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Contemplating trading 03 tacoma in due to axlewrap

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Matthewlost, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    It bothers the shi* out of me - the thump/jolt/axlewrap madness. I find myself cursing my car everytime it happens, which is many times a day. I know most of you love your trucks and thats really great, but will aal or replacing the leafs really help. I'm skeptical. I'd like to hear from people who have had trouble fixing the issue, and what definitively fixed it for good.

    Work completed since purchase:
    Timing Belt
    Fuel Pump
    Throttle body clean (made axle wrap worse somehow)
    cleaned battery terminals
    replaced spark plugs and boot harness
    oil change
    transmission fluid drain and refill (twice)
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    front rotors and pads change
    rear brake adjustment
    completely lubed all zirk fittings

    I spent alot of time and money getting this all done, and I'd really like to have a vehicle that doesn't go thump in the night - if you get my drift.
     
  2. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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    Replace your leaf packs and you shouldn't have this problem. I have aftermarket leafs with custom shock mounts and I don't feel and axle wrap.
     
  3. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    Do you have a lift at all? If it's stock im going to assume that your leaf's are really tired, they normally have a bit of axle wrap but it shouldn't be that much. Or you could get a trac bar but that seem's kind of overkill not to mention expensive. an AAL probably will only bandaid the problem. Like he^ said a thicker leaf pack will definalty fix the issue. Wheeler's makes one that has gotten good review's and wont lift it much higher so you won't even need to lift the front:cool:
     
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    Says you drive a manual. I'd like to hear that new leaf springs fixes the problem from someone who drives an auto, since from what I've read its much more common with the auto. What type of leaf springs - oem, aftermarket? What's the cost? Do it yourself 'able' ?
     
  5. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    no lift. original leaf's I assume. Purchased vehicle with 119k
     
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    Post a picture of your leafs. I assume you need to have them replaced. I put an AAL on my leafs and they improved greatly.

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    They were completely flat, they now have a great arch and the ride is fantastic.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:31 PM
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    Aftermarket will be cheaper. New spring's are do it yourself able if you have basic tool's. You most likley will need grinder to cut old bolts. I drive a stick so idk the auto may be worse. If your not sure the only way to delete axle wrap permantly 100% is a trac bar. Although i am pretty certain that a thicker pack will fix your problem.
    Spring's.
    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/tacoleafs.htm
    Trac bar
    http://www.budbuilt.com/new/traction_bars.html
     
  8. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM
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  9. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM
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    Mine did it bad when I first got the truck. I put the lift leafs in and it doesn't do it at all anymore.

    edit: yea your springs are wore out.
     
  10. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    It may be the pic's but it looks like your pass side leaf is a bit flat.:notsure:
     
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    I do have a manual and i would think that axle wrap would be worse in a manual due the a power transfer being greater. I have AllPro Expo leafs but they are 4" over stock. You might want to go with wheelers to stay closer to stock. Don't get OEM they are crap and cost way to much. and it is simple to do yourself with simple hand tools and some know how. And that's what we are here for to give you that know how :D
     
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    Toast :infantry:time to retire those.
     
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    more pics. hard to get a good angle on it. i'm at work.

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    They are definitely shot.
     
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    If they need to be replaced, wouldn't I notice other symptoms, besides the axle wrap? Anyway, I don't want to have to lift the front if I put in new springs, and I definitely don't want an uneven looking truck. What are my options? Rock Auto?
     
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    Does your truck sit level with no lift?!
     
  17. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:49 PM
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    With your springs like they are, you can't haul as much weight because they are very weak.
     
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    Price wise yea, but the link i posted has beefier pack (stock hieght) but it probably cost's twice as much.
     
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    Yes it sits very level, from a visual standpoint.
     
  20. Apr 14, 2011 at 2:52 PM
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    It shouldn't that right there tells you there shot. even replacing your leaf packs with OEM replacements your rear end will sit higher then the front. i would recommenced doing what capetaco12 said and get the wheelers packs they are way better then stock.
     
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