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what are good leaf springs look like?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Reverend, Mar 25, 2011.

  1. Mar 25, 2011 at 1:09 AM
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    Reverend

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    Mine are bent downwards... lower on the ends than in the middle. The truck has 131,000 miles on it, but my repair shop (who tells me whenever there is something needing taken care of) hasn;t said a word about them needing replacement, even tho I had it in for an oil change just today...

    Are springs supposed to bend up or down?

    Pics of healthy leaf springs would be appreciated...
    Rev
     
  2. Mar 25, 2011 at 3:21 AM
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    VirginiaBound

    VirginiaBound Whyareyoureadingthis?

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    Left good, right bad.
    [​IMG]

    With weight added on them
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    They should have somewhat of an arch, mine were flat so I bought an Add a leaf so help out. It made a huge difference!
     
  3. Mar 25, 2011 at 6:13 AM
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    bowyer2002

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  4. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:34 AM
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    Reverend

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    So, should I get a whole new set for each side, or just add a leaf? Mine are damn near flat on drivers side and pointing downwards on the passengers.
     
  5. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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    steve o 77

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    Post up some pics so we can see how bad yours are. If they're really bad an AAL won't do much and new leafs would be the answer. There is a group buy on the wheelers 5 leaf pack, link in my sig.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:53 AM
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    steve o 77

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    here's what they should look like: these are the wheelers 5 leaf pack just after install.
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    [​IMG]
     
  7. Mar 26, 2011 at 7:56 AM
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    MTgirl

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    bad...:(

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    good...:)

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  8. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    clybourn

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    I had the Wheeler's 4 pack replacement and it cracked also.
     
  9. Mar 26, 2011 at 8:17 AM
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    I'd love to get involved but I don't want to lift my truck at all. I liked the original height and just want a better set of leaf springs that won't sag after 5 years.
     
  10. Mar 26, 2011 at 12:02 PM
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    ilove_taco_ma

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    nothing, all stock expect got a OE replacement air filter K&N.
    on wheeler's offroad, they also have a 4 leaf pack that i think add no lifts at all. if it does, its won't be too much of a difference.
     
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