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i own a 87 toyota pickup with 33's. i find it to be very gutless on hills and accelerating. im wondering how to put more power into it without it costing a fortune. ive considered a cam, new headers, and exaust but how much money am i looking at?? is there anything else i should consider? please leave some suggestions, i would really appreciate it. thanks.

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None of those performance mods will do as much for you as changing your gears to 4.88 or 5.29. Or, you can go back to stock-size tires. While you are changing the gears, take the opportunity to throw lockers in there as well. Won't be cheap, but at least you won't be re-doing everything like you would be if you did gears first and lockers later.


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I had the same problem when i had my 86 toy and i changed my gears to 5:29, and problem cured but when it came to the longer weekend trips and the highway i wish i didn't have those 5:29. It's a win, lose situation you have to take away something to gain something or the other way around. It all depends on what you use your truck the most for and what is comfortable.

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As Greg said, re-gearing is definetly the way to go. You're going to end up spending the same amount of cash on headers, cams, etc. trying to get more power out of your motor anyways, and the gears will make a bigger difference. If you're on a tight budget, find some 4:56 thirds for the time being.

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