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HELP! 3" lift beats me to death on road

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by TacoOwner82, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. Dec 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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    TacoOwner82

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    2014 Tacoma, 14K miles. Just got this truck and installed 3 inch Pro Comp lift with struts, springs, and shocks. K5081BP part number with ProRunner Shocks. Also have 33" Open Country RT with 20" Fuel Rims.

    Had this installed at off road shop with very good reputation. The truck was doing fine in and around Houston where the roads aren't to bad. Only had the lift on for about 2 weeks and I had to leave Houston for work where I got into some places with some rougher pavement. I immediately noticed that over simple "road" bumps, it felt like the front end of the truck like to have beat the hell out of me. I have been in trucks with aftermarket "offroad" suspension and never felt it this bad. I am afraid to even take it off road as I can only imagine what ruts and washboard roads would feel like. At one point I hit a pothole that hit so hard my drink came out of the cupholder. I am new to the lifted "owner" world and have been suggested that I may need after market control arms and been told that I could be hitting bump stops causing the jarring. Looking for any experience with this issue and any help I can get. I know that the ride should be a little harder than stock, which I expected, but this seems to be a lot worse than what should be normal. (no childseat could be put in this truck right now bc it hits so hard) I had a headache after the couple hour drive. Help please!
     
  2. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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    numbah57

    numbah57 GIVE THE MALL A BREAK...WHEEL THAT SHIT

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    Could be your rims
    With 20's you lose a lot of the side wall height that you'd have with say 16"-17" rims.
    Less sidewall = less "give" = harsh ride
     
  3. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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    Or tire psi
     
  4. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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    numbah57 GIVE THE MALL A BREAK...WHEEL THAT SHIT

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    My gf has 20's on her Tacoma.
    Just hitting the reflectors on the road when changing lanes feels like shit.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:10 PM
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    numbah57

    numbah57 GIVE THE MALL A BREAK...WHEEL THAT SHIT

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    Throw your stock wheels and tires on and see if it feels better.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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    Appreciate the suggestions. I had thought about that but the bumps almost feel like something is hitting something. Almost like an abrupt stop in the suspension
     
  7. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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    Mr Salty

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    Its the coils...!

    Any shop that would sell you on that kit knows very little about these trucks and those coils. Those coils that come with that kit, the spring rate is way too high (718 lbs if I remember correctly). For reference the OME coils run 590-660 lbs depending on selection.

    Honestly the best thing to do to improve the ride would be to change out the kit all together. I suspect the valving on the ProComp shocks is not that forgiving either.
     
  8. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM
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    If Salty is correct on that 720 lb spring rate I say swap the suspension. Stock spring rate is 540 IIRC, even 620 is a little rough. Something that heavy is meant for a lot of weight up front and without it, your ride will be extremely harsh.
     
  9. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:45 PM
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    Coil rate at or just over 600 are better suited for 4x4 w/ plate bumper and even a winch. If you have a prerunner ditch the lift coil idea altogether and get lift spindles.
     
  10. Dec 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM
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    I do have a 4x4 but those ratings would makes sense if that's the case. How the hell do I get my money back for the ProComp and Labor then?? Haha!! I know something has to give bc that's not even an enjoyable ride
     
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    Heres a question, if I don't want to be out all that money for the struts and springs, could I just spend a little money and get different coils, possibly duel rate coils? yes I am a little new to this so I appreciate the patience :)
     
  12. Dec 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM
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    Ome coils might fit
     
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    I just installed the Toytec Ultimate lift on my truck and fully expected to lose the stock ride. I have been so surprised and happy that the ride is actually better than stock. Not to say it is cushy but it feels more stable and connected to the road. Really hard to adequately explain, you would have to ride in the truck to get what I mean.
     
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    Why is it ProComps problem, you chose the kit and are now stuck with it. Let this be a learning experience to do your research before blowing the money ;)
     
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    Pro Comps coils are fixed with the 720# coils. Not interchangeable. Spend the money on something else of better quality now before your truck falls apart and you still have your teeth!!

    All of the research you need is right here in a single sticky>> http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/166926-pro-comp-3-inch-complete-coil-kit.html
     
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