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Old 07-31-2012, 08:52 PM   #1
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possable rear spring upgrade path, using junk yard springs.

About a year ago I found thatthe front coils out of a 2nd gen Taco would fit in the front of a 1st gen withno modification, and that some of the rears would work with slight mod's.

Well now a year later thefronts are doing fine, however the rears are complete trash, and I need to replace them again guess I shouldstop hauling brick and mortar on a Tacoma

Well I have been looking at afew different "other" options, since I am working on a budget, andthe new springs will need to be used on a work truck that will have an extra800-1000 lbs of tools in the bed at all times, and the stock springs are justNOT going to hold up.

What I think I may have foundis that the 1998 Taco springs are almost exactly the same measurements as a2003 Dodge Dakota, however the Dodge weights almost 1000 lbs more than thatTacoma, plus can have a payload of approximately 1600 lbs..


99-04 Dakota:
Width: 2-1/2
Length a: 24
Length b: 32
Curb weight: 4484 lbs
Maximum payload: 1530 lbs
Gross weight: 6010 lbs (3.9LV6 4x4 5-speed Manual 5.3 ft. Bed)


98-04 Tacoma
Width 2-3/8
Length a: 24-1/8
Length b: 31-1/8
Curb weight: 3425 lbs
Maximum payload: 1694.0 lbs.
Gross weight: 5104 lbs (19984x4 v6 ext cab)

In a few weeks when I get thefunds, I will try to pick up a set from the local junk yard, and see what Iget.. But I still need to get a few more measurements off of the Dakota, to seehow easy they will fit, and have to correct amount of lift. So this maybe a nogo.. But I will be looking into it more.
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try sending doug (4wd) a PM. He's been refurbishing springs using junkyard leafs for awhile, and lots of members like his packs. He could probably help you out
http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...urbishing.html
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Are you replacing the entire leaf pack? Of course a worn out pack from a junk yard truck will wear out pretty fast.if you get a leaf pack from another tacoma you can just add a leaf from it to your existing pack to increase your spring rate. It will probably give you some lift as well. Just remember if you add a leaf to replace your center
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Are you replacing the entire leaf pack? Of course a worn out pack from a junk yard truck will wear out pretty fast.if you get a leaf pack from another tacoma you can just add a leaf from it to your existing pack to increase your spring rate. It will probably give you some lift as well. Just remember if you add a leaf to replace your center
Not true.

The idea is to use beefier leafs then Tacoma leafs such as what the OP is suggesting. By using Dakota leafs or 3/4 or 1 ton springs, since they are made for larger truck you simply cut them down to size and bam. Bigger better leaf pack.


OP, contact Doug and Cody suggested. He is a pro at this. I do also know that Dakota leaf do fit rather nicely when trimmed just a bit amd put in a taco leaf pack
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