Last post on Jan 23, 2012 at 6:26 AM
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Toyota Tundra, Suspension, Truck
#8 of 17 Re: 2007 Tundra ride quality [bugchucker]
May 22, 2007 (1:05 pm)
I'm driving a 5.7 Double Cab 4x4. As long is the pavement is smooth, it's fine. But on older, Southern California concrete freeways, I feel like a bobble-head doll.
#9 of 17 We're talking pickup trucks here...
May 22, 2007 (5:20 pm)
Any truck, without a load, will ride rough—especially over bad roads. You can thank stiff leaf springs and the solid rear axle for that.
Put a load in those suckers and the ride will smooth out.
#10 of 17 Re: 2007 Tundra ride quality [averagecarguy]
Mar 17, 2008 (5:44 pm)
I believe, the truck is designed in size and weight as a half ton pickup. Toyota wants to be competitive in the truck market place, so they claim the load capacity is 1500lbs instead of the 1000lb capacity of a half ton truck. In order to do this, they have made the suspension stiff enough for the three quarter ton capacity which normally has a longer bed and is a heavier vehicle. It's trying to make a silk purse out of a sows ear. The dealer told me that the reason for the ride on my truck being so stiff, is because it's the off road model. This type of suspension is totally contrary to off road suspension where you need to suck up the bumps and not make the truck air born because it's too light for the suspension system.
#12 of 17 changing shocks?
May 13, 2008 (4:46 pm)
Has anyone tried changing the rear shocks to reduce the bed bounce issue? I have seen a couple places talk about these Rancho 9000XL series shocks as a true "fix". $100 each!
#13 of 17 Re: We're talking pickup trucks here... [rsholland]
May 16, 2008 (1:37 am)
I have to agree with Bob, put a load on the 07 tundra and you'll see the difference. If you bought the truck and give it no action (towing), then you should have been in the market for a Honda Ridgeline.....Yes i admit there is some bumping but its not anything I cant handle and its not uncomfortable. I think the 0-85mph feeling the bump is a little over stretching it. Just get in a f-250 on an empty load and youll also see that its common on all heavy towing trucks.. and of course im not directly comparing the tow cap. of the f-250 to the tundra cuz it just would not happen. If your in the market for a smooth ride go for the new dodge. There no leaf springs on that baby and it should be what your looking for if you dont like the bump feeling...but then again who knows how long youll be driving on the road with that truck....
#14 of 17 Re: 2007 Tundra ride quality [bugchucker]
Oct 12, 2008 (3:46 pm)
I've an '02 Tundra, and after 7 years, I'm still impressed with the ride and the power. I'm now ready to trade for the bigger V-8,but I'm 60 years old and if I have to CLIMB UP IN THE BED OF THE TRUCK to reach my tools, that truck is worthless to me. Toyota has fallen into Detroit's ignorant ass habit of "mine is bigger than yours". If I want a toyota I can reach as far as the middle of the bed, my only option is the tacoma,but I'm done with little cabs. I guess I'll have to wait for toyota to retool the tundra. I really don't care whether "yours" is bigger than "mine", I just want something I can work with, and best I can tell, the '03 tundra is the last year they made a sensible work truck(unless you're 6' 8" tall).My original reason for entering this forum was to ask what is the best replacement shock for these older Tundras?
#15 of 17 Re: 2007 Tundra ride quality [akadannyboy]
Nov 03, 2008 (6:57 am)
#16 of 17 Re: Front end wheel vibration [scfarmerjack]
Sep 16, 2010 (12:43 pm)
hey, i have a 2008 5.7 2WD crewmax that has TRD. I have 37,000 miles. Lately, I have front end clunking noise only when you turn the wheel all the way to the left or right(as if you were making a tight u-turn). I can hear the noise, and I also can feel a popping sort of grinding which travels through the steering column and into the steering wheel. It sorta sounds like worn out CV-joints. The truck seems to wander from side to side when I drive over pot holes or a rough street. I think it's the ball joints. Anyone out there having this problem. Taking it into dealership soon.
Jan 23, 2012 (6:26 am)
I could not be happier with this truck. Question is , what is best time to replace shocks and struts for peak ride performance.