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02 Prerunner ride is so harsh

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Freqman, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM
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    First post here. I just purchased an 02 Doublecab Prerunner with about 40k miles and I like most things about it. My issue is the ride quality. What can be done about the harsh ride? I have read enough to know that it is a common issue but what the heck, I live where there are about 20 potholes a mile and it is "jaring" me to death.
    So if adding a leaf will stiffen suspension how bout taking one out? Will the 5100's do anything for this? I need to do rotors and brakes so I could do shocks also (hopefully I never messed with suspension much).
    I noticed ride quality is alot better with a few people in the truck.
     
  2. Apr 23, 2011 at 5:52 PM
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    how do your leaf springs look? if they are starting to bend in the opposite direction that would explain the poor ride quality.
     
  3. Apr 23, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    Also what kind of car did you have before the taco, and how long ago did you get the taco?

    I ask because its a truck, so its going to ride a bit rough if you're coming from a car that is made for the street.
     
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    yah they are suppose to be more of a smile then a frown. a 1st gen tacoma is definitly going to be a harsher ride then a fullsize chevy anyway though.
     
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    So.. If I'm sitting on a flat surface and could put a yardstick along springs and they have no uptilt to them I need a new set?
     
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    essentially yes, installing an AAL(add-a-leaf) might bring them back to life but in return youd get an even worse ride and a lift. your only real option is to opt for some new springs.
     
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    Recommendations on a set? I don't plan on doing any off roading or hauling. And rear shocks are an easy job right? I could do those while i'm back there. I just need to soften up the ride.
     
  9. Apr 23, 2011 at 7:08 PM
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    Your drivin a truck now bro! Full size chevy is more like a car. How many miles are on it and has it been maintained properly?
     
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    45k and I don't know about the history. The roads where I live are so bad 45k of it has to be like 100k in the states.

    Well if my springs are flat and maybe down tilted a bit but new spring are u shaped I think thats my problem.
     
  11. Apr 23, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    I have all the stock suspension off my truck you could have but shipping would kill you. I would go through it and replace it all with the best you can afford. Good luck..
     
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    Look into alcan springs. They can be had either directly from alcan custom made, or through wheelers off road, a vendor on here. You'll get a discount through wheelers for being on the forum.
     
  13. Apr 24, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    like steve said id go with a set from wheelers they are made by Alcan which is real good quality. shocks are a 10 minute change you can also pick up a set of 5100s from wheelers if you choose to go that route.
     
  14. Apr 24, 2011 at 7:40 AM
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    I added a AAL from Fabtech I think it rides better not harsher. ALSO A NEW SET OF SHOCKS MADE FOR OFFROAD WILL BE BETTER.
     
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