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3 cubic feet of top soil

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rutherk1, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:45 AM
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    rutherk1

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    Greetings.

    I recently picked up 3 cubic feet of top soil at the local top soil supply place and tried to haul it home.

    It was completely dry and barely filled up the bed of my truck. My mud flaps were dragging on the ground and the tires just about rubbing the factory flares.

    Has anyone installed helper springs on these trucks?

    I always have had full sized domestic trucks so needless to say, I was a little disappointed.

    The motor did a nice job though.
     
  2. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:47 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Let your dealer know, as there is a "TSB" out on the rear springs. They should swap them out with a 4 leaf spring pack.
     
  3. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    Some members have gotten the AAL (Add A Lea) TSB on their 09's and some have not. It seems to be hit or miss. That's is basically an extra leaf on Toyota's dime (which would be the answer to your question). So if you can get the dealer to do it, great! If not, you will have to do it yourself.
     
  4. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:51 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Not an extra leaf, but a whole different pack with a different spring rate. ;)
     
  5. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:53 AM
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    BAH!! Your semantics kill me!! :p
     
  6. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:55 AM
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    chris4x4

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    I soorry. :eek:
     
  7. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:56 AM
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    Thanks. I have read about the TSB for the trucks but I don't feel like fighting the dealer. It's easy enough to swap in some new springs.

    I may just do that.
     
  8. Aug 31, 2009 at 6:59 AM
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    I bet you could convince them if you had the TSB in hand and showed up at the dealer with the same load of dirt.
     
  9. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:07 AM
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    Not a bad idea but I spent more time cleaning up the bed than shoveling the soil out.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:08 AM
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    Topsoil is pretty heavy stuff. I'd start off by hauling what your truck can handle not by what you want to haul to keep from making several trips. A cubic yard of topsoil (3x3x3) that is dry can weigh 1700 lbs.

    You said you had 3 cubic feet? For the cost of a spring pack.....you could of got it delivered and had change for a cold beverage or two.


    EDIT:
    Might have to check your math ....or mine but a 40 lb bag of topsoil at Lowe's or your local garden center is 1 cubic foot. So if you had 3 cubic feet you had 120 lbs in the bed of that truck?
     
  11. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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    3 cubic FEET which would be 1 cubic yard.
     
  12. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:11 AM
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    Did I say 3 cubic yards? Oops. That would explain it. I meant 1 cubic yard. 3 cubic yards would have collapsed the truck.

    I had 1 cubic yard. I think part of my problem was I was a couple hundred pounds over the rated payload. Although, I would imagine 200 lbs less wouldn't have made that much of a difference. I don't know maybe Im asking too much of the truck.

    Thanks for the replies

    EDIT: Ok. I read my origional post. I said 3 cubic feet. I picked up 1 cubic yard. That's what I meant to say.

    And 1 cubic yard (3x3x3) is 27 cubic feet. That is what I hauled. NOT 3 cubic feet. 1 cubic yard.
     
  13. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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    You said 3 cubic feet. Your :cool:. No worries. TicTac can't read.
     
  14. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:14 AM
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    Good point, but whats the point in having a truck if you can't have fun hauling crap around?
     
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    Sure about that? :confused:

    1 cubic yard is 27 cubic feet.
     
  17. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:35 AM
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    Don't confuse 3 cubic feet for 1 cubic yard.

    1 cubic yard is 27 cubic feet.

    Thanks for all the replies everyone.
     
  18. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    http://www.blurtit.com/q202504.html


    http://www.americantopsoilkc.com/FAQ.htm


    Question: How much does topsoil weigh? Answer: One cubic yard of topsoil generally weighs about one ton (2000 pounds). Topsoil's weight can vary greatly due to moisture content. In the dryness of the summer, the weight of a cubic yard of soil can drop down to around 1700 pounds, while in the spring when soil is damper, one cubic yard may weigh well....



    I know someone can figure out exactly what went on.


    Nap time...
     
  19. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    Answer from Wiki:
    A cubic foot of top soil weighs in the neighborhood of 75 - 100 pounds. There are 27 cubic feet in a cubic yard. Hence, one cubic yard of top soil weighs between 2025 and 2700 pounds.

    So if you had three cubic feet, your truck was dragging with only 300 max in the bed. I loaded a half yard, right around 1000 lbs. in my truck with the tsb and it was drooping but it was good and still had spring in it.

    I would suspect you got a half of yard dumped...was it one good scoop from a tractor? Most of those scoops are roughly 1/2 yard. At least that is what my local bulk store uses, two scoops of anything is 1 yard.
     
  20. Aug 31, 2009 at 7:42 AM
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    I reread while I was posting and looking up info...if you had a yard of dirt that is heavy heavy
     
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