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more leaf spring questions

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by nedjinski, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Sep 28, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    nedjinski [OP] Member

    Sep 28, 2008
    after reading numerous threads about tacoma leaf springs I think I have decided to replace the whole leaf assembly with new after markets ones. the question now is which brand?

    I have a stock 04 SWB 4x4 - I want the following:

    stock ride height or maybe lift up to 2 inches.
    load capacity should be rated for 600 to 1000 pounds occasionally - 300 to 600 pounds fairly regularly but not daily.
    prefer to maintain good ride quality. (the way it is now the rear saga if I put anything in the bed)

    the available brands are: skyjacker, fabtech, deaver, etc.

    something I noticed is that different companies specify anywhere from 3 to 10 leaves in their spring packs.
    what's the advantage to fewer or more leaves?

    who has had what results with which setups?
  2. Sep 28, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    tacomaman06 Carolina Alliance: Lead, follow, or get the hell o

    May 1, 2007
    First Name:
    York,South Carolina
    '13 Silverado ext cab
    hey, welcome to tw!!!

    for the leaf springs, im gonna recommend some wheelers 5 pack leafs. i just installed a set today on my 04, and i gotta tell you, i love them!! day and night difference between my worn out stock leafs. i also added a set of ome 881 coils to the front,a nd the ride is level now. i gained about 1 and a quarter to 1.5 inches in the rear with the new leaf springs. im not sure about load capacity, but if you contact jason at http://wheelersoffroad.com/ im sure he can tell you everything you need to know. also check otu the website........they have alot of different options there and great prices, but im really happy with what i got for my tacoma. you can check my build thread for before versus after pics here.......
    the pics are on the last page of the thread. hope this helps.:)
  3. Sep 28, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    May 8, 2008
    First Name:
    Tenoe, AZ
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    Generally, The more leaves, the thinner they are, and the more progressive the rate is. The downside is inter-leaf friction . The OEM springs are a parabolic leaf spring. Fewer "leaves", but tapered near the ends to enhance ride quality. Draw backs are reduced weight capability, and (proven from past TSB's) they can deteriorate and sag quickly.
    Short answer. Do what Will said, and also check out Deaver. They mak great stuff, and have AWSOME customer service. :)
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