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Removing a leaf

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Rachelsdaddy, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Jul 8, 2020 at 3:14 PM
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    Rachelsdaddy

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    Recently I replaced the front coilovers w/ 5100’s and 880’s as so highly recommended here. Trouble is, I probably should have used 881’s cuz I lost nearly an inch from the coil spacer lift that was in there. Instead of removing them, renting a compressor and moving them up a groove (which Im certain will be too much height) I plan to remove the overload leaf in the rear. My question is does it slip out or are the leafs bolted or pinned together meaning I need to remove the entire leaf springs to accomplish this? Will the ride improve as well? It rides like an empty dump truck. Thanks
     
  2. Jul 8, 2020 at 3:20 PM
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    there's a center pin that you will have to remove.
     
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    just a generic pic for reference but if you use c-clamps you can save your self from having the whole pack separating, and then having to line up the center hole again.
     
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    If you have Dakars, I believe they recommend removing the third leaf down. Wheelers off road can confirm this. They are bolted together (center pin) and other than taking your leaf packs back out and reinstalling them, its fairly simple. Clamps do help when putting them back together but not necessary.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2020 at 3:46 PM
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    I will take a pic, its got a monstrous overload leaf.... nothing like above
     
  6. Jul 8, 2020 at 3:52 PM
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    This is why I want to drop the rear someD3F8D7C0-759F-4CBF-AEB4-6FEBB34A8F1F.jpg946CBBDE-DD9A-44C1-8536-3B764593ED25.jpg
     
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    I imagine if I got rid of the 2x4 of a spring it will land where I need it.
     

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