Leaf spring question

PatrickG

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Today my little brother told me to go look at his truck, to which I noticed his leaf had broken before the front hanger. His truck is lowered with a mono leaf, and he said he noticed when it broke because it threw him in the dirt. He's wondering could he flip that leaf around to make a trailing arm type setup (which would be only temporary) until he could link it, or does he need to go get a new leaf.
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Patrick
 

Tyson

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I would think that a mono leaf for a trailing arm wouldn't be strong enough. I'd say have him goto a junk yard and pick up a leaf spring for like 40 bucks.

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I got a brand new pair of Downey Leafs for my Toyota for $100 for the pair! Thats regular price too! They have lasted for 7 months so far.

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If his truck is lowered tell him to get A) A lift. B) Sell the truck. or C) Try using the main leafs off a 96 or newer Toyota 4WD. Ecology Auto Wrecking had a pair for $75. The Tacoma leafs have a negative arch which are good for lowering. All you have to do is take out the rest of the leafs and I even think it's military wraped.
 

PatrickG

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Well lifting and selling the truck is out of the question, especially since he's hard on his truck on the street. If it was lifted he'd really break it. I will have him try ecology since its in the garage and not moving right now.
 

PatrickG

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Well he ended up fliping the leaf around and drilling a new pin hole. I rode in it yesterday and It
worked ok. I unattached leaf in the back hits the frame on corners or bumps when there is no air in
the rear but It felt like before.
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May wan to keep an eye on the hole you drilled, It most likely will spiderweb and break again, right Greg?

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PatrickG

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Thats only temporary until we 4 link it or put a supra independent rear in it. But I'll have him keep an eye on that spring.
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Greg

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Wha, wah, what are you talking about??? That leaf pack was doomed from the get go (it was soo bad someone was throwing it away) but I "freshened" it up and it lasted almost a whole year. It was a good lesson about stress risers.

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