Why put a 1/2-ton Chevrolet leaf spring on a Toyota Hilux Pickup, 4Runner or Tacoma? Simply put - they ride like a dream on and off road! The difference between Chevy's springs and the stock Toyota's is unbelievable! The 63" long Chevy springs give you added flex and a softer ride and can be very affordable. Once you find leaf springs (see the FAQ section below), you will need this kit to install them because the Chevy spring is 2.5" wide compared to the approximate 2.25" width of the Toyota leaf.
Since the Chevy leaf spring bushing is 3" wide and will not work with factory Toyota hangers, we designed this kit to work with the Toyota width hangers. The kit includes 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 leaves in the future, you won't have to scramble trying to find another hanger. The 1/4-inch thick plate laser-cut and formed front hangers are sloped allowing you to easily slide over obstacles.
Kit includes all hardware needed 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" U-bolts with Thick Washers and Hi-Nuts
- (2) HD U-bolt Plates
NOTE: 63" leaf springs are not included with this kit.
Frequently asked questions about the Chevy Spring Swap:
Q: What year springs should I use?
A: 63" 1988-1998 1/2-ton Chevy or GMC truck, 2WD or 4WD. The 2WD version is preferred due to it being 5-leaf. 4WD can be used by removing one leaf. Leaves go for around $100 per pair at junkyards. You can search your local junkyards by looking on car-part.com
Q: Will I need longer shocks?
A: Yes, but there are two mounting options to choose from. Option 1 is to just use factory mounting. Option 2 is to use Low Range’s Rear Upper Shock Mount (TSP-RUSM) and Lower Shock Mount (SSP-SMLP) in conjunction with longer shocks to gain the maximum achievable travel with Chevy springs. Shock mounting locations, and thus length, vary widely across all applications; we do not include shocks or mounts with the TSP-CSK kit.
Q: Where should I mount the springs on the frame?
A: For 1st and 2nd generation pickups (79-88), mount front hanger approximately 11" forward (replacing 48" spring). For 3rd Generation Pickups (89-95), mount spring hanger approximately 9" to 9.5" forward on the frame. Tack weld the rear mount and lower the vehicle with the approximate weight that vehicle will normally carry. Average shackle angle ranges between 15 and 30 degrees.
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