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Aug 06, 2002 (5:50 am)
Toyota really messed up with putting Tohico shocks on Dcab, thats why they lost the last 4wheeler (I think it was that) competition. Air pressure certainly has a lot to do with it, but you ought to be able to tell whether or not the tires are inflated properly.
Lets put it this way: if you buy a Dcab, you got no choice but to go with Tohicos. My Xtracab, TRD, came with Bilsteins, and I can't tell that they are too stiff/mushy. Yes, I sometimes bottom out if I'm offroading a little too fast, but overall Bilsteins are good. I think the best way to go is this: testdrive your truck for an hour or so, or better yet, ask if you can take the truck to drive it for a couple of days or so (I had mine for a week before I signed the papers) to get a feel for it: there's a couple of issues that you need to be aware of: first, the stiffness of the suspension. If your passengers can't ride in it, what good is a Dcab anyway? Second is seats. Seems that everyone but me and few other people complains about how sucky the seats are. Well....I can't tell. I've been on 1100 mile trips (16 hours non-stop except for gas), and the seats are fine, but you may think otherwise. You can't tell how good the truck is in 15 minutes you testdrive it.
If you buy the truck, and decide that suspension still sucks, then Bilstein shocks aren't that expensive, and you can replace shocks with a help of a friend (or alone, with a right set of tools).
And yes, TRD package provides stiffer springs. Your brother should really go away from Tohicos and put some decent shocks on. I guess Toyota decided to go with Tohicos because of increased weight of the DCab as compared to Xtracab. I'm sure he can find a set of shocks that work.
#215 of 222 Clunk After Braking
Aug 14, 2002 (7:09 am)
Have a 2002 Pre-Runner Double Cab V-6 that has developed a "clunk" from the rear after rapid braking such as in stop & go traffic. The truck has a stock suspension and I have been advised the problem might be axle or spring wrap. Im told this is where the rear leaf springs are too soft and compress into an "S" upon acceleration instead maintaining a "bowed" position. This then puts a twisting or wrapping force to the axle that causes a "clunk" when released (or unwrapped)by letting off the brake after deaccelerating. Ive noted that the clunking does not occur if I let off the brake just before the truck fully stops. Has anyone experienced anything similar and if so, is it caused by axle wrap or something else. Would welcome your comments or suggestions.
#216 of 222 Live with it, happens on just about all autos w/ compacts
Aug 15, 2002 (6:19 am)
Aug 15, 2002 (4:44 pm)
What type of shocks come on a regular Xtra-Cab 4cyl Prerunner?
#219 of 222 A/C Howl noise
Aug 21, 2002 (1:09 pm)
I have a 2002 Double cab PreRunner and I get a noise from the A/C when the engine is turning 1200 - 1500 RPM. I have been to the dealer twice and they say that this is normal. Is everyone else having this problem. It only seems to happen on hot days. The sound is almost nonexistent at night and early morning. It is very irritating on the way home in the afternoon. I can hear it over the sound of my radio. Anyone have any advice or experiencing the same howling noise?
#221 of 222 Beach Driving
Sep 02, 2002 (7:06 pm)
I'm thinking of getting a Toyota Tacoma for driving on sand at the Outer Banks. Does anyone have any experience with how the Tacoma 4WD handles in sand?
#222 of 222 Prerunner or 4WD, it's all the same...
Sep 02, 2002 (7:12 pm)
just make sure you lower tire pressure to 6-8psi.
4WD won't save you if you get stuck bad anyway, if you get stuck, you get stuck bad.