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rear springs flat :/

hello all, im new to the forums and only 3 months an owner of a 2007 Tacoma. Ive used it pretty hard right off the bat. i got a truck so i could haul stuff and i got a Tacoma because they are suppose to last a long time and be very hearty.

i noticed when i was buying the truck that the back end was lower then the front, but at the time i thought it had something to do with the lift kit on it. after a few heavy loads it seemed to be even lower... looking at the leaf springs i realized they now lay flat.

so now i need to fix it.

i already got a leaf spring helper kit to bolt on to the springs to make them stiffer and handle heaver loads better(but i can still return them if i dont need them). but now i was thinking of going another way. i was thinking i could put an air bag kit on, something adjustable would be best. from what i looked up, it looks like most airbag kits work in tandem with the leaf spring though. so would i have to still get new springs AND an Airbag kit? right now im looking at about $600 just to replace the springs($240 per spring, and $100 for the stiffing kit), and between $300 - $500 for an airbag kit. I'd rather not do both if i can avoid the coast. and if anyone knows of a cheaper place to get the springs I'd love to hear it.

so in short, im asking what you think? whats the best way to go about fixing this?

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rear springs flat :/

Welcome to TN. Let's start with a clearer picture of what's on there now since you said it was lifted. What kind of lift kit is in the back? Blocks, aftermarket leaf springs, stock leafs with AAL (and if so, how many leafs counting the overload leaf), etc.?


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its a Fabtech, blocks, looks like 3-4 inches. enough to fit 35s on. there are 4 leafs, and according to the dealership, it has had that new spring recall thing already. it was on the truck when i got it, so i dont know a lot about it.
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Does it have longer shackles on the rear? That lowers the rear mounting point of the leaf pack and makes the leafs lay flatter. That also gives you lift. Wouldn't think that's since it has rear blocks.

What kind of shocks in the rear?

35s on a Taco are stuffed, want to try and post a pic of what you're talking about? with the rear of the truck unloaded, preferably, so we can see the negative rake

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i posted pics with each post... but they dont seem to be there.... my profile pic is my truck unloaded. ill try again with smaller file sizes...
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Wow, that's quite a rake you got there! If cost is a major consideration you might want to check for new take off spring packs from a '14 or '15 where Toy went to the better 4-leafs. They would be essentially new and I have seen those very inexpensive (+sh which generally seems to be about $100 for two leaf packs). Another option would be to have your springs re-arched by a specialty shop that does this type of work.
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Silly question, but what do you mean by "Ive used it pretty hard"?

The capacity of the truck is somewhere around 1000#, depending on what options besides 4wd are installed. Hitting 1000# is quite easy; a load of dirt will exceed it, a pallet of bricks, lots of hardwood, sheetrock, etc. Could be you just destroyed the leaves by overload.

And yeah, that is the worst rake I've seen on a modern Tacoma

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Those are new springs Toyota replaced under the recall ?
Doesn't look like it.

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Even if Toyota replaced them once, they will still flatten and in some cases snap, mine on my '06 did. I went with Firestone Riderites but I wouldn't suggest using them specifically for raising the height or your ride and articulation will be crap.

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May or may not be the recall springs. Some of the TSB packs already had the extra brackets on them and don't get replaced under the recall. Explanation a dealer gave to a friend was that she already had the recall springs. Poor choice of words by dealerships.

Personally, I would think your first step should be to replace the springs with aftermarket. OEM springs are crap anyway, and I can't see installing bags when the springs are that bad.


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OEM spring/recall springs are garbage. I would go with a set of Dakars and be done with it. Your truck looks good and the (here is a link) Dakars will level out the rake you have. You can also find a local spring shop that can make custom leaf spring for you and probably save a little cash.

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OEM spring/recall springs are garbage. I would go with a set of Dakars and be done with it. Your truck looks good and the (here is a link) Dakars will level out the rake you have. You can also find a local spring shop that can make custom leaf spring for you and probably save a little cash.
The most depressing thing I see at that link? The fact that these also fit the third-gen Tacos. Toyota designed a new frame, but they still use the crap springs?

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Most of the front/rear suspension is the same. Wait until the 3rd gens have frame recalls.


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