I recently purchased a '98 Tacoma Pre-Runner with 105,000 miles after selling my beloved '07 FJ Cruiser trying to "consolidate debt."
I have been searching the forum for days now and cannot find an answer or solution to what I am looking for. I have gone through the Tacoma and replaced all fluids and performed the 90K, 100k, and 105K maintenances per the Toyota service manual. I thought all was well until I loaded the truck up with a 1/2 cord of wood and realized that over the slightest dip I was hitting the bump stops. I am not planning on any offroading with the vehicle, but my wife and I love to camp. After the wood was unloaded it was replaced with our camping gear. Cruising down the freeway, the Tacoma was swaying and hitting the bump stops on dips. Once we hit the trail leading to the campground it was the same story. After we got home, I unloaded the Tacoma and took a look at the leaf springs, I never paid much attention to them before, but they are looking a little flat.
I am not necessairly looking to lift the vehicle, but I would like it to be level and able to carry our caming gear without issue (it also has a SnugTop Canopy). I had planned on replacing the shocks, but it seems I will need to do something else as well.
I would appreciate any input you may have. Please keep in mind that I would also like to keep it "budget friendly" hence the original debt consolidation. Also I have been experiencing some axle wrap if that helps with the reccomendations.
I included a picture of the leaf springs for assisstance.