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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:43 am Reply with quote
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ive got an interesting one, the rear end of my 99 tacoma does not sit level anymore. i noticed it a while back but haven't really payed much attention to it until now when someone told me to get it checked. I thought that maybe i was on uneven ground but i found a level place and when you look at the tailgate from behind the truck it is obvious that something is not right. it is probably 1-3" or so difference. someone suggested a bent frame but i dont think so. i will probably get it checked but any other ideas?

im guessing that it is a combination of 125k miles and hauling trailer (6'x10') loads of firewood all winter for a few years might have something to do with it.

i guess it might be a good time to start thinking about replacing the leaf springs??? But any other ideas why the rear sags on one side?

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:00 pm Reply with quote
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Im willing to bet you need to replace the springs. Dont know why it would list to one side though.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 12:11 pm Reply with quote
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oh yeah i and i did research. here are two sites but nothing relevant so far.
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=95311
http://www.ttora.com/forum/showthread.php?t=89306&highlight=bent+frame+rear

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 3:49 pm Reply with quote
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Measure from the top center of the spring between your ubolts up to the bottom of the frame. Then, take the same measurement for the other side. That will tell you if one leaf spring has relaxed significantly more than the other. Another tell-tale sign to look for is the angle of your shackles from one side to the other - is there a noticeable difference there?

Just a start - and pics always seem to help in diagnosing...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 4:38 pm Reply with quote
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That's the taco lean, it's really common. They put the battery, t-case, driver, gas tank, etc. all on one side. The driver's side spring is stronger to compensate but they don't seem to wear at the same rate. FWIW, on my taco the OME springs also had a stronger driver's side too and it's started to lean a bit too.

Back when I hung out on ttora people would fuss about the taco lean all the time.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:11 am Reply with quote
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thanks for the responses, looks like posting here hopefully saved me about $400.

StretchASU- hope i dont have to replace the springs

gtrobb- the measurements are about the same and the shackles look the same. i will get some pictures up here eventually.

vanguard- thanks, didnt know that. do all replacement springs wear unevenly?

how often should you replace the rear springs? obviously when they feel really bad they need to be replaced, but is there an interval that you should go by say every 50 or 100k miles? i put new bils on it when it felt like it needed it, about 5k miles back and they had never been changed by previous owners so it was way overdue.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:50 pm Reply with quote
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its the taco gansta lean. Mine has it too. You could check some boneyards near you for some toyota leafs. Might only run you $200

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i checked junkyards awhile back for tacoma parts and no one had any tacomas. i called a few after i drove to a few and no luck, i guess its just an issue of chance.
someone told me that all of the parts off of the next wrecked tacoma that came in were already sold.

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