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Add a leaf installation.

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Jamie R. Cherry, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Mar 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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    Jamie R. Cherry

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    I just installed add a leafs on my 2005 tacoma. Had one hell of a time. It looks real easy on the computer. It took about 6 hrs for one side. If I didnt have some help I wouldn't have been able to install the drivers side.
    That being said I took it to my brothers garage and we installed the the passenger side in a half hour. I am a very hands on guy but doing this job on the ground sucked. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The pictures on the web make it look like the springs will drop when you lift the rear of the truck. It won't. I had to use a 5' pry bar just to get enough room between the lower leaf and the upper two leafs. My only problem now is that i gained about 4 inches in the rear and it looks alittle funny. I'm wondering if new srings or shocks in the front will bring the front up aliitle bit?
     
  2. Mar 4, 2012 at 3:04 PM
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    Which AAL did you use?
     
  3. Mar 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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    What aal did you use ? I did it in my garage on the ground and it wasnt bad at all .
    4" lift from aal ? Can you post some pictures of the leaf pack I'm curious to see this.
     
  4. Mar 4, 2012 at 3:08 PM
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    X2 I didn't have that much trouble, It took me 3 hours total by myself.
     
  5. Mar 7, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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    I purchased the aal from Spring force leaf springs. Did you use jack stands?
    I used them and had to lower them to the lowest setting to relieve as much pressure of the axle as possible and still needed a 5' pry bar. I will take a picture of my truck and the redone leaf pack.
     
  6. Mar 7, 2012 at 5:14 PM
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    My truck bottomed out every time a hit even the smallest bump. Wait until I post the picture. I am hoping that if I lift the front 2 inches it will even out.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2012 at 8:24 PM
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    i used jack stands on the frame not the axle . :confused:
    id like to see these pics
     
  8. Mar 8, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    Weird. I did mine in my driveway and only took about an hour. Be it, I have a nice compressor and good air tools but it shouldn't take 6.

    Did you put the AAL in correctly? Long side to the rear? Or is yours equal length?
     
  9. Mar 8, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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    I also used air tools. The new spring is equal distance from center hole. The new spring wasnt the problem. It was getting the old ones to seperate. I measured the height again 2day I gained 3.5 inches not 4.
     
  10. Mar 8, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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    Did you unbolt the u-bolts on both sides or just one at a time? You might have been fighting the leaf pack on the other side some.

    3.5" from a single AAL is a lot. That also could have been your problem, I'll bet that AAL had a hell of an arch to it! Most AAL's are 1.5 - 2".

    If you had factory rake when you started, gained 4" in the rear, what makes you think lifting it 2" up front will level you out?
     
  11. Mar 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    I unbolted one at a time. The AAL does have quite an ach to them. As amatter of fact the old ones are lined right up with the new ones. I am gonna post a picture asap.
    I figure I will have to raise the front 2 or three inches to bring up the front to respectable height. Did I mention that I need an alignment now!





     
  12. Mar 13, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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    5100s will get you up to 2.5"
     
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