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breckrider60 05-27-2013 07:22 PM

Help with leaf springs
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I'm new to this forum and to having my own offroad machine but i've been wrenching on 4runners since i was 8 but never anything as old as the 89 I just picked up 3 weeks ago so I am not familiar with how to go about finding a good set of rear leaf springs since I snapped one on the trail today. The runner is heavily modified and I have very little information from the previous owner. I know it has a Dana 44 solid axle swap on both front and back and that the points of contact on the frame for the springs is about 4 ft long. Is this stock and if not where can find some quality springs?
thanks in advance

baja1d 05-27-2013 08:10 PM

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Your length is measured spring eye to spring eye like this:
Attachment 33148 sounds like yours are 48". How wide are your springs? Attachment 33149

With these two measurements you should be able to determine weather or not they are stock or not. Furthermore, the measurement will lead you to what springs manufacturer you need, i.e. chevy, ford, etc. From that point you'll just have to determine how much lift you need. Another option would be to just stop by an off road shop & seek their advice. Was it a front or rear spring you broke? Chances are you'll need new springs all around or run the risk of changing a spring after each wheeling trip this summer.

breckrider60 05-27-2013 09:31 PM

leaf springs
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It was the rear right that snapped. I have it ghetto rigged with a u bolt holding it together right now but i dont really trust it. I figured I would need atleast a pair and was planning on just buying both rears do you think buying all 4 is necessary? I'm a brokeish college student and im going to need new tires soon so my budget is limited. I will go back out and measure it more precisely and post some pics with this post. do you know of a good manufacturer I ride the trail pretty hard and I would like to have some decent springs back there. Will thw springs be the same length on the truck as they will off? The pic you have shows them shorter than mine could that be because they arent under load? or are they completely different springs

baja1d 05-27-2013 09:41 PM

I'd bet they're stock. Junk yards are full of them- (Yota Yard). Id just do a pair of throw down springs for now. My pictures were just for example proposes, they're off of a Landcruiser.

breckrider60 05-27-2013 10:03 PM

leaf springs
From what ive read the after market ones are significantly better than stock especially off of a 20 year old truck? what are the odds I would snap them again? thanks for all the help

farnhamstj 05-27-2013 10:20 PM

Odds are you'll break one again. New or old.

baja1d 05-27-2013 10:24 PM


Originally Posted by farnhamstj (Post 233483)
Odds are you'll break one again. New or old.

Agreed, wheeling ain't always cheap

breckrider60 05-27-2013 10:35 PM

leaf springs
I'm learning that slowly but surely i found some for 45 a piece and thats not too terrible in my book. thanks for all the help one more question though do you i can get a set of goodrich all terrains for 900 for all 4 or goodrich mud terrains for 1100 which would you recommend?

farnhamstj 05-27-2013 10:56 PM

For Colorado high country and Utah. AT's

mikeyhcrana 05-28-2013 07:43 AM

you can have the old stock springs off the back of my 89 runner if you want. I would use this as a chanch to put chevy 63 inch spring on though if I were you. It will ride so much smoother and flex alot more too. Here is what the Chevies look like next to the stockers.


Check out this link for great info. I dont think the aftermarket makes a better spring then this for your runner.

...and I would get the MT's

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