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Post-"Harsh Ride"-TSB questions...

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by MO'B, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:15 AM
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    MO'B

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    Hi All..

    This is my first post here, so please be gentle.

    I'm mulling over having the "Harsh Ride" TSB done to my '07 2WD TRD Prerunner, which you probably know will involve replacing the rear three-leaf springs with four-leaf springs.

    My question is, and I realize this is relative, just how stiff will the ride be post TSB? Of course this question can probably best be answered by people who have the same truck.

    (FYI: I plan on towing a 14-foot, 1960-lb (dry) Fun Finder X139 travel trailer.)

    Again, I realize my question is relative; so please put it in a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the softest ride) with the truck's current ride being about a 3 to 4. I have yet to tow the trailer with the truck, and I only tow it for a few months in the summer, so I'd probably rather not have the truck ride like a tractor for 10 months just to have the better towing capability for 2 months.

    And, as a result, might an air-bag kit, so called, be a better way to go?
    THANKS!
    Michael
     
  2. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    oldtacomaguy

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    I found that the ride didn't change much at all after the TSB. Truck felt a little firmer, but not harsh at all. I am happier with the ride and increased capacity. I'd do it again. I say go for it, you won't regret it.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:28 AM
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    It could all be in my head but I think the truck rides better with the tsb. I had the dealer perform the tsb last week and couldn't be happier. Well I could, if I lift the front to match, it is a little nose down at the moment. Again, it might be in my head though, I also had the tranny tsb done at the same time.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:32 AM
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    brianr

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  5. Jan 4, 2010 at 7:42 AM
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    I appreciate the prompt responses.

    My main question was prompted by the Toyota service manager telling me they'd gladly do the TSB, but that they wouldn't undo it if I didn't like the considerably stiffer ride. So, I was concerned by the "considerably stiffer ride" part, which on a date is almost always a good thing, but for my truck, might not be.

    I bought the truck to be a truck, not to be a "cruck": a truck that rides like a car.

    Again, THANKS! This is a good forum.

    Kindest regards...
    Michael
    P.S. to eschmunk... just to be clear regarding "I also had the tranny tsb done at the same time," my understanding is that this "tranny TSB" is for 2009s, not for 2007s.
     
  6. Jan 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM
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    Just picked up my '07 from having the harsh ride TSB done; I didn't notice a big difference in the ride: just firmer and more controlled in the rear end. I didn't notice a difference in how it sits either.

    For the 2WD Prerunner w/ the TRD Off Road package, it's just the springs, clamps, and bump stops that are changed in this TSB. Plus they realign all four wheels.

    The American Toyota (Larry Miller affilliate) dealership in Albuquerque was great. No hassles, no issues, no charges.

    Thanks again to all for the responses and advice!
    Best regards... Michael
     
  7. Jan 8, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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    I haven't seen anyone complain about the ride post-TSB on here. I'd assume that dealers are only giving the warning to weed out anyone who doesn't really want/need the upgrade.

    Dealer gets comp'd by Toyota to do the upgrade, but not to undo it. They don't want anyone coming back and expecting to revert to stock for free.
     
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