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LEAF spring help!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Jsimp, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. Apr 6, 2012 at 11:48 PM
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    MAN, HAVE YOU BEEN DRIVING TO CHARLOTTE, AND PICKING UP MY MOTHER AND HER SISTER?!?

    sorry, family humor, but I have seen worn out leaf springs before but that is about the worst i have seen.
     
  2. Apr 7, 2012 at 4:15 AM
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  3. Apr 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM
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    looked at mine today b/c suspension lift is about to go on and sure enough there lazy, but they still have the smile shape to them somewhat, but you can tell there hurting,,,i got the aal toytec (long version) hope it puts me halfway close to leveling truck out when front is done.
     
  4. Apr 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM
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  5. Apr 10, 2012 at 9:31 PM
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    Just curious - I'm a relatively new owner of a 2004 DC Prerunner and going through these forums has been a huge help - but on the topic of leafs, my truck is fairly low mileage but do the leaf springs go flat with age or is it on higher mileage trucks? And how flat is dead?On mine the leafs do look fairly flat - I'd hesitate to say a negative arch but still I'm not sure what they should look like, the only reference I have is my truck. So are the stock leafs fairly flat from the start or do they have a big positive arch?
     
  6. Apr 10, 2012 at 9:36 PM
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    They don't start out with a tremendous arch. Mileage is not a good determining factor. Bigger determining factors are age and usage habits. (Mine were dead at around 50K miles, but I have a topper on the truck about 1/2 the time.)

    Pics would help confirm your status...
     
  7. Apr 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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    I'll post some up, but I'm away from my truck for a couple of days. In the meantime, here's a pic of the truck for ride height reference, and though this doesn't show much there doesn't seem to be any "sag" from this perspective based on other trucks I see:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM
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  9. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM
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    Sounds like you didn't get the axle center pin tight enough..




    If these springs are settled on the overload like this with no weight they are indeed shot....
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Apr 12, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    HA! I was gonna say...theres no spring going to bring those back :D
     
  11. Apr 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
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  12. Apr 13, 2012 at 9:57 AM
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    Here is the way mine look. Slight negative arch but not riding on the overload leafs. The clamp on there is my "axle wrap" mod.

    [​IMG]
     
  13. Apr 13, 2012 at 10:03 AM
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    Probably a pretty firm ride being clamped to that overload......:eek::D

    Yeah, you've got some neg. ARC but I think a couple good springs would bring your leafs back to life....
     
  14. Apr 13, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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    those 40 buck pro comp are just bandaids though. if your leaf pack is shot its just going t go back to sagging.
     
  15. Apr 13, 2012 at 10:24 AM
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    hey don't feel bad! I joked too soon about your worn out leafs, I just found out I have a broken leaf that had a (as we call it in the south) a half-ass fixed...... so I need to review my travel plans (beach money) and I think throw my hat in the group buy. don't want to take a chance with this even though it has been this way for awhile.
     
  16. Apr 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM
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    Can you define a broken leaf with a half-ass'd fix ??..:notsure: just curious....
     
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    Actually, the clamps make the ride just right, not firm at all. And for the most part they get rid of the "axle wrap". So are add a leafs a good solution then for sagging springs? And is there any harm in running the tired leafs as is? For right now, not ready to plunk down 400+ for a new set of leafs...
     
  18. Apr 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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    Oh , I def. hear ya on the $$$$$$$$$ & despite what you may hear that Pro Comp is a pretty stout piece of metal., we threw their AAL under a 2nd gen. leafpack & got great results...
     
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    how can you not be riding on the overload leaf if the overload leaf is clamped to the rest of the pack like that :confused:

    Those leafs look pretty negative.

    My leafs are flat, with the drivers side a bit negative due to the increased weight on that side (with a good bit of taco lean coming with it)

    Will be replacing My leafs with wheelers 5 packs SOON!!
     
  20. Apr 13, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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    I should have phrased a little differently. It's not completely riding on the overload leaf - I think it's pretty obvious in the picture that it would take more sag to completely sit on the overload leaf. Contrary to what it may look like, the clamp firmed up the ride just enough to take out any amount of "floaty" feeling, and it pretty much killed the axle wrap situation that stock leafs apparently are known for. But a more permanent solution will be in order at some point, just don't know how much I need to rush things. It rides well and works fine for now.
     
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