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Old 02-08-2013, 11:18 AM   #1
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add-a-leaf vs. all new leaf springs

i want to give my truck a 2" lift and need an economical way to do it. im not gonna use spacers because that just sounds wrong. i have a 99' tacoma and recently way overloaded it with gatoraid (funny storry) and need some more beef in my rear springs. im gonna do the front with springs an shocks from arb. any advice?thanks
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add-a-leafs are cheap, but they bring the suck
replacements are not cheap, but they ride nicely

you could also make a "bastard pack" using leaves from other spring packs, giving you a custom leaf pack. not too hard, just need some clamps and jacks
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would that be like springs form another vehicle?p
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would that be like springs form another vehicle?p
yeah. notice how each set of leaf springs is a whole bunch of individual leaves? well, find some that are the same width and re-stack a new set of leaf springs to give the lift and softness you want
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zuk coil it
that's a good suggestion. clayton: search for the "zuk mod"
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These are all great suggestions..but if you have the funds, I'd suggest all new springs, shackles, and shocks. Old Man Emu, All Pro, WABFAB all offer nice kits. Of course, if that's what you're looking for!
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the zuk mod looks a little sketch. I would want to put seats for thesprings in first. I'm leaning toward adding some old leafs
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If you go with leaves from other vehicles, be aware of the width.
Toy leaves (2.36") are narrower by a bit than Chevy and Ford (2.5"). If you mix in Chevy leaves, then the toy u-bolts will not fit over the new leaves.
Mazda pickups have 2.36" leaves. Not sure about the Wagoneer leaves.
Those old Wagoneers, had 7-leaf packs UP FRONT!!

If your rear mains are worn out ( look like this : ~ ), then go with a whole new leaf pack (with the center pin in the same location, of course).
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thanks for the tip. mine aren't worn out yet but throwing some more beef in there would make them last longer I presume. Now just the trouble of finding a pick-n-pull :/
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