I am seriously looking at some first generation Toyota 4runners, but I am kind of in a dilemma at the moment. First, I was looking for a carburated version and was going to do a weber/offy combo and nice header and exhaust, but finding a 4 runner with the carburated engine has been nearly impossible (and I am not really looking to do an entire engine swap at least right now so that is kind of out of the question). So, then I learned about the 22ret that was available for a few years with the factory turbo. That really sounded interesting.
Anyhow, I have found a 87 4runner in good shape for sale here, and it is the turbo version. However, after doing some research, it looks as if the stock turbo in these things isn't very good and dies after around 60k miles, and costs about $1800 to replace for the part alone. I have found that there is a kit for an upgraded and better one from TEC, but still, around 1300 bucks and stuff. Also with a turbo unit, the header has to be a special version and is not widely available.
So, I was looking around, and saw that at Northwest Offroad they have (at least in the past) sold Paxton superchargers for the 22re. I have absolutely no experience with supercharging or turbo, but one big difference that I have been told is that turbo tends to be very hot whereas supercharging doesn;t have that issue, but what about performance?
Anyhow, just looking for some info or comparisons if anyone has any experience with this. What sort of difference in performance would one typically see between the two types of systems? I saw a magazine article that did the upgrade to the turbo on a truck, and not only got more power but also 4 miles more per gallon...does a supercharger also help with power and MPG or will it hurt efficiency? Any sort of help would be appreciated. thanks!
*EDIT* By the way, I looked through the sticky at the top regarding forced air induction and also the S/C vs. Turbo thread as well, but the SC vs Turbo thread seems to have degenerated into flames on the first page. I guess what I am really looking for is anything as how it would apply specifically to the 222re or 22ret engine family. Thanks!