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Tacoma Spring refurbishing

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

  1. Jun 3, 2014 at 2:19 AM
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    Sure thing Zane, & I'm sure some will pop up, hell you should go to the 1st gen market place & not only look but put up a post " WTB" or Looking for set of 1st gen springs

    Which brings up another thing, you're a 95.5, so we need to find some for your year up to '97. From 98' up the springs are a couple inches longer

    So any SOA up to 1997 will work fine..
     
  2. Jun 3, 2014 at 2:58 AM
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    I figured it was something like that. Good to hear its manageable.

    I was a little surprised to read that you're against a good nun ramming.
     
  3. Jun 3, 2014 at 5:57 AM
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    Yeah , my attorney was not pleased with this harrassment after I talked to her

    As far as the ramming goes its ok, but the rimming is awesome ... nothing chirps & moves like a penguin....haha...
     
  4. Jun 3, 2014 at 6:47 AM
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    For emergency repairs only, do you think it'd be worthwhile to loop a pair of stainless steel hose clamps around both sides of a broken leaf while they're still in the pack? Lots of parts stores carry large enough clamps to do the job, and I think they'd keep the pieces in the stack well enough to prevent a sidewall puncture or worse.
     
  5. Jun 3, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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    Duct tape/bailing wire/hose clamps, sure it's practical & common sense enough, only issue would be human nature meaning that if this were done, i think too many would get too comfortable with it & just put it off or not think about it at all, but i think you've got a great idea there, we can't be held with the responsibility of making sure people follow thru on repairs/replacing. So I'd say thats a nice addition to the other random crap we drag along for the "just in case" situation.....

    You get a gold star today Ding.....:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  6. Jun 5, 2014 at 3:27 AM
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    Where do you guys recommend getting new center pins and u-bolts?
     
  7. Jun 5, 2014 at 3:39 AM
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    I just used some 3/8" bolts from Lowes... Rounded off the end of the bolt on the bottom side of the spring. Buy a full threaded bolt longer than you think you will need and cut off the excess.
     
  8. Jun 5, 2014 at 4:38 AM
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    Couldn't have said it better Daniel, thanks for spreading the RIGHT info, & thats great I don't always have time to answer questions or even get online sometimes & they back up, so when the information is given as long as its right I dont care who tells it, so feel free to clue people in on this MOD in my absense, theres a couple other members that provide this service for me as well....:thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  9. Jun 5, 2014 at 6:10 AM
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    4WD, did you ever get my PM? And with the leafs you saw in my thread should I get new pins?
     
  10. Jun 5, 2014 at 7:29 AM
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    I figured you had answered this question a few times in the last 100 pages or so, so I thought I would throw it out there :D.

    I finished my install of the Dakota springs this past week, but I haven't gotten a chance to post any pics.

    Haha - the results are surprising. I got a lot more than I bargained for. I'll post details with some pics when I am back home next week.
     
  11. Jun 5, 2014 at 7:53 AM
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    Hi Devin, I just went thru my inbox & the only messages I see are the ones we've already covered, is there something specific ??

    As a rule I change the centerpins but it's subjective, I'd say as long as they're not rusted & threads are still clean & tight, re use would be ok...
     
  12. Jun 6, 2014 at 12:34 AM
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    Doug,

    New Taco owner and new to TW. I've read every post...took me a couple of days...fantastic thread, nice work with this mod! Easy question because I don't recall seeing this addressed at all...is this a suitable mod for a brand new Taco? Obviously my springs aren't sagging yet, but I'm researching for lifts and this appears to be THE BEST way to achieve a functional long-lasting lift without spending hundreds for an inferior product.

    Else, I've seen every possible question answered at least 10x over! Props to you and the others who have been helping out the community here...world-class effort!

    Thanks,
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    Welcome :wave:
    I don't see any reason not to do this on a brand new truck. It's a great lift, great DIY project and lasts a long time. Unless you have the money and was to buy brand new expo style leafs.
     
  14. Jun 6, 2014 at 8:16 AM
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    Doug lmk when you are operational again I don't think I will have access to what I need any more for this project.
     
  15. Jun 7, 2014 at 9:45 AM
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    ok Doug I put the springs in I bought from you. not only did I not get any lift, it sits a 1/2" lower than the stock springs I took off (non tsb). I didn't bother putting the front lift on don't want a bro lean.
     
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    Great! That was my thinking about the gap between leaves :crazy: and okay so I have a stock leaf pack with many miles on it and NO TSB but an AAL, and I want to take on of my leaves as a donor when I put the other pack on. How do I cut it to be ~3.75" shorter if I don't have any cutting tools?

    I guess I could give two leaves to my buddy and mark them off, he's an apprentice welder at a local pipe shop.

    Any other suggestions? Also my leaves are FLAT does that matter that the arc probably won't match?
     
  17. Jun 8, 2014 at 10:33 AM
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    Hey Doug have you ever used the 5 lug SUA leafs? I was curious if they could be used in place of the stock leafs because they have so much more arc?

    Although they are Toyota leafs so I wouldn't expect much I guess
     
  18. Jun 8, 2014 at 1:11 PM
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    measured it again today looks like it settled a little more im about 3/4" lower than the stock springs. have to pick up the camper this weekend looks like I have to ask my brother to borrow his ford. im never going to hear the end of this one.
     
  19. Jun 8, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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    I read your other post about doing this mod and losing height. Crazy!

    What was your process exactly? Did you keep the toyota main leaf and replace with 2 OMD leafs?
     
  20. Jun 8, 2014 at 7:25 PM
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    Finally got my springs in. The donor springs were from a 1996 Dodge Dakota. I only added 1 donor leaf to my stock pack. I was shooting to just get my Tacoma back to stock height, but I got a lot more than I bargained for.

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    I think I ended up with over three inches. The good news - they ride fantastically. They are night and day more comfortable than the trashed stock springs. Now, I guess I need to do something about the front.

    I have just one question - could I pull out the overload leaf to bring it down some?
     
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