First off, forgive me for starting a new thread on a common topic that may have already been discussed (I couldn't really find an answer). So my problem is this: my wife and I recently purchased a 2012 Off-Road 4x4 Tacoma and she hates the ride quality. She has even made a comment to me comparing the ride of a 2009 Ford F150 to our new Tacoma, saying the F150 was much more comfortable (and I have to agree). She went on to say that for a new truck she expected a softer ride.
Granted, she is about 10 weeks pregnant and at the peak of her morning sickness issues, but even I feel it's a little rough and there must be something out there that can make the ride less stiff. I certainly can deal with it as is, but I would rather make my wife feel good about our new purchase and provide more comfort while riding in the new truck. We agreed on the 4x4 Off-Road because we both value the utility the truck can bring if we ever have to bug-out in the event of a natural disaster. I felt the diff locker would be useful to have for this purpose so that's why we chose the Off-Road over the Sport package.
I am turning to you all, the Tacoma World community to help me come up with a setup that will offer us a smoother ride.
I did some research on these forums and I think long travel suspension might be the way to go. Judging from some vids i've watched and some of my own theories, this setup seems to be the best, however I cannot afford this so lets not go there folks..........thanks. (long travel gurus please comment for my future reference)
I am hoping to get away with doing shock and spring replacement. I've been reading a lot of people doing Bilstein 5100 shock replacement with OME 885 springs for lifting purposes. I don't mind doing a lift if it will yield me a better ride.
Lastly, can anyone tell me why the Off-Road suspension is more rough than the Sport model. Is it the struts or the springs? Sorry for the long thread and thank you in advance for your help.