how much weight can i safely put in the bed of my 97 toyota tacoma?

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Old 30 Mar 2014, 05:10 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default how much weight can i safely put in the bed of my 97 toyota tacoma?

so i gotta haul a bunch of potting soil soon for my girls garden. I own a 97 toyota tacoma V6 manual 3.4 liter. the truck is basically stock except my ARB bumper and my suspension. Anyway I need to know how much weight can SAFELY be put in the bed of my truck...(Safely meaning without damaging anything) I know what the tow weight is, but i will not be towing just putting bags of potting soil in the bed. I looked it up and each bag of soil weighs 40 pounds (dry weight, and the kind that i'm buying) so to be extra safe let's just say each bag weighs 50 pounds. I'm thinking i could put like 12 to 15 bags in my truck, but i don't know. what do you guys think?
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Old 30 Mar 2014, 05:25 pm   #2 (permalink)
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The 2WD V6 T-100 is rated to 2150Lbs. But with the age of the truck I would say you would be completely safe in between 3/4 and 1 Ton. You should have no problem carrying 30-40 Bags at a time should you need to.
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Old 30 Mar 2014, 05:39 pm   #3 (permalink)
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regardless of running gear options, or wieght class,

since it is a 97, used, the springs back there aren't exactly new.

i wouldn't bother with the math. or trying to load her to new truck limits. go by the spring profile.

load her up to the back of the cab, distributes the weight better-front/back. then look at your leaf springs as you load. stop *b4* they go flat. little arch is all that's needed. just don't want the axle housing hitting the bump stops above.

this platform is under rated when it comes to axle bearings, brakes, rear diff, trans and such. AISIN products are ranked best in weight class. arguably better then Dana products.

springs are it's weak link or limiting factor when it comes to bed load.

even new truck, or new springs, or over rated/helper springs (to a point), the rear springs will reach their limits b4 any AISIN product is in danger.
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