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Payload Overload?? Need Advice.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Beau02, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. Dec 3, 2009 at 5:30 PM
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    Beau02

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    I'm looking for a sanity check here. Tonight I loaded up the bed of my truck with cut firewood. Don't ask why, but tomorrow I'll be driving my loaded truck about 300 miles, primarily via interstate. I see in the manual that the maximum payload rating is 1510 lbs. I don't know how much the bed-load weighs, but the rear is sagging pretty much. I wouldn't think it exceeds 1500 lbs, but loads like that really add up.

    I've actually done this before, but cared less about the truck then, and try to treat it better nowadays. Didn't seem to have any issues the first time, but still figured I'd consult the 'experts' here before casting off. For the record, the tires are virtually brand new (Michelin LTX M/S) as are the shocks (Bilstein 5100).

    Any advice? Am I a dumbass for doing it, or am I concerned for nothing? For the record, I don't plan on exceeding the speed limits much, and I've checked the tire pressures and set them just barely above door jam stated numbers.
     
  2. Dec 3, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    another gsxr 1k

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    You'll be fine. Just remember that the truck will handle different and take longer to stop.
    I loaded my last truck (91 toy 4x4) completely full tailgate to cab to the rails with granite for a rock wall.
    Even with add-a-leafs it was about 3/4" off the bump stops. It handled the weight just fine, even on the off road section where the utility company blasted the rock out for a pipe line.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2009 at 6:13 PM
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    jandrews

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    Just drive it as a loaded vehicle and you'll be fine. It's not like the truck instantly explodes if you put 1511 lbs in the bed. Toyota has to draw a line somewhere where handling characteristics start to become problematic/unsafe and hand liability over to the owner if they decide to exceed it.

    There are stories on here regularly of guys towing 10,000+ lbs with 4.0L 2nd gens for short distances (a few miles or less) and the trucks are no worse for it...just gotta keep the situation in mind.

    Are you tow package equipped? I.e. tranny/oil cooler? That will give you some extra margin of comfort.
     
  4. Dec 3, 2009 at 6:30 PM
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    No tow package. I know at the end of the day this won't gain me much, but I did recently replace the ATF and f/r differential oil.
     
  5. Dec 3, 2009 at 8:06 PM
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    Wont be the best for those shocks! Drive it! I love my Firestone air bags, rides like stock when not needed and rides great when loaded down with two dirt bikes and all the camping gear.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2010 at 4:21 AM
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    I have had 2000lb in the bed of mine with stock springs and stock bilstien shocks. My springs are worn from doing it so they would sag under a lighter load. I put in an AAL and it took care of it.
     
  7. Jan 6, 2010 at 5:57 AM
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    Check how much travel is left on your shocks and how far away your bumpstops are from their contact points.

    I noticed on my 95 with the Bilstein 5100s the shocks will bottom under load.
     
  8. Jan 6, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    Just be conscious of what you are doing and where you are. You'll need extra stopping distance and maneuvering space around road hazards/other drivers...So leave yourself that space as you drive.
     
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