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Throttle Body Spacer Feedback

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by WolfeTaco, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:25 PM
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    WolfeTaco

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    Looking for open feedback on throttle body spacers. Thinking of putting it on my 2002 3.4L and I have seen mixed reviews ranging from: "best cheap HP mod ever" all the way down to: "whistling piece of crap that will rob your low end torque!" Is it somewhere in between? Every other person I ask has something different to say so I though I'd open it up to get more responses.

    Let me know what you think... Thanks!
     
  2. Jun 23, 2009 at 9:41 PM
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    The consensus around here is that it doesn't do much for a toyota. Aparently it's a Ford thing. There's probably a couple of peeps with them, and they are the ones you want to talk to.
     
  3. Jun 23, 2009 at 10:12 PM
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    I think those things are the biggest rip off going.

    If they did anything, I would make one for every engine out there. There is a super huge profit margin in those things.

    Anyway, there have been lots of dyno tests with TBS over the years on the 5vz. Never seen one with a positive result.

    Gadget
     
  4. Jun 23, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    They may work on some vehicle, but THEY DO NOT WORK ON OUR TRUCKS.
    thanks
     
  5. Jun 23, 2009 at 10:44 PM
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    XR-Ace

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    they're allright..i have one. i didnt notice too much change and i didnt lose any torque.. but the whistle is pretty cool, it keeps ricers at bay.(makes them think i have turbo). :laugh:
     
  6. Jun 24, 2009 at 2:32 PM
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    they are great......................if you are gonna use them as a paper weight!!! for your truck....all they do is whistle.......no performance gains from them!
     
  7. Jun 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM
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    hahahahahha nice!
     
  8. Jun 24, 2009 at 7:29 PM
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    Deckplate mod will do a lot more for you, and WAY cheaper, and it WORKS.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2009 at 7:33 PM
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    x100000000000.......the deck plate is dyno proven, the tbs, aint even gonna go there.
     
  10. Jun 24, 2009 at 7:39 PM
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    Snake oil! Throttle body/carberator spacers were initially designed to break up air as it pulled through the intake. Throtte body spacers create turbulance which is not effective on most fuel injected vehicles since they want the air to be streamlined through the system. If you had a top mounted fuel delivery system on a performance 8 cylinder engine at that time you would have a use for it. Notice how the advertisement says UP to X amount of horsepower, to get to X you have have to start at 0. So you could have as little 0-X horsepower added. Probably leaning more to the 0 side than the undetermined X side of the scale. There are better ways to spend a hundred bucks. If you have noticed on alot of the newer vehicles they have plastic intakes. most people assume this is because the manufacturers are cheap. Not so, the inside of a plastic intake is slicker than a metal intake thus for leaving less resistance to air in the intake and the ability to manipulate that air and streamline it through the system. Some of you youg bucks may or may not know about polishing and porting intakes for muscle cars. This is done to slicken the interior of and intake and allow better air flow. Plastic intakes elleviate the need to do this. Adding a throttle body spacer just lengthens the air intake by about an inch and a half. You may get a little more noise from the engine (throaty) but it itself is not doing much and also somewhat impedng the design of the intake and throttle body system on a Toyota.
     
  11. Jun 25, 2009 at 3:58 PM
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    Riceman

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    More like a carburated thing. They are junk on fuel injected motors.

    What he said.
     
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