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Looking for some advice

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Curious George, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. Nov 11, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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    Curious George

    Curious George [OP] New Member

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    Hello,

    I recently purchased my first truck, and have just now begun to enjoy driving off-road for the first time. I’ve met two other couples that have allowed me to tag along with their group on several off-road, weekend-long trips during the past couple months, and now I am very interested in improving the off-road capability of my truck.

    My new friends both drive Jeep Cherokees, and while they speak very highly of my Tacoma, I think the experts on this Website may be better able to help me out and offer advice.

    I’ve spent some time reading about suspension upgrades on this site. However, while I’m beginning to get a better understanding of the basics, I’m still a total beginner (as will be apparent by my questions). And, to make matters worse, I’ve never worked on cars and I’ve never been mechanically inclined (I’m an accountant, eek).

    Here is what I’m hoping to accomplish, and in this order:

    - I’m looking to improve the suspension of the truck. (Unless they’re one in the same, I’m not necessarily looking to significantly increase the ride height of the truck.)
    - Allow for a significant amount of towing time. (In the future, I hope to tow a small fiberglass trailer up to ten times per year. The tongue weight of the trailer should not exceed 220 pounds.)
    - If possible, I’d like to retain the truck’s ability to drive nicely at highway speeds. (I’ve read some posts expressing concern or issues with vibration or grinding sounds arising after altering the suspension of their truck?)
    - Currently, I don’t plan to install a new front bumper or a winch.

    Is this possible, or am I being unrealistic?

    Also, for me right now, quality and performance are more important than price.


    Any suggestions?


    I have a second generation Tacoma, TRD Off-Road (with towing package) in an Access Cab and in a six cylinder.

    I apologize for such a lengthy post, and thank you for your time,

    George
     
  2. Nov 11, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    sean266

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    Bilistein 5100's for shocks.
    As for the vibration just add some more washers to the axle area or straight axle it.
     
  3. Nov 11, 2011 at 6:39 PM
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    Blackshirts

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  4. Nov 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM
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    Konaborne

    Konaborne Pineapples on pizza Hawaiian does not it make.

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    info added
     
  5. Nov 12, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    Curious George

    Curious George [OP] New Member

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    This is fantastic information. Thank you all, and I appreciate your expertise and the time you took to post.

    George
     
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