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Planohog
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I wanted to post about lessons learned here on my first Leaf spring install of any kind.
I had previously installed airbags to help with the sag problem when truck was full of camping gear. I found out the airbags give a bouncy ride and limit travel on rear wheels more than you think.
Taking those things off was a pain and added to my time for
doing the passenger side last night. You will need a cheater bar
to get the bolts loose at the far ends of the leaf springs, the muffler will give
you fits as well. I went through several versions of lifting the axel up and down trying to get something loose, finally I got the front part of the spring free from the truck. The rest came with lots of tugging, and saying four letter words. when you get the leafs out on the ground next to your dakars
you will SAY " WTF no wonder my truck is whimpy and can hold little load. "
Next , installing a Dakar leaf, doing this alone I put the think in my lap :ugh3: and manovered into place, not a good idea, I will work standing on the next side, I ended up standing because I did not
have the strength to move it where it needed to go. Bent the brake line, not sure
If I will replace it or not. I was able to mount the rear in the hanger, then I worked for way to long ( hours ) trying to push , pull , pry the thing into place to get the front bolt in. Go to walmart get a come-along makes it easy.
I also wanted to make a comment on the shocks.. WOW, the crap that came on my
offroad pkg for shocks, I guess wheeling to them is an empty truck riding around on the golf course. I can not belive those bilsteins worked at all. The N182 shocks will work much better.
Tonight Drivers Side. I hope to get that faster than 5 hours it took for the passenger side.

Stay Tuned. --tmoore














2 N182 TACOMA 05+ REAR SHOCk
2 FK29 TACOMA REAR DRIVESHAFT SPACER
1 OMEU53A TACOMA 05+ U-BOLT SET
And the bushings for the leafs.
 

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i want to know, do you think it is ok to put in dakars with no new shocks? eventually i will upgrade, but to begin with i want to stay with stock shocks.

good luck with the install.
 

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I have OME shocks in the front a rear to replace the bilsteins. To be honest, I am surprised Bilstein allowed their name on the TRD shocks. My OME's are TWICE as beefy, and MUCH smoother. Spend the $400 on some OMEs and you won't regret it.
 

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pointerDixie214 said:
I have OME shocks in the front a rear to replace the bilsteins. To be honest, I am surprised Bilstein allowed their name on the TRD shocks. My OME's are TWICE as beefy, and MUCH smoother. Spend the $400 on some OMEs and you won't regret it.
You replaced the stock shocks w/ the OMEs without any lift? I want to lift my truck, but I have to do it part by part. Can I just swap out my stock junk, for the new OME shocks for the time being?
 

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You replaced the stock shocks w/ the OMEs without any lift? I want to lift my truck, but I have to do it part by part. Can I just swap out my stock junk, for the new OME shocks for the time being?
I replaced my stock shocks when I lifted it... I have a 3" lift on this truck... You can do the rear shocks seperate from the lift, but I would do the front at the same time as the lift, or essentially you are doing all the labor on the lift again when you replace the front shocks...
 

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Planohog
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I can not wait for my HOE'S They go on soon as I get them, I hope by monday.

this setup is for 2" of lift and ability to haul all my camp stuff and kayak on top.

I almost look like beverly hillbillys going down the beach.
 

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pointerDixie214 said:
I replaced my stock shocks when I lifted it... I have a 3" lift on this truck... You can do the rear shocks seperate from the lift, but I would do the front at the same time as the lift, or essentially you are doing all the labor on the lift again when you replace the front shocks...
That makes sense. I was hoping to satisfy my upgrade urges with some new shocks while waiting to do the lift. Which control arms did you guys go with? MrGrimm?
 

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planohog, sounds like you did it the hard way. Don't you have somebody that can help you? An impact gun and long socket extension helps a lot. A big set of jack stands for the trucks frame, and a smaller set to hold the axle once you lower it down. Remove the shocks. Everything else is just loosening and tightening bolts.

You'll need to grind/cut off the excess threads of the leaf centering pin because the bump stop fits overtop of it.
 

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Planohog
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Pb said:
planohog, sounds like you did it the hard way. Don't you have somebody that can help you? An impact gun and long socket extension helps a lot. A big set of jack stands for the trucks frame, and a smaller set to hold the axle once you lower it down. Remove the shocks. Everything else is just loosening and tightening bolts.

You'll need to grind/cut off the excess threads of the leaf centering pin because the bump stop fits overtop of it.

I have a few air tools, and a cheater , i drilled the hole a bit on the bump stop
rathern than trip the bolt in the sprigs, should go better tonight

--tmoore
 

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Planohog
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Got the process down to 2.5 hours on the drivers side. WOW what a diffrence,
I have a few pics that I can upload later to show the diff in stock offroad and
the kit I used. N182 shocks and dakar springs.

The BAD Part is HOE's are backordered for a week or so.


I measured about 20" from center of front tire to top lip of fender

I measured about 25" from center of rear tire to top lip of fender

so I have a dragster right now.
filled it up with servers last night during a midnight migration, maybe 500 lbs rode like a 1965 cadilack with curb feelers. the ride was styling and profiling on the tore-up down town dallas streets ,

I cant wait to hit the beach for a test run
 

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Planohog
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Planohog
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REVISIT.. after several years and 48K miles I wanted to comment on my install of

2 Donahue front shocks ( partnumber I dont recall )

2 - OME Dakar CS047R leaf spring packs
1 - OME carrier bearing spacer kit
2 - OME N182 rear shocks (optional)

set up for 2" lift.. ( no problems with front boots )

I have used this truck many times to get me to my favorite fishing spots on texas beaches through some ugly deep sand without much problem. I have the bed packed
with no room left and ice chests on hitch mount on back and small hitch mount with rod holders on front including ice chest. ( supplies for several days ). I also have a two person kayak on top ( maybe 50 lbs ).
The problems I do have are related to high speed in the ruts in deep sand, slight roll from side to side, slowing down some will fix the rolling, washboard, not really an issue,
roller coaster sand not really an issue, if you have everything on bumper hitch tied in well. I would say that this is the best beach truck I have ever had, can you get stuck, heck yes, but eveybody else wil be stuck behind you. City/hwy driving unloaded, truck performs great, I have towed a heavy trailers with a 3 wheel motorcycle loaded and it worked well below 70mph..
This is a great mod and really should come from toyota like this.. Stock this truck was a wimp with anything loaded in bed. --planohog

 

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A few random thoughts from my experience... The OME shocks with stock springs aren't much fun. They are a bit softer damped to compliment the OME springs and it likes to bottom out a lot with the stock 3 leaf and OME shocks. It'll work though, I had it setup this way for about a month until I found a deal on the Dakar packs. When you get to the install hit all the bolts with some penetrating oil the day before you attack it, you won't regret it. Like someone said it's best to jack the back way up and put stands on the frame then use the jack and smaller stands to support the axle. This gives you a bit more wiggle room. Install the front of the leaf packs first so you can rotate the shackle in the rear to install the bolts. Once you've got the front and back bolted up jack the axle up with a little tension against the leaf pack then you can finagle the set pin onto the axle. I laid on the ground and pushed against the axle with my leg until it clicked into place. Hopefully this helps a bit.
 

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If you have the shocks disconnected, you can easily move the axle so that the centering pin falls into place.
 
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