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Leaf springs???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Mike555, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. Mar 29, 2009 at 6:04 PM
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    Mike555

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    Can someone recomend me a good aftermarket leaf spring that is reasonably priced? And where to get them? I have a 95 v 6 4x4 extended cab. Thanks Mike
     
  2. Mar 29, 2009 at 8:18 PM
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  3. Mar 29, 2009 at 8:25 PM
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    definitely wheelers offroad!!! you can get lots of different ones. i went with a set of their 5 pack leaves(1.5 inches of lift) when i put in my new suspension. they have awesome customer service too.
     
  4. Mar 29, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    alcan will also custom make leaf packs to whatever size you want
     
  5. Mar 30, 2009 at 5:47 AM
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    You can also get a set from www.autoanything.com with a 2.5" lift. Got good reviews. Free shipping. I ordered a set to replace my stock leaf packs, because I just noticed I have a broken leaf on the driver's side. I should receive them today. I'll post the results once I get them installed.
     
  6. Mar 30, 2009 at 9:26 AM
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    Thanks guys!
     
  7. Mar 30, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    Just got one spring stack today. Hopefully the other will arrive tomorrow. They are Skyjacker Suspension springs. $439, I think it was. Free shipping out of Autoanything.com. Looking forward to getting them installed.
     
  8. Apr 3, 2009 at 8:27 PM
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    Not to hijack this thread, but does anybody know whether stock Bilsteins on my 00 TRD will accomodate a 2.5" lift? How about the stock rear brake line?
     
  9. Apr 3, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    Nope, stock shocks will not accommodate 2.5" of lift, need new shocks and brake lines to be on the safe side.
     
  10. Apr 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM
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    would like to know how those SkyJacker springs ride man! Ive been wanting to soften the rear up, and give me a better ride. I got an AAL+1" block and its pretty stiff. Let me us know how it goes!
     
  11. Apr 4, 2009 at 10:24 PM
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    Haven't mounted them yet. I just ordered new bilsteins and an extended brake line from Wheelers. I'll let you know what I think once I get them mounted. There went another $200. I'll be looking like a 70's jacked up street dragster until I can afford the front lift bilsteins. When I get rich and famous I'm going to go whole-hog and do a front SAS and 6" or so lift, side tubes, real truck bumpers with winches, and cargo racks on roll bars, and turn it into a real out-back camping/hunting/fishing truck! Now, if I can just figure out how to get rich...American Idol? Oh, I know...Dancing with the Stars!! Oh wait...Survivor! Ehhh...
     
  12. Apr 12, 2009 at 9:46 PM
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    Hey man ! Im thinking of getting these springs also, later on ofcourse. Maybe when my springs start to sag or wear. But would love to know how they ride when you get them installed.:)
     
  13. Apr 18, 2009 at 5:13 AM
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    I tried installing my spring packs last night and ran into a problem. I can't get the rear shackles loose from the old springs. Anybody know any tricks?

    I have some recommendations for anybody doing this themselves. 1) Have a shop do it. 2) If you insist on doing it yourself, have an impact driver handy. 3) Buy new rear shackles, so you don't have to fuss with getting the old ones out of the old springs.

    My Skyjacker spring packs didn't come labeled as "right" and "left", so I'm hoping it doesn't make a difference, once I get them on.
     
  14. Apr 18, 2009 at 10:06 AM
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    LOL... sorry for your troubles man! my geuss is to just get some pb blaster and soak the shackle, or wd-40. And if the springs arent marked L/R, then I dont think that they are side specific.
     
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  16. Apr 18, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    did it finally work out for you??
     
  17. Apr 18, 2009 at 7:57 PM
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    OK, here's the report. It took some doing, but I finally broke out the bolts from the rear shackles (Lots of PB and WD over two days and a big hammer), but I had to cut out one bolt from the right front perch with a reciprocal saw. I replaced it temporarily with a 1/2" grade 8 bolt, since the Toyota place can't get one in until mid-next week. I had to clean up some threads on the shackle bolts with a file, due to having to punch them out of the sleeve with a hammer. Along with the leaf packs, I installed new Bilstein 5100s, since the Skyjackers come with a 2.5" lift built in. It's still a 3-leaf set with an overload 4th leaf, just like the originals, but more arch and a bit longer. Turns out my lift is more like 3-4 inches, since my original leaf packs were sagging so far. In fact, I had a broken leaf on the driver's side. No idea when or how that happened.

    Anyway, the difference in the ride is nothing short of astonishing. I can hardly believe it's the same pickup. I just figured a pickup is a pickup and they ride like pickups, but I'm liking what I'm feeling now. The ride is quite a bit softer and smoother. I haven't loaded heavy yet, but the small load I carried today didn't seem to work the springs much. The overload leaf on the Skyjackers is quite a bit thinner than the original spring packs, but a bit longer and not drooped as much. I suspect the originals probably will handle a little more weight than these, but then, if I wanted the pickup for carrying heavy loads, I'd get a Ford F-250. So far I'm pleased with the Skyjackers, and the price was right, at $439 with free shipping from Autoanything.com.

    Can't wait to order my Bilstein 5100s for the front next month, to level things out a bit. Now I'm going to go make a post to flame Magnaflow for making their cat converters incompatible with their cat-back exhaust system.
     
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