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Dobinsons 16+ Taco Suspension

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Crikeymike, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. May 9, 2021 at 5:22 PM
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    4runr30

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    I’m on the fence at this point. They ride great but I want to find out if the chipping is an isolated incident. I hope others will reply on how theirs are holding up. I’ve never had coils peel powder coating like these have.
     
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  2. May 10, 2021 at 4:28 AM
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    Bad paint or not, Dobinsons coils are still the best after my hours of research. OME coils just don't have the same weight capacity and they sag bad even with stock weight up front. It's worth the stiff ride of 700+ pound coils if it doesn't sag after a year. I've seen everyone who got those soft ass OME 887's show an insane amount sag just after a year and they started rubbing everywhere. Even OME 886, the firmest coilspring they make, is only a 660 pound coil, and I've heard the stock ones are 700+ pounds. 3rd gen Tacoma's are a heavy truck
     
  3. May 10, 2021 at 4:38 AM
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    4runr30

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    Glad you like yours, I liked mine as well until this issue. I would definitely buy another set of the coils or even run it through the warranty process for replacement if this is an isolated issue. I am however not happy that I am even having this issue.
     
  4. May 10, 2021 at 5:02 AM
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    OME, like Eibach, offer different length coils so when they do settle you still get the approved ride height. I would be very surprised if Davidson's coils never settled at all.
     
  5. May 10, 2021 at 5:50 PM
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    Got part of my order in and installed after work today. Quick shipping for in stock parts and good upfront communication on the back orders parts. 20210510_192052.jpg
     
  6. May 10, 2021 at 5:55 PM
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    Mine are still on backorder, but going with OME 885's or 886's is just going to go against my plan
     
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  7. May 10, 2021 at 5:56 PM
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    yeah they probably do settle at least a bit
     
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  8. May 11, 2021 at 11:58 AM
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    ADD Honey Badger Front Bumper TRD Pro Grille Raptor Lights 6 Baja Designs Squadron Pods (Bumper) 2 Baja Designs 10" Amber S8 (Bumper) Switch Pro 9100 Dobinsons Lift Kit and Leaf Pack - 2.5" lift Smittybuilt 9500 Synthetic Winch Factor 55 Flatlink Ultra Hook Meso JDM Stage 1 Taillights Meso JDM Ultimate Turn Signals Meso JDM Stage 2 TRD Pro Shifter ARE z series topper Hood Decal Bed Side Decals Meso JDM 7 switch panel for console with Cig lighter port Clazzio Nappa Leather Seats with heaters 5 TRD Pro SEMA T4R Falken Wildpeaks 275/70/r17 UpTopRack XL and EX - With meso light pods (6 baja rock lights; 2 baja s2 flush lights) 40" Baja Design S8 Dual Mode Light bar on UpTopRack ARB Single compressor Expedition Essentials Air on Board Mount in Bed Cubby RSG Rock Sliders with top plate with kickout CBI full skid plate - powder coated CBI High Clearance Rear Bumper with 2 Baja Design S2 flush mount reverse lights 8 Baja Design Rock Lights under vehicle DSIM Dome Light Mode Dashboard Multi Mount by Taco Garage Inverter Adapter with in Cab Power Outlet ARB Fridge with hardwire ports in back of center console and in truck bed cubby Rhino Rack Batwing 270degree awning
    Curious what the best way to add some extra lift to the rear of my DCSB is? I am looking for an additional 1 - 1.5....is it with blocks? AAL? Anything else?

    I already have the Dobinson Medium Load Leaf Pack and Rear Shocks - GS59-940 (Installed 1.5 years ago).

    Really happy with the ride quality, just need the extra height to match the front of the truck. (Dobinson - 221 with 354 coils - Just installed)
     
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  9. May 11, 2021 at 12:08 PM
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    If you added some blocks, the ride quality wouldn't change, however you might create driveline vibes as you'd be 3" or more in the rear. The Dobinsons AAL's they came out with last year won't work with the older springs like what you have.

    Also new front coils will settle over a month or so, so you might want to wait for things to settle before adjusting anything in the rear.
     
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  10. May 12, 2021 at 3:48 PM
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    @Crikeymike Hoping that you wouldn't mind checking my thoughts and maybe adding your advice?

    I own a 2019 SR5 with 40K miles on the clock and just recently purchased and installed a LEER 100XR Shell. At the time I made the purchase of the shell, I wasn't consider the effects this would have on the rear suspension. The springs looked almost flat before the addition of the shell. But the truck did still carry somewhat of a factory rake. I really didn't think that the shell alone would have any real impact on the springs as they sat before the install. But the visual appearance of the truck now is almost flat ( I liked the small rake). I'm still loving the shell. But I'm guessing that adding hardly any more weight to the bed would drive the springs into a negative arch. And I really don't want that. So, it appears that now I have to make some hard decisions about how to turn my truck back into a "truck" again.

