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Broken Leaf Spring....For The Fourth Time?!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by donalddemon, May 15, 2011.

  1. May 15, 2011 at 7:09 AM
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    donalddemon

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    The previous three times I had taken it to a spring replacement fabricator and they fabricated a new leaf for about $225. That's too much $$ IMO but there are no cheaper options around here (NJ).

    The problem is (obviously) that it keeps breaking. I can't keep spending that money every time. Should I just buy replacement aftermarket springs and do it myself? Where should I get it from? Any other options.

    Between this and my a/c breaking all the time I almost ready to ditch this struck. I've had it for 7 years though and can't afford a new one.

    FYI, I don't tow, off-road, or haul large amounts. The roads are pretty terrible in this state and I think that it just keeps breaking from pot holes.
     
  2. May 15, 2011 at 7:13 AM
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    For that price why don't you just buy entirely new leaf packs? $500 will get you new packs... Sounds to me like you just keep putting a band-aid on the issue and that's not going to solve your problems
     
  3. May 15, 2011 at 7:47 AM
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    " The previous three times I had taken it to a spring replacement fabricator and they fabricated a new leaf for about $225. That's too much $$ IMO but there are no cheaper options around here (NJ)."

    Why in the hell is a SHOP letting you purchase that same spring 3 times??? Someone SHOULD be looking at the WHOLE picture,not just the $$$$ to replace parts....

    Next spring purchase will have you over a grand..;that is a set of new leaf packs....

    I hope someone in your area can be trusted to fix this,have you tried asking in the regional section of TW, maybe get a lead to a good 4x4 shop or garage that has treated others well ????
     
  4. May 15, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    Yeah that is the plan now. I see that Wheeler's site has a pair for $449. Are they reliable?
     
  5. May 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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    I'm in NJ...no one can be trusted, LOL.

    They did repair the third time for free but only because it was 6 months after it was replaced! So I only paid for the repair twice, but I won't be going back for a third time!
     
  6. May 15, 2011 at 8:05 AM
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    I was just going to suggest Wheelers...I've had mine for a year now. If you don't haul, etc you could get away with the 4-leaf pack. Definitely would be a better investment than fixing your current leaf packs!

    Talk to YotaDan at Wheelers...he'll take care of you.
     
  7. May 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM
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    donalddemon,

    Yes on both; Wheelers has many TW residents backing them and if Lisa backs them;well thats a given...ever see her jumping around in her "Bed"...girl is crazy :eek::p.....there is a pic somewhere on here to prove my point......I'm going hide now.....NOT....

    Good luck with that spring upgrade and keep us posted...maybe you can find that one place in JERSEY that can be trusted....
     
  8. May 15, 2011 at 8:21 AM
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  9. May 16, 2011 at 7:03 AM
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    Awesome, thanks! Looks like I will be placing an order on my next paycheck. The most I haul around is band equipment, which probably isn’t more than 300 lbs. I think the 4-leaf will do fine.[FONT=&quot] [/FONT]
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  10. May 16, 2011 at 7:25 AM
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    I got the ebay springs and i could not be happier. I haul so much fire wood that the rear is damn near locked up. I beat the piss out of the truck through the wood... It is used as a truck with the exception of towing. I do not tow with it. Its only a 4cyl. I use my 2011 if I need to tow something.


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    I even drag trees with it... :D
     
  11. May 18, 2011 at 7:10 AM
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    Which ebay springs are they? So far the wheeler's 3-leaf springs look like the most cost effective replacement

     
  12. May 18, 2011 at 7:30 AM
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    Springs arent going to break from pot holes. What lift are you running in the rear?
     
  13. May 18, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    ^that was my thoughts as well... but I haven't seen the size of the pot holes where he lives.
     
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    No lift, my truck is pretty much stock. NJ has atrocious roads with killer pot holes. Other than the first time I broke the leaf going down a curb (slowly mind you), they have always broken from casual use. I don’t even take it off-roading anymore because I can’t afford to fix it!
     
  16. May 19, 2011 at 6:09 AM
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    Like they say, only the strong survive. :D You must have driven on the Turnpike. It doesn’t stink like that everywhere.

    So are the All Pro’s any better/worse than the Alcan from Wheeler’s? They seem similar in price.
     
  17. May 19, 2011 at 6:26 AM
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    after mine broke wheeling I got a set off of a 2002 dbl cab with the v6. No issues since and it completely killed my wheelhop issue too:D. Just another idea. Got my springs from craigslist.
     
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