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Can ride be softened

On 2015 Tundra to car like ride?


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Car like ride? No, not really.

But, more sidewall on P-Metric tires and weight over the rear axle will help.
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Sequoia is pretty a Tundra isn’t it? I imagine it’s a smoother ride. Wondering if softer socks and B instead of C tires would help.


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Sequoia has independent rear suspension.
It's also heavy and had P tires from factory.
Tundra is a truck, with rear leafs and solid axle.
For hauling and towing. Truck stuff.
I have E tires and my truck still soaks up the bumps better than my wife's last 3 small SUVs.
You can feel every crack and pebble in a car.
Aside from that, anything you do to soften the ride will also soften your payload and towing.
So why not get a big heavy SUV like the Sequoia at that point?
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Switching to a SUV is becoming an option actually. Maybe a Yukon? I tow 99% of the time. But still want a softer ride. Toyota Sequoia is an option. Though haven’t driven one yet. I have been in a Yukon. It was plushy. I’m lookin for plushy. My 2015 still has enough resale value to do something


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Sounds like you need a Yukon.
Maybe even an F150. They set up their suspension to ride like a car.
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my truck rides like a cadillac. also has just as much body roll. its great, but can be prone to roll overs


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My short wheel base '07 Tundra rides more like an old Firebird / Camaro without the frame & body flex, and it corners surprisingly well with minimal body roll thanks to rear suspension mods and street tires.
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When my 2014 DC SR5 had the stock black shocks, it did ride like a car, or more like a boat..
My 2005 DC rode more like a car than my 2014.

@RugDog did you not drive it before you bought it?

A rear sway bar well help with body roll on turns, but it won't change the ride going down a straight road..

As @H2O MAN stated, the more weight in the rear of the bed, the smoother it rides.
Try a few bags of sand or dirt back there and see if changes anything..

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my truck rides like a cadillac. also has just as much body roll. its great, but can be prone to roll overs
Rides like a Cadillac he says...


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Yeah. I drove it before I bought it. I was trading a Ram 2500 diesel. Which was way rougher, so the Tundra was great. But, after a few years, I’d like to improve the ride.


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P metric tires running at stock pressures will soak up the small imperfections in the pavement. The stock black shocks are soft, but tend to be floaty over big bumps. This post goes over the different shocks: https://www.tundrasolutions.com/foru...cks-101-q-and/ .

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It's a truck so it's built to haul and tow things, hence the rough(er) ride. The suspension in the rear is the main culprit. If you load the rear leaf springs a little it makes a fairly dramatic difference. I had a 15 double cab and had the same sentiments as you in regards to the ride. I ended up putting a 2x8 in the rear bed divider slots and then loaded the rear of the truck with some sand tubes from Lowes. I think I had 180lbs between the rear divider and tailgate. It really helped me with a lot of my ride problems, especially on segmented concrete highways. I swear if my wife didn't wear a sports bra on a segmented concrete highways she would knock herself out. The weighted bed comes at the cost of fuel economy, though. I never calculated it out but it was noticeable.

I was never able to be happy with that solution, mainly because I use the bed a lot and got sick of loading 180lbs of sand in and out of it so I just picked up a 19 TRD Pro. While it's not like a car it's many times better.

One thing I could never understand about my 15 was that it was branded as a TRD Off-Road. While I don't do any rock crawling or anything like that I do live in Oregon and spend a lot of time on mountain trails and logging roads. While I had ground clearance and ruggedness to handle the terrain the suspension would buck me so hard I can't count how many times I bounced my head off of the side window.
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My platinum rides like shit empty and on the road, which in full disclosure do suck here in IL.

My ram rode LIGHT YEARS better.

That said, I put a sand bad tube 60lbs on each side of the bed all the way in the rear, and it did smooth it out considerably.

Its still a truck and rides like one but it's a little better now.


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