View Full Version : 80 series power vs 100 series

04-05-2009, 03:49 PM
I drove this (http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/1099391190.html) 80 this afternoon and was shocked at how gutless it was.:(

This was the first 80 I have ever driven. Are they all like this? How much more horsepower does one gain with the supercharger?; how about the 100 series?

My wife and I were looking at trading our 2001 diesel F250 crew cab Super Duty for this nicely built truck. Both my wife and I drove it and were really surprised at the lack of power. At this point I think we will pass on the trade. I would like to get an 80 or 100 at some point but want more power.


Edit: power along the lines of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4AlRtexS5E&feature=related) one would be fine.:D

04-05-2009, 03:55 PM
I believe the issue is the "33" Toyo Open Country" tires.

They are the heaviest tire ever made. I run the 35s and got used to it. Do you know if they regeared, even with 33s it might help.

04-05-2009, 04:09 PM
I don't think it was regeared. He would have mentioned this. I would really like to drive one that was representative of the factory level of power. I was truly shocked at the lack of power.

04-05-2009, 04:22 PM
Coming from a diesel truck I am not surprised that you did not like it. The 100 is totally different. Not much on paper, but a world of difference in driving. Especially in the mountains. Drive a 100 and feel the difference for yourself.

04-05-2009, 04:23 PM
Even in stock form they are no super cab diesel in terms of power. That's why alot of these guys like the supercharger. You hang all that armor on it, 10 ply tires, and all the gear they aint that peppy. The 100 feels like it has alot more power than the 80 even though the hp is only slightly more. My wife wants me to take over our 80 so she can get a 100... lol

04-05-2009, 08:57 PM
I had an 02 F250 with a V-10, and an 03 with the 6.0 and 35's with stock gearing. It was hard to notice any power loss. My 80 has 5.29's and 35's. I thought it was adequately powered until I drove my Audi A4 2.0T for a week. I then realized how doggish the 80 really is.

I think what happens is you get used to whatever you are driving as time goes by.

04-06-2009, 01:32 PM
If you think a '96 FZJ80 is underpowered, try driving a 1992 FJ80. Same body, different engine. My mother-in-law called my old 1992 a "dog" and she's scared to drive over 40 mph.

But yeah, the 80s are not so fast. Our Honda minivan is a better performer going up the hill to the Eisenhower tunnel.

04-06-2009, 02:03 PM
I drove a few 80's and 100's when I looking for a new family cruiser. The 100's are faster for sure. Maybe not by that much but it's noticable.