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junkyard leaf springs

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by brelandt, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:05 PM
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    brelandt

    brelandt [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Has anyone tried to buy a set of leafs from a yard and took at least one leaf from it and stacked it to your pack to correct the sagging issue?
    My 2004 sags and I hardly ever load the bed. I use helper springs but they are pretty rough.
    Also when I was into my Bronco II awhile back there seemed to be lots of different options to correct the sag, from adding a spring or just using a whole new spring from a different vehicle all together.
    Thanks for the help guys!
     
  2. Sep 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM
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    4WD

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    How are the bushings? Just how much sag we talking about? Which side? The drivers side? (just a guess) I suppose you could score some decent springs at the local auto repository, make sure they have equal amounts of positive arc. (drivers side passenger side) Otherwise you may just be buying another set of sacked out springs....:cool:
     
  3. Sep 23, 2009 at 10:54 AM
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    glwood6

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    When my 02 springs were sagging, one of the options I looked at was taking them to a local spring shop. They would re-arch and add a leaf...that is one option.

    I ended up buying a set of Alcan replacement stock height springs, but could have just as easily gone the re-arch and added leaf route, which would have cost considerably less.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2009 at 12:08 PM
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    higherlux

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    im courious
    ive been thinking the same thing
    and for the ones who have what kinda springs did you use and out of what vehicle?
     
  5. Sep 24, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    01taquito

    01taquito "thats what she said"

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    i have sag too(sounds sick). have been waiting to correct it because i've been wanting to do a lift soon and didnt want to do double work. or maybe i do the lift and it still sags?????????
     
  6. Sep 28, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    brelandt

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    sorry haven't turned my PC on in days! Anyhow, it's sagging evenly on both sides. in fact when I look under the truck at the springs from front to back it arches up to where the U-bolts are then arches back down after that. Not sure by how much but now with my helper spring I added there is like 2 seperate waves in the spring now.
    I here that add a lift will often cause the spring on top of it to break at the point where they meet.
    I work at a lumber yard and I see trucks all day and only the Toyota's and the old Explorers seem to have this sag issue.
     
  7. Sep 28, 2009 at 6:15 PM
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    98tacoma27

    98tacoma27 is gooder 'en chicken Moderator

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    You heard wrong. Leaf springs are not an item you want to purchase from a junkyard. It's like buying a used shock; you don't know what it's been through, if the previous owner towed a lot, abused it, etc. You could be purchasing a "time bomb". It is better for you and the truck to get a new set.
     
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