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wheelers' progressive aal insight needed

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by 92dlxman, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Oct 28, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    92dlxman

    92dlxman [OP] drinking whats on sale

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    ok, i just noticed the wheelers 3 leaf add a leaf and was wondering if anyone rocks it. seems like a viable way for me to do an economical slight lift without using blocks!

    just wondering, is it much stiffer than stock? i run the non-tsb pack and actually dont mind how it performs off-road. my rear end flexes very well, with tons of droop (my leafs sit with little to no arch on flat ground) and is not afraid to compress all the way to full bump. i like articulation.

    what do they look like installed? is it really just three more leafs to add below what i have? what about factory overload vs. not? what do you guys think?

    lastly, 5100's would have to be ordered to address the front, likely on the factory coils. do i order factory length rears or do they have to be longer for the aal? what is supposed to stop a leaf-sprung axle at full droop anyways?


    thanks guys i appreciate any help or insight to other options. a full set of deavers or alcans would probably be more than i need as i dont do anything too extreme. thanks again
     
  2. Oct 29, 2012 at 2:26 PM
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  3. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM
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    awesome, thank you! so did you move the overload to the bottom or leave it in place?
     
  4. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:18 PM
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    See my sig for specs. I think it rides great. You will notice that it is stiffer but not harsh.

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    I have 6 leafs total including the overload.

    ~M
     
  5. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM
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    and were the wheel spacers necessary for some reason?
     
  6. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM
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    Work in progress, but installed so far; 265/70/17 Duratracs, Spidertrax, OME885X coils with OME lean spacer, OME N140S and N182 shocks, Wheeler's 1.5" 3 Leaf Progressive AAL (kept the overload), LR UCAs. TP14 spacers
    Running Wheeler's 3-leaf on a non-TSB with the overload still installed. Rides great man.
     
  7. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM
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    I don't have a picture of the installed setup but the overload sits on the axel perch, then the wheeler 3 leaf, then your factory leafs. With Old Man Emu 885 coils on the front bilstein 5100 at 0 setting my rear is .75 inches higher than the front.

    I don't have wheel spacers.
     
  8. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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    awesomeeeeeeeeeee! thanks guys! gunna need to pull the trigger soon!
     
  9. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    ^ no prob. Since you are access cab you will probably sit a bit more rear high than me because i have some extra cab weight, I doubt much though.

    As far as the rear shocks, I am running the oem replacement tacoma length 5100 22.9" extended 14" compressed but with a extension adapter on the top (from toytec (the 1.5 thread)) to give me extra downtravel. This also required me to run a longer bumpstop so my shock doesn't eat itself when compressed since the shock would bottom out an inch before hitting my bumpstop ( I made measurements to make sure I didn't destroy the shock the first big flex I made). These are what I'm bolting in place as a cheap bumpstop fix for now http://www.energysuspensionparts.com/proddetail.asp?prod=KU09037BK

    Hope this is good info for you guys.

    ~M
     
  10. Oct 29, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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    right on right on, no need for extended brake lines or driveshaft mods, right?
     
  11. Oct 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM
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    Pic of mine! I love the wheelers progressive AAL.. I'm running them with fox 2.0 RR's and 5100's set to 2.5 in the front. Great set up!


    I kept the overload in, and still have some rake but that's what I wanted anyways. Clears 285's no problem, my tires are actually close to 34" tall....

    I went with a beefed taco 3" lift CB drop, and honestly the truck rides better than the day I bought it. The fox shocks are great with the stiffer springs, the 5100s are stiffer but more controlled, not harsh. No drive line vibes with the cb drop, just an all around solid set up.

    Photo Oct 24, 12 52 38 PM.jpg
     
  12. Oct 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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    I have no cb drop or extended brake lines.

    @650H1, do you have a link to where you got your 2.0 rear resi's?

    ~M
     
  13. Oct 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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    I dont have extended brake lines either, but the CB drop was a significant improvement. if youre thinking about getting one, do it.

    bought the fox shocks used, and put them in myself. they have maybe 5k miles on them so far, so were basically new. they are piggybacks, not resi's, but either way still a great match up with the added stiffness of the progressive leafs and keeping the OL leaf. i was thinking rear 5100s, but figured they were valved the same as stock, just extended, and wanted something that would really absorb the leafs, and they work great.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2012 at 5:18 AM
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    Same here, OP
     
  15. Oct 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    The 3 leaf set will provide about 1.5" of lift over where the rear of your truck sits now. It will turn your stock pack into a more progressive style pack, and will ride and function better over rough roads.

    You can retain the overload for about 2.25" of lift.
     
  16. Nov 25, 2012 at 1:32 PM
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    What was the reason you left your overload in? When I put my icon aal in I ditched the overload...as instructions said to do
     
  17. Nov 25, 2012 at 1:41 PM
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    .6" of lift....
     
  18. Nov 25, 2012 at 2:05 PM
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    Got it
     
  19. Nov 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    hey everybody, i appreciate your insight more than you can imagine, and dan, i look forward to buying from you guys. thank you very much
     
  20. Nov 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM
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    Does removing the overload reduce the amount of weight you can carry in the bed?
     
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