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Very Rough Ride, Normal?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jjsask, Oct 28, 2010.

  1. Oct 28, 2010 at 8:06 AM
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    jjsask

    jjsask [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2002 Tacoma XtraCab TRD and the ride is very harsh, especially over washboard roads and small bumps. I replaced the rear stock Toyota Bilstein shocks with Bilstein HD shocks. One of the stock shocks was totally shot but one seemed ok, but the new shocks did not seem to change much. I have not yet replaced the front shocks.

    It is absolutely brutal driving on washboard gravel or a rough road, its hard to keep from fishtailing all over the place and everything in the truck rattles like crazy. Is this just the way these trucks are or is something wrong with mine?
     
  2. Oct 28, 2010 at 8:13 AM
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    David K

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    Remove some air from the tires... go to 20 psi on the washboard.

    However, I will say that my '01 xtra cab was awesome on washboards with the TRD Bilstein (yellow) shocks... I never de-aired, but I did put it in 4WD and the truck handled much, much better at speed on graded roads... straightened right out.

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  3. Oct 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM
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    YotaDan

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    I would recommend putting in the 3 leaf aal, and running some 5100s or OME shocks.
     
  4. Oct 28, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    How many miles on the truck? If you are still on the stock springs, that is likely at the core of the problem.

    Do your rear leaf springs have a negative arch to them? Adding an Add A Leaf kit may help depending on the condition of the springs. If the springs have a negative arch though, it may be too late for an AAL.

    Use the search function on this site. You'll find a lot of information on this topic.
     
  5. Oct 29, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    I have 140,000 kms (87,000 miles) on the truck. The springs are almost flat in the back, they are not yet inverted the arch. Is getting the springs re-arched a good idea, and if so does anyone have the stock spring specs for a 2002 TRD xtracab?
     
  6. Oct 29, 2010 at 7:48 AM
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    My 98 was riding terrible on rough roads but I had to wait to get my 5100's before doing anything. Turns out I had a broken leaf on one side. 5100's all around with fromt ones set at middle position and rear springs re-arched with one extra leaf added and it is much improved. Still not as good as my 68 Buick Electra was though.
     
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