    My truck is a daily driver and will see quite a few miles weekly. I don't intend on ever lifting my truck or even changing tire sizes. I will probably never see any hard core off-road adventures other than an occasional fire road or trail. I tow light loads occasionally. And will never carry any permanent loads in the bed other than the shell. I don't like the way the rear springs look right now. And I'm concerned that I can't use my truck in a traditional "urban" fashion without having a Bro Lean. I'd rather live with a little more rake and stiffer ride than driving around with a squat every time I need to apply a little weight to the bed. I'm looking to get as close to a bullet-prof resolution as possible. So I've decided to pull the trigger on a full rear suspension upgrade.

    I've researched as many options as I can find. And I've finally landed on the Dobinsons Spring #L59-110-R. I'll certainly be purchasing "all" of the supporting gear for this install (Bush Kit, Pin Kit, U-Bolt Kit, Shocks and shackles). And, unfortunately, I'll be required to make the purchase in tow separate installs. My concern is if this is the right spring choice that I want / need for my desired affect. Being that I have no desire to raise the truck. I'm concerned that a 2" lift in the rear my be a little excessive?

    Thank you for ant thoughts, recommendations (or pacifications) that you may be able to offer.
     
  11. May 12, 2021 at 4:54 PM
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    I added a 1 inch blocks with my ome Dakar med pack. And roadmaster active suspension to keep the rear height a tad above even with the front. I had no issues
     
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  12. May 12, 2021 at 5:26 PM
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    '17 OR MT with Dobinsons Spring #L59-111-R with longer 5100 shocks and slightly heavier springs in front.

    Would suggest the 111-R and remove a leaf from the pack.

    I didn't want any appreciable lift on my truck and typically carry light-med weights but wanted the articulation that the stock leaf springs just didn't provide. They flattened/reversed out after 6 or so months after adding more weight (KTM 500 on hitch rack with camping gear) and ride-rite airbags (no articulation but you can carry weight and any bumps are transferred to the body). Changing to the 111-R with one leaf removed was good with medium weight but they started to go flatter with more weight and lost some articulation. Have now added the removable leaf in prep for a SP camper and I think it will be ok. The truck has a slight rake for now but it is very comfortable at speed over dirt roads and slow easy rock work to camping spots.

    All said, I believe that the stock leaves are good for carrying groceries in the bed, that's it. The 110-R may just get you back to stock or slightly better. The 111-R will give you slight lift with one leaf removed, upgradability for more weight capacity, much better articulation over the bumpy stuff and resulting comfort.

    PS - talk to Mike (ExitOffroad), he's a straight shooter and help answer your questions.
     
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  13. May 12, 2021 at 5:52 PM
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    I'm finally all set up to install my front and rear MRA's this Saturday, along with Camburg UCAs, Timbren bump stops, and Icon RXT leafs. The struts came with a picture on where to place the reservoir (for a Hilux, at least); I've noticed that the mount fits perfectly where the sway bar bolts to the frame and hope it might be able to reach over there? If not I'll play around with placement. Looking forward to getting it all together though, will post some photos when I'm done. Am surprised Dobinsons components don't seem to be more well known though, they at least appear to be very good quality and at a relatively moderate cost, and all the reviews I've read have been quite positive.
     
  14. May 12, 2021 at 6:09 PM
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    Thank You sir for your reply.

    This does give me a little more confidence in my decision. I didn't know that you could remove a leaf from the 111-R? Having the flexibility of being able to "tune" the weight is interesting. This stuff is expensive. I've already spent $3K on the shell. Now It looks like I need to spend another $1K to make the suspension right. :( So I'm trying to do my very best to get this right the first time. The shell will be the only full-time load. But I hope to be at least close to level when I hook up the trailer or decide to carry a few pound of landscape material. But, at the same time, I don't want to look like a Ford Ranger :eek: when no extra load is carried.

    Thanks Again
     
  15. May 13, 2021 at 8:05 AM
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    Hey man. The 110's will definitely be ideal for you. I'd say you'll end up about 1" over stock height with them installed and the shell.

    111's with a leaf removed are essentially 110's and since you're looking for minimal lift, the 110's the way they come would be the way to go. Plus you can always add a leaf to them later if you need additional load support if your plans ever change.

    The leaf springs are due in about 1 month from now.
     
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    Yeah, there are photos on the forum here that show the resi bracket and how the resi is mounted, the adjuster and hose face upwards.
     
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    You have a pic by chance? I have mediums in the back but I would like it to be a tad above level, I’m happy w/ the current ride quality and afraid adding a leaf to make them “heavy” would reduce the ride.

    What are you running in the front? I have 886’s, which I’m also super happy w/
     
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  18. May 13, 2021 at 2:58 PM
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    Thank You Sir. I'm going to purchase the springs within the next couple of days. Do you get credit?

    Side Note: I noticed your posting on the Bama Thread. I'm guessing that your a part of that community? My family and I will be a temporary part of the Surfside Community (Fort Morgan Area) last week in July. We stayed their last year about this same time. Fell in love with the area and can't wait to make it back.
     
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  19. May 13, 2021 at 3:07 PM
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    Yeah bud, as long as you order on www.exitoffroad.com then I do!!

    Yeah, my kids live in Alabama, I used to live in Madison and Huntsville, where they still live now, so I get in that thread and give those fellas some hell any chance I get. LOL
     
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  20. May 14, 2021 at 2:59 PM
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    First order placed. 2nd will be in a couple of weeks.
     
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