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Help with AAL

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by StAndrew, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Feb 11, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    StAndrew

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    Ive never worked on suspension before, however this looks easy enough. Im going to purchase a 1.5" lift AAL kit (with the current condition of my leafs, this should return the rear to stock hieght) and new u-bolts, etc...

    Are there any hints, tips, etc... from those that have done this? Does anyone use locktight or is that not required? Also, is there anything I need to grease, etc...? Thanks.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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    oldtacomaguy

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  3. Feb 11, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    yah your right it is pretty easy. jack er up and take your wheel off and start takin off your u bolts, after ya get them off,remove your bump stop and center pin(by the way ya may need a new center pin), put new leaf in,and start doin things in reverse order. Ya shouldnt need locktite but i would go back and re tighten everything after your finished. Ya may need longer rear shocks btw.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Your new AAL's should come with a new pin. I suggest buying or borrowing good c-clamps. They have the kind that you tighten by squeezing the pistol grip, much easier than turning the bolt on a standard clamp. Before you remove the pin you should clamp the ends of the springs with small c clamps (not the overload spring), remove the pin, stick the new AAL between the leaf pack and overload, clamp everything together with two big clamps, remove the small clamps on the ends and install the new pin. My friend and I just did mines last weekend so it's still fresh in my mind!
     
  5. Feb 11, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    Ok, Im pretty much ready to order. Ive done more complicated repairs so this looks easy enough.

    One last question to get clear, however. Where exactly do I place the AAL? Im not 100% sure what you mean by "between the leaf pack and overload."
     
  6. Feb 11, 2010 at 4:20 PM
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    From the bottom up it goes, overload spring (fat one), AAL, then the rest of the leaf pack.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2010 at 5:09 PM
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  8. Feb 12, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    x2 on the C clamps. you could risk cross threading the center pin / bolt if you try to tighten it back down without using C clamps to hold the leaf pack snuggly together.
     
  9. Feb 13, 2010 at 7:18 AM
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    Quick question. My leafs arent flat, they are bowed the opposite way. Will an AAL be enough? The kit I got was a 1.5" lift, however, with the way my truck is sagging in the back, Ill be happy if this gets the truck back to stock height.
     
  10. Feb 13, 2010 at 1:41 PM
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    Thats what everyone means by flat, they are supposed to look like that.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2010 at 4:25 AM
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    No, I dont think they are supposed to be bowed upside down. They were flat'ish before and I loaded it up with my old kitchen floor and it was very low. After unloading, it never really returned back to normal.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    i just recently installed mine about a year ago. best thing to do is just go at it until you reach a part that you don't know what to do or having problems then come on here to ask what kinda help you need. we all know nothing goes as easy as step 1,2,3 and your done.
     
  13. Feb 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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    and btw, i got 3" inches in my rear with just an AAL alone. didnt expect it at all
     
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