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New guy, supercharger questions

Hello,

Iím the new guy to tundra talk. Iíve had my 2008 Tundra for 2 years now after having a 2000 Tacoma for 10 years and an 89 4Runner before that.

I bought a TRD 5.7 supercharger for my truck a while ago but havenít installed it yet. I had the TRD supercharger on my 3.4 Tacoma for over 60,000 miles and loved every mile of it. Basically Iím on the fence on whether to install it or not. I know the power is awesome, but I donít have the time or cash that I used to. I miss the 5 speed and no traction control of the tacoma. The tundra has good power, but with the traction control so evasive, its not as much fun. Makes me wonder if Iíll get to enjoy that extra power anywhere other than in a straight line.

I joined to see others experiences with the supercharger kit. I donít like to start a new thread, but as a new member I have to. Feel free to just point me to an existing thread.

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Drives almost like stock at low RPMs due to the bypass and makes power and torque quickly as the RPMs rise. As for the nannies, there is a button to turn them off or ways to bypass most of them I hear. I installed mine mostly for the additional torque and towing, and would do it again in a heartbeat for the additional hill pulling power under load.

Its a fairly straitforward install and with the right tools can be done in a long days work(10-12 hours). Unless you are the "hulk" you will need a second set of hands to set the unit into the engine bay


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my experience has been good, I currently have over 180k on my s/c and 206k on the 2012 truck itself. I tow almost daily about 2500lbs. I know the truck would be fine without the s/c, but i figured why not make it even easier plus have the additional power if I needed it. I had mine installed by dealer, I didn't have access to all the tools. I just purchased a '19 and it too will be supercharged soon. It does put a smile when you get on it and it has more pep just from daily driving. once you get used to it going back to a stock 5.7 feels like I'm in a 4 cylinder. My suggestion would be install since you got it. There was a reason why you spent several dollars. I think you will enjoy it more as a daily driver until you go to the gas station and have to put the premium gas in. But still worth it in my opinion.


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Drives almost like stock at low RPMs due to the bypass and makes power and torque quickly as the RPMs rise. As for the nannies, there is a button to turn them off or ways to bypass most of them I hear. I installed mine mostly for the additional torque and towing, and would do it again in a heartbeat for the additional hill pulling power under load.

Its a fairly straitforward install and with the right tools can be done in a long days work(10-12 hours). Unless you are the "hulk" you will need a second set of hands to set the unit into the engine bay
MrMax! I started a thread about adding a supercharger but all I got was a couple of nay-sayers. I was wondering about any positive changes in fuel economy even with the extra horsepower. I realize its wishful thinking....adding extra horsepower then expecting better fuel mileage but, Iíve heard once you get passed the yeehaw! moment and try to drive regular that you see a slight increase in mpg. I was wondering if you experienced that even with towing.


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MrMax! I started a thread about adding a supercharger but all I got was a couple of nay-sayers. I was wondering about any positive changes in fuel economy even with the extra horsepower. I realize its wishful thinking....adding extra horsepower then expecting better fuel mileage but, Iíve heard once you get passed the yeehaw! moment and try to drive regular that you see a slight increase in mpg. I was wondering if you experienced that even with towing.
If and that is a big IF...you can manage to keep your foot out of it my fuel economy increased slightly. I am usually towing or hauling something with my truck and appreciate the extra power the SC provides. The best feeling is when you are towing something up a grade at highway speed and the truck shifts down a gear and starts building boost. Instead of having to further press the GO peddle I often find myself easing ouff of it as the rig begins to accelerate up the hill

Back to your question...You may notice a 0.5mpg increase in economy but will be driving very grandpa-ish to do so. As long as I drive normally I notice little to no decrease in fuel economy. It simply does not work as hard doing the same work.

I realize I am probably not the norm as I don't hot rod my truck. Its a 6K pound crew cab...lol...If I want o go fast I either hop on one of the bikes or mustangs.


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I bought a TRD 5.7 supercharger for my truck a while ago but havenít installed it yet.
Welcome from Georgia, how many miles do you have on your '08? My '07 has 285k, and the consensus is that there are too many miles on the engine / transmission to risk a SC installation.
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