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I had a friend who ran downeys 26mm torsion bars and had I believe a 4" procomp suspension lift and a 3" body lift and had right at 10" of lift was running 39.5x18x15 tsl boggers. Tires cleared all day on 15x10's but hit the frame at full lock. My friend who had the downey torsion bars is the owner of Steve's Offroads son. Steve would recommend these bars.
 

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I assume you are not talking about a Tacoma... Either way, I don't know about the torsion bars, but I do know that the Downey leaves I put on my truck sagged, and a friend that put Downey leaves on his 91' Toyota had his sag too. It didn't take long either... In my opinion, stay away from the Downey leaves...
 

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Live4yotas said:
I had a friend who ran downeys 26mm torsion bars and had I believe a 4" procomp suspension lift and a 3" body lift and had right at 10" of lift was running 39.5x18x15 tsl boggers. Tires cleared all day on 15x10's but hit the frame at full lock. My friend who had the downey torsion bars is the owner of Steve's Offroads son. Steve would recommend these bars.

Awesome thats what I needed to know I have a 4"-5" Superlift susp lift and looking to max it but with better than stock components. Thankyou

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I assume you are not talking about a Tacoma... Either way, I don't know about the torsion bars, but I do know that the Downey leaves I put on my truck sagged, and a friend that put Downey leaves on his 91' Toyota had his sag too. It didn't take long either... In my opinion, stay away from the Downey leaves...

I have a 95 pre 95.5 how much did they sag i'll be adding my AAL and my 2 1/4 " lift shackles. so I was looking to get bout 6" and I thought with the 3" lift springs that would do the trick, soooo how much do they sag? My stock ones are pretty flat couldnt be much worse than that.

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My downey's main problem was axle wrap. It didn't take long and they had a VERY noticeable "s" shape to them. My friend replaced his downey's with some springs out of a Bronco II I think, I think he is pretty happy with that setup.
 

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My downey's main problem was axle wrap. It didn't take long and they had a VERY noticeable "s" shape to them. My friend replaced his downey's with some springs out of a Bronco II I think, I think he is pretty happy with that setup.

Did these springs bolt right in? And who was the manufacturer?

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Tacoma747 said:
My downey's main problem was axle wrap. It didn't take long and they had a VERY noticeable "s" shape to them. My friend replaced his downey's with some springs out of a Bronco II I think, I think he is pretty happy with that setup.

Did these springs bolt right in? And who was the manufacturer?

Thanks

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Downey has a horrible warranty. Several people here on this board have purchased their products and had them break. No warranty coverage...so ya gotta fork out more money to buy something else. Why not go with the SAW torsion bars and somebody else's springs? It will save you lots of hassle later on.
 

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As a rule of thumb Downey sucks.

Poor customer service and poor quality components.

Im not familiar with pre tacoma pickups but you might try allpro offroad, they seem to have a good rep. for early PU's.

Use the search feature... its all out there.
 

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That's odd. I had Downey coilovers, the very first company that bothered to get something on the market for the Tacoma by the way, and I never had a moment’s trouble with them. I wheeled the pure living piss out of them too. At the same time, All Pro was known by this group as All Poo and had a terrible reputation. They made it known at the time that they hated the Tacoma and this club. Its odd how perceptions change over time isn't it? Not that any of that has anything to do with the pre taco trucks. Have you ever had any personal experience with Downey? I had experience with both of them and at the time Downey was head and shoulders above All Pro. However, I do know that All Pro has done much to change things for the better over the last couple of years. I am just passing along what my first hand experiences were. To be frank, I’d be pissed if I had invested the time and money to develop something for an emerging market then have it knocked off by a dozen copycats who only came on the scene later when the risk was gone and that risk was probably mitigated by my own efforts to some extent. It’s some food for thought anyway.
 

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Anyway screw Downey, their coilovers are just Bilstein HDs with a sleeve on them. Ive seen them and ridden in a vehicle with them, IMO they rode terrible. For the money SAW is much much better product and a better investment due to the fact that you can repair/ rebuild SAWS and SAW has pretty good customer service and a great reputation amongst the desert community. Also, Downey hasnt even begun to keep pace with the tacoma industry, apparantly they rest on the reputation that a few decade old 7s trucks got them, I bet they cant even find the desert anymore.

Their warranty, or should I say lack of it is attrocious at best. If your going to sell off road parts you had better expect some people are going to use them off road and if they break want their money back or at least a replacement part. Downeys approach seems to be "tough shit dude, you want to buy another one"?

IMO.... no disrespect intended.
Well, I have to agree and disagree on this one, 50/50. I believe they are resting on their laurels, and are not moving forward with technology at all.But I am split on the warranty thing. I have had warranty issues with them, and I was satisfied with the outcome. I can say they do not offer much of crap for a warranty,but it is SPECIFIED when you buy their parts. So, you knew when you got it. As to the shocks/ coilovers, how did one ride on them make you so informed?? I had over 10,000 miles with them, and I was relatively happy with them. I DID outrun them, and break them. I can do that to lots of things, evidently. I know for a FACT that you can rebuild and revalve the shocks, as well as add needed things like bumpstops. I felt the ride was very good, and to tell the truth, my Donahoes are no better on the street, and in the dirt, my truck still bounces a good bit, no matter what I do. For sure, the 'hoes are better in the dirt, so stop before you start. So at least get the facts straight on the coilovers, at the very least. As to the AAL, I have seen them break time and again, so I would be wary of them. The ride on ANY AAL is going to suffer. You would be better off to build a budget leaf pack by combining 2 leaf packs together to make the leaf pack you need, or just spend the big bucks and get some custom units. :2cents:
 

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I dont see how you can even compare a Donahoe 2.5" coilover to a Bilstein HD with a homemade sleeve on it but if you liked them thats cool. Seems to me its like comparing the Herbst trophy truck to a model T, but your entiteled to your opinion and I respect that. Back in 96 Im sure that was one hot setup, but back in the early 80's Walker Evans tore it up in a steel bodied power wagon... time marches on, things improve, thank god.

Im just stating my experience with them, your mileage may vary.
 
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