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Replace leaf springs?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by RochesterUE, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Feb 4, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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    RochesterUE

    RochesterUE [OP] Member

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    Checking over my truck I noticed that the bottom leaf on the passenger side has shifted forward about a 1/2 inch. Is this an issue? On my last Taco I snapped one of the leafs so I may be a bit over attentive with my new truck.

    Here is the side in question:

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    Here is the other side for comparison:

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  2. Feb 4, 2012 at 1:53 PM
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    RochesterUE

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    While we are on the topic of the springs, here is a picture of the current arch... I have a sleeping platform in the back and about 50lbs worth of other stuff that doesn't come out. Too compressed?

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  3. Feb 4, 2012 at 1:55 PM
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    Tylerm5000

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    Mine looked like that before I replaced them with springs that have an extra leaf (still maintains stock height). It's nothing to worry about. It most likely won't do anything.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM
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    Our trucks have notoriously weak factory leafs. Yours appear to have the same negative arch mine had before I upgraded. I don't think you HAVE to replace them but, given your topper and the gear you carry, it's probably a good idea. There are a number of options available, but many of us are happy with Wheeler's 5-Leaf Spring Set.
     
  5. Feb 4, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    RochesterUE

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    How much lift did you get with the 5-leaf? 1.5 as advertised? If I'm gonna get new springs, I'd prefer to do around 3 in the front and back so that I could run 33's.
     
  6. Feb 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM
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    Norton

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    The 1.5" lift estimate is based on stock (i.e., non-sagging) height. Since my leafs were sagging, I netted closer to 2" of lift. Pics and measurements are available here.

    Other/taller options are definitely available.
     
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