• Sep 28th 2010 at 5:00PM
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Any pickup truck driver will tell you that the overall ride of their vehicle improves with a little bit of weight in the bed, but some trucks are naturally worse than others when it comes to unladen comfort. In fact, this exact issue is why Chrysler made the decision to switch to coil springs in lieu of the more common leafs in the rear of the latest fullsize Ram trucks.

But there's one fullsize truck on the market that has gotten more complaints than any other, and it's the 2007 through 2010 Toyota Tundra. For whatever reason, owners of these particular trucks tend to complain of a choppy ride much more often than owners of competitor's trucks, and, despite a host of aftermarket solutions to the problem, for years these complaints went unacknowledged by Toyota.

Not any more. According to the boys at Tundra Headquarters, the Japanese automaker has finally announced a TSB that is intended to greatly reduce the so-called bed-bounce issue that has plagued the truck since '07. The TSB applies only to Double Cab Tundras and involves replacing the rear body mount bushings with new, upgraded units. It's also important to note that this is a TSB, not a recall.

We've gone ahead and pasted the TSB after the break, and you'll also find a video produced by a company that sells the Willybar ballast, which is intended to greatly reduce the bed-bounce problem. Judging from the graphic results in the video, we'd say the Willybar does its job rather admirably. Hopefully, Toyota's TSB will prove just as effective. Thanks for the tip, Joel!

[Source: Tundra Headquarters]

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The Tundra performs similarly to other long wheelbase trucks on choppy, broken concrete surfaces. The enhanced cab mounts of this TSB reduce the amplitude of body vibrations caused by uneven road surfaces, but they do NOT eliminate the sensation entirely. Customers should be counseled that they will experience an improvement in the condition and their truck will perform better than competitors in identical conditions, but some body shake is a normal and unavoidable condition in certain situations with this type of vehicle.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Tundra is one sexy truck...maaaaan thats how trucks should look like inside and out
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because it takes time for everyone to come around, just like the millions of morons that bought utter garbage 80's and 90's GM, Ford and Chrysler. It took a few generations to see the blinding truth.

      (Taurus, Lumina, Celebrity, Monte Carlo, Sebring, Omni, Shadow, Contour, Tempo, Dynasty, LHS, Citation, Avenger, Stratus, Deville, Catera, Continental, Explorer, Blazer.......)

      Two years of making great cars isn't gonna bring EVERYONE around, especially considering the crap these companies just went through, the domestics have come a long way and people are seeing Toyota's quality issues, give it time.

      By the way, I'll give you a little insight on why it might take longer for people to stray from the imports....personal experience. In the 80's and 90's people went from getting 100K out of a car and watching it disintegrate to getting 200K out of their japanese imports. It was a personal experience. Not many people are getting the personal experience of UI, I'm not saying its not real, I'm just saying its more of a media blitz, millions of people are personally experiencing it as they personally experienced their 1986 chevy celebrity blow a head gasket at 85K.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although the Willy bar or what ever they call it mask the real problem, who on this earth would want 3 sheets of plate steel loaded in the back of there truck. Oh, loading a problem, just use this handy little ramp we devised to help slide cargo over the Willy bars. Ok problem solved except for where to store it when you are not using it. How much does all of this weigh? I bet there are a lot of placed to bolt on some ballast on the rear portion of the frame, out of sight and no ramp needed to load cargo. I wonder what the TSB actually fixes? I grew up driving a 66 Chevy 3/4 ton pick up that would pull down the empire state building and haul it to scrap with out squatting. I was not concerned about the ride quality. Do you want a MAN'S truck or a girl's truck?
      • 4 Years Ago
      haha just but a bunch of weight in the back , genius
      • 4 Years Ago
      Used to work in forestry (10 years). Forest fire fighting and forest management.
      I drove all the NA (North American) trucks. After one year, the trucks were so loose and bouncy, it was always a joke who would snap the frame on one of them.
      Then came the Toyota truck. We were impressed by how the dash didn't feel like it was going to fall on your lap after a couple years of work.

      But I now have to admit that Toyota has lost a generation of technological advance over the new big 3 NA trucks.

      I fully expect them to try hard to improve their products to compete, but unfortunately, the "image" war is all but lost right now.
      That is something even harder to fix than any defect or design...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lol.. stiffer rubber bushings to fix a bad rear suspension design?
      I'm not an expert in suspension or anything, but I don't think that comes anywhere close to being a 'fix'. Hopefully future models come with better rear shocks and such.
        • 4 Years Ago
        likely all it does is it does not allow the bed to move as much and hit any high point therefore creating a bounce noise
        the noise will likely be gone now, but the rest of the issue will remain

        since people complain on noise the issue will be gone to them as there is no longer a noise

        this truck must be to Toyota like the original Focus was to Ford - all kinds of issues and TSBs and recalls

      • 4 Years Ago
      I experienced this when I was test driving one 2 years ago. It was a deal-breaker.

      If I recall correctly, Ford even showed that during those "Best Truck" segments on their F150 website.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, that Ford comparo video of the Tundra bucking is golden.

        Wonder why AB didn't embed it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can copy the recipe and bake the cake...but you cant copy soul

      Sorry Toyota...guess you're gonna have to try a little harder
      • 4 Years Ago
      The problem isn't the trucks, but the messed up freeways all over the country. Also, who drives that fast in those bumpy conditions like in that comparison test anyways?? I'm sure that people who go off-roading will upgrade their suspension anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The problem isn't the trucks, but the messed up freeways all over the country.

        lol...get back in your Avalon gramps. If a truck cant handle the freeway bumps (which isnt their main purpose) then thats just sad.

        Also, who drives that fast in those bumpy conditions like in that comparison test anyways??

        People who buy trucks that need to use them like trucks. You know what a ranch is? And no...not the kind you put on your tofu patty.

        I'm sure that people who go off-roading will upgrade their suspension anyways.

        If they crawl...maybe. But most are just posers with obnoxious lifts. And...automakers shouldnt skimp on products with the assumption that "the customer will just upgrade it anyway"

      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened to Toyota's story that,"it is supposed to flex like that, we designed it that way."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I remember seeing that also in the F-150 comparison with the Tundra, it was out of control actually. Makes you wonder why the issue wasn't fixed earlier on, it's been a few years already that customers have been complaining about that...and all for bushings worth a few dollars?
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about just don't buy a Toyota truck.....or any Toyota for that matter....and then you won't have to spend, who knows how much, on some powder coated pieces of thick sheet metal weights to help your truck drive correctly.
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