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riding on bump stops

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by DdayIsNear, Feb 3, 2010.

  1. Feb 3, 2010 at 9:28 PM
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    DdayIsNear

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    is it bad to drive on the bump stops, as in, its weighted down adn sitting on bump stops.
     
  2. Feb 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM
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    if your like that all day, everyday then yeah. small kine dangerous too...just cause the fact that your bouncing around all the time. but for like short trips or whatever just carrying something super heavy than its not too bad..
     
  3. Feb 3, 2010 at 9:56 PM
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    Why would you be riding on bump stops in the first place?

    You should only be able to hit them on severe bottoming out. If they're hitting then you're either overloading the vehicle or have very saggy springs.

    I would say riding on bump stops would be a definite bad idea.
     
  4. Feb 3, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    well, i was loading wood, and when loaded i noticed there was no bounce, and then saw it was on bump stomps, was it over loaded, of course, thats why the thread is called riding on bump stops, just wondering the results of such an action. this one time i have ever done it
     
  5. Feb 3, 2010 at 11:03 PM
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    Did you get the leaf spring tsb? I have a first gen, so I don't know much about it, but I do know it's a problem for you second gen guys.

    I'm sure it didn't cause any significant damage, as the bump stops are put there for a reason, and using them is only just implementing their design.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2010 at 1:20 AM
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    i do have the tsb
     
  7. Feb 4, 2010 at 3:08 AM
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    Then I'm guessing you were waaaay over the limit.
    I have the TSB and loaded a pallet of laminate flooring which put me slightly over the limit and it wasn't on the bump stops, actually only sagged a little bit. I didn't know I was over the limit till we opened the pallet and saw the weight of each box then I did a quick calculation. I took the back streets anyway and went a little slower than the speed limit just to be safe, it handled fine and never bottomed out. I was proud.
     
  8. Feb 4, 2010 at 4:04 AM
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    get a AAL for it
     
  9. Feb 4, 2010 at 4:26 AM
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    Same - must have been WAY over capacity. I hauled about 30 bags of potting soil for my mother back in the fall - 40lbs. each, plus mom and me, put us at about 1400lbs payload coming back from the planet nursery, and my ass end was still about 3/4" above the bump stops. I have the TSB springs.

    For short trips it's no problem, but I wouldn't want my bed forced onto the stops for long periods or dozens of times over and over again - might make the leaf springs squishy.
     
  10. Feb 4, 2010 at 11:25 AM
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    If you don't want to stiffen your ride but still need to carry heavy loads look into these;

    http://www.timbren.com/ses-kits.htm

    I have them along with the Spring TSB and they work really well.
     
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    Since it was mentioned, what is the max load for the back?

    Also, does it vary between DCs, ACs, long beds, etc?
     
  13. Feb 4, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    Suspensions are designed so that weight (energy) transfer is turned into displacement of the springs and heating of the fluid inside the struts. If there is no travel left in the suspension, it will not absorb this energy as it is intended to do, therefore that energy will have to go some place else. (Remember that whole 'you cannot create or destroy energy' from physics class?) Hence the whole "unsafe" aspect. It will be very easy to lose control.

    Not to mention that if you are out of suspension travel you are way over the load the truck was designed for. I would be worried about the screws/bolts of the suspension components. There are generous safety factors on these, but if you are cruising down the road on your bump stops it would be easy to exceed the limits of these components.
     
  14. Feb 4, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    It is printed on the placard inside your drivers door jamb. It will have the total load allowed for the truck...that includes you, your passengers, any accessories you added, and anything you throw in the bed.
     
  15. Feb 4, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    thats sticker says something like 1400 or 1500 total lbs. i know the bed cant or isn't supposed to handle half that
     
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    Incorrect.

    Total payload is indeed 1300 to 1500lbs on second gen taco models. But it doesn't matter where in the truck it is. Payload is payload. When I've maxed out my taco's payload, the vast majority of it (1000lbs easily) has been in the bed.

    When I've driven at max capacity, the truck has handled fine, albeit with slower acceleration and longer braking distances (another reason to educate oneself on what affects driving). I wouldn't know how it handles when over capacity, because exceeding the capacity is a bad idea. Get the right tool for the job. If you regularly need to truck around more than ~1400lbs payload, get a full size truck.

    The composite bed can probably take more weight than equivalent steel beds. Steel is not incredibly strong as materials go - it's just inexpensive for the amount of strength you get, hence its wide use.
     
  17. Feb 4, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    does anyone use those bump stop replacemnt kits, and if so, have you had a large or over load in it. and the truck di d handle fine, no problems at all ecept power and braking. easy on bumps and she felt ok, def didnt' push her and on smoooth highway didn't get over 55
     
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