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Old 06-18-2018, 04:08 PM #1
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Sprint Boosters

Anyone using the sprint boosters and if so any long time users to give a good feedback about longevity and any long term issues?
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They simply reduce the delay that the manufacturer puts in on drive-by-wire throttle pedals. The delay is to create smoother driving around town or in traffic. Removing the delay makes the pedal more "peppy".

It does nothing for the actual performance of the engine though. I think you could put $300 to better use.
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I do understand the application and the workings of the Sprint Booster. no extra HP but definitely don't have to mash down on the pedal just to get going. My wife's Corolla has better get up and go. I am coming off of a 2017 tundra and the lag in acceleration and throttle response sucks. I just want to know if anyone has had any issues long term with the product.
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I do understand the application and the workings of the Sprint Booster. no extra HP but definitely don't have to mash down on the pedal just to get going. My wife's Corolla has better get up and go. I am coming off of a 2017 tundra and the lag in acceleration and throttle response sucks. I just want to know if anyone has had any issues long term with the product.
Yeah I hear you. I also will look into any tweak or add-on possible to eek out some more performance. Currently looking into increasing my rev limit by replacing the quartz crystal soldered on the ECU. Gotta get my new cams in first though.

A lot the lack of power and throttle response has to do with weight. It's no secret that 4Runners have been underpowered (except for maybe the V8's) ever since they hit the market 30 years ago, they have a terrible LB to HP ratio.

If you're at all inclined to try something else (don't know your year) you could try URD's offerings of headers https://www.urdusa.com/thy-515-1-c-t...-tube-ceramic/ or an aftermarket intake https://www.urdusa.com/afe-intake-03...-pro5r-filter/. Both of these sort of products will give you that little extra oomph down low with a similar price point.
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Yeah I hear you. I also will look into any tweak or add-on possible to eek out some more performance. Currently looking into increasing my rev limit by replacing the quartz crystal soldered on the ECU. Gotta get my new cams in first though.

A lot the lack of power and throttle response has to do with weight. It's no secret that 4Runners have been underpowered (except for maybe the V8's) ever since they hit the market 30 years ago, they have a terrible LB to HP ratio.

If you're at all inclined to try something else (don't know your year) you could try URD's offerings of headers https://www.urdusa.com/thy-515-1-c-t...-tube-ceramic/ or an aftermarket intake https://www.urdusa.com/afe-intake-03...-pro5r-filter/. Both of these sort of products will give you that little extra oomph down low with a similar price point.

I do plan on a new intake. My runner is a 2018 so intake and exhaust is on the horizon. That is a good idea to start there. Coming off a tundra is a big difference with the acceleration. I do miss it. My FJ was a bit sluggish as well but I don't remember it being this bad.
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I do plan on a new intake. My runner is a 2018 so intake and exhaust is on the horizon. That is a good idea to start there. Coming off a tundra is a big difference with the acceleration. I do miss it. My FJ was a bit sluggish as well but I don't remember it being this bad.
Yeah the Tundras have a lot of torque down low to help with towing so a bit more fun to drive in that regard. Obviously adding forced induction will help overcome lack of power in any engine (having fun with mine) but realize that's not always an option. But in case you have some money to burn... URD sells those too.

I haven't seen much information if there's any benefits to changing the exhaust beyond headers on the newer 4Runners, seems like for a lot of modern vehicles the muffler swaps or cat-back systems are mostly for sound, not performance. It's not like the old days when every vehicle could benefit from larger piping or dual exhaust. It's really hard to add torque in significant amounts on a budget but can be done over time.

I test drove a 2018 a few months back and was surprised at how sluggish it is as well. My 20-year old 4Runner with a supercharger makes it seems like a race car in comparison. I was very underwhelmed.
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Yeah I hear you. I also will look into any tweak or add-on possible to eek out some more performance. Currently looking into increasing my rev limit by replacing the quartz crystal soldered on the ECU. Gotta get my new cams in first though.



