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leaf spring build/rebuild

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by montanabay, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. Jun 21, 2010 at 10:16 PM
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    montanabay

    montanabay [OP] Active Member

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    Hi All,

    My 1996 2.7 4WD rear leafs are pretty shot, they sit about parallel with the ground. Last year I added a helper spring, worked okay, but I think they have been straightened out.

    No real budget to get any of the common after-market leaf packs, might do the ProComps since they are only $100 each http://www.4wheelparts.com/Lift-Kits-Suspensions-Shocks/Leaf-Spring.aspx?t_c=1&t_s=399&t_pt=4113&t_pl=1831&t_pn=EXP33211

    Still don't want to put any more money into right now, was thinking about going down to Pick-N-Pull to look for springs in good shape.

    Anything I should look for while looking at junk yard springs? Obvisouly other Tacomas, 4runners, but what about T100? Another other trucks/van leaf springs that can be easily made to fit the Tacoma?

    Thanks!

    Josh
     
  2. Jun 21, 2010 at 11:45 PM
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    If you're checking pick-n-pull yards....then I'd look for similar 'era' tacoma with similar engine/configuration first.

    Ideally, researching online and finding out what other vehicles springs will work is another good idea.

    You may want/need to measure the leaf springs to compare the compatiblity to other vehicles. http://www.eatonsprings.com/measuring.htm

    Ultimately, compare prices of used versus new/aftermarket.
     
  3. Jun 22, 2010 at 6:50 AM
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    yeah, thats the game plan

    there is a bit a flexibility in leaf springs since adjustments can be made to the shackles to get a better fit right?

    haha, wonder if some old F150 springs would fit on there, even if they were a little shot, still going to be better!
     
  4. Jun 22, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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    montanabay

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    there doesn't seem to be ANY tacoma on any of the lots out here, lots of Toyota Trucks and a few 4Runners.

    I'll bring a tape measure to compare sizes, game plan is to see if I can swap out a few leafs
    from the the smaller Toy Trucks to add to my current setup...could be a fun little project, any advice? I'll post pics of what I find at the yard to get people brain storming.

    Thanks!

    Josh
     
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