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Thoughts on Performance Chips

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Lifer, Apr 27, 2013.

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Performance chips, good or bad idea

Poll closed May 27, 2013.
  1. Good Idea

    8 vote(s)
    12.1%
  2. Bad Idea

    58 vote(s)
    87.9%
  1. Apr 27, 2013 at 8:47 AM
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    Lifer

    Lifer [OP] Member

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    Was thinking about putting one in my Tacoma. What are your thoughts? Good or bad idea? Or recommendations on some? And the one I was looking at is this one, http://www.gfchips.com/toyotatacoma.aspx
     
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  2. Apr 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM
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    kirkofwimbo

    kirkofwimbo Say no to Bro

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  3. Apr 27, 2013 at 8:52 AM
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    Ya but im asking a different question than he did =)
     
  4. Apr 27, 2013 at 8:53 AM
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    Waste of money
     
  5. Apr 27, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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    kirkofwimbo

    kirkofwimbo Say no to Bro

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    It's got LSD man.....
    In what way? I'm not seeing a difference.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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    What would be a good performance chip for a 4.0L tacoma that improves gas mileage plus horsepower/torque??? Thats what he asked. I'm asking if its a good idea. And if so which would be better for my truck. not his truck ;)
     
  7. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM
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    But why is it a waste of money?
     
  8. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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    The GForce chip will fry your engine. Its junk.

    It just advances timing to the point of being unsafe.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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  10. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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    All this "chip" does is change the resistance for the intake air temperature sensor so that the truck thinks it's cooler outside than it really is and it advances the timing. You could do the same thing with the proper 50 cent resistor from radio shack. Bad idea is my vote...
     
  11. Apr 27, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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  12. Apr 27, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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    I've personally never seen a "chip" in a gas motor equipped vehicle do anything. If we were talking about a diesel or maybe a turbo equipped vehicle then I would say go for it, otherwise, I'd say save your money.
     
  13. Apr 27, 2013 at 11:39 AM
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    Justin, chips work well for some applications. The Buick Grand National turbos (circa mid-1980's) come to mind, but I just don't see how they'd help our normally aspirated 4.0s.
     
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  14. Apr 27, 2013 at 11:46 AM
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    "Chips" are nothing but snake oil. "Chips" you see today do nothing. Today it's called a "tune"; in which you have a hand held programmer that rewrites the factory ecu tune. Most are safe and put out decent numbers. However, if you run into engine problems, and the dealer finds an aftermarket tune; you run the risk of voiding your power train warranty.
     
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  15. Apr 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM
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    Thinks......thought.....my thoughts are ummm...no
     
  16. Apr 27, 2013 at 2:27 PM
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    The ONLY chips that do anything are the URD and the Unichip.
    They only operate when the engine is running in open loop... wide open throttle.

    The one you linked to is claiming fuel economy increase of 10% and 30hp.
    It's complete bullshit.

    Tipoff #1: MSRP $399 selling for $69?
    Drop-ticket marketing. The most expensive part is the fancy aluminum case and the monthly fees for their web page. It's a 50 cent resistor that plugs into your MAF or IAT and throws the fuel mixture off.

    Tipoff #2: You select the make and model truck, but don't specify your engine until AFTER giving them your name and address.
     
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  17. Apr 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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    dont you think that if there was an way to increase the Hosepower/gas mileage, toyota would of done that to begin with? chips work in some older vehicles and help, but since the 2000's vehicles have had one thing in mind. maximum milage for maximum Horsepower.
     
  18. Apr 27, 2013 at 2:56 PM
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    Well I work at a Toyota Dealership so I could always just take if it off if I needed to. But from the sounds of it its just a bad idea. Maybe ill go for a TRD supercharger instead! :p
     
  19. Apr 27, 2013 at 2:58 PM
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    Ya i thought that was pretty sketchy. Thanks for your input! Definitely not going that route!
     
  20. Apr 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM
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    You get a supercharger, you will still have to get a tune to accommodate for fi. Like Ford and its Mustangs(since I have a lot of experience with the Mustang); if you let the dealer do the install and install a Toyota factory tune for the supercharger; you'll be good to go on your warranty.
     
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