TRD Pro Toyota reveals new off-road goodies
For 2019, the engineers at Toyota Racing Development have worked their magic on the Tundra full-size pickup (after a year’s hiatus), as well as new variations of the Tacoma midsize pickup and 4Runner SUV, all available this fall.
All three get Fox 2.5-inch rear aluminum-bodied internal bypass shocks to improve damping for everything from rock crawling to high-speed desert running and to provide better on-road performance.
Off-road race vehicles traditionally have external bypass tubes, but Toyota went for a Fox shock with bypass zones inside the shock for a more cushioned ride. For better bottoming resistance, the shock becomes stiffer at the extremes of its stroke. The front shocks are paired with specially tuned TRD springs for ride comfort and additional lift for the trail, and dust boots keep contamination out of the front and rear shocks.
The Tundra has rear leaf springs, the 4Runner uses the TRD off-road-grade rear coil springs, and the Tacoma has progressive-rate off-road leaf springs.