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Tacoma Lean (to the left)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TACODACKS, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. Jun 27, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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    TACODACKS

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    I had the leaf spring TSB done to my Tacoma about 6 months ago. I have the TRD Sport package, so they didn't change the shocks. I noticed about two weeks ago that my Tacoma leans to the left when parked, and yes the wheels are straight (not turned), and yes it is on level ground. I brought it to the Toyota dealership for be checked out. The service rep told me that the mechanic looked at it, and compared it to other Tacos on the lot and said they all look the same. On the receipt, it shows "normal characteristic for Tacomas".

    I get the feeling that this is BS. Does everyone's Taco lean to the left?
     
  2. Jun 27, 2011 at 9:02 AM
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    Hunter500ky

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    It's called the bro lean, you can fix it if you want.
     
  3. Jun 27, 2011 at 9:03 AM
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    its called the taco lean. they have been doing that forever. gas tank, battery, and driver all on left side.
     
  4. Jun 27, 2011 at 9:04 AM
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    Ok good...so I don't have the one retarded Taco out there. Thanks for the quick help.
     
  5. Jun 27, 2011 at 9:05 AM
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    Everyones Taco leans to the Drivers side, it's called the "Taco Lean" or "Bro Lean". Well, every Taco has it except the X-runners :cool:
     
  6. Oct 13, 2011 at 4:25 PM
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    +1 for another leaning Taco. :D

    I have an '11 DC LB, and it leans about .75 on level ground. Took it not to one but TWO dealers and they both basically said the same thing: "that's normal" and that my '11 was "within Toyota specs." One even measured other vehicles in their lot to demonstrate this awesome feature.

    It's honestly a little infuriating, actually, but the truck does at least drive straight and true. I'll probably get bold and try to get the leaf spring TSB done one of these days... too bad it doesn't appear to likewise address the lean. I still have to try to determine which local dealer is more apt to perform the TSB. In the meantime, though, I really wish I could find a dealer who was actually interested in trying to correct the lean. Oh well.


     
  7. Oct 13, 2011 at 4:28 PM
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    Toytec makes a 1/4" top plate spacer to correct the lean. Only costs like $20.
     
  8. Oct 13, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    No lean here ! 2008 4X4
     
  9. Oct 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    Find you a 350 lb woman to ride in the passenger side most of the time and it will level its self.
     
  10. Oct 13, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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    It will also make it a low rider, so youll need a lift kit.
     
  11. Oct 13, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    Mine leaned with stock suspension, then was level with the addition of lift, but now has bro lean again :(
     
  12. Oct 14, 2011 at 6:31 AM
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    Will most suspension shops install the plate spacer if I provide the part? I'm virtually certain that no dealer would do it, hehehe.

    Will adding the spacer offset my alignment?


     
  13. Oct 14, 2011 at 7:06 AM
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    and the best part...carpool lane:cheers:
     
  14. Oct 14, 2011 at 7:14 AM
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    Yeah any shop should be able to. If not, it's a real easy install anyways. And your alignment should be fine, but you can always get it checked out if you are unsure.
     
  15. Oct 14, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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    Toyota should fix the taco lean. You guys do know it affects handling and if you pull hard towards the right with the same force if you pulled to the left it will trigger traction control easier because you're already down nearly an 1" in comparison to the right. It affects handling imho and something toyota should take care of
     
  16. Oct 16, 2011 at 10:01 AM
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    Some good news... I took my TRD Sport to another dealer, and they were more than willing to perform the TSB for the upgraded spring packs! Parts are on order and should arrive in a few days. Service rep explained that the driver's side pack is designed to compensate for the added weight on the left side. Once installed, I'm hoping that the beefier driver's side leaf pack helps to at least mitigate some of the "Taco lean" that my truck is currently sporting. :)

    Has anyone else with the TSB performed notice that the lean is gone or at least somewhat improved?
     
  17. Oct 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM
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    Did the TSB and no, the lean does not improve or go away.
    I installed the 1/4in spacer in front. Took about an hour and now the lean is totally gone.

    Fritz
     
  18. Oct 16, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    "Bro Lean", funny stuff. :D

    Eases my mind to know the lean is normal, along with a few other Tacoma oddities that are "normal".
     
  19. Oct 16, 2011 at 5:13 PM
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    That's what I did! No more lean but I lost 2 mpg and my friends laugh at me....
     
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    just went out and measured mine. It is low LF. Rear spring won't bring a front corner up. After the springs settle over the winter i might do something about it but now now.
     
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