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"SHOULD" I do the TSB, Help with Decision?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomtn, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:11 PM
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    tacomtn

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    For my 2011 DCSB.

    I have loaded maybe about 600lbs, very rough estimate, of camping gear and two bikes on a hitch rack. The leaf springs were about 1 1/4 from the bump stop when not moving. On the road I didn't feel it bottom though, amazingly. I thought for sure it would hit the stops.

    I might carry a load like this 2-4/yr, maybe more weight if I'm hauling dirt or landscape materials. Mostly the bed is not loaded for my driving. I don't have a shell or any heavy bumpers. I will be putting skids on soon, and a slight chance that I'll put on sliders in the future. I may put a shell on later as well. I'll be leaving stock bumpers on. I'm estimating the Bud Built mid and t-case skids weigh about 150lbs total.

    I am needing help with the decision to put on the TSB leafs or not. I plan to lift it soon and am not sure if I should go with the TSB AAL, non-TSB AAL, or a new leaf pack. I'm deciding between OME at 2.5-3 or adjustable Bilsteins 2.5-3.

    I'd like a smooth as possible ride, or at least close to stock as possible.
     
  2. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM
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    Fightnfire

    Fightnfire Recklessly tired

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    I say why not, I would do it. I did notice a stiffer feel in the back after the TSB but that's to be expected and it doesn't bother me.

    I put right around 1300lbs in the back of my truck this weekend (with TSB) and was still 1 1/2-2" off of the bump stops. I only went 10 miles round trip with it but I did not hit the stops at all.

    Previously like you I was very close to the stops at 800ish lbs ..
     
  3. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:18 PM
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    Pugga

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    If a new leaf pack is within your means, wait until you lift and swap it out. It'll yield the best results by far. It sounds like you don't need the TSB pack if you can put that kind of weight in the bed and not bottom out. I was hitting the bump stops hard with much less weight before I got the TSB.
     
  4. Aug 2, 2011 at 1:21 PM
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    dexterdog

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    If you want as smooth as ride comparable to the 3 leaf OEM then wait and get a complete leaf pack when you're ready to lift your truck.
     
  5. Aug 2, 2011 at 4:11 PM
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    Hmm, a replacement leat pack would provide a better ride AND give a higher spring rate to reduce the rear squat when loaded?
     
  6. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    Pugga

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    Depending on which leaf pack you buy, yes!
     
  7. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:38 PM
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    OZ-T

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    Dakars
     
  8. Aug 2, 2011 at 9:14 PM
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    Hey, OZ.

    Yeah, I was thinking of Dakars. I noticed in your build you're running 265/70R17s. Any problems with rubbing? What wheel, offset, and backspacing? How much did the Dakars lift the rear? How is the ride compared to stock?
     
  9. Aug 2, 2011 at 10:47 PM
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    No rub

    Stock wheels

    2 3/4" lift

    Rides nice with my cap on , a bit stiff without

    I like
     
  10. Aug 3, 2011 at 6:21 AM
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  11. Aug 4, 2011 at 7:19 PM
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    I would get the TSB done if your under warranty and its available to you, since it is an upgrade to the truck for free. I do not feel it is stiff with the TSB or 4 leaf spring replacement, and I drive with the bed empty most of the time. It just gives the truck a firmer, or more of a solid feel. And, when you use the truck to haul or tow it handles the load better then the stock springs. Sure, there are better spring sets out there that may be ideal for specific applications, but for the stock truck this is a nice freebie IMO...:D
     
  12. Aug 4, 2011 at 7:30 PM
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    i took mine into the dealer today. im setup for tuesday morning!
     
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