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Rear End Sits Lower than Front

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by halsche2, May 14, 2013.

  1. May 14, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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    halsche2

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    I recently bought a 2009 double cab tacoma with TRD sport package. Previous owner put a 3" body lift on it. The rear end sits noticably lower than the front. What could be causing this? I noticed that the rear leaf springs seem to have a negative arch to them..in other words they arch downward, iss this normal?. What are my options? I wouldn't be opposed to some beefed up leaf springs if this would do the trick because I would like to go load up with firewood every once in a while, but not sure if installing them would create other required modifications. Thanks.
     
  2. May 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM
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    Measure from center hub to frnder front & rear.
    Do your leafs smile or frown? Smile is normal, frown is shot.
    Add A Leaf (AAL) might be your solution.
     
  4. May 14, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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    look at wheelers.com for a new leaf pack.. get a AAL 2ich aggressive leaf.. ( skyjacker $60)..or refurbish a leaf pack ( make one) there is a thread for that
     
  5. May 14, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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    I don't think there's any way at all it would still be covered, not for an 09.
     
  6. May 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    my 2010 isn't covered
     
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    KWS - thanks for the TSB info...i was not aware of this
     
  8. May 14, 2013 at 10:17 AM
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    you guys are quick to respond! I should have joined long ago. I was looking into the AAL and I will probably take your recommendation Jeff. Would adding a leaf require any other modifications?

    I also have to replace the tow connector...what a crappy place to have it. Second time out on the trails getting some firewood and I slammed it into a rock while crossing a creek. Thinking about drilling a hole in the bumper next to the license plate to mount it. Found a good thread for that here too...
     
  9. May 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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    yea guy used 2 1/8 " hole into bumper the other way it to just bend the bracket up so its out of way until u drill hole.. the AAL is what I went w/.. but for $60 if it doesn't fit it.. can always buy another one until height is want u want... ( thus making a leaf spring set) but AAL usually is only a Band-Aid until u can get new leaf pack.. but so far its working for me without an issue
     
  10. May 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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    Are your leafs happy :) or sad :(?
     
  11. May 14, 2013 at 10:30 AM
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    So wheelers.com is a building material website...if the AAL is just band-aid, should I go with a whole new leaf spring assembly? I would like to increase my hauling capacity too.
     
  12. May 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM
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    they are :(
     
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    then I would go w/ a whole new leaf pack.. AAL is just going to lift but not give more load capacity..
     
  14. May 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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    wheelers ..has leaf packs u just buy..simple replacement of ur old leaf springs
     
  15. May 14, 2013 at 10:35 AM
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    It depends on the current condition of your leafs on whether an AAL or new pack would be best.
    Ironman makes a 2" leaf pack I believe but don't know the capacity of it.
    I put over 3,000 lbs in the back of my truck with my Dakar leaf pack & was still 1.5" off the bump stops.
     
  16. May 14, 2013 at 11:40 AM
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    forgive me if I am stupid, just dont have a lot of knowledge on this stuff. I will go out and measure from my wheel center to the fender on both the front and rear. Say for example the rear sits 1" lower and I want a 1" rake, I should buy a rear leaf pack with 2" of lift, right...even though my current leaf packs are frowning? What is a typical rake? Are there any other modifications that need to be performed if I get a thicker leaf pack like this?
     
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  17. May 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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    If you're planning on keeping the hockey puck lift you'll want a stock size leaf with more load capacity & that should put you back to stock rake (around 1.5"). A 2" lift pack will put you way high in the rear (2" over stock) if you don't do anything up front.
     
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  18. May 14, 2013 at 1:35 PM
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    thanks! you've been a lot of help!!!!!!!!!!:eek:
     
  19. May 14, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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    Your welcome, glad to help.
    That's what we're here for. Gain knowledge where we need it & share the knowledge we have.
    2 years ago before I joined my knowledge was a lot less than it is now.
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