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Old 09-25-2012, 06:44 PM   #1
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Do you have to use the rear overload leaf?

I just bought a set of rear leaf springs (Pro Comp 33211 models) from a guy on Craigslist. He said he put them on his tacoma but they lifted his vehicle too much so he went with "factory" leafs. I looked at the specs on the leafs from the manufacturer and it said they give 3-5” of lift. Thats a lot.

If I find that they lift the rear too much, could I remove the overload leaf?

I don't do much hauling but do have a camper shell on my truck bed.

Would removing the overload leaf be a good or bad idea?
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Old 09-25-2012, 07:35 PM   #2
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You should have no problems removing the over load leaf. It should then only lift about 2-2 1/2 inches and still give you good hauling capability if needed.
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As far as I know the overload has no effect on actual lift.
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Sort of, they provide whatever thickness the overload leaf is of lift. They don't cause any lift due to any arch in the leaf pack though.
Thought so.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:57 AM   #5
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Now that I am thinking about it......how could a leaf give 3-5" of lift?
The only thing I can think of is that it is a longer leaf.

Does anyone have the specs for the rear leaf for a 95-97 Tacoma so that I can compare?

PRO COMP LEAF SPRING, PROGRESSIVE RATE
51.96 in. flat length;
74.12 in. free length;
9.44 camber;
60 mm leaf width;
162/340 lbs./in. spring rate;
4 leaves;
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What if you take out the bottom curved one and leave the overload in?
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I just bought a set of rear leaf springs (Pro Comp 33211 models) from a guy on Craigslist. He said he put them on his tacoma but they lifted his vehicle too much so he went with "factory" leafs. I looked at the specs on the leafs from the manufacturer and it said they give 3-5” of lift. Thats a lot.

If I find that they lift the rear too much, could I remove the overload leaf?

I don't do much hauling but do have a camper shell on my truck bed.

Would removing the overload leaf be a good or bad idea?
You can remove the overload, that ridiculously thick slab of steel
is about an inch thick meaning you could eliminate roughly an inch of lift,

Example: I've got 3" lift in back & last time i went to recycler with a load of steel I had 1340lbs (a little over the rated half tonI know) & still had positive ARC in springs..


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As far as I know the overload has no effect on actual lift.
It sits on bottom of leafpack which it all sits on axle so remove the OL remove 1" of lift
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