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I've got a 96 Tacoma XCAB 4X4 that has a basically stock suspension. Just installed new struts and rear shocks and the ride is very stiff. I also have noticed that the driver side sits 3/4 in. lower than the passenger side. I have been looking into coilovers and different setups for the front but I'm not sure which direction to go. I would like the suspension to be forgiving but not so loose that it bottoms out either. It is driven mainly on the road but occasionally likes to get on the trails and stretch it's legs. I would like to have it absorb bumps like the arena trucks when they come off of jumps instead of the harsh rebound of what I currently have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 

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What kind of Shocks did you put on your truck?? All Tacomas sit lower on the drivers side than the passenger side because of the gas tank and battery.
 

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I put Gabriel Ultra's on the front and Gabriel Ryders on the rear. I bought them from a local parts store as replacement. As far a the leaning, I didn't notice the difference until after I changed the struts and rear shocks.
 

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StemsCornfedTaco said:
All Tacomas sit lower on the drivers side than the passenger side because of the gas tank and battery.
Not all, but definitely most of them do. Mine sat lower on the passenger side for some unknown reason. Pretty much leveled back out when I lifted it with the Cornfed spacers.

Mine has been fairly stiff since I bought it with the factory shocks still on at 51,000 miles so I've just decided that's the way they are. :) When I replaced my shocks I put Bilstein HD's up front and OME stiff shocks in the rear. I don't know what would help a stock truck though.
 

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Bobalooh said:
I put Gabriel Ultra's on the front and Gabriel Ryders on the rear. I bought them from a local parts store as replacement. As far a the leaning, I didn't notice the difference until after I changed the struts and rear shocks.
Gabriels, ick. I had those on my Bronco II and I hated them. I dont know what there like on a Tacoma. I have Ranch RS5000 up front and Skyjacker Hydro 7000 out back. As we all know ranchos ride rough, lol and have 33" Thornbirds on your rig doesnt help the ride either : :rolleyes:
 

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Bobalooh said:
I've got a 96 Tacoma XCAB 4X4 that has a basically stock suspension. Just installed new struts and rear shocks and the ride is very stiff. I also have noticed that the driver side sits 3/4 in. lower than the passenger side. I have been looking into coilovers and different setups for the front but I'm not sure which direction to go. I would like the suspension to be forgiving but not so loose that it bottoms out either. It is driven mainly on the road but occasionally likes to get on the trails and stretch it's legs. I would like to have it absorb bumps like the arena trucks when they come off of jumps instead of the harsh rebound of what I currently have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
You should take measurements from all 4 corners, and see what is down most. 1/4-3/4 seems average for a front left.When we read what you want, we see "JUMPS".... like arena trucks. And we think POOF.... DEAD TACO. The suspension thread sticky is a good place to start, and if you still need it, and have the budget, Camburg is your 2nd stop. P.S. break something for me....
 
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