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Old 06-28-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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OME Dakar Leaf Springs - passenger sitting on overload spring???

I have a 1st Gen Tacoma. Just installed an OME suspension - rides great.

Anyways, the passenger side leaf spring is sitting on 1st overload spring. The drivers side looks fine. Is this normal? Or a bad leaf spring. I would think it should not be on the 1st overload spring....Anyone? The passenger side is also about 1/2" lower. I also thinks it has too much lean...

Anyone?

Also it seemed to be level before I loaded the truck with camping gear (approx 500 lbs). These pics are with the truck unloaded.

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Old 06-28-2010, 03:22 PM   #2
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Kind of looks like the passenger side overload spring in question was installed in the leaf pack upside down.
Gen1 leafs are side specific; are they installed correctly?
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Yes they are installed correctly...leaf A is drivers and leaf B is passenger

Unless the overload was installed upside by the manufacturer
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Old 06-28-2010, 04:30 PM   #5
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It does look like the 1st overload is arched the wrong direction.... Anyone else have this problem? Or is it defective???

PASSENGER


PASSENGER


DRIVERS...looks normal
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No no no, you've got it all wrong! His exhaust has super heated the spring and f*d it up!
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No no no, you've got it all wrong! His exhaust has super heated the spring and f*d it up!
Thanks for your thoughtful insight
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another vote for the upsidedown install of the overload spring...just an assembly error...it does happen!
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So can the leaf be disassembled and the overload spring flipped? Or does it have to be replaced?

If it is disassembled and flipped what about the 1/2" lean? The truck was level until I put 500lbs of camping gear in it.

Would that be enough weight to damage the leaf spring with the overload being installed improperly?

BTW, the suspension is 1 week old - about 350 miles. The quality of ride is amazing.
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So can the leaf be disassembled and the overload spring flipped? Or does it have to be replaced?
yep, easily flipped, just a center pin holding them together. i purchased a used set of dakars for my 05, took them all apart and cleaned them up, and reassembled...very easy to do.

will it fix the 1/2" lean...dont know. but i do know you do not want to load up the leaf w/ the overload like that. nothing may happen, but leafs are designed to work together, and that overload being installed like that is definitely working against the rest!
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Contacted ARB.

Overload was installed wrong at the factory.

I don't know if they are going to send me a new leaf or what. I think they expect me to flip it myself but I shouldn't have to pay someone for there mistake. I have a feeling that I'm going to have to fight them on this.

The ride is great - too bad quality control missed it.
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I'd just flip it myself. ARB isn't a small company that relies on word of mouth to stay in business.

Besides, it's nice to get to know your truck.
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