I'll give you guys the abridged version.
Installed my TRD Exhaust, replaced the exhaust gasket, measured the springs at resting state and they were @ 1.60". Which is supposed to be okay per Toyota spec. Slapped some RTV on each side of the gasket and sealed that puppy up. 4 days later I got a nasty exhaust rattle. Went under the truck and felt A LOT of air coming out of the bottom of the flange. Went home and could see that the springs were not applying enough force to keep this together and from leaking.
Took em out and measured them again, still at 1.60".
Ordered some springs online (no dealer within 50 miles has them apparently...) and they sent me only the bolt. Now I am just frustrated.
Cliff notes: Exhaust bolt springs are not doing their job, now I want to go and try a bolt and washer straight through it without the spring. Do I risk doing any harm?