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Upgrading to Fox TRD Pro Suspension... any other parts I should replace?

My 2011 Trail is about 4K miles short of 100K. It still runs like new but the suspension is starting to seem a little tired.

I recently swapped my KO2s for Falkens, moving from the 275s back to the 265s. I much preferred the look of the larger KO2s but I noticed the extra weight immediately Ė more sluggish off the line, rode a little rougher, gas mileage took a hit.

After a few years running them, I decided to switch back to stock. The change has been noticeable but also made it clear the tires werenít the only thing to blame. The suspension needs to be updated.

Iíve ordered the Fox TRD Pro suspension. I didnít want anything more than a small lift up front and the Fox set up seemed to have the most advanced tuning for stock configuration.

Yes, it was wildly more expensive but other than tires, brakes, and fluid changes Iíve spent nothing on maintenance for this car, so why not?

Questions...

In addition to the shocks and springs, are there any other common suspension wear items I should update while the mechanic in there? Bushings? Ball joints? Etc?

Anything else I need to know before making this upgrade (tricks, tips, etc)?

Thanks all!
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Questions...

In addition to the shocks and springs, are there any other common suspension wear items I should update while the mechanic in there? Bushings? Ball joints? Etc?

Anything else I need to know before making this upgrade (tricks, tips, etc)?

Thanks all!
If you have KDSS, replace the rubber bushings - they're about $8 each and you might as well do them when you unhook the KDSS sway bar during the suspension install.
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If you have KDSS, replace the rubber bushings - they're about $8 each and you might as well do them when you unhook the KDSS sway bar during the suspension install.
No KDSS. Itís a bare bones Trail. I was in a rush to get one just after the tsunami hit Japan. Recall it being one of the last ones left in SoCal at the time. Wasnít sure how long production would be impacted.
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I would changing the rear springs too
what did you get for rear springs?
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I would changing the rear springs too
what did you get for rear springs?
Yes, planning to replace the rear springs as well. Was just going to stick to stock springs since thatís what the shocks were designed against. Iím looking to retain the factory height in the rear.
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Following along to see what tips you end up getting. Pocketing the info for the future lol
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Yes, planning to replace the rear springs as well. Was just going to stick to stock springs since thatís what the shocks were designed against. Iím looking to retain the factory height in the rear.
You don't need to replace the rear springs, right? Springs don't really wear out like shocks... and TRD PROs use the same rear spring as all other trims (except Limited apparently).
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Yes, planning to replace the rear springs as well. Was just going to stick to stock springs since thatís what the shocks were designed against. Iím looking to retain the factory height in the rear.
From what I'm reading bump stops might be a good idea.
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You can go crazy with the ďwhile youíre in thereĒ stuff but at only 100k miles, unless you really beat in that thing off-road over the years, Iíd probably just do sway bar end links and tie rod ends. Theyíre pretty cheap and easy to get to. You could do control arm bushings too but not sure if itís necessary for that mileage or not and youíd need a press to replace them.


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My 2011 Trail is about 4K miles short of 100K. It still runs like new but the suspension is starting to seem a little tired.

I recently swapped my KO2s for Falkens, moving from the 275s back to the 265s. I much preferred the look of the larger KO2s but I noticed the extra weight immediately Ė more sluggish off the line, rode a little rougher, gas mileage took a hit.

After a few years running them, I decided to switch back to stock. The change has been noticeable but also made it clear the tires werenít the only thing to blame. The suspension needs to be updated.

Iíve ordered the Fox TRD Pro suspension. I didnít want anything more than a small lift up front and the Fox set up seemed to have the most advanced tuning for stock configuration.

Yes, it was wildly more expensive but other than tires, brakes, and fluid changes Iíve spent nothing on maintenance for this car, so why not?

Questions...

In addition to the shocks and springs, are there any other common suspension wear items I should update while the mechanic in there? Bushings? Ball joints? Etc?

Anything else I need to know before making this upgrade (tricks, tips, etc)?

Thanks all!
I replaced xRES on my wife's 2010 LTD with the 2019 TRD Fox take offs. also changed rear springs with the ones that came off the Fox set. Nothing else.
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