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Question about getting new leaf springs?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by strongwxnc, May 23, 2010.

  1. May 23, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    I plan told replace both front and rear shocks in the next year. I would like to level or add a little lift. Thinking 5100 due to price .. The truck is at stock height.
    But my question is, Do I need to replace my leaf springs? Both packs are laying close to flat. I have read around here for the past few weeks but I still have not found a good answer. Prices are high for the leaf packs and I really want to make sure I need them. I do not tow much or at all. The most weight I have in the bed is if it is full of mulch or building materials.
    Also, I have read about axle warp. What is the best way to check my truck. It is a 5spd.
    Just trying to firgure out where I can get the most bang for my $$..

    Thanks!!
     
  2. May 23, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    damn. you just missed a group buy on wheelers leaf packs.
     
  3. May 23, 2010 at 8:41 PM
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    Most Tacoma leafs are pretty flat from factory. Mine are about flat, but still in good shape. If your rear is still higher then your front, then I think your's are ok. Its when you start noticing the rear getting level with the front and there Frowning. Then there bad...
     
  4. May 24, 2010 at 4:26 AM
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    Yeah I saw that :(

    Yep. My rear is still higher than the front. I did not know if that meant my springs were ok or not. I guess what Im feeling (like the truck bottoms out when I cross RR tracks or dips) is the need for new shocks front and back.

    Thanks fellows...
     
  5. May 24, 2010 at 5:06 AM
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    Same with my rear leafs on my 00'. They have not ever had a signifigant "Bow". This weekend I installed a "helper leaf" kit made by Hellwig.

    The leaf is about 18 in. long and shackes over the top of your existing pack behind the axle. It's made for keeping your ride height natural (no sag) when towing or having the bed loaded.

    I just ordered a Hi-rise topper for my truck and I did'nt want the rear end to sag with the added weight of the topper plus whatever I throw in the back.

    Also, I've notice a better ride on the highway when it comes to bumps and railroad tracks....the rear end no longer "dances" when you hit bumps etc. at speed....I put new shocks (Monroe) on about 8 months ago and that helped greatly but the helper leaf made it that much more plush.

    I bought the kit through Advance Auto for around $60.00, took about 1 1/2 hours to install including jacking and clean-up.
     
  6. May 24, 2010 at 5:15 AM
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    Nice.
    Yep. The back end loves to dance around with me. Also, if my bed is loaded down it sags a good bit. I will check into the link man.
    Thanks
    Edit. I was unable to find it at advance online.
     
  7. May 24, 2010 at 6:56 AM
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    if your stock leafs are still in pretty good shape, i highly recommend the deaver 3 leaff add-a-leaf pack.

    it actually rode and handled weight better than my current alcans. ...and they're also inexpensive compared to new leaf packs.
     
  8. May 24, 2010 at 7:43 AM
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    Cheap and added 2" height.
     
  9. May 24, 2010 at 7:48 AM
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    I just installed new leaf springs a 5 pack from Wheelers, and after installation the pack is pretty close to being flat. It does have a slight smile but its nearly flat. So I guess, its normal to have a flat pack, but frowning is bad. It did lift the rear a 1.5" as advertised and the Billies are smooth as butter!
     
  10. May 24, 2010 at 7:55 AM
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    Cool.

    I guess I was just worried about "not" doing anything to the leaf springs, if they needed it. From some of the posts here and other thread I have searched, mine look close to normal. Make snap a photo later and post for thoughts.
    Might lean towards the Leaf Spring Helpers (as I like the height of the rear) and do 5100 (to level the front) all around.
    The spring helpers hopefully will assist my truck to staying level when it is loaded down. Fill like $hit when I haul Mulch...

    If you are like me, it is hard to spend money and you want to make sure you get what you need.
     
  11. May 24, 2010 at 11:46 AM
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    If you don't want to lift the rear and like the ride. You may want to look into a set of TIMBRENs for the rear. They will keep the suspension charateristics the same, but when loaded the timbrens will come into play an keep the rear from sagging too far.
     
  12. May 24, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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    Nice. Never hear of them before. Yea, I like the stock height in the rear. But the truck does go down when im hauling. Wish they were cheaper :)
    Thanks
     
  13. May 25, 2010 at 6:12 AM
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    For about $1000 you could go with an Old Man Emu Suspension.

    I just got one and I am installing it soon... It is a mild lift - about 2 inches.

    It should last twice as long as the factory suspension.

    Just fix it right the first time and you wont have to mess with it later.

    The rear springs are much beefier. They are designed for added weight and off road.

    All pro, Deaver, Alcan, etc are usually designed for flex and not load bearing.
     
  16. May 26, 2010 at 4:25 AM
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    So many different ways to go on this one..... Either way, looks like I need to start saving my money. I would like to do it right the first time.
    Thanks Man!!
     
  17. May 26, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    Depending on the miles or year and since you are doing a overhaul on the suspension, why not replace the leafs as well? I would.
     
  18. May 26, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    Starting to think I need to replace everything.. :)
    The springs have 163,000+ on them....
     
  19. May 26, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    You got a link to where you bought OME suspension ?
    Thanks..
     
  20. May 26, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    http://www.wheelersoffroad.com/ometaco.htm

    Toytec sells them too, don't have the link. Lots of places sell them. Just google OME coil to see where you can get the best deal. Some vendors on this site offer discount to memebers, too.
     
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