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Well, I've killed the unkillable.... Well not totaly.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Tevatoe, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:20 AM
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    Tevatoe

    Tevatoe [OP] Master of no Wrench

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    I've noticed a miss developing on start-up lately. This developed into a white plume of vaporous gasses that soon could not be denied. Eventualy the "check engine" light started playing along too, flashing at first and then becomming an insistant glare on the dash. The only thing missing was ominous background music, ya know, maybe something like "duh-dump, duh-dump" ever quickening in the background (maybe it was there and I couldn't hear it, people in the movies never seem to hear it either).

    Get the picture?

    OK so here's the gist... # 3 plug is soaked and #2 damp. Head gasket? Cracked head? At 160k miles things start loosening up a bit so I am hoping for the head gasket scenario.

    Oh yeah. To top it off I found the exhaust manifold cracked between #2 and #3 runners as well.

    So here's the plan... Header and Cold Air Intake. What I am looking for is a collective assement of parts and experiences here. The header needs to be 50 state compliant, intake too for that matter.

    Also was looking for anyones thoughs on head work. Porting, polishing, valves, and what ever else can be done to improve on power, performance and MPG.

    Thank you for your support in these difficult times...
     
  2. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:22 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Sounds like a head gasket. Get the code read. For the header, see if you can find a North West Off Road try-Y header. GREAT gains on the 2.7. For the intake, you'll be wasting your money with a "CAI"...Do the Deck Plate mod. More gains, and only about $15.00 or less.
     
  3. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:30 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    Most definitely a head gasket. Have the head shaved and tested. The valves lapped and resealed.

    As far as headers, look into Doug Thorley or LC Engineering (check the fine print at the bottom in red).

    You will find better performance (and cheaper) out of the deck plate mod then any CAI on a first gen.
     
  4. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:15 PM
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    Tevatoe

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    Thanks guys, I hope you are right when I get it torn down.
    :crapstorm:

    I would hate to have that emoticons luck.

    As for the CAI, I have one that a co-worker gave to me for free. No loss there and its a cool one with a carbon fiber box and K&N filter. The price was right!

    I will have to research the deck plate mod? Hey, for $15 I will try it.

    Thanks for the $0.02
     
  5. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:50 PM
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  6. Feb 24, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    ForeRunner

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  7. Feb 25, 2010 at 4:50 AM
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    Because the "big hole in front of the airbox" mod doesn't sound as cool as "deck plate" mod. :D
     
  8. Feb 25, 2010 at 5:32 AM
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    kingston73

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    A related question, how easy/difficult is it to install a header by yourself? I like the look of the NorthWest ones, but sure as hell can't afford to pay somebody to do it for me.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2010 at 5:46 AM
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    wolfgang123

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    people dont just cut a hole because when you go offroad or mudd or heavy rains you can put the cap on and prevent nasty shit from getting into your air box.
     
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