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I've got a problem with my rear end...need your advice

First, Happy New Year!

OK, not so-much a problem with MY rear-end, but the rear suspension of my '06 Titan CrewCab XE 2x4 >>>>with Tow Package<<<<<.

I bought this baby new, off the Nissan dealer's lot, in '06. It had everything I wanted except for the Tow Package. I didn't need it but the price was right and I was hot-n-bothered to get a new Titan.

I'm fed-up with the stiffness of the rear suspension. When I purchased the truck, I suspected the shocks had helper springs and I could just swap out the shocks. Wrong!

I keep about about 400 lbs. of bagged mulch in the bed as a temporary fix. Well, a year later, I'm ready to fix the problem.

Questions: Does the Tow Package version have an extra "layer" of leaf spring? If so, Is it possible to remove "it" or do I go with replacing the sets?

Is there another avenue to take to make the rear suspension not feel like a log wagon?

Thanks,
Bob
 

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Welcome and happy new year to you too!

Unfortunately, the tow package doesn't change the suspension at all. The tow package adds lower gears in the axle(s), tow hitch, heavy-duty battery, trailer wiring, tow mirrors, trans temp gauge...

Replacing the shocks will help the ride a little bit depending on what you put on there, but hey, it's a truck. You could always swap out the leafs with airbags. :D
 

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I had a Chevy 3/4 ton w/max. gross vehicle weight suspension in the '80s that rode about like this one.

So you're telling me that a non-tow package Crew Cab Titan rides this crappy?

There's gotta be a solution to this high-strung Nissan bouncy-bouncy.

I've had two Tundras that put this ride to shame. The reason I got the Titan was the: (1) crew cab option; (2) the reviews I read; plus, (3) the friends-and-family Nissan discount :)
 

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I have stock 17'' Offroad Package rims. The truck came with bfg 285 70's and the ride was really nice. Handled pretty good, but rode like a dream.

I couldn't understand anyone complaining about the ride until I put 265's on. The ride is much stiffer and a lot bumpier. I can feel every pebble. I'm not complaining but the ride was much better with a tire that was only one size up.

Maybe you could try a slightly larger tire. It could be a simple solution. Just my experience.
 

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well theres a few options. The firs thing is to swap the shocks out for something valved a little softer. Second would be to get a different leaf pack. Deaver springs can make you a custom pack thats alot softer but keeps your ride height. The drawback to this is that you really cant carry crap (anything over say 500 pounds) in the bed after this because they are so soft.
 

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When my Titan was stock, (with big tow and off road), it was bouncy too. I replace the rear shocks with the Bilstein's that PRG selects, and then modifies the mounting for the Titan, shown here.
These are not the same as the blue/yellow ones that are sold all over and probably have very different valving, so my comments only relate to those shown.
They firmed up the ride a lot and eliminated 99% of the bounciness, and made the Titan feel like it was on tracks. Where with stock, a bump that would bounce two or three times would give a single, firmer hit.
 

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Yes the tow package does change your leaf springs!

This applies to a 2x4 only.
If you have a 2x4 and add the tow package you will have 4x4 leafsprings in the rear which according to greg are much better than the 2wd
 

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