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Old 06-30-2009, 01:36 PM   #1
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Roadmaster active suspension

I'm thinking about adding the RAS kit to my Tacoma. I was wondering if anyone else uses this active suspension kit. From the literature it makes sense and seems like an easy install. I don't need to get anything heavy duty but could use a little boost on occasions that I load up the bed or tow something. Any thoughts opinions would be appreciated. The other options/product I was considering was the kit made by Timbren.

http://www.strutmasters.com/ProductD...4&Show=ExtInfo

http://www.timbren.com/timbren-appli...s/TORTUN4L.pdf

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Old 07-01-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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I looked into a group buy of the Roadmaster after learning another forum member was interested - see the link under group buys for details.

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Subscribed. I've also been looking for feedback on these.
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Anyone have feedback on tacom/ras combo?
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Thread revive. I'm interested in potentially adding these units when I lift the truck. Starting to do some serious research on lift components and such and am interested in feedback on the RAS kit.

Anyone? Bueller?

Of particular interest: It seems these kits wouldn't hurt offroad ability and aid on-road handling, which would be especially helpful for a lifted truck (higher center of gravity = body roll). Anyone know of any offroad side effects?
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interesting. . .
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Thread revive. I'm interested in potentially adding these units when I lift the truck. Starting to do some serious research on lift components and such and am interested in feedback on the RAS kit.

Anyone? Bueller?

Of particular interest: It seems these kits wouldn't hurt offroad ability and aid on-road handling, which would be especially helpful for a lifted truck (higher center of gravity = body roll). Anyone know of any offroad side effects?
I don't know this for a fact about this kit...but anything that stabilizes/maintains form or rigidity will hurt your flex offroad which may make your ability to clear obstacles less. It will also induce more body lean as the springs will deform less as the wheels move.
Not to mention is more shit up under your springs.

For about 100 bones more you can get a new set of leafs...
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I don't know this for a fact about this kit...but anything that stabilizes/maintains form or rigidity will hurt your flex offroad which may make your ability to clear obstacles less. It will also induce more body lean as the springs will deform less as the wheels move.
Not to mention is more shit up under your springs.

For about 100 bones more you can get a new set of leafs...

Nice post. Wheelers and Toytec have AAL's for a fair price.
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Nice post. Wheelers and Toytec have AAL's for a fair price.
I'mnot even talking AALs man...A full on new set of Dakar 2.75 lift rear leafs for a 2nd Gen is like 375 plus hardware and shipping and tax. So for a little more than 100 bones over the price of that "Active suspension" you can get a new set of leafs that will 1)lift (altho there are springs out there for replacement that do not lift) 2) improve ride and capacity handling 3) not add extra stuff under your springs and what not.
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New leaves are a potential...I have the TSB springs at the moment and am planning to jam an AAL in there when the lift goes on, resulting in a 5 leaf pack.

Ride quality will largely determine whether this solution stays or I move to some Dakars.

The roadmaster is very maybe at the moment as well...largely depends on feedback, if any.
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I vote for don't screw around with in betweens- Go for the Dakars man. Every dollar you spend on something in the "meantime" is a dollar you don't have for spending on something else...ya know??

I did an 3 pack Wheelers AAL with my TSB springs- 7 leaves total. and I like it...but I should coughed up the extra few bucks for the Dakars (and I may in the near future...)
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It's not a money thing. I'm perfectly willing to pay for what I want. There is no "meantime" as everything is going on at once in terms of:

- Lift
- TC UCAs
- Bigger Meats
- Regearing
- Potential one-piece/CV driveshaft


What I'm doing now is researching and starting to settle on exactly what it is that I want. At first I was favoring Icon for the C/Os and shocks, but it seems OME would still be more than sufficient for my needs and is quite a bit less expensive.

My main concern with the Dakars is payload compared with TSB springs and an AAL - which would end up higher? I'm looking to improve offroad capability without sacrificing work abilities any more than necessary.
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It's not a money thing. I'm perfectly willing to pay for what I want. There is no "meantime" as everything is going on at once in terms of:

- Lift
- TC UCAs
- Bigger Meats
- Regearing
- Potential one-piece/CV driveshaft


What I'm doing now is researching and starting to settle on exactly what it is that I want. At first I was favoring Icon for the C/Os and shocks, but it seems OME would still be more than sufficient for my needs and is quite a bit less expensive.

My main concern with the Dakars is payload compared with TSB springs and an AAL - which would end up higher? I'm looking to improve offroad capability without sacrificing work abilities any more than necessary.
This IS ALL hearsay....but all of the folks who have told me anything about the Dakar's have said the payload will at least match the TSB + AAL payload. They have some flex to them but will still hols the truck up.

Some of the other complete replacement springs focus more on the flex and can have less capacity...again from what I have heard.
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