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Supercharge my TACO or buy a Tundra??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Jasondo2112, Apr 13, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    Jasondo2112

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    Newbie to TACO world, life long Toyota driver....
    I recently bought a 27' Camping trailer (4600lbs dry weight, 5800 Loaded) and the Taco definitely feels it when pulling it. I need just a bit more horsepower to pull it up the mountain. Should I fork out the $$$ to supercharge, or just trade er' in and get the Tundra? I noticed the Tundra doesn't have that much more towing capability then the TACO (7200 lbs???)
    I have a 2008 Long bed Crew cab SR5 TACO with the 6500# towing package.
    Has anyone had any towing experience with a supercharger? or a Tundra?
    Thanks for your advice....
     
  2. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    crf69

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    ummm yeah
    supercharge it....

    and get a tundra!

    haha no seriously im with whipper on this
     
  3. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM
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    Jasondo2112

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    I don't believe I am exceeding the towing capacity at 5800.. correct me if I am wrong..
     
  4. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:44 PM
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    You're not exceeding limits. I kinda went through the same debate with my 1st Gen Tundra after I got a toyhauler. No complaints about my Tundra except when i tow the brick. I was looking to buy the 2nd gen Tundra with the mighty 5.7 V8. But you gotta look at this way though. How often are you going to be towing and really need the extra ponies? Chances are, you don't need the s/c or a trade in. Just take it easy going up the hill and not expect the truck to perform like it does without the trailer. If you do upgrade, keep in mind s/c requires premium fuel, but a V8 is going to burn more gas.
     
  5. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    Id go for the tundra myself. LOOOVVVEEEE my tacoma, but Id take the tundra in that case
     
  6. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:49 PM
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    10 out of 9 TACO drivers are dyslexic... :)
     
  7. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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    Very tru...I don't want to ruin my TACO.
     
  8. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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    Supercharger. It's cheaper than buying a new truck.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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    tottally with jberry on this one i would s/c just because though
     
  10. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    Its not just power. Ive got a supercharger and yeah, with the supercharger it still helps making towing the boat up the mountains easier and theres tons more power over stock, but its still just as painful going back down with 4k pounds behind you on you otherwise normal truck. Not only that but the extra weight the tundra has must be nice to keep you planted on the ground when towing.
     
  11. Apr 13, 2011 at 7:57 PM
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    ;) I put a s/c + URD 7th fuel injector on my Tacoma...just because. I don't tow with it (even though I could)...I have a Tundra for that. :D

    If you have the moula, go for the s/c, just know your gas mileage will go down on the day to day driving and you're gonna have to run preimum. Gotta pay to play.
     
  12. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:12 PM
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    THANKS GUYS
     
  13. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    I love my Taco and am currently looking for a Travel Trailer. If I go over 4100 - 4200 dry (and about 5500 wet + cargo) I'm gonna have to upgrade to a Tundra.

    Power is nice, but just like the quote says, can you stop it going down hill? Personally, I wish I could go with rear disc brakes on my taco, I think it would help alot when towing (especially with no trailer brakes), but anytime you're towing something that's heavier than your tow vehicle you gotta consider stopping power.

    I know right where you're at on this and I'd be torn as well. I just need to find a TT under my weight limit is all, I don't wanna give up my Taco.
     
  14. Apr 13, 2011 at 8:21 PM
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    The 5.7 tundra is rated for over 10,000lbs idk where you got 7200 from lol.

    Unless you weren't talking about the 5.7
     
  15. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:04 PM
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    Keep in mind, most travel trailers have electric brakes, not surge brakes like most boat trailers. Having owned both, I can tell you they are different beasts all together.
    If you set up your brake controller correctly, the trailer actually has a feeling of pulling the truck back rather than that feeling of a boat being shoved up your ass.
     
  16. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    7200 I think is about right for the 4.6L depending on which package you get.
     
  17. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    Exactly. I didn't skimp on the controller for that reason. Stopping is not the problem, its pissing everyone off behind me up the hills...impatient Colorado drivers..
     
  18. Apr 13, 2011 at 9:20 PM
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    Small Truck, but with a payload rated @ 6500lbs (w/V-6 and towing package)- your leaning towards the max tow rating, so if your hauling this load long distances and or frenquently, get a bigger truck.
    I feel your pushing it trying to tow close to capacities with small trucks long distances- if your towing a larger boat to the ramp nearby, or a large trailer a short distance no biggy, but long distances I am going with a larger truck. :D
     
  19. Apr 14, 2011 at 12:10 AM
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    Hell, Colorado drivers are much nicer then cali drivers and most of the time better.

    I would get a super charged 5.7L Tundra.:D 500HP baby!!!!!:eek:

    J/K. I've towed (flat towing) my Brother's Jeep wrangler which is probably over 3500lbs. It does 75 up a hill that was probable 8%+. Needless I won't be doing that again. Stopping takes a while, but thats with only the truck's breaks since the Jeep is not on a trailer. I would just get another Transmission cooler in addition to the tow package one.
     
  20. Apr 14, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    I went through the same debate as you did. I wanted more power for towing and more room (I had an access cab). I was going to get the 5.7 Tundra as well, I was looking at them, test drove them. Then I went on a business trip and was able to rent one. After the test drive I decided the Tundra was to much truck. Bigger than I needed and harder to drive than my tacoma. Plus I didnt like that i couldnt get it in a manual. The truck just was to big to manuver around, and i honestly had no need for a full sized truck, jsut a truck with more power.
    So after that I traded my 05 AC for a 2010 DCSB with a S/C, CAI,and cat back exhaust and I couldnt be happier. I regularly tow a enclosed 12ft trailer and a 5K lb boat and the taco pulls it like a beast. No issues at all. Just be warned, your milage will go down with the super charger, even without towing. I average 14mph right now. Thats mixed driving in fairly hilly type areas (PNW). Towing a heavy load will probably drop it into single digits.
     
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