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1st gen add a leaf install write up

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Jaren1512, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Jul 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    Jaren1512

    Jaren1512 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Seems easy enough. How long did it take to do?
     
  3. Jul 29, 2012 at 12:13 AM
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    That seems like the hard way to me. I just did this 2 weeks ago. You can leave the leaf pack in the truck too. Just remove the rear tires to give you more room to work. I removed the shocks (one at a time depending on what side you start on). After that, you can remove your Ubolts, lower the axle down a little bit, C-Clamp the leaf pack, remove your center bolt, release the C-Clamp (Put small ones on the far end of each side of the leaf pack to keep the main leafs in place before releasing your main clamp), and place your AAL spring in the pack. Once it's where it needs to be, you can compress the pack with a big C-Clamp, install new center pin, cut off the excess so your bump stop can fit over it, reinstall U-Bolts, reinstall Shock, then move to the other side.

    Hope that helps! Took about 4 hours working slowly, with many beer breaks in between.
     
  4. Jul 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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    Wish I woulda posted the instructions and got that helpful little tidbit before I started work!
     
  5. Jul 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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    Yeah, same method I used. Mine was a PITA...used 4 or 5 c-clamps total though.
     
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