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wheelers replacement leafs

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacoma guy, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Jan 15, 2011 at 6:43 AM
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    tacoma guy

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    I was looking into replacing my stock tacoma leafs, with the wheelers HD replacement 5 pack leafs. I have read that some guys are getting a sqeaking from these leafs. Is this the case in all of wheelers replacement leafs or just an isilated incident? :confused:
     
  2. Jan 15, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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    I plan on getting the same leaf springs when I do my lift... you can also opt for greaseable bushings for your leaf springs, which will help alleviate any squeaking you may get from the springs themselves...

    That being said, I doubt it's the bushings that are squeaking... and it may very well be that the owners of the trucks that have the leafs installed aren't accurate in saying that their new wheelers leafs are squeaking, there's alot of things under the truck that could be squeaking.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2011 at 7:08 AM
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    I replaced my leaf spring with greasable fitting and they still squeaked. I can't remember what brand they were but, they weren't wheelers springs. I'm planning on seperating the springs later and spray some rubber in between to stop the squeaking. Someone on here tried it and it worked.
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  4. Jan 15, 2011 at 7:18 AM
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    I dont think its coming from the bushings. I think its coming from the bolt style clamps that hold the leafs inline. The clamps are realy close to the leafs. As the leaf flexes thay go up & down, it looks like it would rub. Any thoughts?
     
  5. Jan 15, 2011 at 6:14 PM
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    Its the tips of the leafs that squeak, especially when they've gotten muddy. Some brands of leafs actually put graphite pads in between the leafs, right at the tips. And some brands have greaseable, nylon pads there too.

    http://www.lowrangeoffroad.com/omecs047r-05-tacoma-2-75-dakar-ome-leaf-spring.html?___store=default

    Old Man Emu is world renowned for its better than stock ride quality. Ride quality improves greatly over your stiff stock or even most aftermarket springs. Designed with military wrap on the front springs, draw tapered and diamond cut leaves, anti friction pads to reduce interleaf friction and to ensure that load distribution occurs at the leaf tips. Re-greasable nylon interleaf liners to reduce friction at the leaf tips where the load is the greatest. Graphite Coated leaves to further reduce the friction between the spring leaves & friction pads. The leaf clamps are bolted to allow installation of anti squeak nylon liners. The tension side of all leaves is shot peened to reduce spring stress. This process can double the life of a spring. Flat axle seat areas allows a positive, safe axle mount reducing spring stress & increasing spring life. Fully scragged and load tested to ensure the spring takes a permanent set which reduces the risk of sagging and meets the required specification. All this leads to a significantly longer, softer, and sag free life.
     
  6. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:17 PM
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    I have the wheelers 5 leafs and like them. No squeks. I thinks you will need new shocks as well. Look at bilstein 5100 from down south motor sports. They had the lowest price and free shipping when I baught mine. The is a discount you get from being a member to this forum. Look under forum list/ vendors/downsouth motor sports search discount code. Are you going to install them yourself?
     
  7. Jan 15, 2011 at 9:03 PM
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    I love my 5 leaf pack from wheelers. Been on my truck for over a year and it gets it's use, let me tell ya. I also have a 2"AAL from fagtech on it too. These are excellent leafs, and no squeaks.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2011 at 5:46 AM
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    Hay thanks guys for all the replys, very helpful in making up my mind!!Keep the info coming. No Iam not going to do the install myself do to bad back and a shattered ankle, cannt do that kind of stuff anymore:(. ( It sucks when your all f*&^cked up ) I forgot to ask, how much lift did you get and how stiff is the ride with the 5 leaf pack?
     
  9. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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    ^ the 5 leaf pack provides about 1.5'' of lift on an unloaded tacoma.
     
  10. Jan 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    TACO2003, dude...sick truck! What wheels are your rockin?
     
  11. Jan 16, 2011 at 10:14 AM
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    I have the 5 pack, it is fine if you do not haul anything in the bed of your truck. I put 3/4 of a ton of pellets next to the cab, it was nearly on the ground! I took about 10 bags and stuffed them in the cab for good measure, didnt want to chance deforming the springs.

    Mine dont squeak at all.
     
  12. Jan 16, 2011 at 11:09 AM
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    in his details on the left it says hes running the Dick Cepek DC-2 wheels
     
  13. Jan 16, 2011 at 7:57 PM
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    :anonymous: you must be referring to my saga...I am the queen of the squeaky leaf packs!

    love the ride of the new leafs and once I got down to the bottom of the squeak problem I'm a happy camper. If I were to be in the market for leafs again I would most likely get the same ones.

    FYI - the cause and solution to my squeaks was dirt build up that worked its way inbetween each leaf and onto the plastic friction pads. Once they were cleaned and dried I put on a coat of teflon spray lubricant and all was good. I do think that I will have to do that on a regular basis (due to the amount of miles I put on in dusty conditions) but I'm okay with that.
     
  14. Jan 17, 2011 at 5:58 AM
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    Because it was overloaded really doesn't justify claiming "fine if you do not haul anything in the bed of your truck":)

    FWIW When I was researching putting the 5 leaf packs on my truck I asked Wheelers what it would do to increase load carrying capacity, this was their reply:
    "They have about 400 pounds of additional load capacity."

    No squeaking problem for me after more than a year.[FONT=&quot]

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  15. Jan 17, 2011 at 6:33 AM
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    Yea, I was referring to MT girl about the squeaky leaf springs.. LOL I just wont to thank everyone how posted their personal experiences with the 5 pack leafs from wheelers. I now know that thay are the ones Iam going with!!
     
  16. Jan 17, 2011 at 6:49 PM
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    Yeah...I might have gotten a little, teeny tiny bit whiny and over dramatic for a while there :eek: but it was damn annoying!!

    I'm sure the Wheeler's boys will get you set up with everything you need but be sure to get the new (longer) u-bolts and new front hanger bolts as well

    Your Taco will be much happier with the new leafs! Let us know how things turn out for you.
     
  17. Jan 18, 2011 at 6:29 AM
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    To MT Girl, Thats cool. Iam the same way, I dont like squeaks leaks and rattles myself...:) I will yet you all know how it turns out .. I have to order the leafs and set up the install , may be A few weeks . But I will definitely let everyone know. Thanks again to everyone how replyed.:)
     
  18. Jan 18, 2011 at 5:48 PM
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    Hey all,

    I'm looking into upgrading my suspension from stock (on a 98 4cyl Prerunner) to 5100's all around with wheelers' leaf packs in the rear, as well as some new coils since mine have yet to be replaced since the truck was manufactured. I'd like to get a small lift to give me some additional ground clearance when off-roading but I don't by any means do anything hardcore nor do I haul any particularly heavy loads. With that said, what would your recommendations be?

    I was considering getting the 5 leaf pack with 5100's set at .85 or should I keep them at 0 and get the OME 880's. I'm going to replace the coils either way and see many people running the OME + 5100 setup but I'm open to other coils paired with the Bilsteins. I don't mind a small rake with the tail up, but I'd rather keep it level. Oh, and I have a leer shell on it which I figure adds somewhere between 150-200lbs.

    Thanks for any and all help. =)
     
  19. Jan 18, 2011 at 6:33 PM
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    Check these threads out, might be helpful to you. Also, get in touch with Scocar...he did the same suspension as you are thinking and he has a shell.

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/gr...heelers-offroad-1st-gen-leaf-replacement.html

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/suspension/83863-1st-gen-needs-suspension-upgrades-asap.html
     
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