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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 01-18-2011, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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So I have owned my 1983 Toyota Pickup for about five years now, and have only recently started modifying it. I put a two inch lift on the front, bought some 31X10.5X15" Goodyear Duratracs, installed Recaro bucket seats out of a 1992 VW G.T.I., custom door panels, and a home made "flatbed". I am interested to hear some opinions about what I should do for my rear suspension? BTW it is a DD. Thanks.This is an older picture before all the "mods".
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I have a 79 with a factory 2in lift and 31s. Welcome to cottora.

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Welcome. Nice truck! I have an '80.

I tried out some Tacoma leaf springs to lift the rear of mine. The work pretty good offroad. With the V6 I just put in, I'm getting too much axle wrap... but I have the overload spring removed. The main reason I got them is because you can get stock Tacoma leafs really cheap from people that lifted their trucks. It seems like just about everybody I know with a lifted Tacoma has a set of stock springs in their garage. It requires welding though because the springs are longer.

Another popular option is the "Chevy 63s". These also require welding, and can be found for cheap. There are tons and tons of writeups on the internet on these springs.

In addition there are the usual vendors. Marlin Crawler, All Pro, Trail Gear, etc. I believe that pretty much all of those require moving the spring hangers too. The stock springs on these trucks are just too short to get much travel I guess. If you can afford these, they would be the way to go.

If you want a purely bolt-on option, I think the more 4 Wheel Parts kind of vendors have some. Companies like Superlift, Skyjacker, etc. I haven't heard entirely positive things about those springs... but I'm sure they would work.
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Hooray, another first gen!
Check out F150 springs; they're not as long as Chevy springs but from what I've seen they still flex pretty well. Maybe move the shocks to the / \ position too? You got access to a welder/grinder/etc? I might know a guy...

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I'm glad you guys like the truck. I do have access to a welder, grinder, chop saw, and whatever else. I am trying to upload some newer photos of the flatbed to show off my welding skills, no success. I have thought about the chevy springs and have read both positive and negative things about that swap. I am looking for something that will help with the ride and also be good for the trail. Thanks for the input and compliments.
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I'm running ford f150 springs on my runner. Love em. Wouldn't change them for chevys

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what's the difference between the chevy 63"s and the F-150s?
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About a foot; the F150s are 54" (I think?) and the Chevies are 63". Fords may be wider; I'm not 100% sure. Check the uber-Toyota Bible on pirate:

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=775780

If you get Chevies, you can avoid some stress by pulling the passenger side from 2 trucks; the fuel tank is in the way on the driver's side. Ask me how I know...

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The fords have different widths. Mine are the same as the toyotas. The chevys are way long.

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Thanks for the input everyone. I'm going to start a new thread so I can get out of this new members area. Here are a few updated pics! Thanks for all the welcomes and hope to be meeting a lot of you at some of these meet and greets.The beginning of the flat bed.
Sorry just sh!tty phone pics.
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It just looks so clean. Dont park next to my 79. I dont want to look bad.

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Thanks for the compliment, most people look at my truck and go "What a rust bucket!" Here's the newest pic of the tail lights.
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Welcome. In a couple of months I will have a stock set of springs off of my 2007 with an AAL you can try.

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Welcome. Truck is looking good! I believe we met you on spring creek last june.

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Yes that was me. I am so glad I didn't attempt that trail. No sliders and Spring creek =. Those conditions that day were insane aswell. Washed out bridges and lots of rain. Glad you guys told me not to run my truck on that trail. It was fun watching though.
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Welcome! Clean truck! I wanna see the MK2 recaros in there. What brackets did you use? I just Put Old school Recaro's in with Wedge brackets and hate them. They sit way too high.


I like the flat bed! Interior pics?

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welcome. Russ, if you get rid of them let me know, I want to sit higher!
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I like the seats. I hate the brackets..Let me hit up Wedge and see if i can get some lower ones or make a set. You have stock seats in the runer still? 4crawler has a seat lift kit i think.

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I'll try to post up some pics later of the seats. I made some brackets and initially they did sit way to high. I thought my head was going to pop out the sun roof. So I had to custom cut them so they sit better.
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Here's some pics of the seats. Russ I actually think I know you from the VW days.
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It's possible. I was doing the Vw thing for like 10 years. I have a set of the blue recaros if you ever wanna trade out for the gray lol

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Nice! I had a set of Recaro's from a BMW 3 series in my first car. An 84 VW GTI. They had the leg extensions on the front of them. Loved those seats.

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yeah i got a set for the truck again. My GTI has gray interior but after it was a race car we had to piece an interior together so now its all gray with helious blue recaro fronts. Need gray or im going to need to wrap it all before i drive it.

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Russ I would trade you but my seats no longer work in a VW due to the customization. All my volkswagen buddies hate that I have a decent set of recaros and they can't find any for their GTI's. LOL. Yes COTTORA rocks!
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It's ok, that car is on the back burner right now anyways. Too much to do on the truck for summer. I wish the motor was back in it so I could use it from time to time tho

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So it has been quite some time since i have posted any thing on the forum so i figured I would post some updates. First, I became a father on June 21st 2011. Asher Gray was born at 6:06pm and weighed eight pounds and seven ounces. So time has been distributed quite differently. Second, I was reading this thread again and realized I didn't explain why I made my flatbed. On Halloween of last year I was driving down highway 270 when I was side-swipped by a young girl in a red Ford Focus. She did not stop when I had pulled over to try and exchange insurance info. I ended up catching up to her enough to get the license plate number. I contacted state patrol and they helped track down who the driver was. Shortly after I was contacted by the drivers father and we ended up taking care of the situation with out dealing with insurance. I was quite upset to see my "nice" rusty bed have to be resurected into what it is today. Also when I say welding skills I was meaning to be sarcastic, I forget sometimes I am not the best author. Third, I did a big brake upgrade to FJ 80 rotors I believe and calipers off a 92 4runner, which was cool untill I realized my spindle was trashed from when my wheel bearing went out a few years ago. Here's some pics of my son and the brakes.



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