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Old 01-23-2012, 02:41 PM   #1
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2005 Tacoma 63" Spring Swap

OK finally getting around to a write up. My AP 3" springs had been shot for a while so my truck was started to get a bro lean going on so it was time for some springs.
Plenty of info on 63" springs here:
http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=20665
Only problem is that no one has put these under a late model Tacoma (05+) yet...until now
Before Pic (3" AP spring + 1" XJ Shackles + ATO shackle flip):

First removed old ATO shackle flip (SOLD already so please don't ask):



Welded up my new brackets (Spring Hangers are Ballistic, Shackle Hangers are RuffStuff):


Made Axle relocation plates to weld on perches to work with my RuffStuff U-bolt plates:


If you have a late model taco you know the frame tapers back quite a bit so an outrigger was needed to land the shackle hanger on:

Heres where I stopped the pics for some reason... measured the new springs eye to eye and compared with my old springs. I determined I need to move the front hanger 4.75" forward to leave the axle in the same spot. [Actually its more like 5.25" to stay stock location but I wanted a shorter wheelbase so I am happy]
To do this I made some pieces of 1" barstock with holes 4.75" apart. I whittled what I needed away of my stock spring hanger so I could swing these pieces of barstock forward to locate the new front hanger. Located the both front hanger this way. Positioned the springs and bolted up the ubolts. Front hangers are damn near frenched into the frame since they landed right where the frame angles upward.

Made some shackle from 3/8" x 2" barstock (6" c/c) and mocked up the shackle hanger.

Once I determined its position I tacked it in place and cycled the suspension. Everything seemed great so I welded everything up.
Shackle angle at ride height:




I know I have no bumpstops, that is why I left the OL leaf in for now. It will be coming out and traction bar added along with airbumps.
Spring Review:
Very happy with the end result. This spring rate seems perfect for the weight of my truck. They ride so smooth bc of the long spring, but I havent noticed the addittional length hanging up yet or dragging on an obstacle. Axle wrap is extremely low (OL still in) and no traction bar is required. Easily cycles the 14" of travel my rear shocks allow.
Feel free to ask questions if you need measurements/etc.
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Old 01-23-2012, 09:22 PM   #3
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Looks good Mark

Now go flex those bad boys
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:45 AM   #4
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He has already wheeled twice since the install lol
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Dam you have a sweet truck that's the setup I want
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looks good! Im debating on what springs I should use. I installed the ATO Flip Kit I bought from you and had too trim my fenders due to the gain in up travel I was getting.
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I'm prepping to get my 05+ 63 swap underway. I have a few questions:

- what do you have for your IFS lift
-are you running 35's
-Can your truck carry a heavy load with this setup
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I'm prepping to get my 05+ 63 swap underway. I have a few questions:

- what do you have for your IFS lift
-are you running 35's
-Can your truck carry a heavy load with this setup
I had All-Pro long Travel. Now I have the SAC.

Ran 35's and then tubbed fro 37's.

Don't carry much besides my stuff and my spare.
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I'm prepping to get my 05+ 63 swap underway. I have a few questions:

- what do you have for your IFS lift
-are you running 35's
-Can your truck carry a heavy load with this setup
He's SAC, no IFS.
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First off, sorry for bringing a post back again! This is the only post I've found for the 63" +05 swap. I'm planning on doing this swap for my 2006 single cab 4x4 tacoma. I have two questions. Could you possibly help me out with the dimensions for the rear shackle hangar? It appears to be at the very back of the frame, but your rig is just a little off of stock lol. Also, what is the purpose of the axle relocation plates/perches? Thank you for any help!
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Could you possibly help me out with the dimensions for the rear shackle hangar? It appears to be at the very back of the frame, but your rig is just a little off of stock lol. Also, what is the purpose of the axle relocation plates/perches? Thank you for any help!
First the axle relocation plates are so I can move the axle 1/2" forward or back since they provide alternate holes for the leaf spring centering pin to engage in.

As for dimensions, I will try to get some from a reference point on the frame. Basically once you locate the front, you put the leaf in and set your shackle angle at ride height to determine the shackle hanger location.
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