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What the best performance upgrade for my 2021 4runner?

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by RockinB, Dec 25, 2020.

  1. Dec 25, 2020 at 11:56 AM
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    RockinB

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    Looking for the best performance upgrade....... likely a programmer....... and wondering what the very best programmer there is....... what brand and what was the performance upgrade?

    Dont want to spend 8 grand on a magnuson......... but looking to give my TRD Pro some juice


    Merry Christmas and Thanks!!
     
  2. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:04 PM
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    Thatbassguy

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  3. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:09 PM
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    Welcome to the forum. No advice for performance upgrades as it does what I need right now.
     
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  4. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:11 PM
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  5. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:21 PM
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    You want some juice....nitrous is just a bottle away. Not that I would build a 4Runner for speed, it's pretty much a moving brick.
     
  6. Dec 25, 2020 at 12:46 PM
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    Pedal Commander or Sprint Booster. I have a Pedal Commander and would not want to be without.
     
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  7. Dec 25, 2020 at 2:34 PM
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    As mentioned, the best bet to improve responsiveness (if you feel it is needed) is likely to get a pedal commander or sprint booster. I have not used either, nor plan to. If you're looking for a fast car, the 4runner just isn't it ;)
     
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  8. Dec 25, 2020 at 2:40 PM
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    ^^^^^ exactly
     
  9. Dec 25, 2020 at 2:55 PM
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    Magnuson supercharger, intake, exhaust, headers, and finally a C8 Corvette. Those mods and you'll be set.
     
  10. Dec 25, 2020 at 6:07 PM
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    If by performance you mean quicker, the best bet is to sell the thing and start with something that has at least a glimmer of hope for remotely approaching “performance”.
     
  11. Dec 26, 2020 at 3:20 AM
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    Welcome from Wisconsin! Think more air flow; intake, injector upgrade, aftermarket headers/exhaust. "Seat time" is a good thing.
     
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  12. Dec 26, 2020 at 4:43 AM
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    By the time and money you spend to make what it was not created to be from the factory you could just buy an older mustang/camaro these will get your yahyah’s out without the hassle
    J
     
  13. Dec 26, 2020 at 5:24 AM
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    Best performance upgrade for any vehicle is training.
     
  14. Dec 26, 2020 at 6:29 AM
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  15. Dec 26, 2020 at 6:59 AM
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    1st ...Howdy from TEXAS congrats on your new ride!
    2nd...yeah no. There isn't really anything that'll work short from flashing the ECM
    But like some had mentioned, a throttle response plug-n-play will give you some zip. As for regear...well...do that when you add real weight (not tires and wheels)
    My 2c
     
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  16. Dec 26, 2020 at 7:38 AM
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    Welcome from Arizona. Congrats on the new 4Runner.

    What are you trying to do with your rig?
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  17. Dec 26, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    Driving my 4Runner has taught me that when it comes to speed: No. Don't drive this thing fast. It's a gigantic heavy brick. It handles like a big stone slab used to build the pyramids, and it stops like one. Slow down and enjoy cruising. When the weather's nice roll down the windows (especially the rear window), rest your elbow outside the truck, and take it all in.
     
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  18. Dec 26, 2020 at 7:52 AM
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    Even supercharger not even available yet
     
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    Welcome from E.Pa.:hattip:
    If speed is what you want you were sold the wrong goods. If you want to get where you want pretty much know matter what, you bought the RIGHT vehicle. Now get ready IF you hand around here to...................:spending::spending::spending:
    Believe me I Know 1st hand. This is my 4th Toyota since 2008 2 FJ's, 1 Tacoma. I belonged to all the other forums BUT this site has me 10x+:spending: on a vehicle!:yes:
     
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  21. Dec 26, 2020 at 9:39 AM
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    Glad i roll with a 16 trail...super just not me
    I'm happy with Pedal Commander
     
  23. Dec 28, 2020 at 6:16 PM
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    Welcome from Vancouver, BC!

    Performance wise? If you mean performance on trails/ offroad, a set of all terrain tires or Mud tires will provide you significant boost in performance offroad. With this truck, you have to remember the saying "you can go fast but I can go anywhere" and go from there.
     
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    Should have bought a Ram TRX.... just saying... the 4Runner will never be Speed Racers Mach Five.
     
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    You just bought yourself an awesome vehicle so don’t worry about upgrades for now… Just get out there and enjoy all you can do with it outside; have fun getting it dirty!
     
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    I would skip the Pedal Commander and hope for a supercharger and/or HPTuner support in the near future. There is already some unofficial 4Runner compatibility with HPTuners, but you'd have to research what years/models.
     
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    I have a friend who went from an automatic 2008 Yaris to a 5th gen 4R, and she said "I love everything about the 4Runner, except that it's so slow!" That about sums it up.

    Also, considering it can barely get out of it's own way stock, it's all downhill from here, as every mod that people commonly do will make it even slower.
     
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    There must be a defect out there... when I smash the right pedal it get's up and goes. Is it a Ferrari? No, never; however, this being a 4Runner... it isn't slow for what it is.. it is.... a 4Runner.
     
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    Just curious as to why you spend your time entertaining a 1 post bot? If people get here & want to learn they can use the search function or ask real questions. This thread was made to watch us fight.
    No play...
     
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    I am practicing for my typing test tomorrow.
     
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