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Dobinsons 16+ Taco Suspension

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

  1. Jun 21, 2021 at 6:48 AM
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    Crikeymike

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    I’m about to run this kit too I think.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2021 at 2:02 PM
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    Can Someone confirm if the leaf springs have a correct orientation for FRONT and REAR and how to identify please. Thanks
     
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  6. Jun 23, 2021 at 2:09 PM
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    The Dobinsons are not Driver/Passenger specific, and the front eye will be double wrapped like the pic below (left side):

     
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    Ryan is right, beat me to it!! The bigger end goes to the fixed end, and if you put it in the shackle end, you'd see real quick where it would interfere with the shackle mount.

    Essentially, you match them up to the OE leaves and install them the same way.
     
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    Actually, I was wrong! :rofl: Edited my post for clarity. Double wrap goes in the front :oops: Thanks for the :thumbsup:
     
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    Thank You Gentlemen. I received (1) of my leafs today. The other is due tomorrow. o_O

    I opted not to use the Poly Bushings. And have already acquired new OE bushings. I plan on having them pressed very soon. So, I wanted to verify where they go.

    Thank You.
     
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  10. Jun 24, 2021 at 6:20 AM
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    Sounds good!!

    Yeah, it's super common for leaf springs to arrive on different days
     
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    Got my rear packs today, but can't find where it was posted about which leaf to remove on the 111 to make it a 110.
     
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  13. Jun 25, 2021 at 2:19 PM
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    There are 2 leaves the same from memory with no clamps attached to them. 4th leaf down from the top I think. One of those come out
     
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    @Crikeymike @RyanDCLB my fourth one has the brackets attached to it, maybe the third one down??
     
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    Better post a pic of your springs. My 111’s have the top 3 leaves bracketed together the 4th is free
     
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    Didn't get a pic today before I installed the leaf pack , just ripped out the third and slapped them. Road fine and was at 37inch ground to fender. Maybe assembes wrong at factory? Idk. The front settled by the time I got home.IMG_20210625_204732_059.jpg
     
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  17. Jun 26, 2021 at 10:20 PM
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    This is with only the Diamondback bed cover and bed mat (probably 100 lbs total-ish) and 265/70/17 tires. Ride is much stiffer than stock. Great for carrying loads and towing a trailer but honestly kind of gets annoying on some shittier roads while unloaded. May try upgrading to the adjustable shocks to see if it makes any difference some time in the future.

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    Tire pressure can make a big difference too...
     
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  19. Jun 27, 2021 at 6:42 AM
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    Got time to align my truck on Saturday. Had 4.5 degrees caster and zeroed out the rest. Measured 37ish inches on all four corners ground to fender. After thinking about the install it may help dobinsons to make specific instructions for install. All the extra hardware could be eliminated to save money and save time on a confused end user or installer. Found a spot at work for a flex test, and I think it still has some droop left. With recommended settings truck drives great. Now to find time, a babysitter, and get outta town.
    20210626_071029.jpg
     
  20. Jun 28, 2021 at 10:56 PM
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    Hey All,

    looking for some advice on Dobinsons spring rate for my 3rd gen DCSB.

    I am currently running c59-314’s and they feel SUPER stiff on the stock truck. I have sliders and a roof rack but besides that stock weight.

    I can feel every little crack, bump, dip etc.
    its unbearable.

    Do we think the lighter spring rate will make much of a difference or is Dobinsons better for weighted trucks. I would be ok to loose a 1/2” up front with the c59-302 coils.
     
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