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Leaf spring sag

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by feldmiller, May 24, 2009.

  1. May 24, 2009 at 8:17 AM
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    feldmiller

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    Based on the pic I have posted, do I have the dreaded spring sag? Comments from the Forum's experts would be appreciated. Based on my forum searches and what I have been able to peice together, it appears I do. Intuition and common sense tells me springs should curve up, not down.

    Background:
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    -6 cyl, 5 spd,4WD
    -ext cab
    -150,000 mi (mostly hwy)
    -small camper shell, otherwise usually unloaded
    -Occasional off-road, camping in summer, skiing in winter (Lake Tahoe area, CA).
    -Bought the truck at 140,000 miles and not sure how it was driven/used by prev. owner. May have been road hard and put away wet for all I know.

    I would like to fix the problem (if it is a problem). My desire is to keep it as close to stock as possible, but not opposed to upgrades within reason. Comments on possible fixes also appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Darell

    BTW: This is my first post so please excuse any faux pas I may have committed.

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  2. May 24, 2009 at 1:45 PM
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    TRD4x4858

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    Cheapest thing to do is either check craigslist for a slightly used leaf pack or TTORA classifieds for a stock leaf pack, theyll be used but most times with low mileage and almost given away
     
  3. May 24, 2009 at 1:52 PM
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    humanoid

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    Yes, your leaf packs are practically dead, especially if you carry a shell. Get aftermarket leaf packs from wheelersoffroad.com maybe.
     
  4. May 24, 2009 at 1:55 PM
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  5. May 24, 2009 at 4:42 PM
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  6. May 24, 2009 at 5:18 PM
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    welcome to Tw and yes you seem to be saggin, think about investing in a leaf pack as stated above
     
  7. May 24, 2009 at 8:40 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter

    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    mine look like that..almost. Im not looking forward to putting new leafs on it
     
  8. May 24, 2009 at 8:55 PM
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    ill do it for ya:D
     
  9. May 24, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    ill let ya do it, if you buy the leafs also!:D
     
  10. May 24, 2009 at 9:00 PM
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    if i buy the leaves there going on my saggin rear end
    and wouldnt a AAL help with the sagging prob?
     
  11. May 24, 2009 at 9:20 PM
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    Thanks to all for the welcome and the comments. Seems strange that for such a great product that Toyota takes a quality hit on things as basic as weak leaf springs, frame corrosion, etc. Oh well...every good vehicle has its quirks and overall the little truck does very well.

    DF
     
  12. May 24, 2009 at 9:21 PM
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    AAL would be like polishing up a turd, Springs are done for, adding an aal could do more harm than good
     
  13. May 24, 2009 at 9:59 PM
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    Just get the new leafs and it'll feel like a new truck.
     
  14. May 24, 2009 at 10:19 PM
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    Keep in mind the springs have 140,000 miles of use on them, and they may have been used pretty hard. FWIW, I havent had springs in any truck I have owned last longer than 100K.......I take that back, I have had only 1 truck have the springs go longer. :)
     
  15. May 24, 2009 at 11:27 PM
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    This is what an Alcan stock height leaf pack will look like compared to yours:

    Passenger side
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    Driver's side
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  16. May 25, 2009 at 8:01 AM
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  17. May 25, 2009 at 8:06 AM
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    there not lift springs are they?
     
  18. May 25, 2009 at 8:15 AM
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    glwood 6 said they were a set of "Alcan stock height" (see his reply with images).
     
  19. May 25, 2009 at 10:14 PM
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    Yup. Stock height. I was not looking for more height in the back. Yet.
     
  20. May 25, 2009 at 10:21 PM
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    wildjerseyfirefighter I sell fishing and fishing accessories

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    hmm..I wanna get prices for new springs, but I went to alcans site and you gotta fill out a book for prices, and im to lazy
     
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