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Toyota Tundra, Suspension, Truck
Jun 17, 2006 (5:58 am)
Needed some help with rear squat. I have a 2005 TRD 4wd StepSide V8 - Titanium Silver Ext Cab. We just upgraded our boat to a 5500 pound beast and the tongue weight is a little too heavy for me. Causes too much squat.
So I have been looking for some air shocks, in order to beef up the rear tongue capacities a little, but I have run into a brick wall. I need some air shocks or heftier springs or something.
The GCWR and everything is met OK and the truck pulls just fine. We have pulled the boat ~400 miles since we got it and have had no problems.
Any advice would be appreciated.
#2 of 17 Re: Air Shocks [mongrelkoi]
Jun 21, 2006 (2:27 pm)
I have a 2003 TRD 4wd StepSide V8 with the towing package and I had the same "squat" problem with mine. I installed a set of Firestone Ride-Rite Air Helper springs this past April immediately before going on a 7,000 mile camping trip and couldn't be happier. They weren't difficult to install and I opted to direct the system to a single valve rather than two separate ones. While I never had a control problem before I installed these the ride seems to be better, albeit slightly stiffer, even without any load or weight on the tongue and they are adjustable to accomodate any load. Check them out on www.ride-rite.com. I ordered mine from www.suspensionconnection.com for about $250 including the Union Tee Connection to direct the tubing to a single valve. Model # 2245T fits 2000-06 Tundra 4wd. I hope this helps.
#3 of 17 Toyota Tundra Suspension
Sep 11, 2007 (12:30 pm)
#4 of 17 Front end wheel vibration
Apr 08, 2007 (7:29 pm)
Hey, I have seen a few wheel vibration stories on here. I had my brakes replaced a few months ago, and progressively had more and more vibration, accompanied by more and more noise from said vibration. It is annoying at any speed 0-85 MPH and is TERRIBLE at higher speeds, and more specifically around corners/turns.
I would think it is wheel bearings, but I get no shake from the disc with the tire off. I am at a loss. I took it back to the mechanic in S.C. who did the work, and he told me he found out that the front tires should be lower in pressure than the stated pressure from the tire manufacturer. He was giving me the slip because he knew I was leaving to head back to Canada. Told me that it would 'wear out' after a couple hundred miles. I knew better, but didn't have time for an exhibition.
Please let me know if anyone else has experienced this.
Oh, it is a 2000 4X4/V8-SR5.
#6 of 17 2007 Tundra ride quality
May 19, 2007 (9:39 pm)
If you live where the freeways are made of concrete, be aware of the extremely poor ride quality of the '07 Tundra on old, worn concrete freeways. It truly rides like a buckboard.
As long as the freeway is new, or decent asphalt, ride quality is good, but at typical freeway speeds, it is verging on unacceptable on old concrete.
#7 of 17 Re: 2007 Tundra ride quality [averagecarguy]
May 21, 2007 (1:52 pm)
What are you riding on? Mine is fine. Better than my Lexus! I enjoy taking the long way to and from work just to enjoy my 5.7 a little longer!
#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.