1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Spark Plugs and Wires

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Afraz, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Feb 17, 2012 at 2:09 AM
    #1
    Afraz

    Afraz [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011
    Member:
    #68884
    Messages:
    105
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto
    Vehicle:
    03 Double Cab TRD
    Projector H.I.D
    Hey Guys,

    I am looking to do a tuneup, i got carried away with the cosmetics of my truck. And figured i better get on top of it before i end up buying useless things and spending all my money.

    I was told to get E3 spark plugs, Amazon has em listed for 5.95 for each + shipping.

    But i went to a PENN Parts store and they reccomended i go with an NGK Iridium for 15 dollars Each + an NGK spark plug wire combo about 200 bucks total for 6 wires and 6 iriduim plugs.

    Does anyone know anything about spark plugs and wires ?

    I was on a Southern Ontario Tacoma forum, and a guy there said to go for the E3 spark plugs because they have somethign special about em, and to buy Taylors spark plug wires.

    Anywho, my question is. What is the BEST SPARK PLUG / Wire combo that i can get for my Tacoma ?

    Also what else should i look forward to getting done, tuneup wise.

    I heard about getting a K&N air filter / intake kit at about 500-600 bucks. But is it really worth all this cash ? does it really drastically reduce your fuel consumption and increase performance ?

    Do you also need to couple that with a Magnaflow exhaust system ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 17, 2012 at 6:12 AM
    #2
    twfsa

    twfsa Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2010
    Member:
    #37997
    Messages:
    1,342
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Tom
    Omaha Ne
    Vehicle:
    04 TRD 4X4
    881 Front coils, Bilstien 5100's all the way front set to "0" Icon Dynamic's mini leafs in rear, stock tires.
    OEM plugs and wires, save your cash on the K&N and the exhaust the only change as far as those last 2 items, you will notice is your wallet will be a little lighter, not enough of a performance or gas mileage change to even notice, my $0.02!!!!!!!
     
  3. Feb 17, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    #3
    lil J

    lil J Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2011
    Member:
    #68544
    Messages:
    163
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jacen
    Louisville
    Vehicle:
    99 Tacoma 4wd V6 Horizon Blue
    Old Man Emu Suspension
    denso plugs & ngk wires are the only way to go
     
  4. Feb 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM
    #4
    Norton

    Norton Senior TW Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2011
    Member:
    #52729
    Messages:
    2,464
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Steve
    Monument, CO
    Vehicle:
    2013 4x4 Access Cab V6 6-Spd, TRD OR & Tow Packages
    OME 885 Coils, Dakar Leafs, NitroCharger Sports; TRD Quickshifter; TRD Exhaust; AfE Magnum FLOW OER Pro DRY S Air Filter; Goodridge SS Brake Lines; Cooper Discoverer A/T3s on FJ SE Anthracite Rims; MetalMiller TRD Skid; jsi's Locker Anytime Mod; Ultimate Headlight & Fog Light Upgrades (RallyLights Harnesses, Osram 85/80W H4 & Flösser 90W H11 Bulbs); ND4's Fog Light Anytime Mod; Interior & Reverse LEDs; Husky Floor Liners; UltraGauge EM; Redline Tuning QuickLIFT Elite; Mobtown Offroad Locking Bed Storage Doors; Toyota Bed Mat; Toyota Bed Extender; Pop & Lock Power Tailgate Lock; SolarGard Tint; CravenSpeed Stubby Antenna; Amsoil Lubricants; Adam's Detailing Supplies
  5. Feb 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM
    #5
    scotrinaf

    scotrinaf Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2012
    Member:
    #71311
    Messages:
    1,493
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Scott
    Blountville, TN
    Vehicle:
    04 PreRunner TRD SR5 4x2 2.7L
    Leer 100XQ, Yakima Roof Racks
    You have coil packs if memory serves me correctly, this means $90/each if you really want to replace them which you don't unless the truck is missing on a cylinder... So, you don't have plug wires...

