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OME Dakar pack uneven

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Paulsac, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. Sep 9, 2017 at 2:53 PM
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    Paulsac

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    So I just installed a 3" OME lift from Headstrong with the dakar packs. In the rear the passenger side is about 1.5" higher than the drivers. I DO have the "A" pack on the drivers and the "B" pack on the passenger. I read about that before my install. Both are "+" packs. Both have the 7 leafs. I don't see any other noticeable difference. The front seems fine. I put the coil assembly with the little shim on the drivers. Any ideas?
     
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  2. Sep 9, 2017 at 4:05 PM
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    tntacomaguy

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    I have the same issue with mine. It's not that much difference side to side but still not level. Ticks me off after paying good money for it. Hopefully someone will chime in. I've asked before and no answers yet
     
  3. Sep 9, 2017 at 5:29 PM
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    Not positive but I think the stock leafs are uneven due to the additional weight of the fuel cell but the after market leafs are the same so you end up higher on the passenger side.
     
  4. Sep 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM
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    Dakar is supposed to account for the taco lean by making their leafs side specific.
     
  5. Sep 9, 2017 at 5:58 PM
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    DaveInDenver

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    OME doesn't make them specifically to account for Toyota lean, but they mark them (+) (0) and (-) to represent over, right on and under spec. So you're supposed to put the (+) or (0) on the driver's side and the (-) on the passenger but that's really a guaranteed thing. AFAIK it's up to the distributor or shop to mix them for you since they are sold individually by OME. You'd have to ask Headstrong to be sure about that.

    Mine leans a little even with a (+) and (-) correctly oriented and that has been true of several sets of OME I've had. Part of the lean is that your body mounts sag more on the driver's side so if there's only a little bit of lean your suspension might actually be level.

    One thing to realize is that new springs are usually really tall and will settle quite a bit at first. Although 1.5" is a lot, but mine (CS047R on a 2nd gen) settled a solid 1/2". You might try putting some heavy stuff in the bed and drive it around to get them to settle.
     
  6. Sep 9, 2017 at 6:15 PM
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    Do you have a spacer on the driver side front shock? If not, trust me, you're gonna want that spacer.
     
  7. Sep 9, 2017 at 6:18 PM
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    They told me to have weight in the bed to help the nearly 4 inches of rake I got from the springs. I realize they will settle after a while, but seems the taco would remain even after settling
     
  8. Sep 9, 2017 at 6:19 PM
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    I have the trim pack from headstrong
     
  9. Sep 9, 2017 at 6:21 PM
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    Ah, ok then i got nothing.
     
  10. Sep 9, 2017 at 6:35 PM
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    Not necessarily, it's hard to predict exactly. OME supposedly measures spring rate after they manufacture them and that's where the symbols get put on but they make a fraction of the number that Toyota does and they make tons and tons of different ones for different applications so there's going to be a lot more variance with any particular set compared to OEM.

    I think having a little lean is pretty much inevitable. I've never had Deaver or All-Pro but I've had Northwest Offroad, Toyota and OME and I've never had a perfectly level truck. I adjust my packing to put more heavy stuff on the higher side and I never notice otherwise. I figure it's all good as long I don't look like a gangsta or drive in circles.
     
  11. Sep 10, 2017 at 10:46 AM
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    I guess I will swap the springs even though I know the "A" is supposed to be on drivers but they are both + packs.
     
  12. Sep 10, 2017 at 10:50 AM
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    Yo man that's a lot of work, relax for a second. Drive around for a couple weeks and see if it changes. Put some weight back there, take it over some speed bumps. It's not going to sit exactly level no matter what you do.
     
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    I'd either return them for another pack or flip them (Both I bet are a pain). But i've rebuilt springs so many times it takes me 45-60 minutes per side..

    I've had two Dakar packs on two separate trucks. They settle after a bit, but 1-1/2 is pretty bad, and reflecting back on older posts with similar Dakar lean that the two sides needed to be flipped.

    Both packs I have experience with were 1/4" to 3/8" higher on the LH side w/o me in the drivers-side front seat...

    Idk man. That's all I got.
     
  14. Sep 14, 2017 at 9:43 AM
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    After hitting some speed bumps and driving around I rechecked on a flat garage floor. Either it settled a little or the ground before wasnt even enough. I am now a little more than 3/4" higher in the passenger rear but also the drivers front is about 1/4" lower so that may be affecting it too. I am just going to drive for a little while and let everything settle and then make some real thin shims for the front and back to level things off. I bet a 1/8" or thinner front shim and a 1/4" rear shim should level things much better. Just need to bust out the plasma.
     
  15. Sep 14, 2017 at 10:16 AM
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    I have two +'s and two a's. did everyone get an "a" and a "b" ?
     
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    Just got my Dakars installed today, and yup... 1-1/2" higher on the passenger side. I have 2 (+)'s. Have to check tomorrow and make sure there's an A and a B. Damn it!
     
  17. Jan 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM
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    Mine still leans many years later, I just decided to get used to the taco lean
     
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  18. Jan 16, 2018 at 12:49 PM
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    Flipped the packs... now the difference is +.75" on the passenger side. That, I can live with. Just loading the truck a little more on that side for extended trips.
     
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    Something to try...measure the front fender clearance on flat ground, lift the rear by the differential just enough for the tires to be off the ground, re-measure the front fender clearance. This will tell you if the front springs are having any effect on body lean.
     
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