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Old 07-13-2007, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Replacement Leaf Springs

I need some advice. I'm looking to replace my leaf springs. They are way past flat and possibly broke.

I have a 2000 Toyota, Tacoma 4x4 extended cab. I do on occasions pick up a load of wood or sawdust. I also pull a 14ft vhual boat and gear on extended fishing trips.

I plan on keeping the truck for a while. I really like it. I don't need any super leaf springs but I don't want them to go flat again. Should I purchase the standard replacement leaf spings ? They only have a 120 day warranty.

http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...009196/c-10614

Or these? I don't really want the 2.5 extra lift. I just want it back to normal. These have a liftime warranty.
http://www.autoanything.com/suspensi...0A2071506.aspx


These are my options unless someone has another place to purchase leaf springs.
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Old 07-13-2007, 05:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old Man Emu are just what you need. You will need longer shocks, they have a 2" or so lift, but they are tough and enhance the load capacity of the truck. I am running mine with some bilstien 5125's and its butter!!!
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Does OME make rear leafs?
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Does OME make rear leafs?
yep, DAKAR springs
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I considered skyjacker springs and went with somthing else, I regrett it, wish I had gone with the skyjackers. Maybe someone will pipe up who bought skyjackers and say how they work.yea really sucks when hour springs are flat.Lance
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I presume that you are over the 36,000 mile warranty period. If not Toyota will replace your springs for nothing. I was told by an ex Toyota service tech that there were some years that the leafs were made in Mexico and that they weren't annealed or tempered right. So I got new ones and the back end of my truck at 35,994 miles, 2004 DBL Cab height increase by 1". Of couse, the front springs have probably settled a little since new so truck is raked a little more than the stock rake.
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I didn’t want the added inches so I went with the http://www.jcwhitney.com/autoparts/P...009196/c-10614


When I tried to replace them I could not for the life of me get them off of the bolts. I started with a hammer and progressed to a sledge hammer but to no avail.

Finally took it to a local garage and they ended up torching them off and replacing most of the the nuts, bolts and bushings.

Much to my surprise and dismay, the leaf springs have the same arch as the old ones. However, the loud bang/release after stopping then releasing the brakes stopped.

No more 'axle warp'. It was very bad.

Springs: $300
Labor and parts to replace by garage: $404. High?? Yes, but worth every penny after I tried for 1/2 a day.

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glad to here it I also did not have the warp any more but where the leaf springs bolt on they looked like a wave. any way I don't use the truck any more unless one of my other cars breaks down. still like toyota but just disapointed. so she sits I think i have put 100 miles on her in the last 6 months.

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