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Why isn't the Tacoma's suspension level?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Wile, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:27 PM
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    Wile

    Wile [OP] It's a truck not a luxury sedan.

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    Anyone know why Toyota designed the Tacoma's suspension lower in the front compared to the back? Seems to me that one of the first mods needed on these trucks is a leveling kit.

    Can anyone offer any insight?
     
  2. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:31 PM
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    so you can haul stuff without dragging the bumper on the ground
     
  3. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:35 PM
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    I like it. It gives the truck a slightly more aggressive look.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    Wile

    Wile [OP] It's a truck not a luxury sedan.

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    LOL or maybe so the gas runs downhill toward the engine. :D
     
  5. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:37 PM
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    TacoNut

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    Because it's a truck... They have a purpose you know....
     
  6. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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    Wile [OP] It's a truck not a luxury sedan.

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    So the "dragster" type stance is a defining feature of a truck? :eek: :)
     
  7. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    most trucks are set up this way so that when hauling loads there is still enough weight on the front wheels for traction and turning.
     
  8. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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    Actually, a truck is meant to be loaded with weight in the box, so when it is fully loaded, would you prefer it to look level, or would you prefer it to be an ass dragger?
     
  9. Nov 4, 2010 at 10:57 PM
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    numbah57

    numbah57 GIVE THE MALL A BREAK...WHEEL THAT SHIT

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    I never haul stuff, well if you call surfboards hauling stuff but I rather a level truck
     
  10. Nov 4, 2010 at 11:00 PM
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    No... The "rake" stance is a defining feature of a vehicle that more then often has weight added to the rear suspension. The suspension needs to be stiffer to support this weight. This in turn results in the rear of the body being higher than the front.

    I know physics is hard, but :smack:
     
  11. Nov 4, 2010 at 11:07 PM
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    Wile [OP] It's a truck not a luxury sedan.

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    I figured it was something along those lines. I've owned '84, '90, and 94 toyota 4x4 pickups. My new Tacoma is the first one with a noticable the inclined stance. My 84 would sit-down severely when under-load.
     
  12. Nov 6, 2010 at 9:36 AM
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    When a truck is "leveled out" unless your useing airbags or a pretty stiff rear leaf pack your headlights will be pointing up towards the sky when hauling or towing heavy loads.
     
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  15. Nov 6, 2010 at 10:09 AM
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  17. Nov 6, 2010 at 3:36 PM
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    Stuff
    all trucks do it, not just the tacoma
     
  18. Nov 6, 2010 at 4:46 PM
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    the answer is a two parter
    1- it is for mostly better handling on the street, (imo the trd off road should be lvl)
    2- for hauling
     
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