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Old 05-07-2012, 01:34 PM   #1
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Rear Leaf Spring Replacement How-to?

Has anyone done a rear leaf spring swap themselves? I see this procedure sometime in my future, and couldn't find anything completely relevant when searching
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:36 PM   #2
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Which springs are you referring?
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:38 PM   #3
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Anyways most of the information that you require can be found here
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...ful-links.html

This is under 1st gen tacomas on the left side panel of the page
Then under 1st gen diy thread compiled list helpful links.
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Which springs are you referring?

duh, sorry...rear leaves
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Jack up the truck and place jackstands under frame.
Lower jack so axle is at full droop.
Place smaller jackstands under axle and do the following side at a time:

Unbolt lower shock bolt
Remove ubolts
Unbolt rear shackle bolt
Unbolt front hanger bolt

Install new spring in reverse order.

**Use new ubolts
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and treat all the bolts with power blaster or some kind of bolt lub, over and over before you do this it will make it somewhat easier. I have worked on old tag-a-long trailers and air guns would not make the old bolts move, and to save time we would have to take a touch to them.
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Geeze guys, sounds like an afternoon job, no reason to put it off, I guess!
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Geeze guys, sounds like an afternoon job, no reason to put it off, I guess!
-meaning it seems very straightforward...wasn't sure about getting the alignment correct, but that's something I'll have a shop do when I'm done
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-meaning it seems very straightforward...wasn't sure about getting the alignment correct, but that's something I'll have a shop do when I'm done
There's real "aligning" a rear solid axle. The centering pin of the leaf pack goes into the hole on the spring perch....and then it's centered.
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Jack up the truck and place jackstands under frame.
Lower jack so axle is at full droop.
Place smaller jackstands under axle and do the following side at a time:

Unbolt lower shock bolt
Remove ubolts
Unbolt rear shackle bolt
Unbolt front hanger bolt

Install new spring in reverse order.

**Use new ubolts
You make it sound very easy!
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You make it sound very easy!
As long as you're not dealing with stubborn bolts, it is easy. I did two spring pack replacements back to back this past Saturday in about an hour.
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