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axle wrap CHEAP MOD!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TAC1, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Mar 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM
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    TAC1

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    Hello forum,

    From what I've read from a few posts on this forum you can add 2 u-bolts to your leaf springs and eliminate the "bump" that you feel after coming to a complete stop. YES! IT'S TRUE! I did it with some u-bolts that I had. I want to buy the correct size (these are 3" wide, our leafs are 2.5"'s wide) but I wanted to see for myself if this was true. I stomped on the gas, braked hard, swirved, and not only is the bump gone but the rear is more firm. All I wanted was that. I have the Timbrens and they handle loads magnificently.
    I do have 2 questions though that I couldn't find answers for:

    1) Do you have to mount it with the wheels off the ground or with the weight of the vehicle on the leaf springs?

    I mounted it with the tires off the ground.

    2) What is the best spot to mount the u-bolts?

    I mounted mine on the leaf spring between where they bolt up to the chassis in the front and the little piece that keeps the springs together when the suspension is extended.

    Its working great but I don't want to damage anything by putting it in the wrong location.

    BTW, I will order the correct size u-bolts from "thesuspensionking.com". They will be 9/16" in diameter with 2.5"'s (inside width) & 4"'s (inside length). Any info or advice will be greatly appreciated. THANKS :)
     
  2. Mar 28, 2012 at 5:53 PM
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  3. Mar 28, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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  4. Mar 28, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    danimal92sport

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    Lemme help you with that:

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    Got link to the write up you used?
     
  5. Mar 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    cintocrunch

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    Does it help with the axle wrap that causes the rear axle to bounce under hard acceleration?
     
  6. Mar 28, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    does this help with the rough ride with the 6 inch lift kit ?? Im a little confused about what this actually does for ride quality ??
     
  7. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM
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    TAC1

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  8. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM
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    im gonna check into that, thanks for the link
     
  9. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    Spring clamps stopped my axle wrap. But they don't stop the other issues caused by weak springs, namely load capacity and ride changes.

    The best axle wrap solution is of course a traction bar, but that takes a bit more know-how or $ to get done.

    To answer the OP:

    - Mount with the suspension weighted. This is how your suspension will behave when you use it, this is the one you need to effect.

    - Mount the clamps as close as possible to axle itself, only moving them forward enough to stop axle wrap. This minimizes changes in how the leaf springs behave (although you will still accelerate wear some by doing this).
     
  10. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM
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    Ride quality will be rougher. You are stiffening the rear spring.
     
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