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Old 08-16-2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Should I get the Leaf Spring TSB?

Just found out that my extended warranty and toyota care qualify my 06 double cab to get the TSB done for the leaf springs. Within a year or so, I plan on saving enough money to get the OME 3". I was either going to get an AAL or a new leaf pack...but i haven't got that far yet to make my decision on that. My question is this: is it worth getting the TSB done until i lift the truck, or should I just say screw it and deal with the crappy springs until then? The ride is not bad unless I am hauling a 4 wheeler or a trailer/boat, so I'm just wondering if the TSB makes a big difference and if it would be worth the time and energy. Input please! and a side note for all the hunters out there that read this thread, I checked one of my trail cameras last night and found this pretty cool picture on there...check it
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It will make it moderately better for towing and hauling until you get your new leaf pack. At the very least, it will make Toyota break loose the U-bolts and shackle bolts so it'll be an easier task next year. Plus, an AAL is more effective in the TSB leaf pack than the stock 3-leaf pack and will take a little longer to flatten out.
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I'd say it depends on how much you tow your trailer or 4 wheeler. If its only a couple times a year, I would just wait for the OME lift. No point in putting your truck in the shop twice within 1 year for suspension work. Just my 2 cents.
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With an empty bed, the springs appear to be flattened out, almost to the point where they seem to be almost bowing upward in the middle, opposite of how most leaf springs look on other trucks. I'm no suspension expert by any means, but it just doesn't look right, and I've never rode in any other Tacoma besides mine so I can't really compare the ride. I would rather wait for the lift, but I do haul my boat often during the summer time, and I just want to make sure that these current springs will hold up for the next year or so, and not cause damage to anything else in the mean time
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With an empty bed, the springs appear to be flattened out, almost to the point where they seem to be almost bowing upward in the middle, opposite of how most leaf springs look on other trucks. I'm no suspension expert by any means, but it just doesn't look right, and I've never rode in any other Tacoma besides mine so I can't really compare the ride. I would rather wait for the lift, but I do haul my boat often during the summer time, and I just want to make sure that these current springs will hold up for the next year or so, and not cause damage to anything else in the mean time
Oh I didnt know your leafs were sagging. In that case, like you said, so you dont cause any damage, I would get the TSB done and play it safe.
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:01 AM   #7
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I would get them done. I had Toyota do my TSB leaves 2 weeks before I installed a new leaf pack. Then I turned around and sold my TSB leaves on here to a member who wanted them and was out of warranty. Plus as others mentioned it makes breaking the bolts loose alot easier a little down the road.
Thanks for all the insight. About how much are the TSB springs typically worth if I wanted to do something similar?
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Get the tsb done and then sell the leaf pack on here. Whatever amount you sell it for, it's all profit to you. You
didn't pay for it. Also, you get a free alignment with the tsb.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:53 PM   #9
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empty bed...
Those springs are sagging quite a bit. Mine are like that with about 200lbs in the bed and I want to get mine done. Along with a front lift of course. Are the TSB leaves prone to squeaking?
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Those springs are sagging quite a bit. Mine are like that with about 200lbs in the bed and I want to get mine done. Along with a front lift of course. Are the TSB leaves prone to squeaking?
Not sure if they are or not, but nothing some lithium grease couldn't take care of.
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Old 08-23-2011, 10:19 AM   #12
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Just got back from the dealership and scheduled an appointment for this Thursday. Called corporate prior to visiting the dealership to verify that my extended warranty (platinum) did indeed cover the rear suspension issues. I was told that on Thursday they would have a service rep inspect the ride height of the vehicle, and if it was not within toyota specs, the service would be performed. Has anyone else experienced them inspecting the ride height prior to agreeing to doing the work on the truck? From what I've read on here, the TSB is based on customer complaint, but they kinda told me that was not the case. I gotta think that my height specs are outta whack with the sagging springs, but who knows. If they come back and say that nothing is wrong, will I be S.O.L. ? or do I have any leverage??
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Anybody know anything about the ride height issue? Like what the stock specs should be and how far off it has to be from spec to he considered a failed conponent? The dealership told me they would not be replaced unless the ride height was outta whack. If that's the case and I get denied can I do anything about it? And should I bring the truck to them with a completely empty bed?
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Old 08-25-2011, 02:08 AM   #14
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Take it in with a load. It shouldn't be based on ride height, should be on load capability. Would help if you know how much weight you actually have in there to compare to the load rating. Make sure you point out the shiny spots where the bump stops are contacting the frame.
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I'm not sure what ride height has to do with it. Never heard of that qualifier. The TSB has to do with the constant complaint of a "harsh" ride under load. I got my TSB done without question. Just complain about the harsh ride with even a mild load and be insistent but polite.
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There are definitely signs of the bump stops coming in contact with each other, let a lone the sad sagging springs. I have the platinum extended warranty and have been told by 2 seperate representatives at Toyota Financial Services that if, in fact, there is "mechanical failure", the suspension is covered and will be replaced under warranty. However, they told me that mechanical failure is based off of the ride height specs. My truck has 60,000 miles on it, so the dealer is being a pain in the ass about it. The truck is in the shop this morning, so I'm just waiting on a call to see what they say.
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What happened? I have the extended warranty as well (I'm pretty sure it's platinum). I tried to get them to do the TSB on my truck too, but the extended warranty reps said that they can only replace defective parts and cannot take care of TSBs.
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What happened? I have the extended warranty as well (I'm pretty sure it's platinum). I tried to get them to do the TSB on my truck too, but the extended warranty reps said that they can only replace defective parts and cannot take care of TSBs.
Seems to be that Toyota wont do it once the 3/36 basic warranty is up period! IMO not much of an upgrade unless your springs are already shot. Get a Dakar pack or Deaver - waay better.
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I have read every post about this TSB and I havent found an answer to the following: I have a 3" leveling kit in front and air bags in the rear for towing. Am I still able to get the TSB done? Not worried about mileage or the 3 years till next February... Thanks for the help.
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