Suspension Upgraded This Weekend

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SDGuero
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Suspension Upgraded This Weekend

Postby SDGuero » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:37 pm

Swapped out rear springs and shocks this weekend. Installed air bags (12 PSI) as well. Good prices on Amazon, all together it cost me about $500 in parts. :)

Air Bags:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F1B9PI/
Springs:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B005EA2LB2/
Shocks:
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B009FU6U5K
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B009FU6AP0

The rear end is quite a bit higher now, I'd guess 2.5". I didn't realize how bad it was sagging. the front got a little lift as well, maybe 1.5-2". It rides good but definitely tracks different on the freeway, not a good thing so far IMO.

Black rims and new tires (https://www.amazon.com/General-Grabber- ... B004QL60YE) going on it tomorrow. The Toyos are tired AF, and I have wanted black wheels since I bought this truck 5 years ago.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/8jSJ1JYqkFnTDKwy9


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Postby disallow » Sun Mar 08, 2020 9:56 pm

The rear end will settle a bit. What brand of springs did you go with?

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Postby ShipFixer » Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:06 pm

I quit running any pressure in my rear air bags when I installed those springs. Before I was running 8-10 psi. Now I just need them for load leveling when I carry stuff in the back.

The Moog springs are really stiff enough that you don't need any pressure when you have no weight in the rear. Really well balanced with the front...unlike the OEM springs.

Anyway, recommend trying 0 psi. You will end up with something like 0.5-0.75 inches of lift if I recall correctly, and the truck won't feel oversprung in the rear.

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Postby SDGuero » Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:49 pm

ShipFixer wrote:I quit running any pressure in my rear air bags when I installed those springs. Before I was running 8-10 psi. Now I just need them for load leveling when I carry stuff in the back.

The Moog springs are really stiff enough that you don't need any pressure when you have no weight in the rear. Really well balanced with the front...unlike the OEM springs.

Anyway, recommend trying 0 psi. You will end up with something like 0.5-0.75 inches of lift if I recall correctly, and the truck won't feel oversprung in the rear.
Thanks. I will probably dial it back, wanted to try 12 PSI and go from there. New shoes went on it today.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y8qacPRm8VAJaRSb8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/3F99j1tYiZ1mUErF9
https://photos.app.goo.gl/aGd61aQfM7FzbHAD9
https://photos.app.goo.gl/9rwos3b89WcpRqNn9

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Postby palmerwmd » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:40 am

Good job!!
And nice pics! :D

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Postby Thupertrooper » Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:08 pm

Thats awesome the rear suspension is probably the first thing to wear out on these.

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Postby ALO604 » Tue Mar 17, 2020 11:24 pm

SDGuero wrote:
ShipFixer wrote:I quit running any pressure in my rear air bags when I installed those springs. Before I was running 8-10 psi. Now I just need them for load leveling when I carry stuff in the back.

The Moog springs are really stiff enough that you don't need any pressure when you have no weight in the rear. Really well balanced with the front...unlike the OEM springs.

Anyway, recommend trying 0 psi. You will end up with something like 0.5-0.75 inches of lift if I recall correctly, and the truck won't feel oversprung in the rear.
Thanks. I will probably dial it back, wanted to try 12 PSI and go from there. New shoes went on it today.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y8qacPRm8VAJaRSb8
https://photos.app.goo.gl/3F99j1tYiZ1mUErF9
https://photos.app.goo.gl/aGd61aQfM7FzbHAD9
https://photos.app.goo.gl/9rwos3b89WcpRqNn9
Almost identical to mine. Were you able to give it a wheel alignment? I had to cut off 3 control arms and replace all the cams. What a pain


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