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85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« on: Nov 13, 2003, 06:00:51 PM »
I recently bent the rear leafs at Los Coyotes.
I need to replace them with something cheap.
I have my old stock leaves from my '86, could buy some FJ40 or FJ62 springs. Would like some Alcans or AOR,
with a flip kit and longer shocks, but budget is limited.
Mike at Mini Truck has had a lot of the parts to build my truck to this point, and should probably build a Mazda pack. The truck came with Downeys. I pulled the overload for stuff, and look what happened after just a few times out! Any body have input or some nice flexy springs laying around?
« Last Edit: Nov 17, 2003, 07:40:20 PM by BigMike »
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #1 on: Nov 13, 2003, 09:05:11 PM »
do you think these would be flexy enough for ya?
Full hydro, 186:1 with an auto and 44's what could go wrong??

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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #2 on: Nov 13, 2003, 09:09:08 PM »
77-79 caddy seville with 2 stock chevy pickup leaves added to stiffen the pack!
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #3 on: Nov 14, 2003, 11:59:11 AM »
I have a set of rear leaves from an 89 if you want them. E-Mail me at cgbemis@yahoo.com

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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #4 on: Nov 14, 2003, 04:18:14 PM »
Do you need to move the front hanger to fit Caddy springs? What shocks are you running? How good do they stuff?How high does your truck sit? And how do you resize digital photos to show up on this site?
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #5 on: Nov 16, 2003, 01:23:10 AM »
when I bui8lt that truck I used the caddy hanger center to center from the stock hanger is 7 1/8 but that was because I moved the rear an inch forward for him. they stuff much nicer than before we put the chevy springs in the pack. as installed b4 the chevys they were too soft and ate the inner fender.  so we put the chevies in and now it reacts much better, at the same time I put a 91 axle in the rear to take care of any rubbing issues.  the shocks are rancho0 5012.  the truck has skyjacker 5 in. springs in the front, and as of now it sits level, with 2 in. longer shackels in the front.
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #6 on: Nov 16, 2003, 01:25:13 AM »
a little stuff
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #7 on: Nov 16, 2003, 11:45:31 PM »
That's a sweet swap. I like that nobody else really seems to know about it. W/T is the first I've ever heard of doing the Caddy spring swap. I'm also surprised you have a level stance w/o blocks in the rear-all the better!
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Re:85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #8 on: Nov 17, 2003, 03:53:56 PM »
better pic of the hanger.
« Last Edit: Nov 17, 2003, 07:43:18 PM by BigMike »
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Re:85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #9 on: Nov 18, 2003, 07:48:57 PM »
Just replaced a friends stock coils in his Runner with Downeys from ORW.
He has ordered longer Ranchos and we'll put the extended brake line on.
Working on Hootman's 4 Runner inspired me to get under my truck.
I just replaced the tweaked Downeys with the stock rear springs left over from my first Toy, an '86. I had bolted the pack together over the years with discarded pieces of packs. My first piece was a Rough Country add-a-leaf, the next was the 2nd or 3rd leaf out of the Downey pack, purchased and installed on the old '86. It sits an inch or so higher than the sagging Downeys that came on this junk, and I haven't driven it yet, but I can tell by bouncing it, the add-a-leafs haven't softened up any over the years.
Will have to pull 'em, maybe put the overloads back in, I'm afraid of bending these, then I'll have to spend hard earned $ on trail junk.
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Re:'85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #10 on: Feb 02, 2004, 07:32:36 PM »
do you think these would be flexy enough for ya?
Hay that's my truck :beer:

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Re:85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #11 on: Feb 02, 2004, 08:10:13 PM »
Yep but whose the dork behind the wheel?? :headscratch:
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Re:85 efi xtra cab rear leafs
« Reply #12 on: Feb 04, 2004, 03:56:27 AM »
Yea,,Taking the overload out of a downey spring pack is a no-no! :nonono:But I guess you found that out already..There are alot of sweeet set ups to run on your p/u..ranger is one way to go and so is s-10 rear packs..I have been impressed with the ranger pack and well worth the swap..Like anything its going to take some playing with to get the pack the way you want it..You may want it stiffer,less stiff and your ride hight will depend as well..The leaves from an 89 is really sweet also to go all the way around..A bit soft but sooo flexy..
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