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Your experience with Add -a - Leaf or Add Lift Helper Springs.

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Pearson, Dec 22, 2021.

  1. Dec 22, 2021 at 2:11 PM
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    Pearson

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    Looks like I have a plan for the budget revival of my suspension and it may involve helper spring add-ons to my OE Leaf Packs.

    If you have used or have experience with add a leafs (Helpers) especially those that advertize extra lift could you share your thoughts on quality, overall outcome, and satisfaction?
     
  2. Dec 24, 2021 at 7:54 PM
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    I have the "Headstrong" progressive aal right now. I had a single leaf about a year ago.
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    I had wheelers single AAL. I liked it, gave me 1.5 inch lift which leveled my truck. About 2 years later I noticed I was hitting rear bump stops more/sagging (do have RTT and HEAVY rear bumper). Scored a free stock tacoma leaf pack with like 30K miles and this time I went with a icon 3 leaf progressive AAL. Didn’t really noticed a difference over the single AAL but it did stop bottoming out. Still level and I sag when I have weight in the bed, I will be getting a HD leaf pack soon
     
  4. Dec 24, 2021 at 8:06 PM
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    I'm with ya on that HD leaf pack, and will probably get some eventually. I'm set up somewhat similar to you, with some weight in the back but no bumper. I get a wallowing in the back end that reminds me of a mid 60s Cadillac with its original springs. I'm going to try something different pretty quick on my rear leaves before I spring for name brand springs.
     
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  5. Dec 24, 2021 at 8:12 PM
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    So you actually got a 1.5" lift with the helper? Good info, I am actually on the lookout for a set of OE's leafs with low miles thinking maybe I can just replace my OE's without too big of an investment. The ones I have found until now were priced right but would have lost their value through shipping.
     
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    I also have the progressive HS AAL and got about 1.5. Rides fine with the 5100s. I’d recommend them.
     
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    Yeah, the 5100's would be nice. I have a potential chance to end up with a set, but still too early to tell. I'll see what I can find in regards to the Progressive HS AAL. At this point, I am checking out the Icon and Hellwing offerings. Reviews seem to be the best indicator as to what to expect from the individual companies.
    Thanks for reaching out.
     
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  8. Dec 26, 2021 at 9:26 AM
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    I've been running the Wheelers Offroad 3 leaf progressive aal. I left the overload in for 2 inches of lift. The ride is leagues smoother than the single Toytec aal I ran on my last Tacoma. Now, about 8 years later, I started noticing a sloppy rear and some sagging. I've since slapped Hellwig 550 helper springs on as a bandaid fix until I can upgrade the entire leaf pack. The helper springs do indeed stiffen up the rear and eliminate some of the slop. 20210628_135419.jpg
     
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  9. Dec 26, 2021 at 9:58 AM
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    Good info, I just found out about the Hell Wing brand and am looking into them. Thanks for reaching out!
     
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  10. Dec 26, 2021 at 3:53 PM
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    I had great experiences with my Icon AAL pack until i fully replaced it with a deaver leaf pack. Replaced it because I'm going for a heavy bumper in the rear. The AAL was perfect for tonneau + rack + RTT + camping gear load.
     
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  11. Dec 26, 2021 at 5:24 PM
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    Good info., ICON offerings seem to be well respected around here. Thanks for taking the time, ill have to look into their offering a bit closer. It may be that I have to try and revive my 200K paks with a set of these.
     

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