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Do AAL's Settle After Installation?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by dpak, May 24, 2011.

  1. May 24, 2011 at 6:56 AM
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    dpak

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    I've read that the rear tsb leaf pack will settle approximately 1 inch above stock height after some time, but was curious if AAL's will settle over time as well? For instance, will a 1.5 inch AAL settle to 1 inch.
     
  2. May 24, 2011 at 7:07 AM
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    Over time and use, all suspension components will settle. How quickly and howmuch they settle depends on use so there's really no direct answer. If you off road and constantly flex the suspension, or constantly tow/haul, it will wear out the suspension components quicker, causing them to lose lift.
     
  3. May 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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    Yes they will settle, i just added aal's yesterday and got like 2 inches of lift , hopefully the settle soon, i got a rake on the truck.
     
  4. May 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM
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    Yes I added an AAL about a year ago. After 9 months I was at about the same height I was before the installation.
    Then they ended up looking like this, more pics in my gallery.
    [​IMG]
     
  5. May 24, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    MAXTacoma, is that the 1.5" AAL from Toytec on non TSB springs?
     
  6. May 24, 2011 at 7:43 PM
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    No it was the 2" non TSB from Toytec.
     
  7. May 25, 2011 at 4:52 AM
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    OK thanks. Reason I ask is I have a set of the 1.5" ready to install on non-TSB, and I was afraid my springs would end up looking like yours do after a while. Kind of W-bent. We'll see here in a bit.
     
  8. May 25, 2011 at 5:01 AM
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    I think it just depends on what you do with your truck. I tow/haul a lot so I'm sure that had something to do with it. If you dont then I'm sure you'll be fine.
     
  9. May 25, 2011 at 5:20 AM
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    OK good to know, thanks. I looked at your gallery and saw the load of wood you were hauling, was wondering if that did it. I tow a lot but try not to put too much weight on the tongue. Still my TRD off road springs are sagging, missed the TSB window, going to try the 1.5" AAL to level it out a bit.
     
  10. May 25, 2011 at 5:54 AM
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    That load of wood was one of many. I think what really did it was when I towed the boat about 4 hours south. I had the whole bed of the truck filled with gear/coolers. Honestly is you tow/haul a lot I would look into getting either a new leaf pack, air bags, or the timbrens. It sounds like your current leaf pack is shot (mine was) and the AAL can only make up for the weak leaf pack for so long before it also becomes weak. It would have been nice for me to know this before I wasted my $$$/time on the AAL and just went ahead and bought a new leaf pack in the first place.
     
  11. May 25, 2011 at 6:14 AM
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    ummm yeah
    how many miles u got on those AA-L's.

    ?
     
  12. May 25, 2011 at 6:25 AM
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    I have since replaced the AAL w/ the Dakar leaf pack,
    [​IMG]

    But I didn't even have the AAL for a year before it was sagging. I dont really drive all that much so I would guess I had less than 10k on the AAL before it started to sag/lose strenght.
     
  13. May 25, 2011 at 6:41 AM
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    Oh.....that's much better:cool:

    i have the D29XL AA-L im sticking in between Dakars.
     
  14. May 25, 2011 at 6:45 AM
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    I have considered that but dont need/want any more lift than I already have but wouldn't mind making the leaf more stronger. How much more lift did you get with the extra AAL for your Dakar leaf pack?
     
  15. May 25, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    ummm yeah
    havent installed yet....

    15mm advertised:confused:
     
  16. May 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM
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    Yeah that is good advice. I have the AAL already so I might as well try it. I have some light towing to do this summer and then that is it for a while. I used to haul big motorcycles in the bed (700+ lbs), then I got a double axle enclosed trailer and now haul them that way. But that was after it a) bent the tailgate, and b) squished the leaf springs. Turns out I missed BOTH tsb's on them. Oh well.

    What I just did was buy a new take-off TRD sport suspension (front coils & shocks, and rear shocks) and put it on. Cheap off eBay. I think I had blown out a rear shock too because it sits way more level now in back (still sags a little) and rear end is very planted while driving. Was all over the road esp in cross winds, not anymore. But I still do not trust the rear springs to tow much so I'll slap in the AAL's and see how it goes.

    I probably need to go with the 5100's + better springs all around at some point. After I ruin this set. New take off susp. + AAL were all under $200 total, might as well try it out.
     
  17. May 25, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    When I replaced my rear leaf pack with the Dakar I also replaced the shocks. I have about 80k on the truck and the passanger side shock was completely blown. Thats why my truck was so bouncy in the back. After replacing the leaf/shocks in the rear it is such an improvement. Hope yours last longer than mine did. GL
     
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