Nov 27, 2009 at 11:09 PM
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    i was going to suggest some Pearl Jam bootlegs.....

    just make sure everything is in good repair and away you go.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2009 at 4:06 PM
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    ^lol good choice though

    back on topic, i assumed you were making the trip for the first time but since you are a well traveled alcan driver im sure youre also aware of the fun things about driving up there...like the plywood cutouts of police cruisers propped up next to the road five miles outside of town, and launching off of the frost heaves at 80mph, and ...uh, yeah...thats about it.
     
  9. Nov 28, 2009 at 4:41 PM
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    Check your antifreeze make sure it is the proper ratio to deal with the cold.
     
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