This short article about towing with a Toyota Tundra. We’ll discuss rear end squat: why it happens, why it’s a problem, and what you can do about it. We’ll also reveal a great solution for rear end squat.
- Why does my new Tundra squat when towing?
- Is rear truck squat a safety issue?
- How can I prevent my Tundra from squatting when I tow?
- What makes Timbren SES the best option for towing with my new Tundra?
- What’s the warranty on Timbren SES suspension kits?
Why does my new Tundra squat when towing?
Perhaps you’re asking, “Shouldn’t my new Tundra have better rear springs?”
Even though both Toyota Tundra trim packages SR and SR5 have a maximum towing capacity of 10,200 pounds, it doesn't mean you’ll somehow avoid rear suspension squat.
Here’s why: Metal springs (leaf and coil) are linear, i.e., their spring rate remains the same as it compresses all the way to the bottom. On the other hand, a progressive suspension enhancement system – like the ones found in a Timbren SES kit – has a spring rate that increases as it continues to compress all the way down.
What does this mean? It means that Timbren rubber suspension upgrades are stronger than steel by a long shot!
FYI - Here are four factors that also contribute to rear suspension squat:
The trailer is too heavy
If the weight of your trailer exceeds the payload capacity of your tow vehicle, you will not be able to tow it safely or legally. Payload capacity is the amount of weight the truck can legally handle including people, cargo inside the cab and in the bed, and the tongue weight (weight placed on your hitch). When you start adding all of these things up, you max out pretty quickly.
Uneven weight distribution
Many people are within the weight limits on paper but still, have uneven and unsafe loads. Setting up your trailer so you have the proper amount of tongue weight is just as important.
A proper weight distribution hitch can eliminate squatting in many vehicles. Vehicle manufacturers recommend them when towing over a certain weight. Also, the setup of the hitch is important because you will need a certain amount of tongue weight when towing.
Some suspension issues, such as weak leaf springs, may not present themselves without a load. If you notice a drastic amount of squatting when weight is added to your vehicle, have your suspension checked out. If you tow regularly, suspension parts will wear out faster. So regular maintenance will be necessary.
Why is rear truck squat a safety issue?
Truck squat is the visible effect of excessive payload on the rear axle. In other words, the front end of the vehicle shoots upward while the back end slumps downward. Truck owners often underestimate the problem of driving a vehicle in this position. They fail to realize that the handling dynamic of their vehicle will suffer greatly!
With rear end sag, you’ll experience these side effects:
- Uneven tire wear
- Inability to stop quickly
- Unresponsive steering capabilities
- Difficulty maintaining control of the vehicle
The simple solution to the problem of squat would be to install a suspension enhancement kit like a Timbren SES suspension upgrade.
What can I do to prevent my Tundra from squatting when I tow?
As stated clearly above, there are four factors that can contribute to suspension squat:
- The trailer is too heavy
- Uneven weight distribution
- Inadequate hitch
- Suspension problems
Also, installing a Timbren SES suspension upgrade is the best way to prevent your Tundra from squatting. Additionally, Timbren SES upgrades provide you with 4 other advantages:
- Keep your vehicle level
- Prevent body roll and sway
- Absorb road shock
- Help you maintain control of your vehicle
An easy-to-install Timbren SES suspension upgrade is also easy to maintain.
What makes Timbren SES the best option for towing with my new Tundra?
When compared with other products, most people choose Timbren SES upgrades. Why? Because they’re bulletproof. Which makes them reliable. If you want plain and simple without all the bells and whistles of an airbag system, Timbren’s SES no-maintenance system is your ticket to happy and safe towing.
What’s the warranty on Timbren SES suspension kits?
Timbren SES (Suspension Enhancement System) kits are warranted against defects in material and workmanship, under normal use and service for the life of the vehicle on which the kit was originally installed.
Every Timbren SES suspension upgrade comes with a full, no-BS Lifetime Warranty and a 100-Day Money Back Guarantee.