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Leaf springs
« on: Jan 17, 2019, 04:38:41 PM »
So this tax season I'm doing the suspension on the turd runner its a IFS 4Runner so I'm just doing new shocks up front but I would like to level out the rear end I have a negative arch on my leaf springs due to towing a 10,000 lb camper I dont want to do a lift kit but would like the rear to match the front ive been told to do a 1 1/2 inch lift on the rear just wondering what everyone thinks would be best ive never done a leaf spring swap before thanks in advance
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #1 on: Jan 17, 2019, 05:12:21 PM »
I heard the Old Man Emu springs are good for truck duty. They don't give much lift and they're not a sooper dooper crawler 20 inches of flex spring.

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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #2 on: Jan 17, 2019, 06:27:33 PM »
Old man emu or make custom packs with some extra junk yard springs and fresh bushings, maybe add extended shackles.  I have been very happy with reworked old springs and I am very happy with my Emu springs now.

If you are looking for a cush ride, make your own because you can tune until you get the ride and height you want and if you are more focused on truck duty get the Emu.  The emu don't ride bad but they definitely have a break in period.  63"  Chevy rear springs are a good option too but not a bolt on.

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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #3 on: Jan 17, 2019, 09:32:14 PM »
Will the old man emu CS009 bolt on the stock shackles or do I need drop shackles? And I'm assuming ill need taller shocks for the rear as well is that right? And for trail riding with gear should I get an add a leaf kit? Like I said ive never changed leaf springs before just trying to make sure I don't forget something and have to leave my truck on jack stands for a week or so waiting for more parts
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #4 on: Jan 18, 2019, 12:37:19 AM »
Consider the CS010.     It's a CS009 with an extra add a leaf.     Cheaper to get the CS010 now rather than add a leaf to a CS009 later.

Stock shackles should work.

The OME springs use the same eye bushing on each end of the spring unlike stock springs which used 2 different sizes.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #5 on: Jan 18, 2019, 03:05:35 AM »
If you want an 1 1/2-2" lift you will not need to add extended shackles to the emu springs.  The stock length shackles will work fine for what you are after. A little longer shock would be good.

You won't need an add-a-leaf with the emu springs, they have plenty of extra load carrying capacity over stock. You could order the CS010 like emsvitil suggested if you are worried about it and remove a leaf if you find them too stiff.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #6 on: Jan 18, 2019, 05:30:44 AM »
Thanks guys thats super helpful info I appreciate the hell out of it. I'll keep everyone up to date on this project once I start
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #7 on: Jan 19, 2019, 07:09:40 PM »
 so I just measured the distance between the top of my tire and the chrome on my wheel arch the front sits at 6 1/4 inches the rear sits at 2 15/16 so I think I definitely need at least a 2 inch lift to level out my truck what do you guys think because I really don't know if that's right
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #8 on: Jan 19, 2019, 08:03:18 PM »
FYI   the wheel openings are not at the same height.      So that's not a valid measuring system.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #9 on: Jan 19, 2019, 08:27:24 PM »
I disnt think so I put a level on the roof and it sits damn close to level
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #10 on: Jan 20, 2019, 05:55:53 AM »
You tow a 10k lbs camper with an 88 4Runner?

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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #11 on: Jan 20, 2019, 06:17:30 AM »
One time for about 40 miles a 1972 fan coach 20 ft camper it needed to be moved and I had no other way to move it 4Runner did a pretty good job really except at 55 I don't think the front tires were touching the ground cuz I could steer in either direction but still drive straight it was a lot of fun
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #12 on: Jan 25, 2019, 08:27:05 PM »
I had a add aleaf in my 83 and it brought the rear up and handled a considerable amount of weight and was good at high speeds. I believe it was a rough country or a tough country.

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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #13 on: Jan 26, 2019, 07:11:20 PM »
One thing I don't know when buying leaf springs can I buy any leaf spring or does it have to be a specific leaf spring for a IFS pickup/4Runner
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #14 on: Jan 26, 2019, 07:15:40 PM »
I guess my question should be can I put rear leaf springs off a pickup/4runner with a strait front axle on an IFS pickup/4Runner
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #15 on: Jan 26, 2019, 07:18:11 PM »
I think the only difference is between the generations. 1986 and above obviously won't have front leaf springs, and the lengths for the rears are different. If you have a 4runner I'd get 4runner springs over pickup springs to err on the side of caution. I'm pretty sure the part number is the same between pickups and 4runners, though. If you have a 1st gen 4runner, all the 1st gen 4runner springs should work.

