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Tacoma Spring refurbishing

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

  1. Dec 6, 2013 at 5:52 AM
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    3" lift EIBACH coils w/ 5100's front, OME/ Dakar leaf springs w/ toytec adjustable shackles at 1.5" and 5125's out back. 33x10.5x15 KM2's Relentless DIY steel bumper.
    Ohh I see. I missed the part where he said he has leaf springs front and rear. Also just noticed he's an 85 pick up. Do those trucks come with front and rear leaf springs or is this an after market SAC?

    Check to make sure the leaf springs are seated properly on the front axle.
     
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  2. Dec 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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    Thanks a lot Moe

    I'm also new in this world so I do have lots of questions and lots to learn, thanks for your input. I will search for those and try to install them during the Holidays,

    As for the leafs i have in the truck, I can tell you they came with the truck when we bought it, so I don't know what kind are they, sorry...

    Question would be, is there a way to know that and why is this important...?

    When I said reworked I meant re-arched, this is a very common process here in Mexico and cheaper as well.

    Very nice truck BTW...

    Thanks again man...
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  3. Dec 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM
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    Thank you very much Jake, I will try to check this during the weekend, I will let you know what happened...

    And yes, by reworked I meant to say re-arched, thanks for that as well...

    Have a great one
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  4. Dec 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM
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    Hi, Doug, and hello All, (first post)!
    Well, after about five years of searching, I finally found my dream Taco, then discovered that it has the flat springs everyone here is familiar with. No worries, as I've read this entire post, and I'm ready and willing to tackle this mod. But, I figured I'd post some pictures of my springs and get your opinion, OMD, because the springs seem to be on life support, and they're probably a good case-study for everyone to determine whether to pull the plug, or revive 'em. This mod is definitely my preference, but if they can't be saved, I'm thinking Dakars or maybe something along this route: http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/toyota-truck-4runner/20665-63-chevy-1-2-ton-spring-swap-faq.html
    By the way, the first three pics are driver's side and the last two are passenger; and that block is a 2.5" body lift, which is awful, but necessary to allow for the 285 tires.
    Thanks, everyone, and thank you, Doug, for a kickass thread! -Nick

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  5. Dec 11, 2013 at 8:33 PM
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    Grey wire MOD, deck plate, diff breather MOD, 2nd gen. OME 883# on Tundra 5100's, OMD custom 3" leafsprings, rear shock relocation, Ivan Stewart TRD rims w/285/75/16's, '02 bumper MOD, Famous Fabrications sliders , LED interior/exterior lights, bed bar, Custom tube bumper, Old school KC day lighters,Red Ring 8" HID flood, Kenwood vhf 2M.. umm some other shit I'm forgetting right now


    No problem nick & your springs are saggy but not dead
     
  6. Dec 12, 2013 at 9:38 AM
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    Ok, great! Pictures to come later... Thanks, again!
     
  7. Dec 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM
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    it may have been mentioned before but i haven't found it. I'm still on the search for leaves but all i can find are 2.5 inch wide. how hard is it to shave the sides to fit?
     
  8. Dec 13, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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    Depends on how good of a grinder you have
     
  9. Dec 13, 2013 at 1:58 PM
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    Yes, most lean issues go away as does axle wrap

    Hi Ding, I dont really have a favorite, the AllPro one is nice

    Sounds like wheel shimmy, can be caused by loose/worn steering components, even wheel balance


    You can grind,make sure you take equal amounts off each side of donors..
     
  10. Dec 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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    Hey Logan is that mike's truck next to yours ? & how much diff. in height? (if any)

    Your truck looks great BTW.....:)


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  11. Dec 13, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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    should i grind the entire length of the leaf or just where the ubolts are?
     
  12. Dec 13, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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    OK, this is an important question & I'll be careful in my answer, with springs that are obviously wider you'll need to grind both sides equally, full length, the reason for this is you want to be as close to OEM width specs as possible because you'll have springs "floating" in the leafpack that cannot be clamped in place as the others will be, you dont have to be exact & usually the amount of material needed to be removed is minimal, it is more work but def. doable
     
  13. Dec 15, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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    gotcha that makes plenty of sense now. in your opinion is it worth searching for the perfect leaf pack or just find some close and shave it down to fit? I'm not heavy towing i just want good height and flex if that makes a difference.
     
  14. Dec 15, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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    Well I'm a little biased, I'm always looking for the perfect spring , if time is on your side then you'll likely find the right leafs for this MOD, but some guys don't have the luxury of having alot of yards to look in like i do, in this case & you've exhausted your resources then its time to find leafs that have the right amount of ARC, whip out the flap wheel & start grinding, like mentioned its a little more work but not that bad really & as mentioned it doesn't have to be exact, if you can get them within a 1/16th" your good to go..
     
  15. Dec 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM
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    awesome i really appreciate your help. hopefully i can knock this out in the next two weeks.
     
  16. Dec 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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    No worries dude, glad to help & if ya hit a snag let me know...:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  17. Dec 16, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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    Only took few months but finally got them on haha. Haven't got to actually drive it yet though :(
     
  18. Dec 16, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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    Why no drive Mike ??
     
  19. Dec 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM
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    Did this last night, and took my headlights out to re retro them and that took up most of my day lol
     
  20. Dec 16, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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    Oh, I see haha, I'm going to shorten up the spring clamps a little, well actually I'll see if Tyler (Pelfreybilt offroad) will kick me out a couple hundred more plates, looking at yours is like looking at mine, I made them a little long in case guys wanted to add more springs later but I think shorter ones would look better & easier to center up
     
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