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EMU Dakar owner reviews needed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by MagnumTaco, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. Mar 26, 2014 at 8:22 PM
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    MagnumTaco

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    I am looking to buy the EMU Dakar leaf springs when I get my Icon suspension. I am wondering about off road feel/flex and load capacity of the springs. I am running the load leveling air bags. If the springs can handle a load well enough I could eliminate the air bags and go with hydraulic bump stops. I will be adding additional weight. Such as 80 lbs for rear bumper, 200 lb camper shell, sleeping plank 50 lbs, rock sliders 200 lbs. Gear 200 lbs. I know the rear leafs wont be support all of the rock sliders weight. So for an additional 600 lbs would the Dakar springs sag?
     
  2. Mar 26, 2014 at 8:41 PM
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  3. Mar 27, 2014 at 7:15 AM
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    I've had my Dakars for about a year and a half. Overall - they're very good. Absolutely no issue with handling the weight of the rear bumper, skids and sliders. Fully loaded with camping gear/water/extra gas for a 2 week off-road trip they sat down about an inch. They do great wheeling when loaded. No lingering sag when the trip was over.
    Unloaded, they're fine in the city and highway. Offroad, they're rougher than a cob when unloaded. Don't even think of hightailing it down a washboard road. Nowadays I toss a couple hundred pounds in the back when I go out in the dirt…much better!
    Also to the good, after a year + of dirt, rain, snow and friggin mag chloride - no squeaks!
    That being said, if I had to do it again I think I would get AP standard springs and install some air bags to compensate for heavy loads.
     
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  4. Mar 27, 2014 at 7:25 AM
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    Sweet thanks guys.
     
  5. Mar 27, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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    Your sliders will weigh 200lbs? Wow..what are they made of?
    Anyhow I've had my Dakar's for many years now...definitely great...excellent handling of heavy payloads...I'm surprised how much weight I can stick back there without much flex.
    They will ride stiff on the road for a bit until they settle...mine are perfect now.
    Flex offroad is great!
     
  6. Mar 27, 2014 at 11:29 AM
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  7. Mar 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM
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    If the dakar sag then anything else would too. I love mine.
     
  8. Mar 27, 2014 at 11:32 AM
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    mach1man001 eh whatever

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    ^^^ Holy shit OZ!
     
  9. Mar 27, 2014 at 11:43 AM
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    I have the Dakars with the D29XL AAL, and have absolutely no sag. Fully scragged and 2-stage progression helps with longevity and weight dispersal.

    They've been on there for over 3 years, and the back is still slightly higher than the front (w/ 90k Sport Shocks, 886 coils, and 1/2" spacer).

    My DC/LB has a daily driving weight of 5660lbs: Leer Canopy, Sliders (.188" wall), ARB front bumper, Warn 8k Winch w/ Syn. Line, IFS & Mid skid (one-piece), full sized spare, FUll recovery tote + recovery gear, etc.
    [​IMG]

    I say go for it. The ONLY downside I can think of is the "leaf-sqeak" which can easily be cured or prevented. :thumbsup:
     
  10. Mar 27, 2014 at 3:41 PM
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    Ok, you guys got me filling confident about the Dakers. I looked up the wieght on the sliders they are less, just over a hundred pounds. Thanks
     
  11. Mar 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM
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    That is hilarious! I'm not surprised the suspension can take a beating but that poor tailgate. Just enough room to throw a small atv on the lumber.
     
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  12. Mar 27, 2014 at 8:06 PM
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    It's not touching the tailgate and never did on the drive home
     
  13. Mar 28, 2014 at 5:41 AM
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    looks to me like its hitting the tailgate
     
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    This pic is making me reconsider installing my purchase.

    If they are that stiff my rear end is going to be bouncing everywhere in the trails. The shackle flip will help that but still.......
     
  15. Mar 28, 2014 at 7:27 AM
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    It's not , I slid the rope in afterwards , they are 10' , 6x6 posts and 6' is in the bed , 4' is out , they aren't even at the tipping point
     
  16. Mar 28, 2014 at 7:28 AM
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    They are stiff unloaded , everybody knows that
     
  17. Mar 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM
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    The dakars are great. Mine hold up a plate bumper, full size spare, gas tank skid, bed rack for spare, a soft top bed cover. Even with a full load of camping gear and bikes there is almost no sag. I have had 1,000 punds of gravel in the bed with very little sag.

    Here is a photo offroading with the bed loaded for a weekend of camping. There is gas and water, camping gear, bikes on the back. three people in the cab, sliders, skids, rear plate bumper. I had no problems offroading and flexing that weekend.

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    Flexing a loaded truck at the top of a mountain

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    How's that RTT on the roof on the highway or higher speeds? Noise?
    Sorry off topic.
     
  19. Mar 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM
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    enough to go over stuff
    Its not worse then the tires or exhaust. I lose A few MPG's when its up there. Jerry is going to build me a bed rack to go over my becover in a couple weeks.
     

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