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snapped middle leaf on the drivers side

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by yarb71, Aug 6, 2022 at 11:52 AM.

  1. Aug 6, 2022 at 11:52 AM
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    yarb71

    yarb71 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    and the battle begins again....

    My 2004 just snapped the drivers side middle leaf. I only noticed it as i was loading up a few boxes. NOthing heavy........and it started to squat on that side. Looked under there and sure enough. Broken.

    I have never really hauled anything heavy or towed anything. I see the 05+ have or had a spring recall. Looks like im screwed there.....just like my frame when i went to get that replaced. I was able to install the safe t caps to fix that a couple years back. Looks like it might be time to tear it back down or get rid of it. Just over 200k miles but i live in salt hell in the midwest.

    I havent priced out parts from toyota yet but rockauto has the dormans for about $210 per side. Might as well due both.....then ill probably need the shackle bolts and the u bolts as well...likely another 75ish bucks or so....plus maybe 100 bucks to ship....

    Fun.

    The job itself doesnt look too bad. I dont have a torch but i do have a sawzall and angle grinder. No access to a lift but looks like it could be done in the driveway without too much fuss.

    i guess im in no position to buy any kind of vehicle given the current state of all the BS going on right now and probably for quite a long time yet. Lots around here even used are asking insane prices even for clapped out garbage.
     
  2. Aug 6, 2022 at 12:00 PM
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    Toyotadilly

    Toyotadilly Well-Known Member

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    Bilstein 5100’s.eibach coils.stoptech cryogenic rotors.1.25in toytec blocks.tranmission cooler. Electric fan w/ relay.
    Pics of the carnage. I hear people talk about general springs
     
  3. Aug 6, 2022 at 12:09 PM
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    Bivouac

    Bivouac Well-Known Member

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    Remains to be seen I bought the tires and wheels the rest came along
    Check out General Spring in Kansas City.

    I have had great luck with them over the years .

    Depending where your truck lives you will also need the spring hanger bolts I have yet to ever get any out without cutting the bolts seize to the steel sleeve in the bushing. I have learned to not waste time I cut all the old hardware off.

    A floor Jack makes it easier at least 4 jack stands 2 for the frame 2 for the axle
     
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  4. Aug 6, 2022 at 1:27 PM
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    yarb71

    yarb71 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    THanks...will do! I can try to take some pictures if it ever stops raining and i can get under it.
     
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  5. Aug 7, 2022 at 7:08 PM
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    Old green toyota

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    Whats your location? I have a pair in Sacramento, I ended up having my original springs re arched for 3" lift.
     
  6. Aug 8, 2022 at 4:31 AM
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    yarb71

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    i am in MN...midwest...
     
  7. Aug 8, 2022 at 7:30 AM
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    0xDEADBEEF

    0xDEADBEEF River Trash Aficionado

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    General spring ships. I live in KC and was ready to drive down to the warehouse, but called them and they told me they didn't have mine locally, and would have to ship them from Illinois. Shipping was pretty reasonably priced.
     
  8. Aug 8, 2022 at 7:36 AM
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    eon_blue

    eon_blue woke up and chose naproxen

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    Those leaf springs gave you 17 years, they are not meant to last the life of the truck. The frame I can understand being pissed about but leaf springs are a wear item. Replace them and enjoy many more years
     
  9. Aug 8, 2022 at 9:00 AM
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    yarb71

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    yeah.....looks like its about $230 per side shipped. THats not that bad at all....and thats with the new ubolts. I guess i should plan on pricing out the hangers too as the bushings will probably be seized too.
     

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