Suspension Breakdown in Death Valley - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

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edited July 2017 in Toyota
imageSuspension Breakdown in Death Valley - 2016 Toyota Tacoma Long-Term Road Test

We thought our long-term 2016 Toyota Tacoma would be a great companion in Death Valley, but the washboard roads had a whole different set of plans.

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  • willin58willin58 Member Posts: 38
    I wonder if the Colorado Z71 would have had similar issues - I doubt it. The ZR2 would laugh at the washboards.
  • 5vzfe5vzfe Member Posts: 161
    I don't know, unless the Z71 has shocks with some form of fluid reservoirs, I think it would've met the same fate as the rest of the trucks. I think the ZR2 - and the Tacoma TRD Pro - would have fared better since their shocks have those extra cooling abilities.
  • tlangnesstlangness Member Posts: 123
    Remote reservoirs would probably act very very differently under these conditions. ZR2, TRD Pro, Raptor etc.
  • agentorangeagentorange Member Posts: 893
    Again, what wheels and tires and how much weight. My Xterra has 265/75 tires on 16" rims. Lots of sidewall to mitigate some of the washboard. I'll bet all of these vehicles have 17" or larger rims and less sidewall. Less sidewall and greater wheel/tire weight has to stress the shocks more than an old school set up. Biggest problem with 15" rims is getting brakes that work given the insane overall weight of vehicles these days.
  • actualsizeactualsize Santa Ana, CaliforniaMember Posts: 451
    The TRD Off-Road Tacoma rolls on 16-inch wheels - plenty of sidewall. The same can't be said for the Titian, though. I think it has 18-inch wheels and shorter sidewalls - Its also an HD truck that has a standard tire pressure of 65 psi!

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