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Sumo springs vs timbren bump stops?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Mason502, Sep 26, 2021.

  1. Sep 26, 2021 at 8:44 AM
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    Mason502

    Mason502 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Can’t make up my mind on which brand to go with, I carry a lot of odd stuff from doing projects such as landscaping rock and motorcycle parts but I don’t want to get new leaf springs because I like how the truck sits stock but I just need to get rid of the rear sagging.
     
  2. Sep 26, 2021 at 8:59 AM
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    I can only speak to Sumo Springs, Blue. They were an easy install (after I cracked the rust on the original U bolts, I put new U bolts on). They reduce roll on curves and improve handling both when loaded and unloaded. Sagging is nearly non-existent. I'll load it up pretty good once or twice a month. My off-roading is carting stuff into grass/mud fields, some rough travel and the occasional hole but nothing wild. I like the ride over all, railroad crossings can be a tad rough.
    I wish I had bought these when I bought the truck.
     
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  3. Sep 26, 2021 at 10:20 AM
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    Sumo Springs (blue) on my truck. I have a Leer fiberglass insulated cap and carry several containers loaded with gear, supplies and tools on a daily basis, so I consider this my empty load. My ride is really no different than before installing SS. When I'm loaded up with more gear in the bed and either a hitch carrier with one dirt bike or pulling a trailer with 2 or 3 bikes is when the SS do their work. My truck isn't dragging its ass going down the road or hitting the OE bump stops when going over a parking lot speed hump or a railroad crossing.

    I went with the SS due to they give a little rather than being a harder compound.
     
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  4. Sep 26, 2021 at 11:28 AM
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    Hey David, if I put the blue ones on my 2015 and drove most of the time without a load, would I notice a difference from stock?
     
  5. Sep 26, 2021 at 12:42 PM
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    From what I know, the SS all (colors) are the same height and when installed they are about 1" from the frame rail without a load. When you are driving on a nice stretch of road or highway your ride should be the same. If the road is rough or has dips each time your rear suspension is compressed the SS will contact the frame rail. You can feel it, but since it has some give, to me it's not that bad. If you're unloaded most of the time and/or carry a light load the yellow ones are rated for a standard load. I've also heard of folks cutting or trimming the top of the spring a little to increase the space between the bed rail.

    Have you looked at the Roadmaster Active Suspension System (RAS). It's a little more pricey, but definitely does not change the ride.

    Hope this (somewhat) answered your question.
     
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    David, you answered my question,Thanks. I like being able to trim a little bit if needed option. I think these will work fine.
     
  7. Sep 26, 2021 at 5:32 PM
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    I have the blue ones (ssr-612-40) and the only time I notice anything I don't like is while hitting railroad tracks at 45 mph while empty. Every other aspect is very positive and I actually do believe they are the best option if you don't want to swap the whole leaf pack. The ride quality and handling when loaded close to GVWR is very good with them. Ford even puts something similar on the new rangers from the factory now.
     
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  8. Sep 27, 2021 at 7:46 AM
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    Timbren SES is designed to be there when you need it so you won't notice a difference when your truck is unloaded. Our rubber composite helper spring is hard enough to keep your truck level when loaded and soft enough to give you a smooth ride when activated. Backed by a lifetime guarantee we stand behind our products, from the ease of installation to virtually no maintenance necessary. Here is the specific setup for your truck - Timbren SES
     
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  9. Sep 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM
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  10. Sep 27, 2021 at 8:12 AM
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    su.b.rat

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    i had the sumos for a while and they did what they were designed for, but i tend to run light and that had my rear end literally bucking at highway speed from them preventing compression. after i removed them the top 2" of the sumos were destroyed, wish i had a pic of that. basically the compression of my shocks was nearly never used. that was on me because i never had much in the bed aside from my spare and 80lbs sand in the cold season.

    i changed to the timbrens with a u bolt kit and it's a dream come true for my ride and handling, no more bucking and a nice clean ride with my rear suspension actually working. the timbrens are great, but they won't do much for holding up weight like the sumos.
     
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