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Old 05-09-2013, 09:55 AM   #1
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Hello All,

I have just purchased a 1999 Toyota Tacoma SR5 PreRunner (automatic) w/only 59k miles and this is my first post.

BTW, I have searched/read several posts here and I am excited to see so much information about the Tacomas!

Here is my story: Bought the truck from a local dealership only to hear/feel this "thud" when stopping and also when taking my foot off the brake preparing to accellerate. The dealership couldnt tell me what was causing this issue (or didnt want to fix it, idk)

So I searched on the web and found this site! Awesome knowledge base! So after a little digging, I determined that what I was experiencing is what MANY Taco owners describe as axle wrap (or wheel wrap).

Before I go out and purchase brand new suspension, I wanted to verify this was in fact what the issue was. I found on this forum an article explaing how to installed leaf spring helpers in reverse and this will stiffen up that back end enough to cure the axle wrap.

So.....I purchase the exact kit from NAPA Auto Parts here locally and set out to find out for myself if this was it. Unfortunately, the leaf spring helpers did not quite fit my truck and I couldnt use them. HOWEVER, I remembered that I also saw a post that I could just use the U-Bolts and steel plate about 4 inches away from the rear axle that that would work the same. So, I tried that and it actually reduced the "thud" I was feeling by about 80-90% !!

This is where I am at now and here is my question: The rear end suspension is basically made up of 2 parts (leaf springs and shocks).
Does anyone believe that I can alleviate my axle wrap by just replacing my rear shocks? Remember that although this truck is 14 years old, it is in perfect shape so, I dont believe the previous owner did any hard driving.

And if I need to purchase new leafs, can I go with the 4-pack? Or should I upgrade to the 5-pack to ensure the axle wrap disappears 100% ?

Thank you for your time reading/responding to this thread.

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Old 05-09-2013, 10:02 AM   #2
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do u want it lifted? or keep at ride height?
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:07 AM   #3
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I doubt just adding shocks would eliminate the issue. Regardless of the low miles your truck has its still 13/14 years old the rear components are gonna wear with time obviously. How do your leafs look? Have any curvature to them? Which direction? Generally a leaf pack would be your best option as to fixing the issue.

And as far as which pack to go with it all depends on your plan with the truck. Bilstein 5100 on all corners and a new leaf back out back would be a great option to go with.
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Well, I am indifferent about lifting it or not. It is my daily driver and do not want to sacrifice ride quality or possibly increase the stress to the new leaf springs and possibly increase my chances of axle wrap again.

If I could gain 1.5 inches, not degrade ride quality and not increase my chance of axle wrap occurring in the future, then sure, I wouldnt mind lifting it some. If so, then no.
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I dont know if this is "normal", but it appears to have 4 leafs (3 in one direction and the last one closest to the ground is facing the opposite direction).

I dont have a picture of them now, but I can take one a bit later and post if needed.
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i had a little of axle wrap and went with a AAL 1.5-2" lift.. which my springs were flat... and they gave me 1"..so depending on how bad urs curve or lack of would depend ultimately on it all...or there is also a spring refurb thread..
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The shocks have almost zero effect on axle wrap. Their purpose is to control "shock" or sudden changes in suspension geometry, up or down. Axle wrap is rotational, and a more gradual change, not in the vertical axis.

Considering the age of your truck, simply replacing the leaf springs with a slightly stronger set would be most likely sufficient.
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