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OME Dakar Leaf Springs - passenger sitting on overload spring???

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by toycar18, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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    toycar18

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    I have a 1st Gen Tacoma. Just installed an OME suspension - rides great.

    Anyways, the passenger side leaf spring is sitting on 1st overload spring. The drivers side looks fine. Is this normal? Or a bad leaf spring. I would think it should not be on the 1st overload spring....Anyone? The passenger side is also about 1/2" lower. I also thinks it has too much lean...

    Anyone?

    Also it seemed to be level before I loaded the truck with camping gear (approx 500 lbs). These pics are with the truck unloaded.

    THANKS

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  2. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:22 PM
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    SaltySteve

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  3. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM
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    Kind of looks like the passenger side overload spring in question was installed in the leaf pack upside down.
    Gen1 leafs are side specific; are they installed correctly?
     
  4. Jun 28, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    Yes they are installed correctly...leaf A is drivers and leaf B is passenger

    Unless the overload was installed upside by the manufacturer
     
  5. Jun 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM
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    toycar18

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    It does look like the 1st overload is arched the wrong direction.... Anyone else have this problem? Or is it defective???

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    DRIVERS...looks normal
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  6. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    I was going to say the same thing. Looks like the passanger spring is installed upside down.
     
  7. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM
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    No no no, you've got it all wrong! His exhaust has super heated the spring and f*d it up!
     
  8. Jun 28, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    well you asked for specs..... 06 trd sport speedway blue V-6 4.0 camburg lift spindles extended travel icons total chaos lowers allpro 4" leaf pack 17" xd hoss rims 305/65/17 mickey thompson baja atz Allpro hybrid bumper with 3 kragen HID lights color matched headlights grill craft grill AFE stage 3 CAI wicked flow muffler under cover bed cap inside i have..... wet okole real tree camo seat cover blue oznium dome light stealth sub box with 2 10" kicker comp subs kicker 400 watt amp weathertech floor mats
    looks to me like its installed 180 degrees of what it should be
     
  9. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    Thanks for your thoughtful insight
     
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    No prob! Glad to help!
     
  11. Jun 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM
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    another vote for the upsidedown install of the overload spring...just an assembly error...it does happen!
     
  12. Jun 28, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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    So can the leaf be disassembled and the overload spring flipped? Or does it have to be replaced?

    If it is disassembled and flipped what about the 1/2" lean? The truck was level until I put 500lbs of camping gear in it.

    Would that be enough weight to damage the leaf spring with the overload being installed improperly?

    BTW, the suspension is 1 week old - about 350 miles. The quality of ride is amazing.
     
  13. Jun 28, 2010 at 7:48 PM
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    yep, easily flipped, just a center pin holding them together. i purchased a used set of dakars for my 05, took them all apart and cleaned them up, and reassembled...very easy to do.

    will it fix the 1/2" lean...dont know. but i do know you do not want to load up the leaf w/ the overload like that. nothing may happen, but leafs are designed to work together, and that overload being installed like that is definitely working against the rest!
     
  14. Jun 30, 2010 at 8:19 PM
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    Contacted ARB.

    Overload was installed wrong at the factory.

    I don't know if they are going to send me a new leaf or what. I think they expect me to flip it myself but I shouldn't have to pay someone for there mistake. I have a feeling that I'm going to have to fight them on this.

    The ride is great - too bad quality control missed it.
     
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    I'd just flip it myself. ARB isn't a small company that relies on word of mouth to stay in business.

    Besides, it's nice to get to know your truck.
     
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    What is the dakar overload leaf?
     
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