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Anyone know where to get an AAL installed?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tr0gd0r, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Mar 5, 2009 at 3:27 PM
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    tr0gd0r

    tr0gd0r [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Anyone previously gotten their AAL installed professionally? I dont have any 4x4 lift shops near me. Would a regular shock installer be willing to do this?

    Anyone that has gotten this done, please chime in? Also, how much did it cost? I asked a local mechanic about getting shocks installed, he quoted $50 for the two rears, but I haven't heard back about getting the add-a-leaf installed. Im not even sure they know what I am talking about.
     
  2. Mar 5, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    Ry1984

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    you possibly think of maybe doing it yourself?? Don't really have to be that mechanically inclined and you could learn a thing or two about your own truck you know.:)
     
  3. Mar 5, 2009 at 4:03 PM
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    Delmarva

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    Any place that deals with shocks, etc. should be willing to install this...

    but you should try yourself... it's easy.
     
  4. Mar 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Tightshirts videoed me installing an AAL on Rpoint16's truck. Get with him and see when the vid will be ready. You should really just DIY. its easy peasy! :)
     
  5. Mar 5, 2009 at 6:10 PM
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    tr0gd0r

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    Do you need replacement U-bolts to do the AAL or do the stock ones hold the extra leaf just fine. Just got a quote from my local mechanic. Said it would be $300 total including tax. I think thats a rip off since I know it takes about an hour per side so should only be 2 hours labor. I called them out on it and I will see what the verdict is. I am willing to pay about $100 to get them done professionally as I dont have a garage. I would love to see the video.
     
  6. Mar 6, 2009 at 7:13 AM
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  7. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Post a pic of how much thread is left on your U bolts so I can see if an AAL will fit. Driver side should take an hour, passenger side only 20 mins.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:29 AM
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    remember to C clamp the existing leaf pack so you dont have the headache of attempting to re align those
     
  9. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:31 AM
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    chris4x4

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    And when you remove the center pin, use a 6" long 1/4" extension to keep the hole lined up.
     
  10. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:34 AM
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    Janster

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    Racinkid13

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    Im in kent, I installed my own. In about 4 hours. thats only cause i didnt clamp the suckers. If youre in the area, i can help out. Otherwise, it isnt that hard to do it yourself.

    I cant remember if my aal came with new ubolts or not, but i dont remember buying new ones for my taco when i put the aal on.
     
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