    Just replace the plugs with standard NGK spark plugs...
     
  6. Feb 17, 2012 at 11:59 PM
    #6
    Afraz

    Afraz [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2011
    Member:
    #68884
    Messages:
    105
    Gender:
    Male
    Toronto
    Vehicle:
    03 Double Cab TRD
    Projector H.I.D
    I dont even have wires in there - lol i feel dumb now :p

    Coils eh, no i am not missing anything, least i don't know of anything. If i was the check engine should come on i guess.

    Thanks for the "truth about spark plugs post"

    I will stick to NGK Iridums, or Denso (will do some research on the Denso's)
     
  7. Feb 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
    #7
    scocar

    scocar Scouting the perimeter for weakness

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2009
    Member:
    #25814
    Messages:
    29,392
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Dick
    In close proximity to an undisclosed location
    Vehicle:
    2015 DCLB 4x4 SR5
    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    All that shit is hype engineered to empty your wallet. Use stock Densos (see attached). These are for the V6.

    Put in a fresh stock air filter (Napa Gold is good), clean the MAF and throttle body, new stock plugs. That's all the tuneup there is on these trucks. Deck plate mod if you want to add around 8 hp max, if you even notice it.

    DSC08566.jpg
     
  8. Feb 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM
    #8
    trdracing5

    trdracing5 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2007
    Member:
    #3944
    Messages:
    821
    Gender:
    Male
    Elizabeth City, NC
    Vehicle:
    1995 Tacoma 4X4
    ARE Impulse Shell, BFG AT KO's
    I Second that...Denso plugs and NGK wires
     
  9. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:33 AM
    #9
    stucksucksnayota

    stucksucksnayota Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2007
    Member:
    #2863
    Messages:
    623
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Barry
    Fort Smith, Arkansas
    Vehicle:
    14 Taco 4x4 TRD Sport DCSB
    OEM roof rack, Shorty antenna (eBay), soft tonneau cover, K&N drop in air filter, bed mat, interior LED lights, 5100's, MT tires to come soon!!!
    I run NGK. And idk who said you dont have plug wires but yes you do have plug wires.

    You have 3 total that run from the coil packs on the passenger side of your rig to the plugs on the drivers side.

    I recently replaced my plugs, plug wires, all my belts. And only paid 90$ for everything but i did get a discount cause my buddy works at the parts story but $200 sounds way high for just plugs and wires.
    Let me know if you got anymore questions.
     
  10. Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM
    #10
    sportsterchop200

    sportsterchop200 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Member:
    #68332
    Messages:
    286
    Gender:
    Male
    Cental Florida
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Tacoma 4x4
    OME 881, Bilstein 5100 @ 0", OME 10mm JK spacer, Stock rear on 265/70-16
    What's the part number for the NGK wires?
     
  11. Apr 30, 2013 at 12:35 PM
    #11
    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Member:
    #26893
    Messages:
    12,312
    Gender:
    Male
    Boulder, CO
    Vehicle:
    1998 Ext Cab 4x4 TRD 5MT sunfire red pearl
    About 25 pounds of spray paint and vinyl dye
  12. Apr 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM
    #12
    sportsterchop200

    sportsterchop200 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Member:
    #68332
    Messages:
    286
    Gender:
    Male
    Cental Florida
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Tacoma 4x4
    OME 881, Bilstein 5100 @ 0", OME 10mm JK spacer, Stock rear on 265/70-16
    $27 sounds like a good deal. I just need one of those NGK sets wright (#4412)? Then 6 Denso K16TR11 correct.
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2013
  13. Apr 30, 2013 at 1:52 PM
    #13
    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Member:
    #26893
    Messages:
    12,312
    Gender:
    Male
    Boulder, CO
    Vehicle:
    1998 Ext Cab 4x4 TRD 5MT sunfire red pearl
    About 25 pounds of spray paint and vinyl dye
    Not exactly sure what the 4412 is but you just need one of those sets that I linked. (only 3 wires for our V6s - the other three are coils)

    And I'm not sure on what the Denso part number is either. I just went to the dealer for mine. It was $18 or so for all 6.
     
