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Turbo Taco

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by farmer_kyle, Feb 8, 2017.

  1. Feb 8, 2017 at 6:25 AM
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    farmer_kyle

    farmer_kyle [OP] Well-Known Member

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    i know... I know... I should have looked into this before starting this build but my 38mm, front mount intercooler, 2004 v6 turbo Taco project is almost complete and I will soon have to take her to the dyno to have her tuned. Problem is, I talked to the "expensive name brand" shop near me and they said that there's no aftermarket ECU for my Tacoma (which I believe) but he's saying that they can't tune the stock ECU (which I kind of understand). I've heard that some older 4Runner had turboed engines stock so I could take a ECU from one of those and drop it in mine for a tune. I've also heard about having a custom tune written up (with a discount of course cause I know the guy). Either way, as I expected, my turbo project is becoming a money pit and I want the most simple, cost effective way to get my truck tuned once it's all out back together.

    So my questions:

    1. Do I NEED an aftermarket ECU or can the my stock one be tuned?
    2. If so, where do I get one?
    3. Should I keep calling around, asking local shops to tune a stock ECU or should I have my buddy write up a custom tune?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated
     
  2. Feb 8, 2017 at 7:18 AM
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    vasinvictor

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  3. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:33 AM
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    farmer_kyle

    farmer_kyle [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Okay cool! Now if I take that to my local dyno/tuning shop, they will be able to tune my Tacoma, correct? And the installation is pretty self explanatory right?
     
  4. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:34 AM
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    I wired mine directly in to the factory harness, but they also sell plug and play harnesses for this unit too. But yeah, a good speed shop should be familiar with the unit and be able to install and tune it no problem.
     
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  5. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:43 AM
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    Okay sweet! The Amazon link says it doesn't fit my Taco but either way, it will fit right? Pretty universal I'm assuming. I'm going to run 8psi at most to preserve my internals lol. And because I'm not going for the whole "race truck" idea, will I really NEED the trd injectors? I know it's a good idea and I might replace them down the road either way but shouldn't I be okay with my stock injectors for a little while? And if I get into the fuel system, I'll probably upgrade the fuel pump if suggested. Any suggestions when I go that route?
     
  6. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:46 AM
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    4-5 psi on stock fuel injectors is all you can handle safely. That's with a "free FMU mod" (google it) and maybe some BKR6E spark plugs. (1 step colder) You can get the injectors later if you want more boost I guess.

    Oops that's not the correct FIC for your truck. I'll edit the above link too. This is what you want https://www.amazon.com/AEM-30-1910-Cylinder-Ignition-Controller/dp/B001DX58KA the 30-1910. Yes it's universal, you just wire it up to your specific application.
     
  7. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:47 AM
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    Can't you get a Haltech that'll work with most anything?
     
  8. Feb 8, 2017 at 8:48 AM
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    Yes, but it's just overkill for 8psi and $$$$$
     
  9. Feb 8, 2017 at 9:04 AM
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    Howdy, Can't make a direct recommendation but my kid has a turbo Supra with larger turbo, injectors, fuel pump... and he usese the AEM stand alone computer (MAP based) Brought it to a highly recommended shop for a dyno tune. came out great. Many places can write a tune based on dyno feedback, using the AEM .
     
  10. Feb 8, 2017 at 9:34 AM
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    Alright here's where I'm at right now. I almost have my turbo in and I'm needing a tune. Now, to get that tune I need some parts such as upgrades for fuel management. I know I NEED the aem fuel management system. I will be happy running 5psi for a few weeks until I get the injectors. I know nothing about the fmu mod so if I need that as well, I guess I'll need to know what it's purpose is and what I need to do it. As for spark plugs, how essential are they before I upgrade the injectors? And I I ever sees to bother with a fuel pump. Sorry for all the questions. This is the confusing part to me haha
     
  11. Feb 8, 2017 at 1:33 PM
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    Hi All, I'm interested in adding a turbo (don't want to do the supercharger) and am curious what parts you got and from where. The tuner information was a great help. I have a 2004 3.4 2wd. Ty
     

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