We tore open the boxes and started setting things out on 2 folding tables that we set up for the install. After sorting thought the parts, I took the install instructions home to digest a bit and see if there was any surprises in them.
Initial thoughts staring at it running in the shop was how quiet it was. Idling there it sounded no different than a stock 4runner, which is unlike my Fj Cruiser and Tundra super chargers that make their presence known. Once the motor was up to temp and we checked for leaks, and air pockets in the coolant lines we shut the truck down for the night. It was raining pretty good out and did not feel like taking it for a test ride where we would just spin the tires.
After messing around with things a bit and making sure we did not have any knocking and the tune seemed like it had taken properly. (you can tell when they don't!) I started to make some passes. Now remember that it was raining so every time I touched the gas pedal above 2800 rpm, the rear tires were breaking loose! So I did what 4runner guys do, drop it in 4wd and let it rip. My first run at 80% throttle threw me back in my seat! It pulled smoothly and constant and the supercharger was no longer quiet, but belting out a wonderful harmonic song!
Im trying to paint a picture here... a truck that has no business being driven like this is not only doing it, but doing it well and handling the power well. The transmission shifts are smooth and spot on, the power delivery is smooth, and the sound, ohhhh that sound.
We will be posting superchargers up on our web site for purchase when we know that current production and stock can support it. Currently we already have a waiting list from local customers, but be patient, the supercharger for these trucks is no longer a myth, its here and its our time as Toyota enthusiasts to enjoy the power and feel of a Magnuson Supercharger under the hood.