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Old 06-21-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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leaf spring build/rebuild

Hi All,

My 1996 2.7 4WD rear leafs are pretty shot, they sit about parallel with the ground. Last year I added a helper spring, worked okay, but I think they have been straightened out.

No real budget to get any of the common after-market leaf packs, might do the ProComps since they are only $100 each http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits...&t_pn=EXP33211

Still don't want to put any more money into right now, was thinking about going down to Pick-N-Pull to look for springs in good shape.

Anything I should look for while looking at junk yard springs? Obvisouly other Tacomas, 4runners, but what about T100? Another other trucks/van leaf springs that can be easily made to fit the Tacoma?

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If you're checking pick-n-pull yards....then I'd look for similar 'era' tacoma with similar engine/configuration first.

Ideally, researching online and finding out what other vehicles springs will work is another good idea.

You may want/need to measure the leaf springs to compare the compatiblity to other vehicles. http://www.eatonsprings.com/measuring.htm

Ultimately, compare prices of used versus new/aftermarket.
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yeah, thats the game plan

there is a bit a flexibility in leaf springs since adjustments can be made to the shackles to get a better fit right?

haha, wonder if some old F150 springs would fit on there, even if they were a little shot, still going to be better!
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there doesn't seem to be ANY tacoma on any of the lots out here, lots of Toyota Trucks and a few 4Runners.

I'll bring a tape measure to compare sizes, game plan is to see if I can swap out a few leafs
from the the smaller Toy Trucks to add to my current setup...could be a fun little project, any advice? I'll post pics of what I find at the yard to get people brain storming.

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