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Old 05-29-2023, 10:36 AM #1
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24 years later and I'm back in a 4Runner

Hi all,

Back in 1999, I bought a new 1999 SR5 as my first 4Runner and had the dealer install the TRD Supercharger. Loved it. Had it for 4 years and about 100,000 miles. Didn't do anything crazy with it- desert trips, hauling my dirtbike around, camping. Drove my first child- daughter- home from the hospital in it... a fact I remind her of every time we see a Desert Dune Metallic 4Runner on the road. She's almost 20 now.

(the millionth time I've told her)

"Hey Chloe... you know we brought you home from the..."

"Yes Dad... I know."

Doing a lot of backpacking now so I thought it was time to get back into something I could take further into the mountains. 4Runner was calling me back.

Thanks to a member from the other forum who is also here, @steelevo , I got a great deal on a 2023 Nautical Blue ORP. I'll post that story in a separate thread.

Here it is before a 2000 mile road trip back home to San Diego from North Dakota.


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Awesome story.


Real talk though... definately look into getting the throttle/computer reprogrammed to get rid of that lag/eco garbage in your new 5th gen. They have some of the worst lag I've ever felt lol.

I think packages are told as tunes and such... If it removes the lag it'll make a night and day difference!
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Welcome back! Very cool story.


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Awesome story.


Real talk though... definately look into getting the throttle/computer reprogrammed to get rid of that lag/eco garbage in your new 5th gen. They have some of the worst lag I've ever felt lol.

I think packages are told as tunes and such... If it removes the lag it'll make a night and day difference!
Agreed. I'm sure I'll get used it, but that was one of the first things I noticed.

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Congrats Mine is the same
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Awesome story.


Real talk though... definately look into getting the throttle/computer reprogrammed to get rid of that lag/eco garbage in your new 5th gen. They have some of the worst lag I've ever felt lol.

I think packages are told as tunes and such... If it removes the lag it'll make a night and day difference!
The 4Runner has lag...? My prior vehicle was a 1998 GMC Jimmy with the 4.3 liter V6, definitely not a speed demon, but the 4Runner is faster, but I am not used to how new vehicles with powerful engines drive to know how the 4Runner compares (auto journalists constantly say how primitive the 4Runner is but it is like a sports car compared to that Jimmy, now THAT thing was stone-age). So basically the 4Runner will go faster if you get the throttle reprogrammed?
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The 4Runner has lag...? My prior vehicle was a 1998 GMC Jimmy with the 4.3 liter V6, definitely not a speed demon, but the 4Runner is faster, but I am not used to how new vehicles with powerful engines drive to know how the 4Runner compares (auto journalists constantly say how primitive the 4Runner is but it is like a sports car compared to that Jimmy, now THAT thing was stone-age). So basically the 4Runner will go faster if you get the throttle reprogrammed?
It's fast enough for me, but the throttle mapping seems odd. I noticed it most going uphill. You had to press the pedal further... and further... to finally get it to kick down a gear. Our Sienna is similar but not as bad.

A tune can change the mapping so there is more throttle per "x" amount of pedal movement. A Pedal Commander type of device does the same thing but a tune can provide other changes.
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It's fast enough for me, but the throttle mapping seems odd. I noticed it most going uphill. You had to press the pedal further... and further... to finally get it to kick down a gear. Our Sienna is similar but not as bad.

A tune can change the mapping so there is more throttle per "x" amount of pedal movement. A Pedal Commander type of device does the same thing but a tune can provide other changes.
You also can manually downshift it using the S mode when going uphill.
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You also can manually downshift it using the S mode when going uphill.
Yup. Did quite a bit of that.
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Same here! Except I went with a 3rd gen lol
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Awesome story. I love that you did your first road trip in it coming back from the dealer haha. I got lucky and got my 23 from a local dealer, 23 miles back home and it sits with 28 miles now. I hope to have a road trip of my own soon!
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Welcome Back! Very cool story.
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Welcome back and we are glad to have you here again
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They didn't have any toyota dealers in San Diego?
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