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Love my truck, HATE the ride!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by fdizz, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:17 PM
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    fdizz

    fdizz [OP] Active Member

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    So heres the deal... i have a 2009 4x4 access cab. The ride is shit. Every bump i hit i feel, if i slowly come to a stop and there is a groove in the rode my truck will want to steer towards the groove. Also at freeway speeds there is a little vibe, just enough for me to notice the passenger seat headrest shaking. I thought after a installed my 5100s it would be better, nope. So here is my setup... 5100s set at stock, some un-named spring up front giving about a 1 inch lift and stock leafs in the rear with a 1.75 inch block. 5100s were put on about a month ago with an alignment right after. only thing a havent tried yet aside from a whole new suspension setup is balancing my tires which are 33 inch toyos with 18 inch wheels...

    after i work a few more weekends this will be the setup im leaning towards, any info on it would be great as well....

    -toy tec front coilover kit for bilstein 5100s
    -OLDMAN EMU rear leaf springs 2.5 in lift
    -TC UCA's

    props to anyone who took the time to read this shit and thanks for any help!

    pic of my pile...
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  2. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:19 PM
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    Dark Knight

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    Un-named springs can be... well who knows???

    What tire pressure are you running?
     
  3. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    JoeTacoma02

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    ..I always thought feeling every bump on trucks was normal. I used to own a 02 Tacoma and that never bothered me along with my current 05..seriously thought I thought it was normal lol as compared to my brothers Lexus IS300 where it's smooth shit.

    Ummm try getting rid of the blocks and the "un named" springs..I know you're planning on getting the Toytec ULK with the OME springs and TC uca..honestly I am not a fan of Toytec..never experienced any of their product but to pul bilstein 5100 with eibach springs and price it for that much is not worth it IMO. I don't know much about OME to give you feed backs..don't have any of their products either but from what I've read about them they are great along with the TC UCAs. Let us know how that set up works for you when you get it.

    x2 on the tire pressure as well.
     
  4. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Youre "un-named" springs killed a bit of caster which will cause your truck to wander, and they are probably a mis-match for your 5100's. I'm assuming you have no clue what the spring rate is. Probably stiff.

    I think you are on the right track for putting together a new setup.

    As for your new shocks/springs, I don't have a clue about 'Toytec'.

    TC is top-notch.
     
  5. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    tacoma44x44

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    New rear leaf packs are gonna make a world of difference in ride quality.
     
  6. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:27 PM
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    Toy Yoda

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    the block in the back isnt helping, i have a 2inch block and stock suspension in the rear and its noticably rougher, the rough ride might also be cause by 18" rims on 33" tires, not much rubber between the road, idk though just a thought. the new leaf spring pack will do you well, so will the new coilovers, good luck man!
     
  7. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:44 PM
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    thanks for all the replies, not sure on the tire pressure, anyone know the correct pressure for toyo mt's? im getting them balanced friday...

    also toy tec sells the coil kit minus the shocks for 429, is that a decent deal?
     
  8. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:52 PM
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    I had the same problems, with vibes and etc. I just took it to toyota to get my tires balanced instead of some random tire shop and my truck rides fine now.
     
  9. Apr 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    you have aftermarket tires and wheels? toyota told me they reccomend les swab for aftermarket...
     
  10. Apr 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T Quite an experience to live in fear , isn't it ?

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    E rated MT's , blocks and ? Springs = shit ride
     
  11. Apr 27, 2011 at 1:14 PM
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    running on 33s i would put the tire pressure to about 35. the block also makes the ride worse
     
  12. Apr 27, 2011 at 2:26 PM
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    The 6 lug suspension is much stiffer than the 5 lug. That's why I went w/o the 4x4 this time around.
     
  13. Apr 27, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    05TacoRunner

    05TacoRunner You say tomato.......... I say fuck you!

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    Can you please explain how un-named springs on a coilover will cause a change in caster? When caster is measured by the upper and lower ball joint relative to a vertical center line. TC is top notch and toytec makes nice stuff as well. I have bought some products of theirs. I would try balancing your tires first. cheapest and easy check
     
  14. Apr 27, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    ya those E rated tires definitely make for a harsh ride
     
  15. Apr 27, 2011 at 2:59 PM
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    My bet is the wheels/tires, mostly the tires if they are 8-10 ply. I have 18's and 33" nitto mud grapplers that are 10 ply and my truck doesnt ride all that great. I just deal with it, its a truck not a cadillac. :D
     
  16. Apr 27, 2011 at 3:01 PM
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    My 4x4 trd actually rides smoother than 2wd 4cyl prerunner did.

    I think that has to do with the progressive rate springs and added weight of the v6 in the trd.

    The downside is, with trd shocks on the prerunner, I actually had to try to bottom the suspension out. The trd o/r I have to be careful with.
     
  17. Apr 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM
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    Painted badges. Bedlined grille, wheels and lower valence. Billies 5100 @.85 up front. Dodger Jack Ball Mod. Custom trail damaged rear bumper (for the time being). Lil LED light bar on grill. Hard-wired Radar Det. Custom Projector fog lights, Anytime Fog Mod, HIDS, White LED accent lighting on a Single post double toggle swicht, so they light up wit my door/dome light, or always on, or never on. LED map and dome lights.
    i kinda had a similar problem after my new tires and billies, i let air out of my tires once while off roading, then i got back on the road and it felt some what smoother, it didnt cure the whole problem but it did make a difference
     
  18. Apr 27, 2011 at 3:28 PM
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    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    I've got the toytec coilovers and the ome leaf pack and I really like it.
     
  19. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM
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    can i get a pic of your truck? 2.5 in the rear? and whats the front at?
     
  20. Apr 28, 2011 at 12:29 AM
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    also what tires do you guys recommend? in 33's? think ima sell my current set up and go with a smaller wheel...
     
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