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Old 02-23-2015, 06:15 AM   #43
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Has anyone tried "chipping" their Tundra?
If so, results and what chip was used?
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:56 AM   #44
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Has anyone installed the TRD supercharger and true dual exhaust? I'm curious-
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:56 PM   #45
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Regarding mod "chip", supercharger and true dual exhaust, our 2008 CrewMax Limited has many extras, but remains strictly stock (all options factory installed).

With a 19' Bambi, no extra power is needed. Besides, the above would unnecessarily reduce mileage in our application.

As far as dual exhaust, we have factory-installed TRD dual mufflers, which are cat-back. Therefore, other than looking and sounding nice, I strongly suspect that they add nothing to the power curve.

Any possible power gains would come via an aftermarket, true dual exhaust system (with dual catalytic converters). However, I have no confidence in the hyped reports of power increases for chips and mufflers on Tundra owner forums. In my opinion, any REAL additional power would come only from adding the supercharger.

Note: When asked for their opinion, our dealer indicated that superchargers were mainly added by pickup enthusiasts, and not by those towing trailers.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:14 PM   #46
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I don't "need" any more power.
No one "needs" any extra power.
People do it because they can-
Mine is bone stock except for the stereo- the JBL 200 watt system just wasn't enough-
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:16 PM   #47
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Yeah, but...
If you add the supercharger, you must also do the air intake, exhaust, and remap the computer-
If I had $6,000-$7,000 lying around-
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Old 02-23-2015, 03:59 PM   #48
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Looked back at my previous post, and I didn't intend to sound so negative...

I am also curious to hear if anyone has a supercharger, as I personally do not know anyone who has added this mod to a Tundra...
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Old 02-23-2015, 04:58 PM   #49
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Mine is still stock. If there was a chip that could give me better mileage, even at a cost of some power, I'd be interested. I'm only pulling a 23FB, it seems to pull easier than my 19' Bambi did.
My best "aid" for increased mpg is my right foot, the 5.7 has a lot of power, and it's a bit fun to get on it, but if I take it easy, I can get 17+ mpg, without towing. I intend to find out how well it tows in the next several months. Trips to Florida and Colorado.
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Old 02-23-2015, 05:39 PM   #50
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If I wanted turbos I'd just trade my Tundra on a F150 EB. I tried headers, exhausts, and low air restriction air filters on my cars when I was a kid. All I really got was an empty wallet.

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We have a 2015 Tundra Max Crew 4x4 TRD. We went with the TRD for two reasons bilstein shocks and Michelin LT tires. We tow a 2015 25' International with 16" rims and Michelin LT tires and it works great. We are also using a Husky hitch.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:28 PM   #52
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are those LT tires stock on 2015s?? my 2014 still had the P rated tires. how about actual tow mirrors without having to order a truck from the factory?

Phoenix, do you understand the difference between 'supercharging' and 'turbo charging'???
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Old 02-23-2015, 07:32 PM   #53
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As long as the tire load ratings are higher than tha GAWR of each axle and the weight ratings aren't exceeded why worry. Inflate your tires to support the max load listed on the side of the tires.

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I bought tow mirrors for my '08 Tundra (genuine Toyota parts) on eBay. Paid 2/3's what my local dealer wanted for them. Installed them myself in less than 2 hours.
My Tundra is 2WD. I always get better than 18mpg mostly 19+ and sometimes 20 when not towing. My towing mpg is 12-14. I don't tow over 65. 90% of the time it's 60mph.
I don't drive over 65 even when not towing.


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Tires

Our 2008 Tundra came with 18" TRD wheels and 275/65x18 BFG Rugged Trail "P" passenger tires (44 psi max). The tires were replaced at 35,000 miles with Michelin LTX MS/2, LR-E, LT tires (same size), which have noticeably better handling and tread wear. (At 30,000 miles, the Michelins show hardly any wear, versus the BFG's 5,000 miles-worth of thin remaining tread.) Plus, we inflate the Michelins to 55/65 psi (F/R) when towing our 19' Bambi, versus 44/44 psi for the BFG "P" tires.


Tow Mirrors

When we ordered our Tundra from the factory in 2008, tow mirrors were a $975 credit off of MSRP, compared to the standard equipment mirrors; so the decision to have them installed was easy.


Superchargers & Turbochargers

Yes, I do know the difference. I would buy neither, unless they were standard equipment; and there was no other engine option available that met my needs. Both add complexity to the engine; and, for me, they are just something to break and need repairs. In my opinion, the 5.7L Tundra engine has far more power than I am likely to need; so both the supercharger and turbocharger (if it were available) are liabilities, rather than assets.


Four Wheel Drive (4WD)

I used the same reasoning (as above) for not ordering 4WD. I have driven 2WD vehicles for over 50 years, and I have never needed 4WD. I figure if 4WD is necessary to get into or out of an area, I shouldn't drive down that road in the first place. And, this is especially true when towing an Airstream.

As far as needing 4WD in bad weather; if 4WD is necessary, we shouldn't be on the road. And again, this is especially true when towing.


In Summary

I realize that others' have different requirements, and they should buy what they need. However, our 2008 Tundra has been a reliable tow vehicle that handles and rides better, has more towing power, and uses less than half the fuel, when compared to our old Chevy crewcab 454.

Most importantly, the purchase price excluded two expensive options that I don't need; and there's no worry about repairs and costs related to problems with a supercharger or the extra drivetrain components of 4WD.
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As far as the TRD Package is concerned, I understand wanting the bilstein shocks, and the tire upgrade. Question though, the bilsteins on the front seem like they would be more important, but how about the rear? Do they help smooth out the ride, or make it more rigid?
As far as 4x4 is concerned, my Tundra doubles as a farm truck. I'm more concerned about wearing out the little motor that takes it in and out of 4WD, than the mechanical wear and tear on the drivetrain. Now if I lived in AZ or FL, it would seem like 2WD would be fine.
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