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Quick question concerning leaf springs!!!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by zeeya2000, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:32 PM
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    zeeya2000

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    hey guys im curious to know why the heavy loader leaf spring (one all the way to the bottom) is placed upside down? curving down instead of up which would support the other leaf springs.

    i looked at several other vehicles sitting around and all of theirs were right side up. (not toyota tacomas)

    i do have trouble carrying loads could this solve the problem?
    what would be the down fall of turning the heavy loader spring right side up? curving up towards the leaf springs
     
  2. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    yes i know this looks funny with the front not being leveled out but this is what happened when i turned my bottom leaf right side up

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  3. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    bump....... anyone???
     
  4. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM
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    malander

    malander That's some tight butthole

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    That leaf is your overload spring so that the rest of the pack won't go over negative arch too much when loaded down. I think some people have run it upside down but I can't comment too much on it myself. Looks like it worked for you...fwiw I don't really like a level truck...needs a slight rake
     
  5. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    i agree it does need some tilt but not as much as it does in that picture the front deffinately needs a 2" spacer
     
  6. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    Damn..."Got Rake?"

    And I agree with malander
     
  7. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    malander That's some tight butthole

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    Meh it is a lot of rake but it doesn't look too bad. Bigger tires will look great and will fill out the rear wheel wells nicely
     
  8. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    hah yea it made a big difference. im jus wondering if that would mess stuff up
     
  9. Mar 27, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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    33's would look awesome
     
  10. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    any other insights????
     
  11. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:10 PM
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    maybe so
     
  15. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:32 PM
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    For what it's worth... I had a '96 Tacoma extended cab 5 speed manual V6 4X4, lived in the mountains of Colorado, did lots of off roading in Colorado and Utah, broke leaf springs a couple of times, the last time I had it repaired, the guys at the spring place replaced the broken leaf, I had them add a leaf and they reassembled them with one of the heavy loader mounted up and the other mounted down. Didn't pay too much attention to it being upside down once I got it back, smart huh.. I drove it like that for about 4 years, with no problems. Buddy of my dads had a lift and we flipped the upward facing heavy loader down to it's original position I couldn't notice any difference other than if you really looked, right side sat a little higher in the back. Maybe others might have had a different experience??
     
  16. Mar 27, 2011 at 7:32 PM
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    So does the truck ride any rougher because of turning the leaf around?
     
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    Did you add those lift blocks when you flipped the overload leaf or were they on there before? Take those blocks out and you'll be level (or closer to) again.

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  18. Apr 11, 2011 at 7:01 AM
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    I flipped over my overload last week and have had no problems. Drove 100 miles round trip with streetbike in back and it drove nice. And it add 1" lift to rear also. Heres a pic
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  19. Apr 11, 2011 at 8:15 AM
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    Looks like all you've done is make the overload part of the leaf pack instead of only being used with a heavy load in the bed. Shouldn't do anything adverse but will probably make it ride like a dump truck. It's like putting in a really stiff AAL.
     
  20. Apr 11, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    QFT. you just sprung your rear suspension a little bit more.
     
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