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Wheelers 1.5" 3 leaf progressive aal pk

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 09Tacomania, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. Mar 11, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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    09Tacomania

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    Wheelers 1.5" 3 leaf progressive leaf pak. Anybody using these? $149.95 Anyone leave the overload spring in with these? If so, does it add lift? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
     
  2. Mar 11, 2012 at 10:13 AM
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    I've had the wheelers pack in for almost a yr. I've got the factory overload in as well. The overload spring will lift if the same as the thickness of the spring, 1/2 or 5/8" I think it is. I've been happy with the AAL pack as a temporary solution for the rear lift on my truck. It flexes as well as the stock leads I'd say and I don't think it stiffened the unloaded ride noticeably.

    That being said I never intended to leave them in permanently either. Waiting for my expo leaf pack right now.
     
  3. Mar 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    I've got the Icon 3-leaf, very similar to the Wheeler's version and love it. I've got a TSB leaf pack, the 3-leaf AAL and the overload. It rides great, supports weight well and seems to be holding up well so far. I had to do some trimming to make the Icon AAL fit, it was hitting the leaf spring alignment tabs on the stock leaf pack. A few minutes with an angle grinder and they were installed no problem.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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    Just installed mine yesterday. I only had the non tsb springs, left the overload on and ended up with 2 1/2 total lift. Rides great unloaded and drove better than new with 1200# of mulch in there this moring.
     
  5. Mar 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM
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    I failed to mention it to you yesterday at Johns house. Sounds good. I just ordered them to go with my Icons. Will serve the purpose for a while. May be having a mod day in the next month or so at my place in R.I. Thanks bro
     
  6. Mar 11, 2012 at 2:04 PM
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    2 1/2 + overload on tsb pak would work. Glad to hear as I haul firewood from time to time. Thanks
     
  7. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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    I installed the pack but removed the smallest spring. I didnt want the rear end to ride high i just wanted more weight capacity with less sag. To keep the hitch out of the dirt, with my snowmobile in the back. I've found this set-up works great for my needs and rarely hit the bump-stops since where as before id bang them every speed bump when loaded. If you look ive posted picks on here somewhere. Everything else is stock so far.
     
  8. Mar 14, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    Why did you take out the smallest leaf in the AAL? :confused: They're thin leafs and help make the leaf pack progressive.
     
  9. Mar 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM
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    ditto. and, do you have the TSB ?
     
  10. Mar 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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    How many leafs total after install including overload? 5?
     
  11. Mar 15, 2012 at 1:00 AM
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    7 I think. 4 for the TSB + Overload and 3 for the AAL
     
  12. Mar 15, 2012 at 1:07 AM
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    I'm non-tsb. I have the overload left in and the 3 leaf pack. . . The dealer did my lift cuz they were putting on my free tires anyways and i don't think they left all the leaves in. . .


    Edit: false alarm, I have six. It was bugging me so I ran out n looked again ha must have overlooked that little one or just losing my mind.
     
  13. Mar 15, 2012 at 4:54 AM
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    If you have a TSB pack - 7 total including the overload

    If not, 6 total including the overload

    The 3 AAL leafs are much thinner than the others though.
     
  14. Mar 15, 2012 at 11:38 PM
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    Just wanted some load support not the height that last leaf in the pack is very small. Your right they are thin ,but they still feel progressive enough for me right now any way. After i finished I ended up more rear high than I wanted so I ordered 5100's all around to help almost level it out and keep the front from bouncing off the skid plate, just haven't installed them.

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  15. Mar 16, 2012 at 11:21 AM
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    Great! Now I'm reconsidering what to do with the rear suspension. I currently have non-tsb leafs that are just about flat without a load (I do run a topper full time though). Was planning on getting the Dakars as I am planning to get the OME kit. Now I'm wondering if I could save some $ by going with the Wheeler's 3 pack AAL or something similar.
    I do haul loads from time to time, but 90% of the time, its just the topper out back.
    Anyone have any thoughts?
    I'd like to do it right the first time, but would like to save some $.
     
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    I have a similar setup. I have a shell on full time with a 3/4" plywood platform with tools underneath. I kept the overload in place with the 3-leaf AAL so I gained closer to 2" unloaded, settled a little with the shell and platform. Right now, I've got my truck loaded with firewood for a trip to NY and it rides great, still not on the overload. I do tow with it fairly frequently and the leaf pack holds up very well. If you do haul, I'd keep the thick overload in place, otherwise take it out for more flex off road. The only difference between you and I is I started with a TSB leaf pack.
     
  17. Mar 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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    I'm not too concerned with offroad flexing. My main goal when I started lift shopping was to beef up the rear leafs. I was and still am leery of AAL. I'm concerned that since my leaf springs are already crap, would the AAL on be a short term fix? I don't want to have to replace AAL every 2 years, hence my thought of Dakars. But they are pricey.
    What would you think the longevity of the Wheelers 3-leaf to be? And would the OME front end w/o the spacer be too much lift to go with the 1.5" wheeler 3-leaf AAL? Definitely DO NOT want to be nose high. I actually like the factory rake.
    I tried to call Wheelers, but their not open today.
     
  18. Mar 26, 2012 at 2:51 PM
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    hey PUGGA, did you use the same shims ( 3 degree ) that you put in Aidenhardcores, with the aal ? i Have the Wheelers 3pk readyto install. Should i get the shims ? I would think so ?????? Not sure
     
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    Best AAL's on the market IMO. I have almost 50k on mine and they ride great. They are getting a little frowny, but for the money I spent and what I did with them I'm very happy with the purchase. I only remember hitting the bump stops once (on road) and that was when I had a bed full of river rocks that weighed more then I should of been carrying.
     
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