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Regarding the 2nd Gen Leaf Spring TSB

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by coloradotacoma, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. Nov 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    it makes the ride stiffer when not hauling/towing anything.
    it makes the back end go up some in height, cant remember the exact number.

    and i think billies 5100 would be fine to level it out.

    and there is some others things too i just cant remember
     
  3. Nov 4, 2011 at 11:25 AM
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    answers in red.
     
  4. Nov 4, 2011 at 11:48 AM
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    Thanks for the answers. The front end has definetly sagged. The refrence to the tires is mainly because the tires are bigger in diameter and therefore closer to the body. I do haul quite a bit, hay frequently, say 24 bails in the bed (1400 lbs avg) and a trailer behind sometimes (4500 lbs.) The rear end will be down pretty low and will bottom out from time to time.

    How much are we talking for the 5100's installed?

    Thanks again
     
  5. Nov 4, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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    I paid $175 on Saturday (including alignment).

    Edit: + about the same for the shocks from DSM.
     
  6. Nov 4, 2011 at 11:54 AM
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    You might want to look into a set of air bags if you're towing/hauling that heavily on a regular basis.

    Check out Downsouth Motorsports, the 5100's are about $185 for just the shocks and a shop shouldn't charge you too much for install (should only take them a couple hours max). You could save some money and have your coils mounted on the 5100's and then install them yourself.
     
  7. Nov 4, 2011 at 12:01 PM
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    I am not very mechanicly savy when it comes to my truck I am emabrrassed to say, how difficult is that to do and how time consuming?

    As far as frequency of hauling goes I am hoping that driving for hay is a situational thing. During a normal year i get it delivered for $8 a bail. (Keep in mind my 2 horses (my original 4wd vehicles!)eat a bail a day) But right now delivered hay is $12 and forecasted to get to $15. Therefore, I have been looking for deals and driving distances to go pick up hay while its cheap. I hope that in the long run I won't need to do as much heavy hauling, maybe just hay in the bed.
     
  8. Nov 4, 2011 at 12:06 PM
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    As stated already air bags would be your best bet if you are hauling that much weight. The TSB springs will help very little with that load. I also wouldn't want to be hauling that much weight for any great distances. Just curious but how high do you have to stack the bales of hay to get 24 bales in the bed? Also I would assume that you would be feeding your swayback crap machines alfalfa which is pretty heavy.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2011 at 12:07 PM
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    Why the concern over the distance? The truck is rated to haul more than that?
     
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    And use the coupon code on DSM's vendor page on TW to save even more.
     
  11. Nov 15, 2011 at 4:12 PM
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    I just got back from getting my own TSB rear springs replaced and have not felt a major difference, which is good! When I throw all of my 114lbs around in the bed of the truck, I can still get it to give a little, but can definitely feel the solid firmness of the new suspension.

    I was told it was going to "ride like a brick wall," but drove it 30-miles on freeway, through speed bumps, through town, and didn't feel a difference.

    The real test will be when I go to pick up my remaining cube of brick (~1,300lbs) from the brick yard.

    I would definitely recommend this TSB, if you have the choice. A truck that can't haul 300lbs is worthless, IMO.


    You will notice a rake, though. It doesn't bother me, but some Tacoma owners use a laser level on their trucks, at which point, this might drive them batty.
     
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    I am in the process now of having the leaf TSB done, at the same time I am having billstein 5100's installed to eliminate the rake, Can't wait to see how it is!
     
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    anyone know if they fixed this for the 2011's. i got a price quote on a 2011, ..but i'm not sure how i can tell if it would suffer from this problem?
     
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    I just got my 2011 (Build date in august) and it definetly suffers from this! I haul quite a bit and am havaing it taken care of ASAP. I only have 2800 miles on mine as it is.
     
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    hmm, ...i wonder if it's something i could bring up w/ the salesman?..
     
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    Absolutely, have them do the work before you take possesion. Its no cost to you either way. But be warned, they will try to avoid doing it, especially on a truck that in their eyes the TSB is "unwaranted". Tell them you don't want to have to bring it back and if they don't do it its a no go.
     
  17. Nov 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM
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    anyone have a link to the TSB to download it?... anyone know if the problem is fixed in the '12 model year?...
     
  18. Nov 16, 2011 at 4:42 AM
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    I would not recommend that much weight in one haul. You'll de-arch the TSB springs you just got. The improvement is not that great.
     
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