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1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« on: Apr 06, 2018, 01:14:01 PM »
So I'm in the process of building my rig. I picked up these used leaf springs for my '83 4wd pickup from a former MC employee. I got the front leafs put on and they fit, but the center pin location seems a little off to me. Take a look at the driver side, to me it seems too far forward. Mounting the axle up on the center pin puts the axle at an awkward position. That being said I flipped the passenger side leaf around to see how it would line up, and that looks awkward too. Am I just being crazy and is that how it's supposed to be? Or is there something not quite right here. I don't remember the axle mounted to the stock springs at such an odd position....and yeah I should have taken pictures of the stock setup :/ To top it off I'm not really sure what brand of springs these are, and the fella that sold em to me wasn't completely sure either. The only identifying markers I can find on the springs say KBK HD in red paint. He seemed to think they might be all-pro's, but I'm not so sure of that. Unfortunately im not in contact with him anymore. Any comments or theories are welcome, I'm probably just off my rocker.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #1 on: Apr 06, 2018, 01:44:24 PM »
Do you have any measurements?


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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #2 on: Apr 06, 2018, 04:18:26 PM »
On the driver side leaf, from the center pin 26.5 inches to shackle eyelet and 20.5 inches to front hangar eyelet.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #3 on: Apr 06, 2018, 04:55:25 PM »
Is one in backward?
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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #4 on: Apr 06, 2018, 04:58:19 PM »
Is one in backward?
Yep I flipped the passenger side one around to see how it orientated.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #5 on: Apr 06, 2018, 09:50:12 PM »
Here's the rears I have to throw on. Measurements on the rears are almost the same. 27 and 20.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #6 on: Apr 06, 2018, 11:28:33 PM »
From the measurements, they may be all-pro or trail gear springs . They're the right springs, the position of the center pin and where the axle mounts up to it just seems odd. It puts the axle at a bit of an angle. Is this normal with marlin/trailgear/all pro springs?

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #7 on: Apr 07, 2018, 07:01:38 AM »
Yes. Run the 20" end forward
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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #8 on: Apr 08, 2018, 11:25:50 AM »
Good to know. I'm not too familiar with any of the aftermarket springs so when I first put it on I was like "wtf?" Now the only mystery left is what brand they are. Normally I would give a six pack of beer to whoever could identify what the brand is, but as I am in northern Idaho that might be problematic. If H8PVMT is lurking about and solves the mystery that might be a different story.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #9 on: Apr 08, 2018, 11:29:47 AM »
I found these numbers 634490956619 and 634490956620 on the bottom of both the front leafs. I figure they are product serials but I have yet to get a hit on either.

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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #10 on: Apr 12, 2018, 03:36:06 AM »
On the driver side leaf, from the center pin 26.5 inches to shackle eyelet and 20.5 inches to front hangar eyelet.

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drivers side is correct but pass side is in backwards.
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Re: 1983 Toyota pickup Front Leaf Spring Oddity
« Reply #11 on: Apr 12, 2018, 08:15:33 AM »
drivers side is correct but pass side is in backwards.
Yup it sure was. I flipped it backwards just to see how it would orientate. I have it back in the right way now and got the axle back on and got shock hoops fabbed on. I'm still not sure what brand they are, but they'll work.

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