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Added shell, do I add a leaf?

Discussion in 'Tonneau Covers, Caps and Shells' started by emonomics, Apr 19, 2019.

  1. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:20 AM
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    emonomics

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    Hey all,

    Proud new owner of a Snugtop Cab-Hi on my 2018 OR DCLB. Has sportsman's package so it's a bit heavy. Note I have 5100's all around with front set to 3rd notch (1.1"). Suspension has about 4k miles, truck has 13k miles.

    The shell gave the rear end a bit more squat. About 3/8" drop at the wheel wells, 1/2" at the hitch. I should have taken before and after photos, but didn't. I plan to see if the truck is sloping backwards, on some flat concrete later this evening over on the old naval base (runway seems like a good place to check? ;) ) But to me it looks like it's sagging already.

    Anyway, asking for some advice. Do you think adding a leaf will help to level it out? I am okay with a slight rake in unloaded day-to-day. Other question, will adding a leaf worsen the ride? I am really liking the 5100s, they really improved the ride over stock, especially on crappy highways at highway speeds!

    Thanks,
    Emerson

    PS when camping, etc, the truck will be heavy with 2 adults, 3 kids (getting heavier), and lots of family gear. Thanks!
     
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  2. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:23 AM
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    Just get some replacement leaf packs and toss the Yota leafs in the trash where they belong. Do it once, do it right.
     
  3. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:29 AM
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    Thanks, Liftman. Recommendation? Something that doesn't squeak too much? Appreciate it!
     
  4. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:30 AM
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    Budget?
     
  5. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:53 AM
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    Assuming it's a couple hours labor either way, I would say $300 on equipment? Sound reasonable?
     
  6. Apr 19, 2019 at 11:56 AM
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    I have an 3 leaf AAL/5160s in the rear and I regret not doing a full leaf pack, I still sag in the rear

    Going to get a full set from deaver/allpro soon
     
  7. Apr 19, 2019 at 12:03 PM
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    You're going to need to bump those numbers up. Minimum leaf pack that would handle the weight you plan on is $500 (Dakars) and others just go up from there.
     
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  8. Apr 19, 2019 at 12:04 PM
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    Thank you, Liftman. Much appreciated.
     
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    You should be able to find some guys in the Bay Area willing to help you throw them on for a few beers and some pizza too. Mod days are a blast & you’ll save on that labor cost...
     
  10. Apr 19, 2019 at 12:06 PM
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    Also, this.
     
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  11. Apr 26, 2019 at 8:57 PM
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    Hi @geekhouse23 et al. -- circling back.

    Comment: unloaded out on the runway (which I checked and was level AF, as expected), the bed of the truck was also remarkably level (truck empty other than canopy). Question: is that the appropriate place to measure? I suppose at level, adding weight (anywhere), will start to cause sag. Appreciate your high-level insight.

    Second...question: what are your thoughts on ARB Old Man Emu Leaf Spring - EL095R vs.EL096R ? As a reminder, I have a canopy, 5100s at all four corners, 265/75/16+stock rims, 4 humans, and regular ol' camping shit (and I like to overpack). Only drive greens and blues, although coaxable. As you've probably gathered, budget has been updated (ahem). Interested in ideas around unloaded and loaded ride quality on-road.

    Thanks dudes!
     
  12. Nov 17, 2019 at 4:14 AM
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    Sorry for resurrecting this but I’m curious what you ended up doing? @emonomics
     
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  13. Nov 18, 2019 at 9:43 AM
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    Hey Joe,
    No worries. I ended up just adding a leaf, despite the above tacoma veterans' advice to buy once, cry once. I am happy with it, especially because my truck is seldom used for anything other than tugging the family to the hills.
     
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