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Broken leaf spring found today!

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Alby22, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. Jul 14, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Alby22

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    Hi, my name is Al, and I am new to the forum. I have a 2007 4x4 Tacoma Sport Double Cab with 123,000 miles that rides like sh**, so I have been looking into getting the "highly-recommended" bilstein 5100 ride height adjustable shocks to improve my overall ride. Today, I noticed a slight lean on the drivers side (looking from the rear) so I crawled underneath to take a look, and found a broken leaf!
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    As I am new to all of this, please give me some advice as to how I should repair, and the money that this repair will cost me. Thanks in advance to any advice!
     
  2. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM
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    Skip the 5100s, get OME shocks and coil springs and the Dakar leaf pack
     
  3. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM
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    How much cash (in your opinion) is this gonna cost? Also, where can I buy this stuff?
     
  4. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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  5. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    The 5100s would be a good addition and the Deaver leaf pack.
     
  6. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    Will that replace all of the leaf's, or just the broken one?
     
  7. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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  8. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    You should replace both leaf packs, springs, and front and rear shocks. You are about due. And ya about $1000 bucks should cover it.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:11 PM
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    It's both leaf packs, new front coils, and all 4 shocks. Youll have to get leaf spring bushings from wheelers off road. Freight on the leafs was $85 for me because they're overweight. The ride is better than stock IMO and its a nice lift. Do your research though and make your own decision.
     
  11. Jul 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    I'm not trying to start a violent debate among all of you helpful people, but what are the advantages of using OME vs. Bilstein, and Deaver leaf packs vs. Dakar rear leaf springs? BTW, I am not looking to buy big tires, or lift my truck (maybe level it out a bit), I just want to stop bottoming out, improve the ride of my truck, and still be able to do some moderate off roading (I hunt, therefore, I need to get dirty, now and then)
     
  12. Jul 14, 2012 at 8:17 PM
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    There's an ad in the market place right now for brand new leaf springs and shocks (stock) for a good price. I think he wanted 150 for the leaf springs.
     
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    This. If you just want your leafs un-broken, a replacement stock pack is in order. But dear god, don't pay what the dealer wants for them...get them used for a song.
     
  15. Jul 14, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Thanks, Mxpatriot, I am talking to him now
     
  16. Jul 14, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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    Thanks for the input, definately worth thinking about. my brain is mush....I've been reading about suspension options on this site for about 5 hours, now...uuuggggghhh
     
  17. Jul 15, 2012 at 5:41 AM
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    Alby22,

    I would suggest taking your truck to a spring shop and getting an estimate to replace the one broken spring and add one spring to each side. My guess would be $300-350 installed. There should be several spring shops in Columbus and there is Black's Spring in Zanesville or S&S near Gratiot.
     
  18. Jul 15, 2012 at 5:56 AM
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    Aha, a local! thanks wolftree. Have you ever heard of, or dealt with McCoy's 4x4 in Grove City, or Trails West? I am really leaning towards getting an OME lift with Dakar rear leaf springs, or another 1.5-2 inch lift. i have been wanting to get new shocks, and beef up the rear so I will stop bottoming out, so I wanted to go to one of these shops to get an estimate.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2012 at 7:06 AM
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    Alby22, I have heard of trails West, but never dealt with either shop. The $300 installed is a quote from both Blacks and S&S for installing one additional spring to a Tacoma Rear Suspension. Add the $50 for replacing the broken spring at the same time. A local spring shop will give you exactly the ride and lift with alignment and a waranty, that you want. They can install the shocks while they install the springs real cheap. Springs are their business. For myself, I would not even consider anyone beyond a local spring shop. They will have your truck in and out in under an hour.
     
  20. Jul 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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    Thanks again, wolftree. Of course, everyone is closed on Sunday's, so I will start making phone calls tomorrow morning.
     
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