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My truck is wimpy...

Discussion in 'Towing' started by kucelkj, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    kucelkj

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    I recently towed a 6x12 trailer with 3 quads on it. The back end of my truck was sagging worse than an old set of tits. Can someone let me know what to do about it. New springs? Will the truck ride hard afterwards?

    2011 4 dr 4x4 taco

    Thanks,

    -Ken
     
  2. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    look up spring TSB
     
  3. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    this is a good idea, it wont be the solution though.

    you may need some aftermarket bumpstops or some air bag helpers if you plan on hauling all that weight often, or get a WD hitch
     
  4. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    97yota4wd

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    that is the reason for the TSB springs

    and yeah air bags will help but not needed unless your towing over 5klbs imo

    the tsb leaf springs will handle hauling 3 quads just fine
     
  5. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    chilidogrc

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    Ome leaf pack.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:46 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Yup

    But be aware it lifts the rear 2 1/2" - 3"
     
  7. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:48 PM
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    whippersnapper02

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    Skip the TSB and go for bags. They will help more.
     
  8. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:50 PM
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    im not sure if you have a 2nd gen, but i have an 08, i did the TSB, it barely helped at all with hauling a load, i cant put 400 lbs in the back without bottoming out the rear susp, pre and port TSB, when I have 4 adults in the truck and go over bumps in the road it bottoms out. thus i got air bags and im very happy to say, no more bottoming out
     
  9. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM
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    What's the deal with air bags? Are they shock replacements? What brand? Where do I get em?
     
  10. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:54 PM
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    Firestone bags. They are helper bags. Search search search.
     
  11. Sep 23, 2011 at 3:57 PM
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    oh dang. i guess will se what mine does with a 7X12 and a side by side and 1 atv. think im going riding tomorrow.
     
  12. Sep 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM
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    I'm down with the bags. Thanks everyone!!!!

    Bags beat sagging tits any day.

    Go riding everyone!!!!
     
  13. Sep 23, 2011 at 5:14 PM
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    You should find out what the tongue weight is first. Sagging does not depend on the weight of the trailer towed, but the tongue weight. A simple solution would be to move the quads back on the trailer if the tongue weight is too high.
    Air bags are not really the solution. They just make it feel / look better, but they do not change the weight added to the rear or the weight removed from the front. Only better weight distribution or a WDH will do that.
     
  14. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:25 PM
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    I'm installing Firestone Ride Rites tomorrow... baggin is where it is at. :D
     
  15. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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    Make sure you also practice how to climb out of a ditch and turn your truck / trailer back over if airbags is all you rely on to increase your towing capacity! LOL. :D
     
  16. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:41 PM
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    I grew up towing... not an idiot. The bags are just going to help my truck not look like a little bitch draggin its nuts on the pavement when I hook up a trailer to it. They are going to help support the added weight since I still have the stock 3 leaf pack. I bought the truck used after the 36k mile mark.


    As for how air bags have shit to do with my truck flipping and ending up in the ditch; care to explain that one? :cool:
     
  17. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:49 PM
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    This is kind of funny, but what air bags have to do with it is that people believe that air bags help them tow more because they make it look right. But that is wrong, unfortunately.
    Measure your tongue weight, and get a WDH if your truck looks like a little bitch draggin its nuts on the pavement.
    And if your tongue weight is just plain too much for a Tacoma (which unfortunately can't take much), get a bigger truck or tow less.
     
  18. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:50 PM
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    LOL, I agree.
     
  20. Sep 23, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    Airbag helpers sounds like it should do the trick!
     
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