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Old 07-28-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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1st gen add a leaf install write up

Hey just installed an add a leaf on my 98 taco. looked around on here for an install write up with no luck... so I found one. Hope it helps SOMEONE!

http://www.autoaccessoriesgarage.com...tall/RTU20.pdf
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Seems easy enough. How long did it take to do?
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That seems like the hard way to me. I just did this 2 weeks ago. You can leave the leaf pack in the truck too. Just remove the rear tires to give you more room to work. I removed the shocks (one at a time depending on what side you start on). After that, you can remove your Ubolts, lower the axle down a little bit, C-Clamp the leaf pack, remove your center bolt, release the C-Clamp (Put small ones on the far end of each side of the leaf pack to keep the main leafs in place before releasing your main clamp), and place your AAL spring in the pack. Once it's where it needs to be, you can compress the pack with a big C-Clamp, install new center pin, cut off the excess so your bump stop can fit over it, reinstall U-Bolts, reinstall Shock, then move to the other side.

Hope that helps! Took about 4 hours working slowly, with many beer breaks in between.
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That seems like the hard way to me. I just did this 2 weeks ago. You can leave the leaf pack in the truck too. Just remove the rear tires to give you more room to work. I removed the shocks (one at a time depending on what side you start on). After that, you can remove your Ubolts, lower the axle down a little bit, C-Clamp the leaf pack, remove your center bolt, release the C-Clamp (Put small ones on the far end of each side of the leaf pack to keep the main leafs in place before releasing your main clamp), and place your AAL spring in the pack. Once it's where it needs to be, you can compress the pack with a big C-Clamp, install new center pin, cut off the excess so your bump stop can fit over it, reinstall U-Bolts, reinstall Shock, then move to the other side.

Hope that helps! Took about 4 hours working slowly, with many beer breaks in between.

Wish I woulda posted the instructions and got that helpful little tidbit before I started work!
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:27 AM   #5
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That seems like the hard way to me. I just did this 2 weeks ago. You can leave the leaf pack in the truck too. Just remove the rear tires to give you more room to work. I removed the shocks (one at a time depending on what side you start on). After that, you can remove your Ubolts, lower the axle down a little bit, C-Clamp the leaf pack, remove your center bolt, release the C-Clamp (Put small ones on the far end of each side of the leaf pack to keep the main leafs in place before releasing your main clamp), and place your AAL spring in the pack. Once it's where it needs to be, you can compress the pack with a big C-Clamp, install new center pin, cut off the excess so your bump stop can fit over it, reinstall U-Bolts, reinstall Shock, then move to the other side.

Hope that helps! Took about 4 hours working slowly, with many beer breaks in between.
Yeah, same method I used. Mine was a PITA...used 4 or 5 c-clamps total though.
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