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Does Your TRD "Beat You to Death"?

Last week I had to commute to work for the first time - it's 80 miles one way into Seattle traffic. There are long sections of old jointed concrete roadway. At 60+ mph, my Rock Warrior begins to beat me with at least one jolt every second, probably two, with the vibration height of about 1/2 inch where I sit.

After a few miles of this it feels like my brain is shaking inside my head. No joke, with an open mouth my lower lip involuntarily vibrates. If I had to drive the Tundra to work every day I'd have to trade for something else.

I really like this truck - and until last week it seemed almost flawless. Aside from only getting 16 mpg at best, its been good.

I knew from reviews that the TRD rides rough. The salesman said that the Rock Warrior tires soften the ride, but I'm thinking that in the case of the joints in the old concrete roadways, they actually add to the pain.

Anyone else with this problem?

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Nope, my truck rides fine... They are re-doing sections of the highway that I drive on and it is entire lane width sections 2-4 feet at a time cut out and replaced... My truck seems fine... Then again, I have different front shocks now, and a sway bar in the rear...

Try playing with tire pressure see if it helps or makes it worse.


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got a ride in my friends trd and it is much stiffer than my stock sr5. Got some King coilovers, removed the front swaybars and don't even feel it now.
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Last week I had to commute to work for the first time - it's 80 miles one way into Seattle traffic. There are long sections of old jointed concrete roadway. At 60+ mph, my Rock Warrior begins to beat me with at least one jolt every second, probably two, with the vibration height of about 1/2 inch where I sit.

After a few miles of this it feels like my brain is shaking inside my head. No joke, with an open mouth my lower lip involuntarily vibrates. If I had to drive the Tundra to work every day I'd have to trade for something else.

I really like this truck - and until last week it seemed almost flawless. Aside from only getting 16 mpg at best, its been good.

I knew from reviews that the TRD rides rough. The salesman said that the Rock Warrior tires soften the ride, but I'm thinking that in the case of the joints in the old concrete roadways, they actually add to the pain.

Anyone else with this problem?

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Yep! I never noticed it before. I'm guessing because all summer my truck was loaded up with work gear & ladder racks. Since I took it all off it has been horrible.

Everything I found for bed bounce being fixed appears to cut off at 2010? Anybody know different?


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We have a section of highway downtown if you stay on at a certain speed it'll vibrate the piss out of you. A bit slower or faster and it's fine. It's like resonance on a suspension bridge causing it to fail or an opera singer shattering a glass. The first "bump" hasn't dissipated and gets amplified by the second and so on in harmony. It was pretty fun in the younger years as you could really get boobies bouncing good. Now I'm older and married and care more about dinner so I go a different route.


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There are a few stretches of the interstate out by me that does the same thing, go either 10mph faster or slower and its fine, also if I move to the left lane all is good. At least where I am it's caused by overloaded semi's creating a waffleboard effect on the road and depending on the wheelbase of your vehicle different speed will cause your vehicle to vibrate to where you can actually see the dash going up and down.

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One of the reasons I got the offroad package is because here, we do not have potholes in roads, we have road amidst potholes. Highways are better, but by a thin margin. It will only get worse.
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Hey Phil,

I just drove the I5 southbound towards Seattle... I had the exact same thing happening in mine. At first I thought I my alignment went out or I blew a couple tires. I varied my speed above and below 70 but it didn't help all that much. Once I hit the newer pavement it was smooth sailing! Not looking forward to that stretch of the highway on the way home tomorrow...

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Felt the same way when I got mine. Different speeds, different lanes did not work. Weight in the back helped, time in the seat helped.


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The TRD will be a stiffer ride, but it really shines on offroad scenarios. Tire pressure and load range plays a major role in the rough ride. The rock warriors come with BFG Goodrich All Terrains which are 10 ply tires I believe, these tires will ride rough. I personally run 10ply Michelin LTX AT2's and I run them at about 40-45 psi unloaded, produces a responsive yet not jarring ride IMO.

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You are expriencing the frame flex bed bounce issue.
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Check and experiment with tire pressure.

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My 09' Rock Warrior was AWFUL on concrete highways at 75mph. It is most definitely the bed bouce that you're experiencing. The stiffer TRD suspension and Load Range E BFG's certainly don't help matters.

My 12' RW Crewmax is much, much better, presumebly because the bed is shorter, but it will still bounce some. Not make you dizzy from your head and body getting violently shook up and down. I wouldnt feel well after driving my old RW on concrete highways, I was like dizzy for hours afterward. If I had to commute daily in that thing I would have gotten rid of it right away.

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