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Towing/Hauling with a TRD Pro

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by YarYar, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. Mar 25, 2017 at 7:40 PM
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    YarYar

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    Hi everyone,

    looking to purchase a TRD Pro. had a few questions regarding specifically towing/Hauling with the Pro suspension.

    Ive seen photos of the Taco's towing and they sag quite a bit for what Id consider not a lot of weight (disclosure, I fully understand the Taco does not have a lot of Bed capacity/Hitch weight)

    From what ive seen, if you'll be doing any hauling of weight on the back of the Standard Taco, Youll need some type of rear suspension upgrades (air bags etc).

    My question is, anyone with a TRD Pro, is the suspension set up any better for bed weight? and if not, are you able to use the same air bags etc as on the other models of Tacoma's?
     
  2. Mar 25, 2017 at 7:41 PM
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    Absolutely not. You need a stiffer suspension to handle sag not a soft off-road setup like on the PRO.
     
  3. Mar 25, 2017 at 7:44 PM
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    exactly what I thought, but couldn't find specific spring rates or if its a progressive spring rate
     
  4. Mar 25, 2017 at 7:45 PM
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    What are you planning on hauling/towing?
     
  5. Mar 25, 2017 at 7:50 PM
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    Depends, weekend warrior stuff. also frequently tow dirtbikes around. I do have a trailer I use, but Ive seen a few photos of Tacos Towing what appear to be light hitch weight trailer and sag more then I would suspect.
     
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    A weight distribution hitch helps. I've seen some of those pics and guys don't have one.
     
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    Yep, that's what I was planning if the Pro was not any stiffer for towing.

    So my second question was, will these fit the Pro? I'm not 100% sure whats been changed in the rear for the Pro. I would assume they fit but have yet to find supporting documents
     
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    They will fit. Nothing about the Pro is different in regards to rear suspension (besides your shocks). I would avoid airbags, they will eventually leak on you and cause problems.
     
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    Not sure if they make helper bags for tacos, but if so they would be fine. You just fill em up a bit when you are going to load it down. A decade down the road if a bladder leaks, they cheap to replace so it wouldn't be a huge deal.
     
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    The pro has a lower tow rating than all the other tacomas due to the suspension. I believe the leafs are different, but not 100% sure.
    Personally id use airbags if you are worried about towing. The shocks have way more rebound damping than the OR, (or other models) so they can easily handle it. I would want to stiffen the ride when unloaded, you'd ruin the best part of the pro, maybe add rear swaybar if you're worried.
     
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    The 2017 trd pro has the same towing capacity as the trd off road dcsb 4x4 at 6400 pounds.

    It also has the same payload rating at 1175 pounds.
     
  13. Mar 25, 2017 at 9:17 PM
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    Your right, my mistake. I was sure I read it had a lower capacity, but not according to Toyota spec on the website.

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    This is where I got the bad information from.
    http://www.tfltruck.com/2016/07/2017-toyota-tacoma-trd-pro-different-get-specs/
     
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    The Tacos can tow a respectable amount for being a mid-size truck. But there is definitely rear sag. If you are towing something on the heavy side I would buy a WD hitch.
     
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    Screenshot_20170408-081415.jpg I tow a 2,600 pound trailer and it's completely stock and leval, the secret is to have you're hitch at the right height to leval out the trailer, and distribute the weight on the trailer over the axle..
     
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    OK now I am confused. Just had a dealer tell me the TRD Pro can only tow up to 3500lbs. I was calling to verify my own towing capacity of 6800 lbs and they quoted me towing across the different trim levels. I was shocked when he said the TRD Pro was rated that low.
     
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    That is the tow rating without the tow package. 6800lbs is the rating if you have the tow package on your Truck.
     
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    I just put on full Dakar leaf packs and 5100's. It's a stiffer ride but this thing probably won't squat much when I tow my boat
     
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    This. Weight goes over the trailer axle. And I would expect some sag if you are putting a lot of weight onto the trailer, especially the front. We do not have F350 suspensions and should not expect our trucks to haul those types of loads either.
     
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