Billy's 2013 supercharged build with UCON-EMS

Discussion in 'Member Builds' started by Billy182, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    I bought my 2013 X-Runner in October of 2016 off a dealer lot in Pennsylvania. The truck was originally sold at the same dealership and was a recent trade in from the original owner with only 26,000 miles on the clock. The truck was basically bone stock, and at the time I bought it, I had no idea I was going to mod it.

    [​IMG]

    However, I found xr-underground, and as they say the rest is history! Lol

    So, I started researching, and ordering things from XII, TireRack, and URD.

    Before you know it, winter set in, and for any of you who may live north, it sucks big time (unless of course you're into skiing or making appropriate use of the carpet in front of the fireplace!)

    [​IMG]

    However, lucky us we got a warm spell in February and I got a chance to begin my build. The very first thing I did was to drive over to Power Train in Lodi, NJ, where I had the useless open differential removed and an Eaton truetrac posi unit installed and well as a URD traction bar.

    Next, it was back home to the driveway where I installed an XII Street Drop Kit Plus that included adjustable QA1 rear shocks

    [​IMG]

    Next went on the Doug Thorley headers, both sides put in easily from underneath with the rearmost manifold studs removed

    [​IMG]

    Next to follow was XII front and rear sway bars, and a TRD big brake kit

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Next to install was the supercharger. Since I keep my truck as a "driver", and couldn't find any TRD superchargers on the market, I opted for the magnuson supercharger.

    [​IMG]

    I was hoping for a mild increase in performance, so I installed a 2.85 pulley immediately. Also, at the time the UCON was not yet available for a 2013, leaving my only options being a Toyota TRD reflash or a Bully Dog handheld tune (more on this later)

    As I got to the interior my goals were to have a good sound system and 3M crystalline tint on all glass. For the head unit I chose Alpine's 8 inch, component speakers with amp, and a 10 inch sub driven by an Alpine 600W amp. As I said my goal was to have a driver, so I didn't go crazy with the sound system, but overall it came out pretty good. The sub box is my design as per size spec for the speaker.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    More of the wheel/tire package. I chose 18" Enkei wheels with Goodyear 285/40 Eagle F1's all around

    [​IMG]

    I knew I'd need a better fuel pump, so I pulled the tank and installed the URD walbro kit:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    blu xr likes this.
  2. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    At this point I thought my truck was pretty much done; however, I wasn't really too happy with the performance. There was a definite flat spot off idle, actually a little past idle. It seemed to go when I stepped on it, then bog flat, then 2500 or so pick up again and pull. With me being completely new to these trucks, I was at a loss. The more I researched (lol and heard feedback) the more I came to realize that the Bully Dog tune I had initially installed was shit.

    I thought I was stuck, but then had the best luck. Being a complete newbie, I wanted to get to know some other owners, so I figured what's a better way than to sign up for HardTaco's get together in Virginia Beach!

    My luck got even better, not only did I meet HardTaco and a bunch of other great forum members, but I had the pleasure of personally meeting Gadget and having a lengthy discussion about my truck. Gadget was a complete gentleman, and took the time to listen to my newb questions, and even go for a ride with me in my truck.

    Shortly afterward, Gadget offered for sale his UCON-EMS for my year truck and I jumped on it. While I was at it, I ordered a 2.7 pulley, 7th injector. I also found new old stock TRD intercooler cover and snout from a dealership and ordered them.

    Installing the UCON was the easy part since it plugged right in... yes I'm talking perfect fit that took minutes to install.

    Next was the cam gears. I was kind of dreading this, but thus too was easy and from start to finish only took me two days in my driveway.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    After I got the cam gears installed it seemed that everything else went together super easy. The new snout with 2.7 pulley, the URD 180 thermostat, and the 7th injector.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And finally for the best part, after completion this morning I took it for its test drive and can only say wow, it's a completely different animal. Steady power curve from idle on up, and completely predictable. Absolutely no flat spot or bogging, and even though today's temperatures here in Jersey were in the 90's, the truck pulled strong
     
    #2 Billy182, Jul 21, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
    Torspd, x-runner kid, FinnJ and 2 others like this.
  3. Wizard

    Wizard Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2008
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    2
    Very nice build, and thanks for sharing. Do you have any before and after pictures of stock ride height vs drop?
     
  4. SoFloBlue

    SoFloBlue Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2016
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Awesome.... didn't expect to see so much work done in only 2 post ! Nicely done!
     
  5. MrX-runner

    MrX-runner Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2013
    Messages:
    302
    Likes Received:
    3
    Nice....Awesome build. Where did you get the TRD BBK? I though they don't make it any more.
     
    #5 MrX-runner, Jul 22, 2017
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2017
  6. madtrucker

    madtrucker Active Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2012
    Messages:
    1,231
    Likes Received:
    4
  7. FinnJ

    FinnJ New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2017
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    4
    Yes, indeed. I like the factory look. Very clean. Well done!
     
  8. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks Wizard, the only pic I have of the truck stock is the first one in the post. Here's one I took at Virginia Beach of it dropped:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks MrX-runner, the truck really was fun putting together. I've always liked the factory look, and got lucky finding the discontinued new old stock TRD parts at a dealer
     
  10. mejbro

    mejbro New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    6
    The truck is amazing Bill!
    CONGRATS! It was great meeting you in VA Beach!

    -Jason
     
  11. SgtBadA

    SgtBadA Member

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2013
    Messages:
    561
    Likes Received:
    16
    Nice build, something to look forward to in the near future
     
  12. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks Jason, it was a pleasure meeting you and everyone else in Virginia Beach, and thanks so much for your compliment on my truck. It's still a work in progress, I've got a few more things planned in the upcoming weeks
     
  13. Gadget

    Gadget Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2007
    Messages:
    10,776
    Likes Received:
    67
    It is a very awesome truck!!!
     
  14. Hard Taco

    Hard Taco Formerly Known As "Sn3akrs"

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2014
    Messages:
    380
    Likes Received:
    25
    Very nicely done
     
  15. mejbro

    mejbro New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    6
    Hope to see y'all at track one day! These are some bad trucks!
     
  16. Torspd

    Torspd Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Messages:
    14,814
    Likes Received:
    39
    Need to Virginia International Raceway!!!
     
  17. mejbro

    mejbro New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2016
    Messages:
    18
    Likes Received:
    6
    I'M IN!!!
     
  18. blu xr

    blu xr Member

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2011
    Messages:
    821
    Likes Received:
    1
    nice build

    i like those wheels
     
  19. Hawaiis Ribbon X

    Hawaiis Ribbon X New Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2015
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    1
    Sick build!!! More pics man!!!
     
  20. Billy182

    Billy182 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2016
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    15
    Thanks everyone, next to install is a set of gauges, in the mean time I did an S2000 antenna

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     

Share This Page

  • About Us

    XR-Underground is a dedicated community of Toyota X-Runner enthusiasts that was launched in January 2007. X-Runner Underground.com, referred to as XRU by our regular members, offers an active discussion forum, group events, specialty merchandise, a welcoming community of owners and the most information you can find about the Toyota X-Runner on the internet!
  • Quick Navigation

    Open the Quick Navigation

  • Like us on Facebook

  • Your donations keep XRU going

    XRU is a forum for the users, by the users. We receive very limited funding from vendors so we really rely on donations to cover our operating costs and to provide products and giveaways at events. Every dollar helps!

    If you are able to donate, we'd really appreciate your help.