I have a Regular cab 2011 4X4. Like all the other Tacoma's, mine has weak springs. There is not a rear leaf TSB for a regular cab. From what I have read, even if there was a TSB, the new replacement springs are weak. I have considered going the add-a-leaf, but again I believe that would only be a temporary fix, as 3 weak springs and 1 good one will only result in a flattened spring pack later.
I have read many posts and looked at many after market leaf spring packs, Deaver, Dakar. Most result in a 1-1/2 to 3 inch lifted rear and needing replacement shocks to compensate for height change. Costs without shocks are running from $400-$600 plus $200 shipping. I have no desire to off-road, my roads here are rough enough to classify as off-road anyway. I do use my truck often hauling lumber and building materials(building my own home). Larger loads I have delivered.
Has anyone chosen to go with a local spring shop leaf pack? If so, how did you have them built, number of leaves, lift? How did the price compare to the aftermarket prices of $400-600? Did you re-use any of your existing springs?
I thank you ahead of time for your thoughts and input.