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Old 03-10-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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Tacoma--upgrading suspension/Technical Service Bulletin work?

Over at the Tacoma site, there's a big tizzy about having warranty work done under a Technical Service Bulletin that strengthens the springs and shocks or struts (I'm a dumb lawyer, I don't know the difference).

I'm just curious: given the fact that I am out of warranty--as is my truck--and this is going to be out-of-pocket work, is this necessary? Are y'all towing without it?

I'm driving a 2008 Tacoma with the towing package. I'm about to take delivery on a 22 Sport. I'm not asking about the mathematics of towing: All of the numbers work in terms of towing weight and all that.

I'm specifically asking for y'all advice on whether the work under this Technical Service Bulletin needs to be done.

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Old 03-10-2014, 09:42 AM   #2
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I have a 2005 Toyota Tacoma and will be following this thread. I assume the 2005 is included in recall?

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Old 03-10-2014, 09:55 AM   #3
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If it is a recall there shouldn't be any charge. If it is some kind of "suggested" work outlined on a TSB then that would be different. Best way to get an answer is to call your local dealer and talk to the service manager.
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Don't have a Tacoma, but I remember reading they installed rear springs that are too weak for the rated weight capacity of the truck. Even people towing 17' Casitas needed the rear spring work done.

I would suggest you talk with your Toyota dealer, as I think since it's a recall, they should do it for you even if the truck is out of warranty. If they won't do it under the recall, work at spring shops is actually quite affordable.

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The Tacoma does have TSB for rear leaf spring replacement. The factory provides a three-leaf spring for a 'soft ride'. With heavier loads the springs can bottom out against the rubber cushion on the axle. The TSB provides a four-leaf spring unit that replaces the three-leaf spring set. It's an easy DIY project if you are out of warranty and mechanically inclined.

The story is to go to your dealer, tell him when you fill the back with mulch the springs bottom out. Ask if there is a TSB for spring replacement.

If you are going to tow with the Tacoma it's a good idea to get the four-leaf spring set. That will get the truck up to the full 1,400 pound payload without bottoming out the springs.

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