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Sagging springs

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Toy4Life, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. Sep 16, 2007 at 5:42 PM
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    Toy4Life

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    I'm thinking about getting the Toy Tech 3" lift for my truck. My leaf springs are sagging a little bit and I'm wondering if they should be replaced or if the add-a-leaf in the kit would bring them back up?
     
  2. Sep 17, 2007 at 1:03 AM
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    AALs won't do jack to fix the rear sag. You have 2 options for the rear: get new leaf packs or get them re-arched at a spring shop.
     
  3. Sep 17, 2007 at 3:35 PM
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    I didn't know you could get them re-arched. Any idea how much that runs?
     
  4. Sep 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM
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    Nope, no clue, sorry.
     
  5. Sep 19, 2007 at 11:36 AM
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    when it comes to parts, i always opt to replace not repair. Unless money is too tight i never repair components i just replace them. They are old, and the metal has already been worn and stressed, i think just having them re-arched would be a very temporary solution
     
  6. Sep 19, 2007 at 2:29 PM
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    This is no temporary truck. Temporary repairs just won't do!
     
  7. Sep 20, 2007 at 8:28 AM
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    Then if i were you i'd get a new leaf pack and you wont have to worry about it for a long time
     
  8. Sep 23, 2007 at 6:58 PM
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    in my opinion AALs will help with your sag. Adding a leaf spring will reduce the amount of weight the original ones have to hold up. This will lift the rear end and reduce the sagging effect.

    An add a leaf will raise the rear about 2". so if your sag in less than 2" the add a leaf system will bring it back up to the original height or higher.

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    Why dont you think this will work?
     
  9. Sep 24, 2007 at 12:08 AM
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    reid, I don't think they will work because AALs are just that, adding a leaf to your pack, you'll still have old leaf packs that are worn and should be replaced. It will raise the rear end up, but IMHO it won't solve your problem... it just delays the inevitable.
     
  10. Sep 24, 2007 at 10:11 AM
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    I agree, he needs a new leaf pack
     
  11. Sep 24, 2007 at 12:44 PM
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    I guess it depends on the seriousness of the sag. His truck is an 02, hopefully it has not sagged that much in just a few short years. I would be pretty pissed off if I had to replace my whole leaf pack in a few short years.

    One thing to remember is that the sag is not exponential. If it has sagged 2" in 5 years it will not sag 2" in the next 5. It will gradually sag less and less, until it has settled.
     
  12. Sep 24, 2007 at 1:15 PM
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    Its possible the previous owner used the bed alot and wore out the springs faster than normal
     
  13. Sep 24, 2007 at 1:26 PM
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    I bought this truck this year w/ 103k miles on it. I've done some rough offroading with it and loaded it overweight. Had I bought this truck new, I'd be pissed about the springs, but that's not the case. They've been around the block once or twice.
     
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