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Best Under $200 Solution to Sway and Bounce

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by kingston73, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. Nov 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM
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    kingston73

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    Just got my frame replaced by Toyota, and even brand new my factory springs SUCK. I've got a fiberglass topper on it, probably about 200 to 300 lbs. On the highway the truck sways side to side when I change lanes, and bounces front to back when I stop & start. My budgets only about $200 max, I know a full leaf pack replacement is the best answer but that's beyond what I can afford for at least the next year, maybe even 2. Knowing that, what do y'all think the next best solution is. These are what I've considered:

    1) the cheap $30 helper spring mod listed in another part of this forum

    2) an add a leaf, not looking to lift but maybe a 1.5 inch one, or something like the 3 leaf section from Wheelers

    3) new, stiffer shocks (?) - I've got HD Bilsteins on now that are about 3-4 years old

    4) Open to suggestions.........
     
  2. Nov 2, 2009 at 12:40 PM
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    Timberland kit should do the job nice under 200
     
  3. Nov 2, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    I don't know that one, tried looking for it but kept getting the boots. Links??
     
  4. Nov 3, 2009 at 4:59 AM
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    Would adding a rear sway bar help with my situation? I'm starting to think the only good solution would be to just save my money and wait till I can afford a full leaf pack, these other solutions are looking a bit hit or miss. Nobody have any other suggestions???
     
  5. Nov 3, 2009 at 5:25 AM
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    That makes a lot more sense, thanks for that link. Looking and reading about the Timbrens, it seems like they are more for hauling heavy loads. My biggest problem that I want to fix is the truck tilting side to side when changing lanes. I know its a truck, not a sports car, but I want a little more stability than I have right now.
     
  6. Nov 3, 2009 at 5:30 AM
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    I have intimate knowledge of that issue.
     
  7. Nov 3, 2009 at 5:32 AM
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    My front sway bar is on and installed correctly, so now I'm thinking I'm going to go with new shocks and see if that helps, then I'll possibly get the single AAL from wheelers. I tried calling Wheelers offroad but couldn't get through, but the Bilstein 5100's they sell will work for a stock ride height, right? Or do I need to add the AAL at the same time?
     
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