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Rear suspension for hauling

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by tacovic, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM
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    tacovic

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    My leafs have no arch left in them and my shocks are shot too. I pull a mowing trailer that weighs around 3000 pounds loaded. When I pull the trailer, it rides like shit. It almost gives me a headache its so bumpy. I was planning on going with OME nitrochargers for the rear to match my front nitros/OME springs, but I am unsure about what I should do for leafs. Im looking for something that will give me around 2" of lift total to match the front. I need something that will ride nice with the load I pull multiple times a week, but also ride nice without a load. Any suggestions? Toyota leafs with aal? Dakar?
     
  2. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:11 PM
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    Here is what I pull

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  3. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM
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    Look at the Wheeler's 5 leaf pack. I have that along with my OME struts, coils, and shocks that are about to be installed. It gives you 1.5" of lift in the rear..The Dakars don't have the best load capacity from what I hear.
     
  4. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM
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    Dakars will give you about 2 1/2 - 2 3/4 "

    I like mine a lot
     
  5. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:14 PM
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    Where did you hear that ?
     
  6. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM
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  7. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    Box Rocket said that his were sagging a bit when he had his loaded down. He added the extra leaf after.

    I just always thought that the Dakars were "flexier" than the Wheeler's leafs.

    Maybe I'm wrong though
     
  8. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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    Is that what it ends up being after its settled? How do they ride with/without a load?
     
  9. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:38 PM
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    Stiffer without a load

    Smoother with a load

    I have a cap on my truck , it seems to engage them just enough to take the edge of the ride , without the cap they are stiff , but I only had them with no cap when they were brand new .

    They settled 1/4" when I put the cap on and have not settled anymore in the 2 1/2 months I've had them on .
     
  10. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    Pretty sure it's the other way around
     
  11. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:44 PM
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    Ok. Both are way better than stock anyways. Thanks OZ for clarifying
     
  12. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:46 PM
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    I could be wrong , but I think the Wheelers pack is more set up for articulation offroad and the Dakars are an expedition pack for added weight .
     
  13. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM
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    That might be a good question for Wheelers. I know they are made for them. I just thought they were called HD Replacement leafs.

    You can get an extra leaf for both sets of leafs. Either way both the Dakars and the Wheelers leafs should get the job done very well.
     
  14. Jun 28, 2011 at 6:56 PM
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    Is there anything else I need besides the leafs and shocks?>
     
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    Before I place an order, is there anything else I need for the rear besides the leafs and shocks?
     
  16. Jun 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    Im planning on doing a spindle lift on my 09 dc. I need some advice as to what i need to do with the rear susp. Will all pro expedition 3" leafs along with a set of billy 5100s work? Feel free to through out any other suggestions. Im mainly lifting it for looks dont do much offroading at all just a little cruising on sum dirt roads.
     
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    For the Dakars or the Wheelers?
     
  18. Jun 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    Toytec ULK, Light Racing UCA's, OME Dakar rear leaves, ARB Bumper with XRC8 winch, Good Year Duratracs 285/70/17's on 17x9" Level 8 Strike 6's. Leer cap in the winter. Pioneer Double Din with BT, iPod, etc. Boston Acoustic components in all 4 doors with a Sony amp, powered 8" sub. Ultra gauge, Tom Tom...
    I have the Dakars and I love them. I run with a cap in the winter and open in the summer. I do carry 100-150lbs. in a bed box just about all the time. As Oz said, with a cap and weight in the back the ride is quite smooth and maybe a little stiff without it. I drive curvey roads near my home and the truck handles very well, even at speeds most would consider excessive:D.

    I haven't trailered with them yet, but I have to assume they will hold up well.

    I'll say it again, I love my Dakars.

    Here's a face of wood, plus the cap and my box of choker chain, snatch straps, hi-lift, compressor, and basic tools.
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