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Rear end sits higher than the front

Discussion in 'New Members' started by austincomstock, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. Feb 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM
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    I just got my tacoma a few months back and i am trying to find the best way to lower the rear end. When i bought the truck it came with a 3 inch Bilstein lift in the front and the back shocks are also Bilstein. I don't think its a body lift in the rear because it doesn't have any spacers between the leaf spring and axel. I already had a leaf spring removed and the back is still higher, any ideas?
     
  2. Feb 10, 2012 at 5:13 PM
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    Pugga

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    How many leafs are there in the rear, including the overload leaf?
     
  3. Feb 10, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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  5. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:10 PM
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    thanks for the reply! here are some pictures.

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  6. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    here are some pictures

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  7. Feb 11, 2012 at 1:28 PM
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    A couple of clarifications for you : Body lift = numerous blocks/grometts that mount between body & frame, & no you dont have any lift blocks on axle either, from looking at the springs, they're either after market or they've been worked some & you have no overload, you can drop another leaf & it'll put you back to a 3 leaf config. that'll lower some, see a fair amount of rust too, might want to hit it with a wire wheel on a cordless drill & wipe it down good, dry if wet & get a can of GOOD enamel like the rust-oleum epoxy enamel it takes a while to dry but well worth it if you live in a wet climate..

    Oh & welcome to TW from Lakeside,CA
     
  8. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM
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    thanks for the info. i plan on taking care of that asap!
     
  9. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM
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    It looks to me like your springs no longer have any arch. That means they have either been overloaded, or are worn out. They should have a smile, not a neutral look(like you have), nor should they frown.

    The rear of your truck should be higher than the front. A 1" or less rake is normal. Without it, anytime you load it, the rear sags.
     
  10. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:33 PM
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    14 dudes will be lined up trying to get the springs he takes off, me included.
     
  12. Feb 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM
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    Wow, y'all like flat springs? You can keep em. I like ones that work correctly!
     
  14. Feb 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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  15. Feb 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Didn't think of that. I thought there were poor TW guys with broken leaves, lol.
     
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    The picture of your truck looks like it's a little noise high :notsure:

    Also, looks like you removed the overload leaf spring.
     
  17. Feb 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    X2 from that angle it looks like you should raise the rear, not lower it.
     
  18. Feb 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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  19. Feb 14, 2012 at 1:58 AM
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    So what does the front look like? Are they adjustable? You might want to raise the front insted of lowering the rear.
     
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