A lot the lack of power and throttle response has to do with weight. It's no secret that 4Runners have been underpowered (except for maybe the V8's) ever since they hit the market 30 years ago, they have a terrible LB to HP ratio.



If you're at all inclined to try something else (don't know your year) you could try URD's offerings of headers https://www.urdusa.com/thy-515-1-c-t...-tube-ceramic/ or an aftermarket intake https://www.urdusa.com/afe-intake-03...-pro5r-filter/. Both of these sort of products will give you that little extra oomph down low with a similar price point.


Thanks for this! I have also been considering the Sprint or Pedal Commander. Iíve seen many people say there were better ways to spend similar money, but didnít realize these were really valid examples.


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I've got a 2106 T4R V6 and recently installed the Pedal Commander. Mine is linked with my phone and can change the throttle response via the phone as needed. It definitely makes a huge difference when set on the higher more responsive settings and makes it "feel" like you have more power. Definitely more fun to drive around! On long trips I can set it to "Eco Mode" which feels sluggish but doesn't matter on the highway and I actually gain 2 to 3 mpg more on that setting. It was worth the money IMO
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I have been running the Pedal Commander for probably 6-8 months now. It makes a huge difference in throttle response and itís fun to drive. I have had zero issues, other than lower gas mileage. I will add a word of caution...tuck it away when you go to the dealer. I accidentally left mine in the mount once and the technician called me and told me to tuck it away while at the dealer. He said that would give Toyota enough ammo to void any electrical warranty on the vehicle. He was cool about it, just donít want anyone else getting into a worse scenario.


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I installed a sprint booster on my 18 TRD off road today
Install was a piece of cake took all of 15 minutes, for the controller I mounted it on the unused switch hole next to instrument cluster rheostat
Followed the directions(for a change) even leaving car door open for 10min with key out of car
Started at green 5 then 9
Settled on red9
Very noticeable improvement in throttle response
I can see a benefit to this in passing and mountain driving


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I installed a sprint booster on my 18 TRD off road today
Install was a piece of cake took all of 15 minutes, for the controller I mounted it on the unused switch hole next to instrument cluster rheostat
Followed the directions(for a change) even leaving car door open for 10min with key out of car
Started at green 5 then 9
Settled on red9
Very noticeable improvement in throttle response
I can see a benefit to this in passing and mountain driving


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Glad to get you setup and glad you like it! At the request of many members I worked a deal on this and am passing it on.

Burtman Industries Sprint Booster, V3 ON SALE! NOW IN STOCK. I'm running this price temporarily to see how they sell, but will have to raise it soon.

If any questions, etc, you can always call and order over phone too, or text 717-319-2100

(I've sold a slew of these for the Honda Ridgeline (another vehicle with the same issues as the 4Runner) because that truck has some natural hesitation and people loved them. These don't give more hp, which many think that's what it does. It makes the vehicle feel more like there's a direct link, a cable link from the pedal to the throttle body, which most of these drive by wire setups still aren't instant like an old school cable would be. Gives a more instant feel when merging from an exit onto the highway, more instant response when mashing the throttle, and quick pass bys where you may need to get out the way quick, it's just all around more instant.)

There are some recent installs here will good feedback:

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I installed a sprint booster on my 18 TRD off road today
Install was a piece of cake took all of 15 minutes, for the controller I mounted it on the unused switch hole next to instrument cluster rheostat
Followed the directions(for a change) even leaving car door open for 10min with key out of car
Started at green 5 then 9
Settled on red9
Very noticeable improvement in throttle response
I can see a benefit to this in passing and mountain driving


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Curious how you got that switch blank out. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to pop that sucker out
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I saw this on Burtman's description of the device: "Does not affect the warranty". This seems to be the exact opposite of what one of the forum members reported here.
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Not to worry. It's also undetectable. If your dealer even see's it, they sent in a russian spy. It doesn't void anything though, no worries.

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Curious how you got that switch blank out. I had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to pop that sucker out
From my customer you asked about:

"Pretty simple
I used a flat blade screwdriver and pried out from bottom, just pops out
Then used a unibit drill at lower edge until large enough to accommodate connector"

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