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Another "Taco Lean" thread...this ones different

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by NegroTundra, May 22, 2011.

  1. May 22, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    NegroTundra

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    So, I am fully aware of the lean issue on these tacomas due to all the heavy crap on the drivers side, including driver. When I bought the truck it was a full inch lower on the drivers side. Soon after my truck purchase, I bought OME 881's for the front, and kept the stock leafs in back with an AAL. The new front springs didnt help at all. I contimplated for a while to do the trim packer or not, but given they only do 1/4" max I thought I needed new leaf springs. Well, I just got my new OME dakars installed and it was still an inch lower on drivers side. I then flipped my front coilovers (passenger to driver, driver to passenger), thinking the front springs had settled into their designated position. Didnt help at all. So my last effort, I just ordered and installed a 1/4" top plate spacer from wheelers to put in the drivers side. I am still 3/4" lower on drivers side. I am 100% positive I put the correct leaf spring on the correct side when I installed Dakars. Any thoughts? Its slightly annoying :rolleyes:
     
  2. May 22, 2011 at 4:58 PM
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    bellassaiw10

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    disregard this comment :D
     
  3. May 22, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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    Whaaaa?

    OME is aftermarket.
     
  4. May 22, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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    OME is aftermarket-It's Old Man Emu. OEM is Original Equipment.
     
  5. May 22, 2011 at 5:03 PM
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    get a 3/4 block for the drivers side.
     
  6. May 22, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    check your tire pressure
     
  7. May 22, 2011 at 6:31 PM
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    Or how about a one inch body lift for the drivers side? :D
     
  8. May 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM
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    make it happen ;p


    FWIW, the block fix is an actual fix used by lowered guys to fix the lean, since the 5 lug is spring under axle, blocks lower it so your passenger block is whatever inches you need taller, usually around an inch or so.

    a 3/4" block wont cause any probs it'll just lift that part of the suspension higher to make everything level
     
  9. May 22, 2011 at 7:26 PM
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    Anybody else got any comments? The dakars are supposed to have a drivers lean compensated arch....and I have a spacer in the driver coilover. Not really looking into any more block or spacer "fixes". The way I have it, it "should" be sitting higher on the drivers side. I don't have any abnormally heavy items on drivers side. Only thing outta the ordinary is a shell with a windoor on drivers side, which shouldnt be any heavier than a regular slider window.

    As for the tire pressure comment....please don't assume I'm an idiot

    Also, for those of you wondering; no I do not weigh 300lbs =)
     
  10. May 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    is this a manual 5-speed issue? i've never heard of this problem. nor have i noticed it on my own vehicle.
     
  11. May 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    Yes, 5 speed. And it's quite common, though shouldn't be with mine given the above mentioned compensations.
     
  12. May 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM
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    Ah.... good to know though.
     
  13. May 22, 2011 at 7:35 PM
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    A 1/4 in spacer lifts 1/2 in all spacers lift double their thickness
     
  14. May 22, 2011 at 7:36 PM
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    If you buy something that should do something and it doesnt, contact the company you bought them from saying their claim doesnt hold true.
     
  15. May 23, 2011 at 8:06 PM
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    Well I talked to Greg at Wheelers today (where I bought all my stuff) and they too were perplexed, said they've never heard of any lean with the components I have. Now I'm thinking QC on ARB/OME is lacking. Will be calling them tomorrow though I have to say, going through all the removal/install work will likely yield me complacent to the issue...
     
  16. May 24, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    i too still have the lean after the 1/4 top plate spacer. I'm thinking about getting the 1/2" inch spacer with the longer studs. my only way to get the driver side level again.
    the lean is bothering me after the lifts.
     
  17. May 24, 2011 at 8:37 AM
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    My Expos helped my lean if i had one I never noticed it I'm sitting at 27" center of the hub to the fender well that was with stock I'm not sure if the bushwhackers add more clearance at the top.
     
  18. May 24, 2011 at 8:38 AM
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    I have the dakar pack too and I driver's side lean as well. I have adjustable toytec coilovers up front. I have them set at just about level up front and I still have the lean...
     
  19. May 24, 2011 at 9:13 AM
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    NegroTundra

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    Okay guys, good to know and thanks for letting me know.
     
  20. Jun 15, 2011 at 8:35 PM
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    I have the EXACT same problem, though I haven't gone for the spacer yet. I need to call Wheelers. If this is such a common problem, why haven't the manufacturers engineered a fix in the replacement equipment design? I didn't realize Dakar did this, though it didn't seem effective for NegroTundra. Was there a solution?
     
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