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Overload Shocks

Discussion in 'Towing' started by florida1007, May 31, 2012.

  1. May 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM
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    florida1007

    florida1007 [OP] New Member

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    2007 Toyota Tacoma, 2WD towing 2000# daily. Need recommendation on overload shocks. Manufacturer advice appreciated as well.
     
  2. May 31, 2012 at 3:28 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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  3. May 31, 2012 at 9:06 PM
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    fvtalon

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    Are you looking for the shocks with air bags built into them?

    If you're towing and hauling a lot (I do) I'd highly suggest the Firestone Ride-Rite airbags. They replace the bumpstop and are a no drill install on the second gen Tacomas. I can put a big load in the bed or a hook up a heavy trailer and level the truck out. Depending on how hard you pump them up you can get a fair bit of lift out of them too.

    It's a better system then using a shock and shock mounts to carry the load. The shock is only supposed to control the axle movement, the spring carries the load. Shock mounts aren't meant for the extra forces that you'll get when you put a load carrying airbag there. The firestones mount between the axle and the frame and support the load properly.

    They're about ~$290 and worth every penny. I use about a 12" long bike pump to inflate them or the compressor if I'm at home. The bike pump will add about 10psi in 20 pumps or so.
     
  4. Jun 2, 2012 at 4:35 AM
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    tx_shooter

    tx_shooter Trying to Spread Common Sense and Rational Thought

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    I'll recommend the Firestones also. I use them on my Tacoma to haul my 4Runner around and they work great. The truck is much more stable with the Firestones than before. For normal driving around the truck also feels smoother now than before with the hard bottoming out the bump stops give you.
     
  5. Jun 2, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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    gologit

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    Nothing major or fancy. Just stuff to make it work better for me.
    Another vote for the Firestone air bags. They work exactly as advertised and, for what you get, they're worth every penny.
     
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