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Hi all,

This is my first post although I have been lurking for a while - there's great support info here!

Here's my question for the Tundra experts: I am looking at replacing my existing 01 TRD Access Cab with a recent model double cab. I thought I was looking for a Limited Double cab, but after driving one I was shocked at how poorly it drove compared to my 01. When I say poor, my wifes quote sums it up: " it drives like our old RV" (class C).:confused: We are used to firmer riding responsive cars, and the our current Tundra fits in well. This 06 DC we drove was slow (seemed to be noticably slower than ours) and while the ride quality was better, the handling response was poor by comparison. The brakes were lousy too! And my 01 has 175k miles on it - and it drives far better (tighter). Is this normal? Do the TRD packaged double cabs respond more like the access cabs (from a handling perspective)? Is the acceleration noticably slower?

I really like the creature comforts on the limited models, but TRD equipped limiteds appear to be rare. All comments are appreciated.

Thanks in advance.:ts:
 

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I went from a 02 TRD to a 04 DC. I would somewhat agree with the RV compasision, except I liked the brakes better. I added some coilovers and rear suspension and I couldnt be happier with the ride now. I agree with the above post, try a different truck. Maybe a stock TRD DC will be enough to make the ride where you want it.
 

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I believe the engine in an 06 D/C is SUPPOSED to be way up on horsepower, compared to an 01. I have both an 05 and an 06 D/C and both seem pretty light on their feet for vehicles of such size. My 05 (soon to be my 15 year old sons) is a basic SR5 with Bilstein shocks recently added and 120 some odd thousand miles on the truck. It has the factory 17" wheels with Michelin Cross Terrains. My 06 has 40,000 miles and is a TRD SR5. It carries the factory Bilsteins. The 06 has the 16" wheels with some new rim protector General's on it. I'll give the edge in ride to the 05 basic SR5. I think a part of the edge is due to the tires........
 

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Off the top of my head IIRC a dc 05 or newer will not only have 40hp on your 01 but another gear as well. Meaning it should run off and leave your old TRD

To mr it sounds like the dc you drove may not have been in the best of health

Another thing to look for is try a dc with the tow package, this will get you a LSD and 4.10 cogs that really liven things up
 

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Another thing to look for is try a dc with the tow package, this will get you a LSD and 4.10 cogs that really liven things up

Do you mean a DC TRD w/ the tow package, because I have a '06 DC w/ the factory tow package and I dont have a LSD.
 

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Do you mean a DC TRD w/ the tow package, because I have a '06 DC w/ the factory tow package and I dont have a LSD.

are you sure your truck is a tow packaged rig? cause I have both on my plain sr5

Do you have a a 7pin trailer harness factory
 

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my '04 trd dc 4x4 was reasonably peppy after the engine broke in for a heavy truck. Suspension was quite stiff. It had the tow package which i think was standard with the TRD package(at least it is in the 10's). It also had the LSD. If you are looking for power and a nimble ride, get a '07 thru '10 TRD with the 5.7. There power comparison between the 4.7 and 5.7 is like comparing apples to oranges.
 

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are you sure your truck is a tow packaged rig? cause I have both on my plain sr5

Do you have a a 7pin trailer harness factory

Im sure and I even had a guy run my VIN just to be 100% sure, heres what mine came with:


MECHANICAL & PERFORMANCE


271 hp 4.7L i-Force V8 w/VVT-i Engine


5 Speed ECT-i Automatic Transmission


Coil Spring Double Wishbone Independent


Front Suspension w/Stabilizer Bar


Power Assisted Rack & Pinion Steering


Power Vented Fr Disc & Rr Drum Brakes


V8 Tow Pkg: 6800 Lbs Max Tow Capacity,


Class 4 Hitch, Heavy Duty 130A


Alternator, Transmission Oil Cooler,


7 Pin Connector w/Converter


16" Styled Steel Whls w/P245/70R16 Tires
 

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Perhaps I'm mistaken and the LSD is an option not tied to the tow package. Either way I lucked out as my dc has one.


Perhaps we should make a poll
 

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Perhaps I'm mistaken and the LSD is an option not tied to the tow package. Either way I lucked out as my dc has one.


Perhaps we should make a poll

Yeah you lucked out......wish I at least had a LSD, me and my damn peg leg 2wd :becky:

But its ok, give me a few months, king kong aint got sh*t on ME!! muahhhhhhhh :devil:
 

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Thanks everyone for the inputs. It is very possible the truck I drove was beat, it looked like it was used as a work truck.
It seems like all the DC limiteds had the LSD as standard. Definitely looking for tow package too.
 

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Postscript:

I finally found a 06 DC TRD 4x4 within a 100 mile radius...it had more miles than I wanted (74k) but price was good and it was reasonably clean...so I picked it up.

Anyhow, the TRD suspension on the double cab is exactly what I was looking for relative to ride / handling. The truck seems to have good acceleration, and while it was a limited, it was lightly equipped (no moonroof or steps).

The truck that prompted my post was definitely worn out. The Limited DC I drove after was much better, but still too soft for my tastes.

Thanks for everyone's advice.
 
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