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Old 07-01-2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Bad Ride: Are TRD Coils or Shocks stiff?

Hey all,

My question is this. I have a 04 Xtracab TRD that rides like it's got welded suspension. I've heard that the stock TRD front suspension components offer a pretty firm ride, but is the COIL or the SHOCK more to blame??

I would like to get a smoother ride with no lift at all. What do yall think is my best move? Granted, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on something crazy. Softer ride + no lift = me happy
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Trd coils with spacer lifts or bilstein 5100's give a stiff ride. Never heard about stock shocks and coils giving a firm ride.. You could get a set of old man emu shocks with 880 springs, maybe 1 inch of lift according to this thread, just enough to level the front end with the back, you might even like the way it looks! http://www.ttora.com/wiki/index.php/OME

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Thanks so much! Forgot to mention I'm actually running a very small spacer lift right now (I think it's a .75 inch "hockey puck" design). I like the stance of the vehicle but the ride quality is so terrible. Maybe i'll order some 880s!
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Hey all,

My question is this. I have a 04 Xtracab TRD that rides like it's got welded suspension. I've heard that the stock TRD front suspension components offer a pretty firm ride, but is the COIL or the SHOCK more to blame??

I would like to get a smoother ride with no lift at all. What do yall think is my best move? Granted, I don't want to spend thousands of dollars on something crazy. Softer ride + no lift = me happy
If you were closer I'd swap you my suspension for yours.

Mine rides like a 77 Coupe DeVille at this point. Plus not only would you get no lift, you'd actually be sagging a bit

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The worst part about my lift was the fact that the "hockey puck" spacer replaced the top mounting plate on the strut tower, so now I gotta buy that just to put on another coil/shock set. What a pain!!

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If you were closer I'd swap you my suspension for yours.

Mine rides like a 77 Coupe DeVille at this point. Plus not only would you get no lift, you'd actually be sagging a bit

Haha its the "grass is always greener" scenario right? I never was big on ride comfort, but driving on the highway and bouncing all around doesnt seem safe.
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Haha its the "grass is always greener" scenario right? I never was big on ride comfort, but driving on the highway and bouncing all around doesnt seem safe.
Yeah, you'd hate my suspension then.
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I replaced my stock TRD shocks with...
stock TRD shocks. I like a firm-but-smooth ride as I'm on pavement most of the time. When I'm off, I give 'em a pretty hard workout.

The best thing you can do to obtain a smooth-but-firm suspension is a set of new tires!
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