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Old 05-09-2011, 11:56 AM   #1
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Soften my RIDE PLEASE

HELLO,
I'm new here and recently bought a 97 Tacoma reg cab, 2wd and 2.4l 4cyl engine(wanted something I could lift but still get better MPG than my SUV). Has a 3" body lift as of right now and stock exhaust. I rarely go off road, although the streets of Los Angeles may as well be like minor off roading because they don't know how to make a flat road here. I can't go over 60mph before it becomes too unsafe to drive, too bouncy!!

Initially it had a FABTECH lift on the front and removed because I HATED the ride. There was absolutely no bounce, aside from the tires so I replaced with stock springs and it has improved the ride by 30%. The previous owner had recently installed Heavy duty KYB shocks in the front and am thinking to replace those to even soften the ride. It's still pretty stiff on the front and rear. Currently running 265/70-15 on it.

Right now my choices are Monroe sensa-trac OR mid to heavy duty shocks by Gabriel. Price is a factor, I don't have $50-60+ to spend on every shock so my price range is around $30-35 a shock. Any personal experience with either of these shocks or recommend another brand that's not too expensive, I'd appreciate? please include the part number if you know it. Thanks!
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Old 05-09-2011, 03:24 PM   #3
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drop psi in the tires and or add weight to the truck to soften the ride
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Old 05-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #4
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There was almost 36 psi in the tires, I've lowered to 30 now. It helped, much better. Thanks
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I might be able to afford a set of Bilsteins on the front. Any recommendations of which model??
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What's your tire pressure? This is a huge factor!! Go check and follow up.

....Damb, already posted...READ FIRST MJOHN!!!

When I first got my new rims and tires back from a local tire shop, I put them on myself with a lift kit at the same time. The guys at the shop filled the tires to 60PSI!!! They were following the maximum load psi on the side of the tire. Took me like a month the figure out, I thought the rock hard effect was from the new lift.
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What's your tire pressure? This is a huge factor!! Go check and follow up.

....Damb, already posted...READ FIRST MJOHN!!!

When I first got my new rims and tires back from a local tire shop, I put them on myself with a lift kit at the same time. The guys at the shop filled the tires to 60PSI!!! They were following the maximum load psi on the side of the tire. Took me like a month the figure out, I thought the rock hard effect was from the new lift.

The PSI now is around 28-30psi. What should I set it at?
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5100 set at 0, got it - THANKS!
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5100 set at 0, got it - THANKS!
yeah thats your best bet. body lifts are always a bad ride.
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