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toyota upgrades

Discussion in 'Import and Other Trucks (Light Duty)' started by MJay, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. MJay

    MJay Member
    Messages: 58

    Hi All,
    Spring/summer project is to have 4 banger re-built, upgrade shocks, install timberens, and add a 100+amp alternator to handle plow/lights.
    Question 1. Any recommendations on Alternators.
    Question 2. Any other upgrades you'd recommend.
    Question 3. Anybody not upgrade their alternator?
    Currently using a 1990 [246k] V6 xtra-cab with western 6.5ft for my 1/2 mile private shale road and a few friends driveways. snow tires and 350lbs ballast keep me out of trouble. so far so good, don't know if i'm killing the new red top optima i put in.

    let it snow, let it snow
     
  2. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    I never did my alternator on my 86 or 92. I would run a good battery I like Optima Yellow Tops.

    I did do an alternator on my 4Runner from Northwest OffRoad more for the stereo then plowing. It did work but was expensive.
     
  3. MJay

    MJay Member
    Messages: 58

    How expensive? $200ish would buy me piece of mind.
    Or do I need a smaller mind:)
     
  4. Averysdad

    Averysdad Member
    Messages: 39

  5. MJay

    MJay Member
    Messages: 58

    Thanks checked them out. Prices are reasonable. Will do some research on realiability.
    Let it snow, let it snow
     
  6. Flipper

    Flipper PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,180

    Reliability is a big issue with high amp alternators. They still do not like the big, quick draws of a plow or winch. They are really built more for constistent draws from high power stereos and lights.

    The Northwest unit I got also was in a stock case and used stocked wiring. One of the best and eassiest upgrades for and Toyota alternator is to add another heavier guage (6-8) wire from the alternator main output directly to the battery. The stock wiring is severly undersized here. I have done this on all mine and noticed much brighter lights, stronger heater motor and wipers.
     
  7. MJay

    MJay Member
    Messages: 58

    thanks for the info, will do the mod on the alternator wire asap. and continue to research HO alternators.
    Happy Holidays
    Let it snow, let it snow