Not new here at all, but I haven't been on the board much over the past several years... been super involved with some other projects and didn't own a Toyota anymore. Thought I'd check back in officially (been lurking a bit lately).
Bought my 3rd Tacoma....
1st was a 96 ext cab 4x4 3.4/5spd. 2nd (below) was a 2001 4dr 4x4 that I put a 1st gen TRD blower on, TRD headers, homebuilt dual side outlet exhaust and some other goodies.
After I sold the 01, I was still working on my 87 turbo 4Runner. Eventually sold that off and bought a WRX.
I built several different turbo setups for it, and a lot of mods- current is a 2.35 closed deck stroker motor, aem ems, sti 6 speed, custom surge and fuel system etc. http://www.tjituning.com
It's street legal of course but far from a DD, and I'm usually working on it (like right now)
I also bought an 06 Duramax... didn't have intentions of getting silly with it, but I did. I built a custom sideways turbo setup w/ a hood stack
I built lowering stuff and dropped it 5 in the back and 3 or so up front (yea.. it's 4x4). And a boatload of other custom stuff, ended up running a 12.61 @ 106mph at 5800ft elevation. Bottom line though is it's nice enough I don't like driving it during the winter, and low enough it doesn't go camping worth a crap, and makes enough power it could prove to be unreliable.
I wanted a backup, a winter vehicle, something to go camping with etc. Tacoma/4Runner quickly went to the top of that list. I wanted a 2.7 so that I could maybe turbo it later on, and a 5 speed. Took a month of looking at junk, and vehicles people were trying to sell me without things like oh say, the title
and I found something...
Nice little 95 2.7/5spd 4x4 w/ 158k miles. It does need some work (body), bought a fender because the driver side was just a little too bent up for my taste, and the hood and roof could use a little paint work. I really like it, I'll be honest it's the color that did it for me, I love it
Ordered some raptor liner, I will be doing the rockers/bumpers etc. like I did to my dmax. And I don't think I will be able to prevent myself from building a low boost turbo setup... I live at 6700ft elevation, and go camping often times in the 10-11k range. It needs it
I'm thinking 5-6psi from a HX30/GT30r sized turbo, non intercooled (water/meth if needed) at this elevation should be doable. I'll put a larger fuel pump in it just to make sure, and a wideband to keep an eye on things. I only have 11.43-11.61 psi of atmospheric pressure where I live. What do you guys think?