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Rear Helper Springs for a 2013 Toyota Tacoma  


Which is better, helper springs or the rubber bumper stops from sumo? I plan to tow a pop up camper and want to improve the suspension.


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Helper springs is a general term that can be applied to all suspension enhancement products. So what it comes down to is jounce style springs versus air bags. Jounce style springs are excellent for the same kind of load all the time, such as towing a trailer. But they also work independently side to side.

Air bags are a great option for carrying different size loads in the bed. When set up for it, air bags will allow you to level the bed side to side to compensate for varying load sizes.

If you are just towing a trailer and not using the bed for frequent loads of different sizes then jounce style helper springs are the way to go. They require no maintenance after installation and you don't have to worry about air compressors or potential leaks like you do with air bags.

If you have a 2-wheel drive model that is not a Pre-Runner you can use # TTORTUN4. This same kit also fits 4-wheel drive models (excluding the Pre-Runner) that have a 4-leaf leaf spring system.

For a 4-wheel drive model that is not a Pre-Runner and that has 3 leaf springs use # TTORTUN4L. I recommend the Timbren springs because they have a proven track record and they cost less.

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