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Dakar Leaf install

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mclovin, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Jan 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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    ok new member here, been lurking for a good 6 or so months and have researched a ton of stuff on here about the 2nd gens (used to have a 1st gen a while back) anyway... i have an OME lift coming for my 2012 with Dakars, i haven't really seen any installation guides on the rear like the front end. i guess my question is other then replacing the shocks and the leafs and re-doing the u bolts and brake lines, is there anything else that i need to be prepared for? also anyone have any information on the bolt for the UCA's? is this something that i can get online or do i need to go to the stealership? thanks for the help!
     
  2. Jan 17, 2012 at 7:03 PM
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  4. Jan 17, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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    secondary question... any ideas on the torque specs?

    i saw that collar extension, i didn't get shims though, i've read conflicting posts on doing both the carrier bearing drop and the shims, and have seen where one or the other was good. i guess if i need them i will just order them later. Thanks for the suggestions!
     
  5. Jan 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM
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    Some of the instructions I read here had you put the rear hanger on first, that's definitely a mistake. Make sure you attach the front first, the back will slide in nice and easy after that.

    The colar extension is a good idea as well.

    If you take the bracket for the brake lines off of the axle you'll have a little more slack to play with when you're putting the leafs on.

    Good luck with your install.


    Edit:

    I installed 2.5 degree shims because I had them. I had a slight vibration between 10 and 15 mph. I then installed the carrier bearing drop, which reduced the vibration "slightly". I'm considering trying the 3 degree shim to see if that does anything.

    Don't forget to retorque everything after you've driven the truck for a day or two. Most of the torque specs I found seemed low, but I didn't go over 90lbs on the u-bolt nuts.
     
  6. May 6, 2014 at 3:28 PM
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    Got my dakars today just wondering what the 'O' and '+' means for install?

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  7. May 6, 2014 at 3:29 PM
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    And '+'

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  8. May 6, 2014 at 3:31 PM
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    One goes forward and the other goes back. Just not sure which is which. Let me check.
     
  9. May 6, 2014 at 3:34 PM
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    Sorry man, but that's incorrect.

    "O" and "+" are indications of arch of the leafs to compensate for the Taco Lean. "+" means there is more arc and "O" is neutral, in relation. So Rockets, the one with the "+" would go on your drivers side since there is inherently more weight on that side.
     
  10. May 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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    To answer which end goes forward, the end that arrived open (you'll have to install an OEM bushing) goes to the rear hangar bracket.
     
  11. May 6, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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    Yep, that is what I found after looking. Now I know for when mine come in.
     
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    Avoid, squeaky leaf pack later by installing a rubber spacing up front where the pack wraps around. I find the link.
     
  13. May 6, 2014 at 4:28 PM
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    The short side of the spring will go toward the front.
     
  14. May 6, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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    0 means the pack is in spec , + means the pack is slightly over spec with respect to lift height

    Put the + on the drivers side
     
  15. May 6, 2014 at 4:36 PM
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    The arrows point forward
     
  16. May 6, 2014 at 4:40 PM
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  17. May 6, 2014 at 6:54 PM
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    Good info I wish I knew when I did mine. Both my leafs were +, and it's obvious looking at my ass I'm slightly lop-sided.
     
  19. May 6, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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    You could add a thin non tapered shim
     
  20. May 6, 2014 at 7:03 PM
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    I've considered it, though haven't made any effort in doing so.
     
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