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Add-a-leaf 2009 Tacoma sport

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tommytdl, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Mar 31, 2014 at 9:15 AM
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    Tommytdl

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    I’ve already lifted the front of my 2009 Tacoma sport with 2.5” with Bilstien 5100’s and need to bring the back up to level it out (and stop blinding people in front of me lol). What add-a-leaf kit would you guys recommend and how difficult is this? I’m moderately mechanical – grew up wrenching on my old cars and still do most of my own repairs, brakes etc. changed out a transmission a few times.

    Do you think adding a leaf will do it or should I plan on adjusting my headlights down? Is there a good tutorial on how to do either of these things (adding a leaf and adjusting headlights)?



    Thanks!
     
  2. Mar 31, 2014 at 9:34 AM
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    Wattapunk

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    I have read that the three leaf 1.5" progressive add a leaf kits are much smoother of a ride than the single leaf. Wheelers sells some and I think toytec may as well. Definitely get your headlights adjusted down. You dont want to be "that guy" blinding everyone :thumbsup:
     
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    Just a tip with whatever brand you go with. If you have the leaf tsb done, go with a 1.5, if not get a 2"

    I probably opened a new can of worms.
     
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    Not to highjack the thread, but I just purchased the Wheelers HD progressive 1.5 AAL pack.

    I've got the TRD Baja suspension installed. With overload leaf out, it's about 1.5', with it in the lift is 2'.

    Should I leave the overload leaf in or take it out?

    I'm struggling with this for some reason.

    Thanks,

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  7. Mar 31, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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    Jack up the rear of the truck 1.5", and then 2". Decide which height you prefer.
     
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    I put 885 OME on mine with blisteins and had the same problem as you. Nose high. I bought Deaver 2.5 AAL. Installed them this weekend and it leveled out the truck perfect. My 2013 rear springs were nearly new but they were horizontal even with 200 lbs. in the bed. I hope the Deaver keeps it level for a few years and I will just buy a whole new leaf spring set.
     
  9. Apr 1, 2014 at 5:34 AM
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    Thanks for all the responses everyone - that's why I love this place. I've been soaking in all the responses and doing a lot of googling - now all I have to do is make a decision (and adjust my headlights haha).
     
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    He does not know what he is talking about, typical with 4wp employees IMO. The pack will need to be taken apart to install an AAL. This does not mean you need to remove the leaf pack entirely from the vehicle.

    The Icon progressive rate AAL is a good choice because it is progressive rate, made up of 3 leaves for a smoother ride as opposed to one single AAL. Wheeler's Offroad sells a similar progressive rate AAL. With these 2 AAL's, you can remove the bottom overload leaf for 1.5" lift, or keep it for 2" of lift.
     
  12. Apr 7, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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    +1

    Go with the progressive aal. A bit more money but worth every penny. I have the wheelers aal and it rides like butter compared to the single aal that I previously had that felt like the Flintstone mobile.
     
  13. Apr 8, 2014 at 8:57 PM
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    Thanks again guys. So I ended up buying the Wheelers progressive... Does anyone know if there's a write-up or a video on how to install these? The one posted above is a single leaf addition unless I'm missing something. I'm sure I'll figure it out but it's good to study a little going in.
     
  14. Apr 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM
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    So if you take the stock overload spring out will that decrease the amount of Wight that you can haul ?
     
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    Hi. Did you ever find a write up or video? I've seen it for Icon, but it requires that you cut the rivet holding the spring pack clamp so you can remove it if your Tacoma has 4 leafs. Curious if Wheelers will require this as well. Thanks for any info.
     
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