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Tacoma Spring refurbishing

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 4WD, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:06 PM
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    DISCLAIMER:

    You can use any leaf spring off any make/model car or truck if it meets the minimum requirements...

    1. width, the closer to OEM spring width you are the better...

    2. think about what you're trying to achieve, if your looking for more lift than anything, you want to seek out leafs with more ARC, not too much tho', remember, a little good steel goes along way...

    3. If load rate increase without the lift is what your after, look for leafs with less ARC but maybe a little thicker & again, look for stock width..


    The end result depends on the amount of time you invest seeking out THE best donors you can find, sometimes it takes me a whole weekend of looking to find the right ones....


    It's not rocket science but if one thinks you just go & grab the first set you see, I can practically gaurantee you'll be dissappointed...


    This is a long read,& about 75% is nonsense but the other 25% is gold with contributions from other members, the answers you seek are here... Thank You,
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    Chris (csjumper2003) & myself

    just got back from wrecking yard with a monster set of rear springs off a commercial grade Chevy S-10 flatbed, 3/4- possibly 1 ton rating, heres what they look like now

    [​IMG]

    got these suckas' clamped up & ready to dissasemble for prep.
     
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  2. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM
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    pass the popcorn Dave, getting hungry too...;)


    Ok already clamped so time to break'em down, sometimes a little persuasion is needed for these axle pins..

    [​IMG]
    still keeping the springs securely clamped after the axle alignment pin is removed, the factory spring clamps are cut in a manner as to using them later maybe..

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:22 PM
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  5. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM
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    Commercial grade and S-10 are mutually exclusive terms in my book. Good luck with the new springs!
     
  6. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:26 PM
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    We'll be discarding these old pins of course for new ones, & why not they're only about $ 7.00 or $8.00 for a set at your local ORW or similiar..

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:30 PM
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  8. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:36 PM
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^


    true dat' brotha ,,,,;)

    & I mean ya know this is no state of the art,new to industry kind of thing but I'd be damned if I was gonna just throw these on without prettying them up some so a wire wheel on a cordless did just fine (besides you gotta clean them up to see what yer working with)


    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:40 PM
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    Same thing that came to my mind- I'm still curious to see how the stance is after the swap. Also, what year S10?
     
  10. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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  11. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:01 PM
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    You'll be able to see finished product tomorrow as I scheduled Chris for the morning, as for the year I'm gonna say mid 90's but like I said by "commercial rated" this is pretty unique dont see alot of 1 ton flatbed S-10's running around...:D

    Toyota used to make a 1 ton flatbed as well in late 80's early 90's I believe... (Hmmmm, 1 ton Toyota springs, got me thinking again)
     
  12. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:03 PM
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    Doug, that's a nice lookin' spring pack. Looks like the main leaf is wider than the rest of the pack.
    What length donor spring do you look for when you're rebuilding a 2nd gen Taco spring ?
     
  13. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:16 PM
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    Oh yeah its a beautiful pack with alot of life left in them & the main leaf is just loose & at angle I think , but they are all equal width.

    As far as donor lengths , it varies as to what the owner wants, so far the ones I've done the guys weren't so concerned about getting lift , they just wanted the fucking sloppy,soft, forever bottoming out B.S. to stop...... I don't blame them & Toyota should be ashamed of itself, a far cry from the nice firm "Truck" suspension the older Toys had (pre 95')
     
  14. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:21 PM
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    :popcorn:getting ready to do this myself
     
  15. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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    Now chris's truck has the TSB springs with a 1" leveling block in the rear,

    his springs are almost flat even with the TSB & I've wheeled with him so I know he doesn't bash his shit ANYTHING like I do, pretty sad

    We're going for an approx 2"-2.5" lift to level him back up with his fronts


    Now Adam (tmectaco79) is going for a 3" lift in rear

    (Adam correct me if I'm wrong)

    also doing away with a rear leveling block IIRC
     
  16. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:29 PM
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    Lets look at the magical "Diamond cut." The big boys all talk about....


    BFG (Big Fuckin' Deal)

    All a diamond cut refers to is a mitered cut at the ends of the leafs that I've been doing to steel & sheetmetal for the last 25 years, except we always called it "Dog earring" (any tin knockers out there know what I'm talking about)

    Its just trimming the corners off at roughly 30 degrees (give or take..:notsure: )


     
  17. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:37 PM
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    Here's your diamond cut....aint that special....


    [​IMG]
     
  18. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    I love this arc...

    [​IMG]

    Tell ya what... I'm thinking about Chevy springs now....
     
  19. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:40 PM
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    very nice......keep em coming
     
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    Nice arc
    what does the diamond cut do to the springs?
     
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