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Rear suspension mods when adding "permanent" weight to the bed

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by vscottv, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. Jan 26, 2014 at 4:59 AM
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    vscottv

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    I just replaced my 2006 TRD sport with a 2014 TRD Off-road :). The truck gets me to work (50 miles round trip of mostly highway driving) 5 days a week. I also have a couple dogs that I train a couple of days a week. This brings me out into the fields for some off-road use on a regular basis. The 190# ARE cap is on its way, and I will put the ~200# of gear in the bed as well. This includes a custom built in platform with pull outs for all my training gear and crates for the dogs. All this gear put a slight sag, and bounce in the 06 that I would like to eliminate in the new rig.

    Ive read about the Air bags, spacers, add a leafs, and leaf packs, but was hoping for some opinions for this specific use. I guess what im looking to do is increase load capacity while maintaining stock ride characteristics.

    There is a good chance, that down the road I may want to, economicaly add some lift all around to gain some ground clearance. The 06 shed 3 of her mud flaps on various off-road trips and that was on 17" wheels.
     
  2. Jan 26, 2014 at 5:08 AM
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    Take a gander at the expedition series leaf springs.

     
  3. Jan 26, 2014 at 5:11 AM
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    All Pro Expo pack and call it a day. Very good spring.
     
  4. Jan 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestion guys.

    I did some more searching on here, and also emailed the folks at All pro to get there opinion. On the surface the expo packs looked like a good idea. Unfortunately, I would have to spend a boat load more $$ for all the rest of the "stuff" like new shocks for the back, new somethings (??) for the front to to bring the rake back in line as the expo paks are gonna give me ~3" lift with or with out the 500lb load. plus any other tidbits i forgot.

    BTW, All pro said there packs probably wouldn't work for me and suggested AAL.

    So now I'm looking at AAL's and am just as confused. There are alot of different types out there!

    So anyway, What other ideas do you have?
    Here is what I have: Daily driver with ~450lb in bed all the time (ARE cap, built-in platform, and a bunch of training gear) My old tacoma sagged a bit with this same configuration.
    What I want: maintain the current factory rake, I'm vertically challenged and need to access the bed over the fenders regularly so no lift more than say an inch or 2.

    Ideas?
    Suggestions on who to call to help me out?
    Thanks!
     
  5. Jan 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM
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    Any decent truck spring shop can re-arch and add a leaf for around $350.
     
  7. Jan 28, 2014 at 5:34 PM
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    Here's my setup:
    ARE MX series shell, 3/4" plywood platform with 2x6 cross members and my tools underneath. I wasn't quite at 450# but I was close to it.
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    I was running 5100's with Eibach coils up front for about 1.5" of lift. For the rear, I had a new factory 4-leaf pack with the Icon 3-leaf progressive AAL and the factory overload still in place. I ran that setup for a couple years and never had any regrets. It rode nice, I had an additional 1,000lbs on that platform and the setup still did really well with the weight. Wheeler's off road makes an HD version of the 3-leaf progressive AAL also. That would keep you away from the hassle of air bags.
     
  8. Jan 29, 2014 at 5:29 PM
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    currently running 2.5 revtek in front with 1.5 adda leaf in the rear. Thats how I bought it.
    Has anyone used the OME med. or heavy lifts? How do they run for daily driving?

    Slee offroad has
    1 x OME2885 Front Coil Springs
    (OME2886 Heavy Load Springs when fitting bumper and/or winch)
    2 x 90000 Front Struts
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    would like to know if anyone has run a set up like this?
     
  9. Jan 29, 2014 at 6:26 PM
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    That's my exact set up
     
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  11. Feb 1, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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    OK, thanks for all the input, i appreciate it!
    I spoke with Josh at Wheelers and went ahead and ordered there 1.5" AAL. Considering I'm throwing 500 lbs in the back which I'm assuming will lower the back about 1/2 inch or so (net 1" lift), Will I still be able to use the stock rear shocks?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  12. Feb 16, 2014 at 5:18 AM
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    Ok, I ordered the 1.5 AAl, 5100 for the rear and 5100 Adjustable for the front I put the AAL and bilstein 5100 in the back and this raised the a$$ about 1 5/8" I held off on the front until I saw how much drop I would get with the Cap and gear. Turns out it came right back down to stock height. So for now I think I'm going to throw the front adjustable 5100's on the shelf for use as replacements down the road when the stock units are spent.

    thanks for the help!

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  13. Feb 16, 2014 at 5:20 AM
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    more pics...

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