I have just purchased a 1999 Toyota Tacoma SR5 PreRunner (automatic) w/only 59k miles and this is my first post.
BTW, I have searched/read several posts here and I am excited to see so much information about the Tacomas!
Here is my story: Bought the truck from a local dealership only to hear/feel this "thud" when stopping and also when taking my foot off the brake preparing to accellerate. The dealership couldnt tell me what was causing this issue (or didnt want to fix it, idk)
So I searched on the web and found this site! Awesome knowledge base! So after a little digging, I determined that what I was experiencing is what MANY Taco owners describe as axle wrap (or wheel wrap).
Before I go out and purchase brand new suspension, I wanted to verify this was in fact what the issue was. I found on this forum an article explaing how to installed leaf spring helpers in reverse and this will stiffen up that back end enough to cure the axle wrap.
So.....I purchase the exact kit from NAPA Auto Parts here locally and set out to find out for myself if this was it. Unfortunately, the leaf spring helpers did not quite fit my truck and I couldnt use them. HOWEVER, I remembered that I also saw a post that I could just use the U-Bolts and steel plate about 4 inches away from the rear axle that that would work the same. So, I tried that and it actually reduced the "thud" I was feeling by about 80-90% !!
This is where I am at now and here is my question: The rear end suspension is basically made up of 2 parts (leaf springs and shocks).
Does anyone believe that I can alleviate my axle wrap by just replacing my rear shocks? Remember that although this truck is 14 years old, it is in perfect shape so, I dont believe the previous owner did any hard driving.
And if I need to purchase new leafs, can I go with the 4-pack? Or should I upgrade to the 5-pack to ensure the axle wrap disappears 100% ?
Thank you for your time reading/responding to this thread.
Attached is a picture of the truck!