  14. Apr 30, 2013 at 2:35 PM
    #14
    sportsterchop200

    sportsterchop200 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Member:
    #68332
    Messages:
    286
    Gender:
    Male
    Cental Florida
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Tacoma 4x4
    OME 881, Bilstein 5100 @ 0", OME 10mm JK spacer, Stock rear on 265/70-16
    Thanks, the #4412 is apparently the most commonly used number for the NGK wires, they are also labeled as TE66 and W0133-1742072. The Denso K16TR11 plug number I got from someone elses post. But thanks for your assistance.
     
  15. Apr 30, 2013 at 3:41 PM
    #15
    oldblue1968chevy

    oldblue1968chevy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2012
    Member:
    #91916
    Messages:
    1,531
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    John
    Spokane WA/Viola TN
    Vehicle:
    2000 Toyota Tacoma V6 TRD
    Stock
    Go to Napa, get NGK or Napa Gold everything. Napa gold filters are good too (WIX)
     
  16. Apr 30, 2013 at 6:52 PM
    #16
    sportsterchop200

    sportsterchop200 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2011
    Member:
    #68332
    Messages:
    286
    Gender:
    Male
    Cental Florida
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD Tacoma 4x4
    OME 881, Bilstein 5100 @ 0", OME 10mm JK spacer, Stock rear on 265/70-16
    My local NAPA closed a few months ago but thanks for the info.
     
  17. May 1, 2013 at 5:15 AM
    #17
    CBR1000RR

    CBR1000RR Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Member:
    #71352
    Messages:
    185
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Matt
    Maryland
    Vehicle:
    03 TRD DoubleCab
    Toytec ultimate lift kit
    I will be going to napa for an air filter. How much are they at NAPA?
     
  18. May 3, 2013 at 9:33 PM
    #18
    Mainmoe02

    Mainmoe02 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2013
    Member:
    #103047
    Messages:
    2,021
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Moe
    Austin, Texas
    Vehicle:
    01 Gold tacoma SR5 TRD
    3" lift EIBACH coils w/ 5100's front, OME/ Dakar leaf springs w/ toytec adjustable shackles at 1.5" and 5125's out back. 33x10.5x15 KM2's Relentless DIY steel bumper.
    Well I know the 2001 3.4 v6 has 3 wires that wrap around and connect to the coil packs on the other 3 spark plugs. The newer model V6's have 6 individual coils on each spark plug. I guess it's nice not to have to deal with wires but bet each coil is pricey.

    As for spark plugs and wires I've usually gone for Platinum plugs and NGK wires. Plugs have always done well and last a very long time. Wires typically do not go bad because they r built to last. Since its recommended I have changed mine once and that was after 10 years. Spark plugs, yeah they should be changed especially if its missing out.
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2013
  19. Jan 12, 2015 at 5:32 AM
    #19
    acudoc08

    acudoc08 New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2015
    Member:
    #146168
    Messages:
    1
    Gender:
    Male
    Vehicle:
    Sr 5
    I have a 2001 Tac and need to replace the plug wires. It looks like they go back to the fire wall and disappear where are they and is this as hard as it looks? I replaced the plugs and coils myself but the wires look more difficult!
     
  20. Jan 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM
    #20
    JudoJohn

    JudoJohn Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    Member:
    #89992
    Messages:
    234
    Gender:
    Male
    St. Louis
    Vehicle:
    96 Tacoma 2WD 5 speed
    you shouldn't need to replace the wires. On older vehicles, they had plug wires connected to a distributor cap. the coilpacks got rid of the plug wires. you don't have to mess with them.
     
To Top