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Old 12-16-2012, 08:58 AM   #1
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1.5" progressive 3 leaf aal vs 2" single aal

I have a 99 prerunner with saggy 3 leaf rear suspension. I've done a lot of research on TW about this and I think I've settled on billy 5100s up front and pro-comp es3000s in the rear. but I'm still not sure if I should go with the wheelers off road 2" single aal (total ~ $300; barely out of my immediate price range)
or save some more money to buy wheelers 1.5" lift 3 leaf progressive aal (total ~ $400; definitely out of my immediate price range)

so anyone have opinions on these two products, compare/contrast?
which is best equipped to fix my saggy leafs?
should i wait and save up for
3 aal, or just get the single?

i can't afford brand new leafs fyi

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Old 12-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #2
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Was reading on this thread the other day, pretty good info. I'd say go with the 3 leaf progressive pack unless you don't mind a stiff ride described by other users/members. I'm currently running the Icons AAL on my 05 and no complaints here.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/sus...ween-aals.html
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Old 12-16-2012, 01:35 PM   #3
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I mostly wanna know which helps with the sag best and how they hold up over the years. i originally was just gunna get the typical 1 in aal until i saw these 2 in but after seeing the progressive, i'm at a crossroads
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Old 12-16-2012, 02:31 PM   #4
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junk yard, chevy truck springs , 2 per side, about $100 bucks including centerpins, maybe a little more with new U bolts
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junk yard, chevy truck springs , 2 per side, about $100 bucks including centerpins, maybe a little more with new U bolts
hmmm i wonder if i could use the u bolts i have on my leafs now (axle wrap mod and leaf helpers)
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hmmm i wonder if i could use the u bolts i have on my leafs now (axle wrap mod and leaf helpers)

Ideally, we should always replace them once they've been removed, that said, I'm not rich (its not like they're real expensive) but even if I was I would find it hard to shitcan some otherwise good Ubolts, it all depends on how much thread stretch there is .. (or maybe if you live in rust belt where you'd have to cut them off )

I've had the same U bolts since day 1 (except for one) & have taken them off at least 15 or 20 times, never hard to tighten or loosen & seem to stay tight after torquing them down
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:02 AM   #8
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Most people are fans of progressives, myself included (yet I bitch about them ), let me explain, if a progressive spring is done correctly they're probably the best spring you'll ever ride on, problem is no single manufacturer really does them right, oh they may seem right (anything better than stock right ) but they're just generically configured, not saying they just use random thickness's of thicker-to-thinner springs just saying that its not cost efficient for them to do all the R&D work it takes for vehicle specific applications, I've had 1 progressive leafset custom made for my '72 Dodge Power Wagon from National Spring & it was almost $1000.00 (in 1970 $dollars) A custom true progressive for my 1st gen thru them starts at $1200, already checked into it... thats alot of $$ for springs
assuming i do go with the wheeler's progressive aal, would it be wise to spend the extra 10 or so bucks on the 1mm thicker set? wheelers claims they are custom made for tacomas, doesn't have square edges, etc
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assuming i do go with the wheeler's progressive aal, would it be wise to spend the extra 10 or so bucks on the 1mm thicker set? wheelers claims they are custom made for tacomas, doesn't have square edges, etc
The only difference between the 2 Wheelers, 3 leaf AAL packs is the one has 1mm thicker 2nd and 3rd leaves. Everything else is the same, they are both made for Tacomas, just the one with thicker leaves will give you slightly higher spring rate.
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zuk mod!!!
what????


got my shit the other day, now i gotta install it or get it installed. i think all i lack to do the rear myself are some jack stands and a floor jack and the front i dunno yet

EDIT: got it done!!!!
before


with just the billys in there


after billy struts, wheelers progressive aal and rough country 9000 shocks



rear under view




no more posts for a while from me, im gunna enjoy 666
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