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Time to replace springs??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by beefsteak, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Jun 24, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    beefsteak

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    Hey guys,

    You think there's any life left in these springs? I was told that Tacoma's have pretty flat springs anyway, but I don't know how bad is bad. I bought this truck used a few months ago, so I have no clue what new or good springs look like. I recently hauled a load of mulch and it seemed to do fine and did not drop much after the load was put in, but I don't know. Your opinions are much appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. Jun 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM
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    Pugga

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    They don't look terrible to me. I definitely don't think they're beyond what an AAL could handle if you felt you needed a little extra support. How does it ride?
     
  3. Jun 24, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    StAndrew

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    Mine were/are worse. AAL helped them a bit. Im installing some bilsteins this weekend which should help them even more.
     
  4. Jun 24, 2011 at 3:28 PM
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    Norton

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    The first photo looks pretty flat/frowning to me. Assuming that's not some kind of optical illusion, I'd go for new leaf pack. AALs will only delay the inevitable...
     
  5. Jun 25, 2011 at 12:11 PM
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    67tone67

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    Mine are worse..... I plan on replacing....i cant haul a dog box without hitting a bump and bottoming out to the bumpstops!
     
  6. Jun 26, 2011 at 2:17 PM
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    It seems to ride ok, but then again, I don't know how they're supposed to ride lol. I know my shocks are shot though, so if there's a lil life in the springs, I'm gonna replace all the shocks first and see.
     
  7. Jun 27, 2011 at 5:05 PM
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    Stock - built correct from the start.
    Shocks have nothing to do with supporting the truck unless they have coilovers on them. Shocks just control the bounce.
     
  8. Jun 27, 2011 at 5:36 PM
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    Denim Dan

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    mine look like that and my ride sucks but the reason my ride sucks is the guy i bought it from put procomp shocks for a 3" lift so they only have like 1.5" of up travel :( im broke as hell right now and my buddy is gonna give me his old monroes and ill keep those till i can get 5100's and im hoping that will help the ride. if it doesnt, cause i dont have much money imma buy this
    http://www.amazon.com/Dorman-929-40...e=Toyota|76&Year=1996|1996&newCar=1&carId=001
    i kno its stock but i cant afford a bigger leaf pack right now :/
     
  9. Jun 30, 2011 at 8:33 AM
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    That's a great price for leaf springs. Is that stock quality? Cause what's the difference between buying those and adding a leaf for like 50 buck more? Would that be the same as getting the wheeler's leaf pack?
     
  10. Jun 30, 2011 at 8:46 AM
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    JLee

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    Yeah i would say toss those and buy new ones there just about dead. A AAL wont do much that's what i did on mine and they only lasted about three months before i was sitting at the same height i was before the AAL. Also your shackle angles look a little off with the new pack they will sit better and the ride should feel better.
     
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