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Medium duty vs Heavy duty OME Dakar Leafs

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by robrv21, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Jan 9, 2019 at 11:54 AM
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    robrv21

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    Does anyone here have any first hand knowledge of the ride quality and height difference between the medium and heavy Dakar leaf packs? I currently have the heavy duties on, but also have a brand new set of the mediums at my house (OME sent me two packs for some reason). I’m considering the swapping the heavies out for the mediums for a couple reasons. One, I’m gonna go with 888 coils and bilsteins set at 0. Thought the mediums might allow the back to level out a little more than the heavies. Two, the heavies are noisy and creak like hell so I thought if I grease the hell out of the mediums before they are on the truck that they might not be so annoying. Speaking of, does anyone have a remedy for this creaking issue on these leafs? I have the new generation of the springs. Thanks for any tips and advice in advance.
     
  2. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:01 PM
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    Are you using the ome bushings (yellow) in the spring eyes?
     
  3. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:02 PM
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    Pull a leaf from the heavys and they will be equivalent to the mediums and then just sell the mediums
     
  4. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:06 PM
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    If so they are known to be pretty annoying I believe @Wheeler's Off-Road Inc has some black replacement bushings that are alot better
     
  5. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    Check for anything metal on metal near the spring clips (horse-shoe looking things keeping the leaf springs straight). If they are the yellow bushings, those have a plastic feel to them and tend to be quite noisy. These are what we run:
    https://wheelersoffroad.com/i-25489...ngs-for-2005-tacoma.html?ref=category:1387376
     
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    Sell me the set you don’t want?
     
  7. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:21 PM
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  8. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:25 PM
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  9. Jan 9, 2019 at 12:29 PM
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    as mentioned above take out the overload leaf and you will have the mediums, then sell me the mediums. Pretty sure shipping costs on these would be extreme to Colorado. Too bad for me unless you are coming out and bring them. ??
     
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    Shipping would be insane I’m sure. I’m in Virginia.
     
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    Since there’s some interest, I do have another set of the heavy Dakar’s just sitting in the crawl space. Only used them 6 months. I had called OME about the noisy springs and that’s when they sent me another heavy set AND a medium set of the newer models. I installed the new heavies and have the mediums sitting around. So I have two sets that I’ll sell if anyone’s interested and come get them or pay shipping costs.
     
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    DE6F9CAB-F09D-48B1-AA99-3D3FCDE380DE.jpg Here’s how it sets with the heavies and 887s at the moment.
     
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    Truck looks great. Sent you a pm
     
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    Do not remove the overload and think you are getting the mediums. The overload stays in.

    To make the heavy leaf pack into a medium leaf pack you remove the third leaf from the top then reassemble the pack.
     
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    You still have a leaf pack I’d buy it if so
     
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    I know this thread is over a year old, but did you ever get rid of the ones you had laying around? I’m in Virginia.
     
  19. Apr 8, 2020 at 11:52 AM
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    you need stock leafs?
     
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    I’m looking for the medium or HD’s
     

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