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Tacoma Spring refurbishing

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

  1. Jul 7, 2013 at 8:13 AM
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    Finally got to the yard and found an 89 Chevy 2500 with these springs on it. 63" L x 2.5" W. Got everything unbolted but couldn't get the bolts holding the springs in place out before they closed. Going to take another go at it this weekend, hopefully someone else won't take my hard work.

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    Any ideas on how to release the tension to easily get these remaining bolts out?
     
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  2. Jul 7, 2013 at 9:51 AM
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    hey cliff since its at max droop i'm assuming the ubolts are in place still is this right ?

    Or is there something under the diff holding axle up ?
     
  3. Jul 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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    I've unbolted the ubolts. Only the shocks are holding the rear in place....its just the leafs' tension that is holding the bolts there. I can still use the rearif needed. I tried jacking up the rear back to the leafs to relieve tension with no luck..

    What do ya think? Springs look good for OMD approval?
     
  4. Jul 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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    yeah they have smooth even ARC, shit you don't need the main leaf right ?

    I'd just remove centerpin & let the mess drop
     
  5. Jul 7, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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    Which ones and how many should I use for a 3" lift, guess I'll be having to do some cutting to slap them in mine, so to be a progressive pack where in my pack should I put them?? They are 1/4" thick. When I make it back I'll just,hopefully, take out the center pin and take the three main leafs.

    Stoked can't wait to make it back now!!!
     
  6. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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    Lets get our terminology corrected bro'...:) You only have 2 Main leafs driverside & pass. side & they're the ones with eyelets connecting the leafpack to frame...A progressive spring is thick in the center & tapers down thin to the leaf ends Ours are linear (same thickness end to end)

    If your donors are progressive Then I'd strip them down & build off the main spring
     
  7. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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    Doug, do you have much experience with modifying OME Dakars? I don't really want a full 2.75" of lift from them, but I don't want to give up much ride quality or weight capacity. I've read about removing the third leaf from the top, or the upper overload leaf. I haven't installed them yet, so it'd be relatively easy to modify them while installing Pete's pond liner silencers. What do you think?
     
  8. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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    Ya know, this isn't a slam on the Dakars but for the life of me I don't get the 2nd overload thing, but i have pulled that 2nd overload on a couple trucks & guys seem to like that better after its gone
     
  9. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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    yup, OMD's without Overload leaf.. roughly 350+++ lbs bed weight

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlIHOdjeILc
     
  10. Jul 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM
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    But yeah its an easy fix to do while springs are off...


    & no signs that they need an overload to compress on either...;)
     
  11. Jul 7, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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    Thanks. I think I'll remove the 2nd overload. Maybe they put the second overload in to increase lift without spending as much as adding another full leaf or two. I don't really want that much lift, and it'll also help with driveline angles and overextending my shocks.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2013 at 10:28 PM
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    Right on all counts sir....;)
     
  13. Jul 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM
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    I'm building another bolt on set of 2nd gen springs if anyone's interested
     
  14. Jul 8, 2013 at 4:03 PM
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    Oops, I was picturing progressive as length, not thickness. The donors are linear as well then. I just have to cut them down to fit my pack accordingly. Think the bottom two leafs A and B can go into my leaf pack 1(eyelet OEM) -A(Chevy leaf closest to overload) - 2 (hook looking OEM) - B(Chevy leaf second up from overload) and remove the overload and achieve 3"? The end result would be 4 leafs total. Should I factor in the main leaf from the Chevy pack, go top to bottom or add leafs from the overload up? Is this more of a trial/error ordeal?
     
  15. Jul 8, 2013 at 7:57 PM
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  16. Jul 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM
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    :confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused: :laugh::laugh::laugh:

    Jeeezus Cliff ya lost me at Quote: haha lets see if this works :):)

    Ok first off do you have stock leafs ? (2 leaf ) or is it TSB? (3 leaf) I'll wait for response before continuing & I try to config this MOD so theres no real surprises at the same time guys want different amounts of lift/loadrate/etc:)
     
  17. Jul 8, 2013 at 9:20 PM
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    $350.00 + shipping:)
     
  18. Jul 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM
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    '93 F100

    Funny, because the paint on the Ford leafs was a lot better than the Toyotas.. and the Fords were about 16 years older..

    Threw some high temp. engine paint on them, going to diamond cut 'em tomorrow. Thinking I'll keep the two leafs in the Yota pack, and add two fords.
    Those Toyota leafs that I'm adding to were off a low mile rig..

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  19. Jul 9, 2013 at 3:28 AM
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    hahahahaha, I'll keep this simple. 2 leaf 1st gen, no tsb. Which leafs do you think I should add/remove with the whole thing and in what order should they be placed? I don't want an overload.
     
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  20. Jul 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM
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    Those Fords have nice ARC, my first build were ford springs awesome results 2 per side will do nicely



    I'd add 2 per side as well, you may need to add a 3rd but wait & see how much you gain & yeah dump the overload remember that you have eliptical springs meaning from center pin 1 end will be longer than the other, you'll want to cut 3.5" off each end of donors added but make sure you cut them sequentially:)
     
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