CS009R is pretty much the same rear spring for these trucks.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #16 on: Jan 29, 2019, 09:37:23 AM »
That's what I thought just wanted to make sure before I purchased leaf springs. I'd hate to get everything tore apart it sounds find out I have the wrong springs
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #17 on: Jan 29, 2019, 12:06:13 PM »
I think the differencebetween the 4Runner and pickup springs is a slightly higher load carrying capacity in order to level the 4Runner in the back. Because the 4runners had the extra weight of the top and seats they tended to ride a bit low in the back on the factory springs because Toyota used the same springs in both models. OME is remedying the situation with the different springs for the different models.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #18 on: Jan 29, 2019, 01:05:02 PM »
I think the differencebetween the 4Runner and pickup springs is a slightly higher load carrying capacity in order to level the 4Runner in the back. Because the 4runners had the extra weight of the top and seats they tended to ride a bit low in the back on the factory springs because Toyota used the same springs in both models. OME is remedying the situation with the different springs for the different models.

Yes I'd agree with 4Runners having saggy rear ends, but regardless of what you have ARB is going to send you the CS009R. It would appear to me that AllPro (trail gear :thumbdown:) even sells the same spring for 4Runner or pickup.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #19 on: Jan 29, 2019, 07:22:28 PM »
From what I understand the 4Runner shares the same chassis as the pickups and the rear end on the 4Runners sags due to the extra weight of the topper and back seats at least on the first gen 4Runners correct me if I'm wrong but I think the design changed on the 2nd gen
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #20 on: Feb 02, 2019, 08:52:38 AM »
Does anybody know if energy suspension bushings MCSU-1724 will fit old man emu CS009R leaf springs?
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #21 on: Feb 02, 2019, 07:08:47 PM »
Not really.

Unlike the stock springs and everybody else, the CS009R (& 10R) have the same size bushing front and rear.

You either need the OME bushings or to buy the bushings individually.   
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #22 on: Feb 03, 2019, 11:34:58 AM »
I installed Old Man Emus but didn't like them. I found them way too stiff, and raised it too much. I ended up pulling them off and rebuilding my Toyota spring pack using a leaf out of the old Man. Essentially an add-a-leaf the hard, expensive way.

If you decide on Old Man Emu make sure to get a set of bushings. At least they weren't included in my order. You should be able to reuse the same shocks. Least I did.
The work is pretty straight-forward. The FSM does a pretty good job with this operation
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #23 on: Feb 11, 2019, 08:58:32 AM »
The problem with raising the rear on a IFS 4Runner is the way to raise the front is to adjust the torsion springs. In theory you have about 1.5 available. But the more you crank it up the harsher the ride gets, and at the max its really bad. Plus, I gotta think thats gotta be pretty stressful on the upper ball joints.
After modifying my rear springs, and setting the front measurement pretty close to stock I measured the height from ground to wheel opening lip. My front was about 1 higher than the rear. 36/35. I do have 31x10 tires.

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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #24 on: Feb 11, 2019, 12:34:59 PM »
The problem with raising the rear on a IFS 4Runner is the way to raise the front is to adjust the torsion springs. In theory you have about 1.5 available. But the more you crank it up the harsher the ride gets, and at the max its really bad. Plus, I gotta think thats gotta be pretty stressful on the upper ball joints.
You can lift the front w/o cranking the torsion bars by using ball-joint spacers.

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After modifying my rear springs, and setting the front measurement pretty close to stock I measured the height from ground to wheel opening lip. My front was about 1 higher than the rear. 36/35. I do have 31x10 tires.

The difference in height is due to the wheel openings not being the same to begin with.




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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #25 on: Feb 11, 2019, 02:53:52 PM »
For the first generation N60 series Hilux Surf and export specification 4Runner introduced in 1983, Toyota, instead of developing an entirely new model, modified the existing Hilux (N50/N60/N70) with short-bed pickup body. The Hilux had undergone a major redesign in 1983 for the 1984 model year. Changes included the removal of the panel with integrated rear window from behind the front seats, the addition of rear seats, and a removable fiberglass canopy. The implementation was borrowed from both the second generation Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet K5 Blazer, both short-bed trucks with removable fiberglass shells over the rear sections and having bench seats installed in the back. Like the Bronco and the Blazer, the Hilux Surf/4Runner also did not have a wall attached to the front section behind front seats as the regular Hilux did. In that sense, all three vehicles were not conventional pickup trucks with a fiberglass shell included.
Thus, the first generation is nearly mechanically identical to the Toyota Hilux. All first generation 4Runners had two doors and were indistinguishable from the pickups from the dashboard forward. Nearly all changes were to the latter half of the body; in fact, because the rear springs were not upgraded to bear the additional weight from the rear seats and fiberglass top, these early models tended to suffer from a sagging rear suspension.
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Re: Leaf springs
« Reply #26 on: Feb 13, 2019, 03:39:36 PM »
The difference in height is due to the wheel openings not being the same to begin with.

Yes, someone had pointed out earlier in the thread you cant compare the height of the front to the rear since they have different dimensions. And Im not saying the 1 difference is spec. Just reasonably close. Id love to get the rear down another 1/2 , but it took a lot just to get it this close.

 
 
 
 
 

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