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2011 DC TRD Off-road leaf spring clips bent?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by JTP, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Apr 23, 2011 at 8:18 AM
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    JTP

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    My 3900k mi old Tacoma was t-boned square in the rear pass wheel by a chevy cavalier. Aside from the rear wheel, and fender flare damage, both my driver and pass rear leaf spring clips are bent out of whack and the leaf springs them selves don't seem 100% in line anymore. It was a pretty good lateral force.

    Geico and the body shop are giving me a hard time about changing the leaf springs on both sides. They claim my truck came that way! I looked at about 20 Tacomas in the dealership's lot and non looked like mine.

    Can anyone give me some good insight as to how important these clips are? I imagine in a flexing situation the leaf springs would be allowed to spread apart right? What if the clips got trapped in between when the spring re-compresses?

    Thanks,
    JTP
     
  2. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:24 AM
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    dexterdog

    dexterdog My pee parts itch

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    I am assuming your truck has 3.9K miles on the odo and not 390,000 miles.

    Pics of said issue would help determine a more accurate response.
     
  3. Apr 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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    John3

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    The same thing happened to me in my old Cherokee. I got hit square in the rear wheel on the driver's side hard enough that it almost flipped me on my side. It moved my rear axle over 3 inches and broke both of my leaf springs. The customer service rep for the other driver's insurance company said I needed to give the other driver a break, because they were a new driver :eek:

    The other insurance company sounds like they are trying to jerk you around for an accident that was not your fault. The law states that your truck must be repaired to the condition it was the second before the accident.

    Are you dealing with your insurance company or the other driver's? If you are dealing with the other company only, get yours involved. You might have to pay the deductible, but you will be reimbursed when the companies go through the subrogation process.

    I would take pics of your springs and pics of the factory springs you saw in the dealers lot. You are also allowed to choose the body shop that works on your truck. Check with your insurance agent to see the body shop they recommend. You will get a lot more response from a body shop that works with your agent instead of theirs.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. Apr 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM
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    correction: 3,900 mi. lol

    It is my Geico insurance company and their certified body shop that's giving me a hard time.

    I'm away on business and have better photos at home.

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  5. Apr 23, 2011 at 3:53 PM
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    That would be 3,900,000 miles. Damn you drive a lot!
     
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