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Flip the rear leafs?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Wop604, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Jan 31, 2008 at 8:48 AM
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    Wop604

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    So i've been told to flip my rear leafs upside down on my 97 Tacoma. Is this a good idea or should i stay clear? If I lift 'er 3in would this make any difference? ANY OPINIONS OUT THERE?
     
  2. Jan 31, 2008 at 3:16 PM
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    Wouldn't that LOWER the height of your truck (in the rear)?


    Why did they tell you to do that? What's their reasoning behind it.

    I'm not sure why you'd want to do it...unless you were baggin your truck.
     
  3. Jan 31, 2008 at 3:22 PM
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    The only way I could see that working is if you only flip that bottom thick leaf, but I've never heard of it done and don't know what the outcome may be.....is it safe???
     
  4. Jan 31, 2008 at 3:32 PM
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    i've heard of a u-bolt flip.
     
  5. Jan 31, 2008 at 3:35 PM
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    Never heard of flipping the rear leafs...
     
  6. Jan 31, 2008 at 6:26 PM
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    TacoSteelerMan

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    Never heard of flipping leafs but my 95.5 had a problem with the rear leafs breaking and that is installed factory.New springs are cheaper than any of the outcomes I can think of Keep us updated first time for everything.
     
  7. Feb 1, 2008 at 11:29 PM
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    Are you talking about completely flipping the leaf's over so it's like /\ instead of like \/? i've seen it done on more 'trail' savy rigs, but i wouldn't recomend it on a daily driver. it's a lot of work, and means welding and making braketry, as well as a serious decrease in ride quality on the road. flipping them usually means a very serious lift...
     
  8. Feb 2, 2008 at 5:11 AM
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    Are you talking about 1/4 elliptical setup?

    I don't even think that's legal to run on the road.
     
  9. Feb 2, 2008 at 7:00 AM
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    concrete jedi

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    I wouldn't, I flipped springs on an old Scout and it was the worst, after I couldn't take it anymore I flipped them over again ( original setup) but they had cracked, not made to ride inverted, so I had to replace, could not find used, could only located one side for new, had to have them made, I actually had to sit own when told the price. A lesson that stays with me to this day, I will do a few mods on the truck, but no lifts.
     
  10. Feb 3, 2008 at 8:41 AM
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    I’ve seen people flip the thick bottom bar on Tacoma’s. They seem to be happy with it when then had a heavy load like a camper on.

    IMO it puts a lot of stress on the spring leafs during max compression, I don’t like the idea.

    The one person I still have contact with that did it finally swapped in some aftermarket spring packs.

    Other than that I’ve never heard of flipping them to get lift.
     
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