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Do you have to use the rear overload leaf?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by trdracing5, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. Sep 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    trdracing5

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    I just bought a set of rear leaf springs (Pro Comp 33211 models) from a guy on Craigslist. He said he put them on his tacoma but they lifted his vehicle too much so he went with "factory" leafs. I looked at the specs on the leafs from the manufacturer and it said they give 3-5” of lift. Thats a lot.

    If I find that they lift the rear too much, could I remove the overload leaf?

    I don't do much hauling but do have a camper shell on my truck bed.

    Would removing the overload leaf be a good or bad idea?
     
  2. Sep 25, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    You should have no problems removing the over load leaf. It should then only lift about 2-2 1/2 inches and still give you good hauling capability if needed.
     
  3. Sep 25, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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    As far as I know the overload has no effect on actual lift.
     
  4. Sep 25, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    Thought so.
     
  5. Sep 26, 2012 at 3:57 AM
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    Now that I am thinking about it......how could a leaf give 3-5" of lift?
    The only thing I can think of is that it is a longer leaf.

    Does anyone have the specs for the rear leaf for a 95-97 Tacoma so that I can compare?

    PRO COMP LEAF SPRING, PROGRESSIVE RATE
    51.96 in. flat length;
    74.12 in. free length;
    9.44 camber;
    60 mm leaf width;
    162/340 lbs./in. spring rate;
    4 leaves;
     
  6. Sep 26, 2012 at 4:26 AM
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    What if you take out the bottom curved one and leave the overload in?
     
  7. Sep 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM
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    You can remove the overload, that ridiculously thick slab of steel
    is about an inch thick meaning you could eliminate roughly an inch of lift,

    Example: I've got 3" lift in back & last time i went to recycler with a load of steel I had 1340lbs (a little over the rated half tonI know) & still had positive ARC in springs..


    It sits on bottom of leafpack which it all sits on axle so remove the OL remove 1" of lift
     
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