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Bad rear suspension?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ffirg, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Aug 1, 2011 at 9:19 PM
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    ffirg

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    So I'm trying to figure out what I should do about my rear suspension. If I stand in the bed of my truck and slightly hop the suspension bottoms out. I weigh 220 pounds and I just don't think that is right. And the front coils also look pretty shot. Is there a way to tell if the leaf springs are bad? I think this might be an excuse to slap some 5100's and new coils/leaf springs. Anybody think that lift would look weird with 265/75/16's? I won't be able to afford bigger tires for a while.
     
  2. Aug 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM
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    Most likely the spring and shocks are shot. The 5 leaf pack from wheelers will give you about 1.5" over stock. Perfect for 32s.

    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoleafs.htm
     
  3. Aug 1, 2011 at 9:50 PM
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    Sweet. Any idea of what kind of payload that would have? I camp and fish a lot and tend to load it up with a lot of firewood and gear, plus I have a fiberglass shell on it. It will obviously squat a bit but don't want it to completely max it out.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2011 at 10:18 PM
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    I've got a 3" suspension lift on my truck with 265/75/16s and it doesn't look bad imo. I'm going to get 33s when these tires are worn out though.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2011 at 10:20 PM
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    i just put wheelers 5 pks on. Before i had 1.5'' blocks. It was close to the same height. However the lift was too low for me so i put 1.5'' shackles on. Also Wheelers makes an AAL for their leaf packs so i ordered that too. You can also get that for the extra weight. But i doubt you'll max them out.

    However if you do a lot of hauling. Check out Allpros expedition leaf packs. They are suppose to take 400lbs before they sag. Very heavy duty and also cheaper the the Wheelers pack. I have read that they do ride stiff tho on an unloaded truck. They also provide a TON of lift. Like 3-4in. Check JLees build thread as he runs these leaf packs. Around page 7-9 i think there is a pic of his truck hauling an 800lb trail or 400lb(can't remember) and it barely sags at all.

    For front springs look at OME 881s or 883s(i think the 882 are the heavy duty ones, idk if you want those) basically OME makes 3 springs with different ratings. Also Eibach makes a great coil They give the most lift i think at over 3''(more like 3.5'')

    Check my build thread for pics of Wheelers 5 pks with 1.5'' shackles and Eibach coils. Ill also be adding the AAL as soon as i get them, hopefully before friday.

    Happy hunting!
     
  6. Aug 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM
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    Awesome information, thanks guys. I think I'll be taking it into a shop to see what they will charge me for labor. I don't have the tools or experience to tackle this kind of project on my own. And unfortunately shipping on those parts up here is through the roof so hopefully local shops can get those parts or comparable ones.
     
  7. Aug 2, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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    LOL! just noticed you where in Anchorage haha i was born there! :D

    but yeeaaaa...shipping there is a BITCH haha hope ya find what you need!
     
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