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Old 09-16-2018, 07:28 PM
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Truck suspension questions

Guys, I realize that there are probably better forums for this question but since you guys seem to have a lot of knowledge I thought I would toss this out. I literally don't know a single thing about suspension, springs, struts, or shocks. What I do know is that my ten-year-old Tundra is starting to roam all over the road with the current suspension that's under it, and I'm not real sure where to start. When I'm driving on the interstate and hit a bump, it seems to bounce up and down several times.... And I've noticed a lot more body roll in recent months as well. The truck has Michelin LTX/MS2 tires and factory 18 inch wheels.

What would you suggest for the optimal suspension, and where do I start? Every now and then I think about getting a new truck but there's absolutely nothing wrong with this one so I think at least for the next year, I'd just like to improve the suspension and go from there. Feedback welcome.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:36 PM
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Typically, any plastic/rubber/neoprene bushing/insulator that connects the hard parts of the moving suspension to the non-moving rigid frame, tend to wear out causing that wonder/sway.

Sway bar links, leaf spring bushings (and bolts), are examples of what likely needs to be replaced. Id go ahead and put on a new pair of shocks/struts as well.

This winter, I rebuilt the entire front and rear end of my 15 yr old trailblazer. Made a HUGE difference. Sadly, it was totaled last month. Didnt even get 10K on the overhaul.

You may find an overhaul kit, otherwise you need to piece together a la carte.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:42 PM
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Sorry to hear about your Trailblazer! Hopefully no one was injured.

It makes a lot of sense that the rubber connection pieces would wear out pretty quickly. How often do actual springs need to be replaced? I've never kept a truck this long so I don't really know. Also what brand/model of shocks do folks like??

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Old 09-16-2018, 08:03 PM
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I would put some bilstein 5100s on it. Great shock that gives you the ability to level with different settings on the shocks.
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Sorry to hear about your Trailblazer! Hopefully no one was injured.

It makes a lot of sense that the rubber connection pieces would wear out pretty quickly. How often do actual springs need to be replaced? I've never kept a truck this long so I don't really know. Also what brand/model of shocks do folks like??

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Old 09-16-2018, 08:11 PM
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Thanks, wife was driving and got beat up a little but nothing serious. Sad cause I was at 280K and was hoping to roll 300K+. Body and interior were in great shape.

Leafs and coils rarely wear out or break, but can be detected by a sagging corner. There should be specs for measuring the ride height.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:32 PM
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I would do a full suspension refresh IMHO. shocks/springs/bushings/endlinks/etc..... it will feel like a new vehicle.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:08 PM
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The truth is that I drive it like a bat out of hell, so it's worth it to me to do this right. Thanks for the additional information and the video. Any other guidance is also welcomed.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:11 AM
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I would do a full suspension refresh IMHO. shocks/springs/bushings/endlinks/etc..... it will feel like a new vehicle.
+1 especially if the Tundra still has lower mileage. The Bilstein 5100’s are great as well, but if the springs are shot and sagged then the shocks will not help as they are largely for rebound dampening. If it is also your tow vehicle, add airbags or timbrens.
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Also start with some basics … check ball joint wear as well ….. tired ball joints will have play and result in sloppy front end behavior.
Agreed on the points above too ….
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