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More power for towing

Discussion in 'Performance and Tuning' started by cr500taco, May 14, 2012.

  1. May 14, 2012 at 6:16 PM
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    cr500taco

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    Hi,

    I have a '97 Tacoma 4WD w/ 3.4L. It has a freshly rebuilt trans w/an upgraded valve body kit and a freshly rebuilt motor. I want to get more towing power out of it for towing my pop up trailer and dirtbike. What do you guys recommend?
     
  2. May 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    memario1214

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    Supercharger. Only mod that you will actually notice a gain from. Trust me... I know how little N/A mods do.
     
  3. May 14, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    cr500taco

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    Yeah, I thought about that. That's partly why I had the valve body upgraded, but don't really want to spend $3500+ for it. But, guess if I have to I have to.
     
  4. May 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    Smart man :cool:
     
  5. May 14, 2012 at 6:32 PM
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    If you really want to notice a difference towing it really is your best priced option... You also will lose low end power with N/A mods until you are forced induction due to the loss of back pressure. I have seen S/C kits for your truck for for around $2k

    Can't wait to scratch my pennies together and get mine on... :devil:
     
  6. May 14, 2012 at 6:38 PM
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  7. May 14, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    I agree with the supercharger or a larger truck.
     
  8. May 14, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    I have thought about getting a first gen Tundra
     
  9. May 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    That's a viable option as well. Not a monster for power, but much better than the 3.4 nonetheless
     
  10. May 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    There ya go. The 4.7 V8 will have more torque to tow and the larger truck will give you a higher capacity should you need it. I hear MPGs are as good as a 2nd gen V6 double cab.
     
  11. May 14, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    My 3.4 gets slightly better MPGs than the 4.7. I was surprised how close it was.
     
  12. May 14, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    I get better towing mpg with my tundra than I ever did with V6 auto 2GEN
    daily driving is pretty much the same too.
     
  13. May 14, 2012 at 7:22 PM
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    Yup. You aren't stressing the engine as much since you have more torque on tap.
     
  14. May 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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    That's what I was thinking.
     
  15. Jun 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    This isn't good news since I just purchased my 2012 V6 Taco so I could tow a small Travel Trailer.
    Well has to be better than my 79' VW Camper:D
     
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