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Improving suspension while towing a trailer across the country?

Discussion in 'Towing' started by Hempydrummer, Jun 4, 2015.

  1. Jun 4, 2015 at 5:12 AM

    Hempydrummer [OP] New Member

    Jun 2, 2015
    2000 4Runner
    3" fab tech lift
    Hey guys. I have a 2000 2 wheel drive 3.4 bigger Engine 4 runner with 230k miles on it. it has a 3" fabtech lift kit on it and oversized BF's in which I plan to downsize on this move.

    I'm driving from So. California to Nashville TN. Taking the 10 fwy across New Mexico and Texas so its pretty flat but HOT in JULY. I just had the transmission rebuilt and added a piggy back radiator just for the transmission. I have replaced drive shaft, timing belt, all belts, water pump, starter, front steering Rack, all front control arms and I guess will have to keep the truck at this point now. I hear a clunking noise in the back and determined it was the trailering control arm. Bushings are gone.

    I guess my question for the group is what can I add to the truck for better suspension while towing a small utility trailer across the country?

    Ive already put over $6000 into this truck and now that i have, I have to keep it for a long time. I haven't replaced the radiator but it looks good. I haven't replaced the rear end either. or the heater core. I know I could probably use a tune up and spark plug change. What does a tune up consist of and can I do this on my own? the trailer shouldnt weigh no more that 2000 lbs. I know the truck is rated at 4500 or so. any info is very helpful and appreciated. Thanks
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2015
  2. Jun 4, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    wnelax04sr5 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 6, 2014
    First Name:
    2004 SR5 4X4 Galactic Gray
    airbags for the rear will help a lot, sway bar bushings, sway bar end links that are longer to accommodate the lift

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