Toyota leaf spring enigma

Good morning readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

I spent an unanticipated lot of time yesterday learning about leaf springs on 1983 Toyota Motor Homes.  I knew I’d have to do something about those sagging springs and began the day knowing pretty much what it would be.  Namely buying some helper springs or spring supports from JC Whitney, installing them, then going on about my business.

Except JC Whitney doesn’t have them.

So I visited the Toyota RV Discussion group with the intention of finding out what others who don’t know as much as I do have handled these problems I’ve never handled.  Got a lot of knowledgeable, helpful suggestions gradually indicating the problem isn’t so inexpensively solved, the solution so patently obvious as I’d originally believed.

But before any solution a person’s got to know what’s under there now.  Airbag spring supports?  Retrofitted helper springs?

None of the above, turns out.

But new springs, helper springs, or airbags are clearly the way to resolve the issue.  On the forum there’s disagreement as to which.  As time allows, today I’ll spend more time at non-JC Whitney sources for the options, learn as much as I can with a head full of already knowing so much at dawn yesterday I thought it unlikely I’d be learning much else between now and dying.

But sometime soon I’m going to have to lift that house up and get under there with a tape measure and find out how long, how thick, how something else I can’t recall at the moment, those springs are.  Then spend some time on long distance phone calls with [probably] people in China or India who answer technical questions for suppliers in the US.

Meanwhile, it’s quiet outside these batwing doors.  Too quiet.

Poor old silky rooster outsmarted himself yesterday, missed an adventure a lot of chickens would pay the poultry equivalent of good money to experience.

Old Jules

9 responses to “Toyota leaf spring enigma

  1. Problems have a way of finding the solver.

  2. Hope you get the spring thing solved an little or no expense. OK, don’t let us hanging, what did the rooster miss out on?

  3. I knew when I got mine there would be work involved. Air shocks of course but they can be expensive. Mine had them. Ain’t freedom wonderful.

  4. It has been by experience, very limited experience with only one adult silky rooster, that they don’t want to have new experiences. They like to stay in their happy home and roost on their happy roost (same one) every night. Mine has been ousted from the duck barn because a skunk is currently penned in there. He wants back in his duck barn come night time. A second choice is a nest box in the hen house.

    Hoping you find a good, simple and inexpensive solution that is easy to install. Blessings.

  5. We used to use “shackles” to raise a vehicle up [especially old Fords] when we were kids. But I’m guessing they wouldn’t be strong enough for your vehicle.

    I hope you find a cost-effective solution. —George

    • Hi George. Good seeing you. I’ve some helper springs on order, but new shocks will have to be in the offing. I think it’s going to be all right, assuming everything works out okay. Gracias, J

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