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Re-use U Bolts?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jmjones, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. Sep 23, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    I have a 95 taco with some busted leaf springs. I am replacing them with an OE type replacement with an Add-A-Leaf for extra strength.

    Is it possible to use the existing U-bolts? Are they going to be long enough? If I do need to replace them - what are the size constraints?

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  2. Sep 23, 2011 at 8:51 AM
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    I assume that I would need to buy U-bolts that are specific to the axle diameter. Anyone know off hand what that might be? Also, for length - any ideas with just one aal added?

    Is this a part that any parts store should carry - or is it something to get from suspension parts suppliers (online)?
     
  3. Sep 23, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    I wouldn't re use u-bolts when using a different leaf pack in most cases because they get thread stretch/actual bolt stretch..so when you torque them again..it causes the metal to deform and weaken...chance of them breaking while out on the road/trail.

    That's my opinion.
     
  4. Sep 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM
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    do you need to replace u bolts when adding a leaf?
     
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    If its not long enough, then yes but i'd replace em anyway..cheap insurance. I know people whos rear end fell out of there truck because of them.
     
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    ALWAYS replace the U bolts.
     
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Yeah ^ or hit up Brian @ streetacos.com....he has some badass u bolt.
     
  9. Sep 24, 2011 at 12:01 AM
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    ALL OF THEM!...Then some more.
    You can reuse them if you want. Nothing wrong with doing that.

    I took my dads 2nd gen ones. They are longer and newer. But he also lifted his truck in the first 10k
     
  10. Sep 27, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    Thanks for all the replies. I took the majority consensus and replaced the U-Bolts. The truck has 188,888 miles on it (Just turned today!). I figured why risk losing the rear end over $40.

    I had already been waiting 5 days for my springs to arrive, so I went local and had the U-Bolts made for me.

    It was a place called AAA springs in Salt Lake City, UT. I called and told them the year and model (95 Taco) and that I was adding one add a leaf, and they made them while I waited in their office. The nuts they sold me were freaking solid as well. The U-Bolts went on without a hitch. I really doubt I would ever have a failure with my new spring setup.

    The springs I bought were 3 leaf, and my stock ones only had two. I added the add a leaf, and as I had feared (hoped) - the rear end sits up a couple of inches too high. Looks like it is time to level out the front end.

    Any suggestions? I am not a hardcore off roader by any stretch - I have a four wheeler for that kind of stuff (Honda Rancher). I do take the truck down the occasional trail up here in Utah. I live in Heber City (close to Park City), and we have tons of "rough gravel road" type trails that can get pretty rocky. I was thinking of a "puck" I believe it was called.
     
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    If by puck you mean spacer lift for the front coils, IMO, I would avoid them. If I were you I would get a set of Bilstein 5100's for the front and set it on a lift position. (or spend a little bit more money and get coils from OME).

    A spacer in the front will make your truck ride like crap on and off-road, and will prematurely wear your front coils. But...if you are on a budget and dont want to spend much, and dont mind a rough ride, then get a spacer lift.

    But a set of bilstein 5100's for the front will only run you around $170, and will improve your current ride.
     
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