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Dakar Springs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by elk340, May 17, 2011.

  1. May 17, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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    elk340

    elk340 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys,
    Need your help on this one. I'm planning on getting a Toytec ULK and Light Racing UCAs and am planning on having a 200 lb topper on the back and during hunting seasons, I'll have hunting and camping equipment in the bed in addition to an an elk now and then.

    1. What are your opinions on whether I should go with the 2" AAL option or "spring" for the Dakar springs based upon the weight I will have?

    I have read a lot of threads and posts from people who say they have the Dakar pack but I couldn't find any that mention having the extra Dakar leaf that can be purchased separately.

    2. If I went with the Dakar pack, should I get the extra leaf with what I plan to load in the bed? Do you feel it would even be necessary?

    Thanks for all of your help!
    Justin
     
  2. May 17, 2011 at 8:57 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T Did you get your precious photos ?

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    You do not need the extra leaf for the Dakars
     
  3. May 17, 2011 at 9:11 PM
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    Razorecko

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    Get the dakar leaf pack and you should be all good. Although extra springs never hurt =)
     
  4. May 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM
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    singlefin

    singlefin never summer

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    Don't waste your time with the AAL if you can get the Dakar leaf pack now. I've read pretty mixed reviews on the dakars, and after a bit you may need that extra overload leaf after they start to sag. Its just the nature of it if you carry weight and get into negative arch. However you can order it later on if you end up needing it.

    Another option is call ALCAN and order a leaf pack to your specs.

    Expo leafs from All-Pro are another option.
     
  5. May 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM
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    OZ-T

    OZ-T Did you get your precious photos ?

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    You don't need the extra leaf

    My truck with the OME kit including the Dakars

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    Add the 200 lbs of cap weight , no ride height change

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  6. May 18, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    Valley Viking

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    I agree with OZ :)confused:), the Dakars do a great job of carrying a load without the additional leaf. I don't have the cap but have hauled a quad and as much firewood as i could stuff in the back of my long bed while pulling a trailer full of quads and the Dakars hardly squatted at all. My stock springs would have been riding the bump stops with that load! Besides you can aways add the leaf later if you think you need it.
     
  7. May 18, 2011 at 5:23 PM
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    elk340

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    Thanks guys for all of your advice! I was concerned about the extra leaf at first, but after seeing OZ-Ts truck with and without the cap, I am not as concerned about going without the extra leaf. As you all seem to mention, I can always get the extra Dakar leaf if I find that it is necessary. Again, thank you for helping a newbie!
     
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