What Can I Do To Improve The Ride Quality On My Lifted Truck? Ask TundraHQ
A recent commenter on our Tundra tire replacement guide asked:
I’m a new owner of a 2008 Toyota Tundra with a 3 inch lift kit, and I’ve noticed that the ride on my lifted 2008 is much rougher than the ride on a new 2011. My question is: What can I do to improve the ride quality on my lifted truck?
While lift kits usually degrade a truck’s ride and handling (at least most commonly installed kits), there are some things you can do to “treat” the rough ride problem.
First, check your tire pressure. If your tires are over-inflated, the ride will be harsh. Most people run at 35-40 psi, but you can get away with pressures as low as 32 psi. If you reduce pressure in the tire, the ride will get better…just be sure to periodically check your tires for cupping or uneven tread wear and increase pressure accordingly.
Next, check the shocks – are they factory? If so, you want to invest in some after-market shocks that are built for lifted trucks. See this article on after-market truck shocks (there’s a section for lifted trucks halfway down the page). New shocks – especially premium quality shocks with sophisticated valving systems – can make a world of difference in ride quality, not to mention performance off-road and on the highway.
Check the springs. Finally, you want to double check that the truck doesn’t have either a) helper springs out back or b) stiffer springs up front. Both of these things are relatively rare on a truck with a 3″ lift, but you never know. Rear helper leaf springs are sometimes used to lift the rear end, but they usually ruin the ride of a bigger truck. Up front, people can install a heavier duty set of coils, but these really shouldn’t be used unless your truck is going to be carrying around a heavy steel bumper and/or a big winch. Either would cause your truck to ride very roughly.
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