Why put a ½ Ton Chevrolet leaf spring on a Toyota Hilux Pickup / 4Runner or Tacoma? Simply put, they ride like a dream on and off road! There is such a difference between Chevy Springs and the stock Toyota’s it is unbelievable! Chevy Springs are also 63″ long, which gives you added flex, a softer ride, and can be very affordable. The reason why you need a kit to install the springs is the Chevy spring is 2.5″ wide compared to the approx. Toyota 2.25″ width leaf.
The Chevy leaf spring bushing is 3″ wide, which will not work with factory Toyota hangers. So, we designed this kit to work with the Toyota width hangers. Kit has 6″ eye to eye laser cut and press bent shackles. The rear upper shackle hanger is a Toyota Hanger, so if you choose to go back to Toyota Leafs in the future you won’t have to scramble trying to find another hanger. The front hangers are sloped to easily allow obstacles to slide over, also laser cut and formed, 1/4 inch thick plate.
Kit comes with needed hardware for your spring installation.
- 2- Sloped Chevy Spring Hangers
- 2- CNC Laser Cut and CNC Press Bent Shackles
- 2- Rear Shackle Hangers with Bushings
- 2- 18MM Bolts and Crimp Nuts
- 4- 9/16″ Bolts with Washers and Nuts
- 4- 9/16″ Ubolts with Thick Washers and Hi-Nuts
- 2- HD Ubolt Plates
What year springs should I use?
63″ 1988-1998 1/2 ton Chevy or GMC truck 2WD or 4WD. 2WD is most desirable due to it being 5 leaf. 4WD can be used by just removing one leaf. Leafs go for around $100 per pair at junkyards. You can search your local junkyards by looking on car-part.com
Will I need longer shocks?
Yes, you can choose to use either factory mounting, and get longer shocks or use our new Rear Shock Mount Kit to gain all that travel you will be able to achieve with the Chevy springs. Since many applications require different shock mounting locations, we do not include this with our kit.
Where should I mount the springs on the frame?
1st and 2nd generation pickups (79-88) mount front hanger approx 11″ forward (replacing 48″ spring) 3rd Generation Pickups (89-95) mount spring hanger approx. 9-9.5″ forward on frame. Tack weld rear mount and lower vehicle with approximate weight that vehicle will normally have in it. Shackle angle averages between a 15-30 degree range.