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Dakars or 3leaf progressive AAL?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by GYOAZ, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Nov 14, 2017 at 2:24 AM
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    GYOAZ

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    Im planning to upgrade from my AAL in the rear of my AC. I'm on ome 886s up front and have an empty box 75% of the time as it's my DD. I load up 2-3 hundred pounds for camping and Wheeling. Also I pull a 5k# trailer or boat with an SOS HC bumper hitch. Last time I was out Wheeling I bottomed out a couple of times with under 200# in the bed. I'm looking for something that'll make the rear end less flopy and will stay stiff while I'm towing. Right now I'm thinking of either Dakars or a wheelers 3 leaf progressive AAL. Would the Dakars be too stiff under an empty bed?
     
  2. Nov 14, 2017 at 2:38 AM
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    crazysccrmd

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    Go with the Dakars. I had the Wheelers 3leaf added to a brand new TSB leaf pack with the overload left in and changed it out for EL095R Dakars less than a year later. The progressives are fine when unloaded but can’t carry a load and squat with just a few hundred pounds on the truck or hitch. The Dakars are a little stiffer when unloaded but it’s not bothersome.
     
  3. Nov 14, 2017 at 2:58 AM
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    TacoTRD78

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    I like my Dakars ,but I always have the load of my Allpro rack. I'm not sure how it would ride with no weight in the back. The Flex off-road is pretty dam good also.
     
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  4. Nov 14, 2017 at 3:24 AM
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    ChadsPride

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    Dakars - done​
     
  5. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:13 AM
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    Another vote for Dakars. I’m really happy with the way my truck rides and I run around unloaded the majority of the time.
     
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  6. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:15 AM
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    Dakars and Fluid Film!
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  7. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:26 AM
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    DaveInDenver

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    As someone who has switched up their rear suspension 4 times now, go with Dakars. Buy once cry once. Do it right the first time.
     
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  9. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:35 AM
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    I did that with my front. Finally settled on the 886s with billies.
     
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  10. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:46 AM
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    Curious what you have them set to..
     
  11. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:53 AM
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    Lowest setting, I went 886 because of bumper, winch and skids. I previously had eibach 620# set at .75 but I like the ride much better now.
     
  12. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:56 AM
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    I'm running dakars and the only weight I have in back is probably 100lbs from my Voodoo rack and gear. Feels just like stock to me.
     
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  13. Nov 14, 2017 at 5:58 AM
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    Do you have the AAL too or just the stock Dakar pack?
     
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  14. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:23 AM
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    Just the dakar pack.
     
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  15. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:37 AM
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    I'm sitting pretty level right now with a 2" AAL. Will Dakars give me back a little bit of a rake?
     
  16. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:39 AM
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  17. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:41 AM
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    They will increase the rear height approx. 3/4 of a inch if there is no additional weight back there.
     
  18. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:48 AM
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    GYOAZ

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    Thanks for all the input. Is that 3/4 without the Dakar AAL? Will the AAL add more height or just extra weight capacity,
     
  19. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:49 AM
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    Also, from Wheeler's website:

    "Two extra leafs made specifically for the CS047 leaf spring set that raises the spring height by 15mm and increases the spring rate for increased heavy load stability."
     
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  20. Nov 14, 2017 at 6:55 AM
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    snowsk8air2

    snowsk8air2 how hard can it be?

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    As someone that went with the dakars originally in the same situation of mostly empty bed and occasional towing, I ended up switching them out for some allpro standard leafs and sos concepts shackle flip with longer shackles to get my ride height. The dakars were just too stiff for daily driving for me.

    Bonus for you, I am selling this setup and am going to Tucson this weekend for a wedding. I'd be happy to deliver it all for you. Here's the links to my sale threads. Pm me with questions.

    Leafs
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/allpro-standard-leaf-springs.511945/

    Flip kit
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/sos-concepts-shackle-flip-kit-and-shackles.511941/

    Also have some extended stainless rear brake lines for $50
     
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