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Rear end is higher than the front?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SmokeyDP, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:12 AM
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    SmokeyDP

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    The shocks look pretty new as do the rear leaf springs. It looks like the rear leaf springs are also more heavy duty than my old Tacoma. How can I fix it so that the rear isn't jacked up 3" higher than the front?


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  2. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    Max-4_Yota

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    Put some Billy 5100's in the front
     
  3. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM
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    Lift the front with a set of Billies or OME and coils.
     
  4. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:18 AM
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    Is there a way to just lower the back to where it should be other than throwing a few fat women in the bed?

    I'd like the avoid having to buy new shocks and springs for the front if I can.
     
  5. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:19 AM
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    blackhawke88

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    do a spring under axle conversion?
     
  6. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    Take a pic of the leafsprings and post it on here then we can go from there.
     
  7. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    You could replace the rear's with a stock set. Those don't look stock. How many leafs are in the pack?
     
  8. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:21 AM
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    I'll get some pics when I get home from work in a few hours. I don't have my camera with me.
     
  9. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM
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    BuckNakedBooda

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    If you wish to use the West Virginia Method of lowering the back end of your Tacoma, here you go :

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  10. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM
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    X2. Odds are, There is an AAL installed
     
  11. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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    Just what I was thinking
     
  12. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    Hitch and wiring, aux back-up light, rear strobe lights, radio and underseat sub.
    Load the bed up to capacity. Drive it around. The springs will settle down some. Then you'll know exactly how much you need to add to the front to be happy.
     
  13. Jul 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM
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    Back to square one after the 2001. So...

    I hope by stock set you don't mean the incredibly crappy OEM Toyota springs? The ones we all pay good money just so we can throw them in garbage? Or do you mean at least an aftermarket Wheeler's or Alcan set?

    x2 on pics, including any stenciled info on the leafs that might indicate the mfg. Also be sure to snap pics of the rear shackles, which could also be the source of lift (unlikley, but just to eliminate the possibility).

    Also, you may have the combined effect of a lift in the back with worn-out coils in the front. How many miles on the truck? Shocks ever been replaced? How does it handle? Might be worth it to put 5100s on the front if the orginal shocks are shot. They were engineered specifically for leveling the front end using the stock coils.

    I've attached Bilstein's marketing propaganda, but it nicely explains the whole concept...
     

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  14. Jul 28, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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  15. Jul 28, 2010 at 12:18 PM
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    I'll get the pics tonight, but those adjustable 5100's look like what I need after I fix my transmission issue.
     
  16. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:04 PM
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    First two are the rear and the next two are the front

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  17. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:44 PM
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    Back to square one after the 2001. So...
    How many mile on this puppy? Heck, what year is it? Your profile says 97 access cab manual, and it ain't that....

    Your shocks are stock OEM all around, and your coils are too, you can tell the collapsed progressive rate part of the coil at top (see how the space between the coils is different?). Perhaps your shocks have been replaced with more OEM shocks form Toyota at some time, but if not, I doubt they are up to snuff. Is your ride bouncy at all? Prone to veering off when you hit minor bumps?

    I don't have a DC so I'm not positive, but the stock leafs on the Xcab had 3 leafs plus an overload (the thick puppy at the bottom). If DCs had the same setup, it looks like you have an AAL in there. But I'll the the DC guys verify that.

    Actually, I am puzzled by the squared-off end cuts on the middle two leafs. I think mine were tapered/rounded more like the lower leaf. Those two might both be new leafs. The pros will need to chime in on that.

    Your shackles are stock.
     
  18. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:54 PM
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    It's a 2003 double cab with 154k on it.

    The ride seems fine. My 97 bounced all over the road(needed shocks) but this one feels fine.
     
  19. Jul 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM
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    That don't look like my setup the leafs might have helpers or AAL. Did the person you bought it from tow a boat?

    I don't know much about the DC suspension.
     
  20. Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    It came from a dealer but has a tow hitch on it. No idea what they did with it. Maybe they did a lot of towing. It would explain why my torque converter is making whining noises.
     
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