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2021 Tacomas: Which configuration has the smoothest, most car like on pavement ride?

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by verlaryder, Feb 19, 2021.

  1. Feb 20, 2021 at 1:05 PM
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    RedWings44

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    Not sure about the suspension it has, but our 4Runner SR5 rides better on road than my Tacoma TRDOR. The Tacoma definitely handles large bumps at a little speed better than the SR5 though
     
  2. Feb 20, 2021 at 2:44 PM
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    Indeed. If that is indeed OP biggest need, a car with a bed, the Rigdeline is the best option.

    Not my cup of tea. But this is why there are options our there. It's a good one to consider for lots of people.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:10 PM
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    Anybody else think buying a certain Tacoma model based on the stock suspension performance is downright foolish. The sport and off-road come with Bilsteins, basically 4600’s valved differently. They’re literally like $50 shocks. The sr5 and limited come with hatachi’s which are honestly pos. The pro is the only model with high end suspension, which is still pretty mediocre compared to aftermarket offerings. The Tacoma literally has some of the best aftermarket support available and that includes serious high end dampers. You buy a Trd off-road for the locker and upgraded traction control system. You buy sport if you want a manual, and a limited if you want the nice interior. At the end of the day upgrading your shocks is one of the most substantial ways you can make to the Tacoma better. The same can’t be said about power or efficiency gains. Buying a certain model for throw away shocks just doesn’t make sense.
     
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  4. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:18 PM
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    4600's are actually bigger than the stock Bilstein's. They just look the same because of the colour.
     
  5. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:18 PM
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    Your reading comprehension and pretentious assumptions are both unbecoming of you.

    "Lower damping". That isn't a thing. Less damping, maybe. Are you going to define "lower" for me and then post a word fort of condescension that makes you look like an ass?

    Too little rebound damping will result in the wheel pounding the ground after a medium or big hit and can be felt inside the vehicle. If rebound is so fast, small bumps can turn into a pogo if compression doesn't control it. Which brings me to compression... Ahh, F it. Posting almost anything in here turns into some "expert" saying shit like, "false, the dictionary says this" instead of useful, respectful dialogue. Done
     
  6. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:25 PM
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    I’m kinda partial to the Pro.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:27 PM
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    Was having a side chat with a buddy today and said almost the exact same thing. It's really as if Toyota built the Tacoma as an open invitation to be modded. This isn't a criticism at all, I'm super happy for the huge aftermarket ecosystem. But it is a little frustrating how underwhelming the factory "stuff" is (like the speakers, as one example).
     
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    The Sport does not come with Bilsteins.
     
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  9. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:36 PM
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    I'm the original poster and find it quite interesting to hear that the 4WD TRD off road has a softer, less jarring ride than the RWD SR because in the pre-Tacoma generations of Toyota pickups the reverse was true; i.e. the 2WD models rode smoother than the 4WD.
     
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  10. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:40 PM
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    My bad, meant to say hitachi.
     
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  11. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:44 PM
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    You're arguing semantics and still confused about what rebound damping is. It's slowing the force of the springs pushing the suspension to max extension and has no effect on how a bump feels when the truck hits it, only how the suspension rebounds afterwards. Compression controls and slows the force of the truck "compressing" the suspension as it hits and absorbs the bump.
     
  12. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:46 PM
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    Exactly, the speakers come to mind too. The speakers on my sr5 were literally made out of paper. The factory supplied shocks are adequate for most people’s intended use. I agree that Toyota knows the Tacoma is a versatile platform, and that people love to make the truck their own. Look what happened new defender.
    They undoubtedly lost many of their serious off-road fans because of how much harder the new gen defender is to modify. Can’t just bolt siders to the frame and modular bumpers, winch etc..
     
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    As in larger diameter shaft? If so then wow, didn’t think you get go lower that 4600s.
     
  14. Feb 20, 2021 at 3:56 PM
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    The long bed will ride smoother because of the wheelbase, the OR, has the softest spring rate, well dampened ride, these together, in my opinion, would offer the smoothest, least jarring on road ride. Be that as it may, you'll have to test drive and give it the butt o meter test for your driving style.
     
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  15. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:17 PM
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    I just went from a 2016 SR5 to a 2020 OR. The OR rides way smoother on the road absorbing bumps, etc. From what I’ve read on here this is the general consensus. I had heard that before but was really surprised at how big of a difference there was. The breaking roll or handling when going around turns doesn’t bother me. I also drive slow so that might be part of the reason for that.
     
  16. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:19 PM
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    The orange off-road has a winch, armor, and an aftermarket grill. It probably has beefier aftermarket suspension that made it ride harsher.
     
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  17. Feb 20, 2021 at 4:33 PM
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    My Sport rides good and handles great for a truck. I have not driven the other models so can't give a comparison.

    Like others have said, your best bet is to drive then back to back on the same roads.
     
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    Slowing the force? That doesn't make any sense. Forces are finite and not a velocity vector. Call it semantics if you want, not understanding how it works is pretty obvious when your say things like that. Uncontrolled/under dampened rebound will translate into more upward force exerted on the chassis after compression. I'm not arguing anything, just stating how a spring works. Saying that the speed of the suspension rebounding has no effect on how the bump feels demonstrates your misunderstanding of how the system works. Rewording your explanation of compression and rebound damping doesn't help your "argument". The truck doesn't compress the suspension further than static load, the upward force from changes in the road surface compresses the suspension. That is not semantics, it's a basic understanding of how suspension works.
     
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  20. Feb 21, 2021 at 1:24 AM
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    There you are arguing semantics attacking strawmwn again and you still refuse to learn anything after i try to dumb it down for you to grasp. I see its a wasted effort. Just stop your misinformation and tantrums, other inexperienced people might actually believe you.
     

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