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Yota Leaf Springs

So I read a lot of Petersen's Offroad and they have the "Danger Ranger" on there and they put yota leaf springs on it. Now I'm guessing they did this because they flex better and other such good things. First I wanted to know if I was to put yota springs under my truck would I still have the same load capaity as what the truck came with stock. The Yota springs I found had 350lb/in spring rate. Also what yota springs exactly should I use. The springs for a yota are about half the price of a ranger's. Here is a link to a set of springs for a yota:

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

and then the tech article I found this in:

http://www.4wheeloffroad.com/project...le/photos.html
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read this build up. Kevin is running Yota leafs in the rear I believe. Maybe he has some part numbers?
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read this build up. Kevin is running Yota leafs in the rear I believe. Maybe he has some part numbers?

Hey, Zach...no link? I'd like to read this myself, thanks.
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Well, it looks like they're not really a direct fit. He mentions something about having to relocate the rear shackle hanger to get a more desirable shackle angle.

I alreay have Chevy springs myself, so I might just end up doing the Chevy swap with an added cross member to strengthen the frame at the new location.
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I thought you were already running chevy springs?

I have Alcan 63" springs right now. Which are equivalent to the Chevy spring size just at a 1/4 ton spring rate.
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No, I haven't put them on yet. Too many other "necessary" things to do, lol. I still have my hybrid welded-together stock block and extension with traction bars to get rid of the potentially horrendous wrap. I have longer shackles and added an extra leaf spring to my rear pack to strengthen it.
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yeah, well I think thats because of the springs he got. I looked them up and it says that even on toyotas you have to move the spring hangers forward.
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No, I haven't put them on yet. Too many other "necessary" things to do, lol. I still have my hybrid welded-together stock block and extension with traction bars to get rid of the potentially horrendous wrap. I have longer shackles and added an extra leaf spring to my rear pack to strengthen it.

you may need a block. but you will not need traction bars. i dont have too many wheel hop issues.
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Zach, you're using chevy lift springs aren't you? Mine are stock springs. I was a little confused by several posts and I know somebody (or somebodies) actually got chevy lift springs -- wasn't you?

Mine are pretty thick too. I suspect they're 4WD. Might be okay though with my cap, tools, full sized spare, and spare parts I carry.
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Do those chevy springs change ride quality at all?
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Zach, you're using chevy lift springs aren't you? Mine are stock springs. I was a little confused by several posts and I know somebody (or somebodies) actually got chevy lift springs -- wasn't you?

Mine are pretty thick too. I suspect they're 4WD. Might be okay though with my cap, tools, full sized spare, and spare parts I carry.

I have Alcan 63" springs with 1/4 ton load rating, like mentioned above. they are supposed to add lift but it did not add much more than stock chevy leaf springs. Since it did not add the lift i needed I moved the spring mounts on the frame down 2" for an additional 2" of lift. obviously. lol

my guess is that you will need to do something like that so you dont have to run a large block.

btw i was running some Chevy lift springs made by procomp, they worked well but Chris had these Alcans for sale and i had to try them. They flex about the same.
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Do those chevy springs change ride quality at all?
the 2wd Chevy springs do not add much at all. it is a perfect replacement spring on stock trucks and just not run a block. it will have the perfect amount of lift.
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so back to these yota springs..... I'm just looking for someone who has done anything with them. Maybe even someone who has stock yota springs vs. stock ranger springs. Any info, I don't mind reading.
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i cant say i have seen it done other than Kevins truck
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ok, I'm just going to have to wait to hear back from Petersans then. Maybe I'll give them a call and see what they say.
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