I like what Cliff did and here's a copy/paste from his email that says it all....
"First off let me say thanks for sharing your coil spring mod info on your website.
I did this to my 84 4runner and it really worked well. Being pinched for time before a trip
and having no welder, I decided to try the ultimate shortcut, I simply put the lower part of
the spring over the rubber bump stop, and cut off the upper metal stop about an inch from the
frame and inserted the top of the spring there. I used the 14" springs, had to compress them
about 3" with the axle at full droop, so I figure they aren't going anywhere. Just returned
from 2 weeks of paragliding and 4 wheeling over some pretty rough stuff in the Owens Valley
and Death Valley, everything held up just fine, the truck is nice and level, and the ride is
vastly better. I have included a couple of pictures, feel free to use them on your site if
you like. Thanks again, Cliff"
I already have a link about where to order the coils from but here's a quick generalization
of which one to get....
Typically, the saggy Runner (and some pick-ups) will have about 8 or 9 inches from underside of frame to the top
of the leafpack (or top of the u-bolt where the coil actually contacts in this case). That means, if you want about 2 inches of
lift then the 12inch X 125 pound rated coils will be the best candidate. For a solid 3" then the 14" X 100 pounders will do the
job. Shocks can influence the firmness of the ride also. For example, Pro-comps are a very heavy duty shock but they can make
the ride 'more firm'. Bilsteins(I use them) are a digressive valved shock and keep the ride the softest possible with excellent
control. I don't know about Rancho and the rest...just my personal experiences here.
Ebay link to the 12inch coil... order in lightest rate 125 pounds
Ebay link to the 14inch coil... order in lightest rate 100 pounds
Anybody that does this weldless method please feel free to send me pics and feedback on everything including the coil capture quality
and, with your permission, I may add your pics and feedback to this link. As seen above, Cliff cut off most of the mount but I wonder if
another inch or 2 was retained, if the coil would slide in even better...and if not, if a couple of well placed hammer blows would help. Just
thinking out load.
update--- 3-26-2011 ---- It turns out Cliff did the best thing possible and that was to cut the upper steel stopper to about 1".
This allowed the coil to fit in perfectly with no torching or bending of the metal. The coil will never fall out if some checks are done first to verify
exactly how much air space is there with the wheels both hanging in free space.....just jack the rear of the Runner/truck off the ground and measure
the distance....if it's less than 12 then the 12" coils are safe....and nobody that has a stock set-up can loosen up the longer 14 coils...those
are always good insurance against loosening up. Also, leaving too much of the steel stopper in place will cause the coils to rub
against the sides during articulation and cause some "coil noises" so, by all means, cut that stopper short. ZUK