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Old 10-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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Installed AAL's, somethings wrong!

I need help. The install went well but now the suspension feels solid, like a go cart. It lifted the rear almost 4", they were supposed to be 3" and I expected 2 or 2.5" because my leafs had a slight frown.
What could be the cause?
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Old 10-25-2014, 01:25 PM   #2
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I need help. The install went well but now the suspension feels solid, like a go cart. It lifted the rear almost 4", they were supposed to be 3" and I expected 2 or 2.5" because my leafs had a slight frown.
What could be the cause?
Pictures would help a bunch in figuring out what's going on.
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Did you remove your overload spring? Some of those AALs assume that you will remove that thing when you install the AAL.

I had AALs on my last Tacoma, and the rear suspension felt like a rock. I needed it for the weight I was hauling, but the truck rode like shit after I installed them. I will definitely go with a progressive AAL if and when I put one on my current Taco.
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I kept the overload leafs. I put the aal above the overload and under the other leafs.
I will try to get a couple of pic's.
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:02 PM   #5
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Thats a beefy AAL
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That's one hell of a thick AAL. Usually, they're the same thickness as the other leaves. Where'd that come from OP?
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Old 10-25-2014, 02:52 PM   #8
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I got them on Ebay, they are called "Tuff Country".
Maybe they sent me the wrong kit? These must for an F350 dually!
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That's the aal that's usually used for 1/2 ton and up trucks. You'd be better off getting a wheelers aal or making your own.
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I got them on Ebay, they are called "Tuff Country".
Should've at least gotten a semi-reputable brand like Toytec or Pro Comp.
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Yea. That won't settle much or ride smooth IMHO.
Only fix for that is a different AAL. If you have a bad back, don't even think about larger(e rated) tires.

The sharp arch that has added to your factory leafs may even be adding lots of stress to them. They look like a V rather than a gradual U. If you you are getting 4" out of that your oem shocks are likely topping out over speed bumps too.
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Yeah, these things are being replaced. I'm searching for alternatives now.
At the moment I think I may go with Wheelers 2" aal and bilstein 5100's for the front.
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get a 3 leaf progressive aal. They last a lot longer, better ride and hold more weight. I have Icon and love it but wheelers also makes a good one I have heard. So worth the extra money, raised my back end up 2.5 inches exactly, well 2.25 over stock since I have a canopy
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Progressive aal for the win
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With a rear lift I suggest getting new shocks , like someone else said , you will fully extend your shocks going over bumps and it will ride like poop and will mess up your shocks
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get a 3 leaf progressive aal. They last a lot longer, better ride and hold more weight.
@wncjim: Now do you understand that modding the Taco is a slippery slope? Have an end goal in mind (pavement queen, rock crawler, expedition, desert jumper) and buy parts toward that goal.

3 leaf progressive AAL is about halfway in cost between a basic AAL and a full upgraded leaf pack.
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With a rear lift I suggest getting new shocks , like someone else said , you will fully extend your shocks going over bumps and it will ride like poop and will mess up your shocks
Look at my build but with the Icon 3 leaf AAL I also got a 1 inch block. The U bolts that come with the Icon AAL are long enough to also add a 1 inch block without needing longer ones. Also go through downsouthmotorsports.com for any shocks (may also have the 3 leaf AAL too), best deal by far
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Try a Dastar or a tuff country but go for the longest one you can get, I got a Daystar AAl abot 30"+ and it gave me about a 2-1/2" lift and doesn't sag unless I have around >500# in the back. Doesn't ride too stiff, and should last until I can afford OMEs.
I picked mine up on Ebay from an outfit in Utah.
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