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Mods to improve performance & MPG

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rayzor, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. Dec 4, 2011 at 10:50 PM
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    Hi, I have a 2011 Taco V6 4X4 DC SB. I want to improve the performance and maybe improve the MPG. I am looking to add a CAI (K&N or AFE) and a catback (Magnaflow Off road Pro series; the tip ends just before the rear axle). And comment and or suggestion would be appreciated. I already installed a Trifecta tonneau cover in the bed this past weekend and will see if it can improve my highway mpg. Anyone else have experience with tonneau cover improving their mpg?
     
  2. Dec 4, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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    This has been asked more times than I can count. The general consensus is the best thing you can do to improve your mileage is buy a scanguage to monitor your mpg's in real time and adjust your driving accordingly. Other mods may improve your mileage, but they generally tend to be fractions of a percent and take 10+ years before the investment pays off. In other words you buy the exhaust for 500 bucks. With the exhaust you save 5 bucks a month in gas. $5/mo x 12mo/year = $60/year. 500ex / 60/yr = 8.3 YEARS before this investment pays itself off.
     
  4. Dec 5, 2011 at 5:32 AM
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    You might see a very minor gain with the tonneau. When I had one it was only 1 - 2 MPG max. The CAI and exhaust won't really do much for you in the way of fuel economy but will help throttle response and maybe some high end power as Whipper stated.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2011 at 5:36 AM
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    This is exactly what most people do not take in to account when trying to increase fuel economy. :thumbsup:
     
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    Well winter is here so fuel mileage is goign down the shitz. I oddly I still have summer fuel (under mattress stock up from last hurricane)
    You know what I realized temp of the coolant drops really quickly while driving. I need to get that front grill cover to prevent airflow. Worst come worst I will put some duct tape on that thing.
     
  7. Dec 5, 2011 at 7:43 AM
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    get a gauge and watch how youre driving. You'll see a difference
     
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    Best thing you can do, buy a different vehicle. Sounds harsh but you shouldnt expect awesome MPG off the lot. Some people get up to 22 mpg, I have achieved this on one tank but I average 18. You shouldn't expect more than the sticker claims.
     
  9. Dec 5, 2011 at 7:48 AM
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    Any particular scan gauge to get? Are these plug and play?
     
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    Best thing I did to get from 15-18mpg all the way up to 22mpg daily driving.

    Don't drive it like an asshole. :D
     
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    You need to get one of those magnets to magnetize the fuel in the fuel line, and get the highest octane gas you can find, and take out your muffler and catlytic converter.
    Then, you can get around 100mpg....
     
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    get a prius to get better mileage
     
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    Instead of a scan gauge (which are great) if you have an Android you can get an OBDII elm and the app called torque. The ELM is 12 bucks on Ebay and the app is like 5 bucks on Google play.
    I would steer way clear of K&N filters or any gauze type unless you really like a lot of silica to show up in your oil.
     
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    There really is no mod to increase mileage .

    Its all in how you drive and the type of driving you do .
     
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    Nope...
    Electric superchargerrrrzzzzzzz!
     
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    u can do a be4 cat 50 state approved (even in Cali now) short stainless header setup and a cat back, you will get better MPG, but the $800/900 (if purchased new) you spend will be a long time coming back in savings.....

    if I had the extra $$$$, I would do it anyway, there are ways to cut the costs down a bit if you look around...plus you are 'greener' emissions wise for the investment...
     
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    I highly dout a set of headers will help fuel mileage on a tacoma. Might help performance, but fuel mileage... NO
     
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