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Rough ride on dirt road

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by dante087708, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. Jan 20, 2011 at 3:30 PM
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    dante087708

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    I bought my 06 taco about 8 months ago & just recently took it off road when I went down to the deer lease.I noticed that the ride was pretty rough & shaky.I also notice when I go over a speed bump it is pretty rough.Someone told me it probably has an add-a-leaf.How can I tell?
    Any Suggestions?
     
  2. Jan 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    The stock should have 3 leafs if it has more you might have the TSB pack.
     
  3. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:19 PM
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    Does your truck have a lift kit on it? Or is it just stock? As far as it being rough, what are you comparing it to?
     
  4. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    Um...Name one vehicle that rides smooth on a dirt road?
     
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    Check your tire pressure. People always overinflate their tires.

    Shoot for 30-35 psi. Ignore what the PSI printed on the tire reads, not important.
     
  7. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM
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    Good point..mine are right around 35psi

    Check what the tire pressure says in your door sill.
     
  8. Jan 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM
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    2005 and newer access cabs and double cabs had too soft springs used and with rear seat passengers or a load in back, my 2005 would 'bottom-out' in back.

    I did not know about a TSB (Tech Service Bulletin) that allowed for Toyota to replace or beef up your rear springs (for free)... My dealer didn't tell me, and I wasn't on TW then.

    I had Ride Rite Air Bags (Air Springs) installed and they were perfect... no more bottoming out and the ride was adjustable with air pressure. I also changed the stock yellow Bisteins for the next model better: 5100s.

    So, is your ride just rough... or are you also bottoming out on your bump stops?
     
  9. Jan 21, 2011 at 5:07 AM
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    I'm not sure what original ride height is on these trucks.I'm comparing it to a co-workers GMC 1500, lot smoother ride.Mine kinda slides & just rough on dirt road.Maybe I need better shocks?
     
  10. Jan 21, 2011 at 5:12 AM
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    @ David K
    It doesn't appear that the bump stops are hitting & it does only have 3 leaf springs.Seems like it kinda wants to slide on the gravel road.What are the air springs & whats the purpose?I will try the lower tire pressure,seems like it has worked really well for you.Nice Taco by the way!
     
  11. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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    Drifting FTW :thumbsup: try slowing down man it's a truck it's going to want to drift if you hit a turn fast with an empty bed.
     
  12. Jan 21, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    Air springs are usually called 'air bags' and they go where the bump stops were to supplement what the leaf springs do...

    Basically an inexpensive cure and you can adjust how much air (10-100 psi) to put in them for the degree of firmness you need. Stops the bottoming out from heavy loads when your stock springs are too soft. The brand is Ride Rite, made by Firestone. Shraeder valves (tire valves) are installed in the back bumper for each air bag... You just add or remove air their to change the firmness and ride height. Fancier set ups have an air compressor on board and you can adjustm, on-the-fly.

    Here is the left one... on my '05:

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Jan 21, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    It will try to drift @ 25-30 mph going straight
     
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    So are your tires bouncing down the road?
     
  15. Jan 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM
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    Yes.. Seems like a bouncy ride.. I'll look into the air shock. ?? hopefully??
     
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    Could try this...

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    What is this? Explain please.
     
  18. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    Well im not sure what your plans are for the truck but more than likely it is pretty impractical for you. It is Allpro's 3" leap pack with a set of billie 5150 piggie-backs. We just got back from the desert and aired down a little, we were doing about 60 on washboard and felt next to nothing. In all honesty, if you air down, you will notice a big difference. But with these trucks, you are going to get a rough ride on dirt with stock suspension, thats just how it is.
     
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