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ride quality question

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ewing20, Apr 15, 2010.

  1. Apr 15, 2010 at 7:58 PM
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    ewing20

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    Im a new owner of a 2008 double cab trd off road w/ 29000 miles and over the last few days i've noticed when I drive at high speeds on the highway that the truck rides very rough. It just feels like the rear end of the truck vibrates over every little bump in the road.
    What can i do to smooth out the ride. The shocks seem to be in good shape and i know the tires can have a little to do with it but i doubt it would make it this rough.
     
  2. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    Okkine

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    I find it rides smoother with a full load in the bed.... which makes sense. Other than that, I can't say I have any suggestions.
     
  3. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM
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    Kyouto42

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    Tire balance, tread wear, ect. That's the #1 player. Aside from that, changing the suspension setup is about as good as you can do if you want to maintain aggressive tires. My truck starts shaking quite a bit every time I rotate tires.... goes away pretty quick though as the tread settles. Plus I beat the hell out of my tires so...
     
  4. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    TacoSupreem

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    Whats your tire pressure at? you need to put a few pounds less in the rear to soften it up a bit. like 32 in the front and 29 in the rear.
     
  5. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    SamSter0077

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    Change the rear Shocks.. It smoothed out a lot for me when I put OME's shocks on there. And ofcourse.. the more you wheel, the smoother the ride is going to get... (or your just going to think it;s a lot smoother.. :D)

    plus - 600 pounds of mud underneath smooths out anything almost..
     
  6. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    x2 tire pressures help too! go lower! 29 - get the tires really hot before lowering to 29lb.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    ewing20

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    Im running my tires at 29 now.
     
  8. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:29 PM
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    those blue shocks in the back are junk... seriously... easy to change. Start there!
     
  9. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:34 PM
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    I can tell you this! a truck is designed to haul extra weight. when it's not got on extra weight it rides ruff. My freightliner rides like shit with out any weight on the back end!
     
  10. Apr 15, 2010 at 8:54 PM
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    What tires are on it? LT or P rated? If LT, what load range are they?
     
  11. Apr 16, 2010 at 3:38 AM
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    I believe your right sam, i've have blue shocks on the rear. To me they just look cheap.
    What rear shocks or just shocks in general would be recommended. I've read alot about the 5100 series on this board but is there anything better for someone who doesn't off road and just wants a smoother ride for highway.
     
  12. Apr 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM
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    My ride improved when I replaced the rear factory Bilsteins for the 5100s. I think if yours have the TSB springs it may also stiffen the ride..
     
  13. Apr 16, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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    They seem very cheap.. probably damn near anyhting made well is better. 5100's is what I would recommend to you.. in expensive and well made. I used the OME rear shock.. exampl below although I have the TSB rear end.

    OME 60062 NitroCharger Sport Rear Shock Set: 189.00/pr


     
  14. Apr 17, 2010 at 4:29 AM
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    for the advise. I'm going to go with the 5100 on the rear and the go from there. It just really suprised me that the truck rides really good at low speeds on smooth roads but as soon a you hit 40mph and start getting some patchy roads like we have alot of here in good ol wv the butt end just starts hoppin lol.

    Thanks for all the input. :D
     
  15. Apr 17, 2010 at 4:49 AM
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    JTDTacoma

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    The best improvement in my ride has been the TSB. Even with an empty bed in the city or on the highway. You'd think that adding another leaf in the back would hurt the ride but instead it improved it. My stock 3 leaf springs were almost horizontal and with the TSB 4 leaf setup there's more of an arc which I suppose helped help the ride. It is called a "harsh-ride" TSB because it fixes a harsh ride, especially when carrying a load. But I found even with an empty bed the ride is much improved.
     
  16. Apr 18, 2010 at 8:04 AM
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    It's still there, but much better.. it is a truck after all.
     
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