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Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner #673211
12/03/05 05:25 AM
12/03/05 05:25 AM
Anonymous OP

Is it possible to get a set of leaf spring from another make of vehicle and replace my sagging springs (front and rear), if so what vehicles would interchange??? Would like to eventually build into about a 5 to 7 inch lift. All advice greatly appreciated. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner #673212
12/03/05 08:04 AM
12/03/05 08:04 AM
Greg_Canada  Offline
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Toronto, Canada
You can do whatever you want, you just have to move the spring/shackle hangers.
Many people make their own spring packs, like Roger Brown (4crawler) and many people on pirate4x4... if you are looking for 5 inches+ of lift... you will have to go with lift springs, or maybe springs from a spring-under vehicle like an fj40 or jeep cj/yj.
63" chevyies are only good for about 2-3", then you need blocks...

89 4Runner
3" BL, M/T locks, 33"bfg mt, bilstein, Kayline, tubebumper, toyotafiberglass panels
TBI: Elocker,3.4 w/ORS,b+b,S2Sstg2cams,arias pistons,P+P intake,TRDs/c,URDpullies+7th,downey headers,MAPECU2,WEGO WB, SupraMAF,walboro255,stg4clutch, EPaOo2 sim
Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: Greg_Canada] #673213
12/04/05 04:10 PM
12/04/05 04:10 PM
J94_4runner  Offline
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Tampa, FL
I got leafs on the rear of my '94. went with Allpro 3". However, I wish I would of done the chevy spring swap b/c they're longer, cheaper and flexier. and later on you could always buy lifted leafs for the chevy.

94runner: Dana 44 SAS, 35's, Lockers, gears, winch, rock rails, bumpers, 3"BL, drivetrain lift, Budbuilt cross member, centerforce clutch and MORE! ***FOR SALE*** $8,500
-1985 Supra (STOCK!) FOR SALE $4,000
Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner #673214
12/04/05 05:13 PM
12/04/05 05:13 PM
tech30528  Offline
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Posts: 78
NE Georgia
I have a set of Isuzu 2wd rear springs on the rear of my 85 4x4 pickup. I picked them up for $100. The length is right on, but the locating pin is 1 1/2 inches further back, so I had to drill a hole in the perches on to of the axle. The ride is great, and the ride hieght is stock. On the Isuzu, they went under the axle, obviously over the axle on mine. Even the shackles and frame bushings from the Isuzu fit perfectly.

Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: J94_4runner] #673215
12/04/05 05:14 PM
12/04/05 05:14 PM
Rauch_Off_Road  Offline
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Manitoba, Canada
If you wanna go that high I would do a search of the lift dicsussions and look at a combo of Body Lift and spring lift. Some people would say that 5-7" of suspension is too much and will make you unstable.

(aka suprathepeg, aka Sean)
89 v6 SWB truck "BLACK BEAUTY" EB valves, P&P head 30 over.
95 FZJ80. Lifted. locked and rollin on 33s (my dream machine)
Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: Rauch_Off_Road] #673216
12/04/05 06:05 PM
12/04/05 06:05 PM
bkg  Offline
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Why so much lift? Assuming you require a minimum of 5", I'd recommend spending the $$ and buying new springs. For a good, off the shelf, quality spring, buy the Skyjacker 3" softride kit. This will give you new front and rear springs and all necessary components. These are my favorite mass produced aftermarket springs.

To get attitional lift, throw a 2" body lift in the mix and call it good. Should easily allow 35" tires.

Brian K. Gallus
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Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: tech30528] #673217
12/05/05 06:07 AM
12/05/05 06:07 AM
matts  Offline
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Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,617
S.E. Wisconsin
I have a set of Isuzu 2wd rear springs on the rear of my 85 4x4 pickup...

How much lift with that setup? -- Matt

'89 4runner SR5, 3.0, auto (fun)
'93 xtra cab, dlx,3.0, 5spd (work truck)
Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: matts] #673218
12/05/05 09:07 PM
12/05/05 09:07 PM
fourwd1  Offline
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Posts: 1,681
Baltimore, MD USA
I have a set of Isuzu 2wd rear springs on the rear of my 85 4x4 pickup...

How much lift with that setup? -- Matt

Figure around 3.5", the diameter of the axle.

- seen in FOUR WHEELER mag July 2006 & OFF-ROAD mag Feb 2007 -
'84 4Runner ARBed 5.29s F&R,4.7 & 2.28 t-cases,hy-steer,BudBuilt skid,30spl Longs,36" TSLs,Chevys

'83 P/U, Buick 231 V6,Holley 4 bbl,Weiand intake,Downey headers,TH350 w/700R4 gearset
Re: Leaf spring fittment on first gen 4Runner [Re: fourwd1] #673219
12/07/05 04:38 PM
12/07/05 04:38 PM
Red_Chili  Offline
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Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 5,986
Littleton, CO
He said it resulted in stock height.
~0" lift.

'87 4Runner w/ '96 5VZ-FE, 'Red Chili II'
'97 Taco XtraCab 3RZ-FE, 'BlackBean'
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