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TRD Sport vs TRD Pro ride on pavement

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 2016limited, Jan 13, 2022.

  1. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:06 AM
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    2016limited

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    Anyone out here either test drive both the TRD Sport and the TRD Pro and can comment on the ride quality between the two? Or maybe you went from a Sport to a Pro, any regrets based on the ride? What I am looking for is a ride that is firm without being harsh, think supple. I do not want a lot of nose dive when braking or a bouncy ride. Not looking to buy one, but the ZR2 nailed the ride, in that it handles pot holes, bumps, etc, but still has a firm sporty ride and handles well for what it is. I am not interested in the TRD Offroad as that is too soft a ride for me. Thoughts on TRD Sport vs TRD Pro. I know the Pro will handle much better off road, so I am really just looking for on road feedback at this point, thanks.
     
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  2. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:13 AM
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    Junkhead

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    I did not drive the PRO, but I will say for sure that the Sport will be stiffer then PRO on the pavement. My stock sport suspension with rock hard E load tires was amazing on curvy highways.

    Sport has the stiffest suspension out of all trims. That’s why it has the scoop and it’s a race truck.:p
     
  3. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:15 AM
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    Tacospike

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  4. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:29 AM
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    I’m skeptical that anyone could tell the difference in a blind test.
     
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  5. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:34 AM
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    Maybe.

    The sport is super stiff though, it’s got the thickest sway bar too. I would think the ride quality of fox shocks would be much better than the toothpick hitachis.
     
  6. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:40 AM
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    Are you sure the sway bar is different?

    The Fox shocks are designed for off road performance not on road performance.

    I have only test driven a sport and have never driven a pro, but I have driven a SR5 for 3 years, a stock off road for 6 months, and a king equipped off road for 2 years and I perceive the daily road driving to me indistinguishable. I have noticed differences when towing/hauling and driving fast on rough roads and trails.
     
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    I like the solid feel of the sport's suspension. Doesn't handle corners like my Mini Cooper S but hey, it's a truck.
     
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  8. Jan 13, 2022 at 11:47 AM
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    Yes the sway bar is thicker on the sport.

    I installed OME pro charger shocks and man what a difference off road. Wish there was a quick sway bar disconnect like on the Jeep’s.
     
  9. Jan 13, 2022 at 12:57 PM
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    I have 18 sport dclb and I install the Bilstein TDR pro suspension (15) on it. Didn't notice much of a difference in ride, gained 2" of lift, but I added 3 leaf add a leaf.
     
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    The 2nd Gen Bilsteins are way stiffer than the current Foxes.
     
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    Like, so many.
    I've owned both a Sport and OR in the 3rd gen and the Sport was too stiff for my liking. Definitely handles curves better though.
     
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    Would you call it somewhat harsh over rough roads, or just firm?
     
  13. Jan 13, 2022 at 1:35 PM
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    I suggest spending less time on this forum. It will help you keep grip with reality. :)
     
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    I dunno, I was given a blind taste test for Jalapeno kettle chips. Jays Jalapeno Krunchers vs Generic Jalapeno kettle chips. I knew the difference. LOL!!
     
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  17. Jan 13, 2022 at 6:13 PM
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    Like, so many.
    I would actually call it harsh. Potholes were rough.
     
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    Thanks. The back roads where I live are not great, thanks to something called Winter. Highways are fine, but not so much for backroads, so do not want something to harsh...
     
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    The 16” tires/wheels would help a bit as well with more give than the 17”
     
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    Driving is one of the few things I do exclusively for my own enjoyment. To go 100 miles, get a snack, then turn around and go home makes perfect sense to me.

    The Sport ride says "game on" every time I get on the road. Sure, it could be considered harsh or busy by some, especially if you are comparing it to a sedan. I find it engaging, it keeps me interested and on my game, you are conscious of the road under you. I term it "bang, boom, zoom".

    I have taken several long trips, up to 700 miles in one day and when I pulled back in the driveway I was tired -- but I was still jazzed up, having fun and wishing I had 50 more miles to go.

    Test drive and test drive again.
    It is really a personal perception, you are the only who can decide what feels good to you.
     

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