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Progressive Leaf Springs?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Phantom_X-SP, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:16 AM
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    Phantom_X-SP

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    While running this morning a random thought zipped through my head...scary I know.

    This is my first vehicle with a leaf suspension so I'm no expert on leaf springs...but I do have a question.

    Are the factory Tacoma leaf springs progressive? I'm assuming they are since they are a multileaf spring as opposed to a monoleaf spring. I figured since the leaf springs are different in length, then the compression rate will differ depending on the force applied to them...thus making them progressive. I could be making a wrong assumption here...does anyone know for sure?...or do I just need to shut up :confused:

    btw this is just a curious thought :D
     
  2. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:18 AM
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    Interesting thought.

    I'm not sure about the first 3 leaves being progressive, but I would say that having the 4th overload leaf qualifies the springs as progressive.

    The overload leaf is a completely different shape and will make it much harder to completely bottom out.
     
  3. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:23 AM
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    Chris knows better...sadly I posted BEFORE he did....OOPS
     
  4. Apr 30, 2009 at 7:51 AM
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    All leaf spring set ups are a progressive rate.
     
  5. Apr 30, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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    Thanks Chris...is it progressive due to the overload leaf as stated above or the design of the spring itself? (meaning a monoleaf spring would be progressive as well)
     
  6. Apr 30, 2009 at 8:55 AM
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    Being a multi spring pack, it will be progressive in nature. Single leaf springs can be made "Progressive" if the thickness is changed through out its length (ie, the newer Corvettes have a leaf rear suspension).
     
  7. Apr 30, 2009 at 8:59 AM
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    I think that it is the compounding of the multiple leaves. A single leaf spring would not have a progressive spring rate.

    Edit: Dang it Chris!
     
  8. Apr 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM
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    Thats what I thought...thanks for clarifying! You are the man! :thumbsup:
     
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