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Supercharger upgrade worth the cost?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by BossFan, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. Feb 23, 2019 at 4:33 PM
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    BossFan

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    I just got my 2003 back from my step-daughter who has been using it for past 6 mo. or so. I have a couple of things I need to do to it, like fix the broken windshield and dent in rear of bed :mad: (just did an exhaust and belts last week) but also wanted to start doing some of the following upgrades.
    • F5 wheels (I just posted a question about whether 17" F5 wheels would fit on a stock height Tacoma)
    • Tundra brake upgrade
    • Retrofit projector headlights

    But i was also kicking around the idea of one of the supercharger kits (depending on my tax return). At a cost of almost $3000, is this a worthwhile 'investment' or would you use that same money to upgrade to an OME suspension?
     
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  2. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:19 PM
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    1997tacomav6

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    It really depends on what you want out of your truck.

    If you want more power or your ok with what you have or if you want a better suspension, lift kit, bigger rims and tires shocks, etc
     
  3. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:21 PM
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    Keep in mind most people require additional fuel modifications to keep the engine healthy when running the supercharger...7th injector kit, methanol injection, larger fuel injectors are a few options.

    It's fun to have for sure, but the reality is that it's not just a one time cost. There are additional maintenance items that come with it and more expenses overall to keep it running healthy.
     
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  4. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:28 PM
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    Yeah, you've got a lot more reading to do if you think a supercharger will only cost you $3k...

    Personally, I'd skip the wheels. DEFINITELY upgrade to the Tundra brakes before you do anything. I keep thinking about retrofits on my truck, but a fresh headlight polish and application of clear coat will make my headlights good enough for the road and I won't be one of those assholes that blinds everyone every time they hit a bump and the cut-off line bounces higher than eye level of oncoming traffic like every new car on the road.
     
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  5. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:45 PM
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    I didn’t realize the proctor headlights had this issue. I had swapped in a paid of the HID bulbs (I think that’s what they were called) and kept getting flashed by people who thought I had my high beams on. I pulled them and went back to stock but my lenses are so yellow now.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2019 at 5:55 PM
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    Putting HID bulbs in your headlight housings that are designed for halogens is DEFINITELY why you were getting flashed because you DID have your brights on. All the light was getting sent directly into their eyes. Doesn't matter if you were only using the "low" beam.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2019 at 6:47 PM
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    1997tacomav6

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    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Hella H4 German Rated Headlights HID 55 watt bulbs (MUST DO) 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    To do it correctly You can dump 5k into a supercharger setup if all the parts were new. If you bought all used parts maybe 3k depending on what extras you get and what direction you go, 7th kit or methonal kit.

    End results will be 60-110 extra horsepower give or take on what add ons you get.

    With that said your tacoma will feel like a completely different truck!

    Add ons would be

    7th injector kit,
    methanol injection
    larger fuel injectors
    large fuel pump
    Smaller pulley
    AFR guage
    Boost guage
    Different air filter
    High temp nose seal

    For me definitely worth it!!!
     
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  8. Feb 23, 2019 at 6:54 PM
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    Yes it's worth the cost I'm running a TRD Supercharger on my 2.7 and it's alot of fun especially seeing the other drivers expression when I pass them easily on a hill !!!

    20181018_135142.jpg
     
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  9. Feb 23, 2019 at 6:57 PM
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    As for wheels, I wish I still had 15". They ride so much better.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    Is your 4 banger setup stock or are you running a 5th injector, smaller pulley etc.?
     
  11. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:19 PM
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    Are you running low or high boost?
    LCE offers a low or high boost option, not sure about TRD.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    Supercharger was installed by the dealer in 2003 and it's the rare hard to find TRD
     
  13. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:28 PM
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    Well done! I’m a bit envious, I love my 2.7, but fudge do I need a supercharger on this biatch!
     
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    Was installed at the dealer in 2003 , not sure on pulley size but it does have Supra " pink " injectors
     
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    My truck only has 70k original miles !!!
     
  16. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:36 PM
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    Shit bolted onto other shit, and junk.

    Not a 1st Gen guy, but I absolutely love my newly installed SC. I don’t even have all the crazy add ons. I have a proper fuel pump, dry air filter, and slightly smaller pulley on the TRD tune. No meth, no 7th injector. I rebuilt everything in my garage prior to install. Here is one I found that may suit your needs. Just an example, I think you are in jersey and this one is in Atlanta.

    https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2258089001137413/
     
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  17. Feb 23, 2019 at 7:55 PM
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    And mine has only 580k original miles !! Lol
     
  18. Feb 23, 2019 at 8:04 PM
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    you guys with the 2nd gen Tacomas are fortunate that your superchargers come with a built in intercooler...a big issue for us supercharged 1st gen Tacoma guys is that our superchargers aren't intercooled so they suffer from heat soak very easily especially if you live somewhere where the ambient temperature is hot. Summer time here in Souther California is not kind to my truck lol. But man oh man does it love this cold winter weather we're having, especially when I take it up to the mountains.
     
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    Us 1st gen guys have more issues with heat soak and needing to make up for that with meth kits, 7th injector, etc. You guys have built in intercoolers with your superchargers, we don't unfortunately.
     
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