02-25-2011, 07:50 AM
I'm new to the toyota world after finaliy having more than my share of problems w/Chevy! I just bought a 11 Tacoma (TRD Off Road, 6-speed) and was talking with a 10 (same truck) owner and he mentioned that after towing with his for the first time, it was obvious he needed an extra leaf spring in the rear end. His trailer was similar to mine (4000# popup camper). He took his to the dealer and they put in a 4th spring for nothing. Should I wait to see if I have the same issue or is it worth going right to the dealer and having a 4th spring put in? anyone else have this experience and did the dealer do it for free?
02-25-2011, 07:54 AM
Have you considered using airbags as an option?
02-25-2011, 10:42 AM
I don't know if it applies to the 2011 model but the 2010 and earlier had a technical service bulletin where the dealer would put in a 4 leaf spring pack if you went in and complained about a harsh ride.
02-25-2011, 10:53 AM
I just checked on a Tacoma forum and the TSB apparently does apply to the 2011 model. The TSB number for the 2010 is T-SB-0359-10. The number may have changed for the 2011 but you can bring this number to a dealers service department and go from there.
02-25-2011, 12:01 PM
depends on the dealer
but load up the truck with about 400 pounds in the bed and drive it around,
did you hit the bumpstops?
is the back end really low and dragging?
then they should do the tsb
if you get a lot of static from a few dealers then you have 2 options
timbrens and air bags ( about $250)
both will solve the trouble
i have a street tacoma so not qualified for the tsb so i i went timbrens
if you do get the tsb done, might feel like a harsh ride till they settle a bit
03-01-2011, 07:03 AM
Thank you veyr much for the TSB info. I'll let you know how it goes
03-01-2011, 07:12 AM
The timbrens look pretty easy to install. did you do it or have it done? were you able to get them thru the internet or did you have to go buy them from a dealer?
Thanks a lot for the info!!
03-01-2011, 11:00 AM
The timbrens look pretty easy to install. did you do it or have it done?
i have the street model tacoma and did it myself ( just two bolts per side)
if you have jackstands i would not pay someone to install !!!
NOTE: if you read up on them you saw they are like a longer bumpstop
so you are replacing the bumpstops.
now lifetime support/parts
and when you install you might find you need a different length or something, just call and they send out different rubber parts !
the ride was a bit "strange" for me, and the said approx 1 inch clearance. well they sent me new rubber parts and now 3/4 and made a big difference.
i didn't want to go airbags and these are no maintenance and do not require air to adjust for the load.
but serious if i was you i would think of the tsb upgrade !!!! will be a bit hi and rough till the springs settle " just throw a few bags of sand in the back for a week or so. and free from toyota
and on the tsb depending on the model new shocks ( free also)
so i would think that would be good as worth several hundred dollars