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What did you do to your 2019 and up Ranger today?


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Has anyone had issues with the bottom leaf not staying straight? Mine always tries and points to the center of the truck on the front. So yesterday, I jacked the rear of the truck up and used a 1500lb ratchet strap to pull them back straight. Once I got them straight, I stole some leaf spring retainer like things off a set of old Tacoma leafs we had swapped out. Surprisingly enough, it stopped squeaking, haha. I might add that the bottom leafs were turned in when I broke them down and added the extra leaf. When I reassembled them, I had them back straight. Is anyone else's Leafs doing this?
I haven't noticed it on the 2019 but the original springs on the 2011 did something like that. Unless they have something to keep them from twisting, they are going to do it. The u-bolts aren't enough and there is enough play, depending on how they were installed to allow it to happen.
 


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I haven't noticed it on the 2019 but the original springs on the 2011 did something like that. Unless they have something to keep them from twisting, they are going to do it. The u-bolts aren't enough and there is enough play, depending on how they were installed to allow it to happen.
The retainers seem like they are gonna work to hold them straight. They actually had like a rivet like holding them to the Toyota leafs. I drilled a 3/8 hole and ran bolt through the top. Thinking I need to rivet them or something to the bottom leaf to ensure they don't move around. They are too small to slide off the end. At least sitting. I just kinda worry being I do wheel it pretty hard at times. That they will move around when articulating or flexing the rear.
 

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The retainers seem like they are gonna work to hold them straight. They actually had like a rivet like holding them to the Toyota leafs. I drilled a 3/8 hole and ran bolt through the top. Thinking I need to rivet them or something to the bottom leaf to ensure they don't move around. They are too small to slide off the end. At least sitting. I just kinda worry being I do wheel it pretty hard at times. That they will move around when articulating or flexing the rear.
I eventually want to do the Tacoma leafs. I heard the Ranger springs have a potential issue with breaking when you off road. Probably when rock crawling but I'd rather not chance it.
 

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I eventually want to do the Tacoma leafs. I heard the Ranger springs have a potential issue with breaking when you off road. Probably when rock crawling but I'd rather not chance it.
I'm planning on either some Icon or Deaver leafs in the near future.
 

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I'm planning on either some Icon or Deaver leafs in the near future.
I think, but I'm not sure, the link I have saved is for Deaver. With the 2019, I'm pretty much just collecting information for the future. The 2011 needs more upgrades and work and accessibility for the partially disabled or disabled is not a concern. So, it gets the priority.

Also, since the 2019 is the back up vehicle and Jessica does in home healthcare, she has to be able to use it in her line of work and if I go too crazy with it, she won't be able to get in it herself since she is partially disabled.
 

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Rotated the tires.
My system using two floor jacks:
Jack up left side of truck.
Move LR to LF, LF to LR, snug LR with 3 lugs because it's coming back off.
Jack up right side of truck.
Move RR to RF. Let down RF, move jack to LR.
Move LR to RR. This is why I don't use all the lugs.
Put RF on LR.
 

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Rotated the tires.
My system using two floor jacks:
Jack up left side of truck.
Move LR to LF, LF to LR, snug LR with 3 lugs because it's coming back off.
Jack up right side of truck.
Move RR to RF. Let down RF, move jack to LR.
Move LR to RR. This is why I don't use all the lugs.
Put RF on LR.
That sounds like a lot of work… buy some jack stands and put the whole thing in the air.


I ordered a snorkel and vent visors for my truck yesterday.
 

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Rotated the tires.
My system using two floor jacks:
Jack up left side of truck.
Move LR to LF, LF to LR, snug LR with 3 lugs because it's coming back off.
Jack up right side of truck.
Move RR to RF. Let down RF, move jack to LR.
Move LR to RR. This is why I don't use all the lugs.
Put RF on LR.
Since I do the 5 tire rotation, it's a bit less complex for me. I also inspect, clean, and lube the points on the brakes that should be and take a good look at everything under the truck while the wheels are off.

The spare becomes the right, rear, the right rear becomes the left, front, the left, front becomes the left, rear, the left, rear becomes the front, right, and the front, right becomes the spare. This method keeps tire wear more even and gets you more useful life out of a set of tires.

While not critical for a vehicle with open differentials and only slightly more critical for one with locker(s), it is absolutely important to do on a vehicle with limited slip. And I believe it is a little bit less work than what you are doing.

I gueß the important thing is that you doing a rotation of some kind and the spare being under the truck protects it from dry rot and other effects cause by exposure to the sun like a rear mounted tire. Of course, the rim is collecting all the dirt and moisture from being slung under the truck. So corrosion damage to the rim is potentially accelerated.

The five tire rotation helps mitigate that but also requires that the spare tire and rim be matching to the rest of the wheels. Pick your poison and if it's important enough of a priority to you I guess.
 

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That sounds like a lot of work… buy some jack stands and put the whole thing in the air.
It sounds like more work than it is. Actually it’s less jacking because you don’t have to do it a second time to get it off the jackstands. I’m only jacking the LR twice and everything else once.
 

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I lift the rear axle at the diff and put jack stands under each side. That frees up the jack to do the front corners one at a time. Still more work than having someone else do it.
 

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I just don’t rotate my tires, then complain when they get noisy because of odd wear on the front end.

so much easier
 

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I just don’t rotate my tires, then complain when they get noisy because of odd wear on the front end.

so much easier
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Well I got the center support/carrier bearing in today. In the process of knocking the u joint out the cap came off and a couple the little needle bearings fell out. I bet you'd never guess it, but nobody has one in stock haha. Supposed to be in Monday after 1pm. So I pressed this one back in till then. With the trouble I had getting the old bearing off the drive shaft I was worried about the new one going on. But just a little tapping and right on it went. But I either got off a tooth putting the toke back on or got the front shaft 180 out. I've noticed a slight vibration while accelerating around 30 to 40 mph.
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