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Sorry if this is redundant but I'm not seeing how to search the 25,000 posts on the 4.1 forum for this specific topic. Anyway, I'm thinking i'm due for rear springs. The 1998 RAV has always had a slight list to the right which is odd considering the driver is on the left. Lately I've noticed it doesn't take much weight for it to bottom out or sag in the back..... a trip to Costco or a couple passengers in back. So, my question is, what are some good springs for this rig? I'm not trying to make a "monster truck" or mimic the ride of a "hard-tail" Harley but I do occasionally tow a small trailer or small boat. I've been known to come somewhat close to the tow weight limits, somewhere between 1,000 and 1,500lbs but it's always within the tow limits and tongue weight. I'm reading that Bilstein shocks are also the way to go with this. Any thoughts?
 

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It's very simple. Click on SEARCH near the top of the page. Then click on ADVANCED SEARCH. From there you can enter a keyword, like "springs", or "rear suspension". Finally, select which forums to limit the search to, in this case 4.1. Finally, click on SEARCH NOW.
 

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Got it, thank you! For some reason the search engine is defaulted to Google which, takes me out of this forum. I found the VB search that keeps me in this forum. I wonder if there is a way to have it default to VB? After all, if i wanted to search Google, I'd be in Google. Thanks again for your help.
 

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Didn't know what you meant about Google being the default search until I switched to the "Full" site mode. There you do have to select "VB" search to stay on RAV4.
I use the Classic site (select at the bottom of the page) because there wasn't an option when I joined and I like it better. On Classic you get both search options with a "Search Forums" box on top and a "Google Search" one below. No mention of a "VB" search or indication it keeps you on the RAV4 forums.
I've looked at the new Full site a few times and even tho it apparently does do a few more things than the Classic this is just another example where IMO it's not better.
 

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Right you are, Doctor! I forgot about the "Full" mode since I also use the "Classic" mode here. I just toggled Google search OFF so now when you click on the little magnifying glass in Full mode it will do the local VB search. I figure if you want to do a Google search, then go to Google!
 

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I just changed to "Classic" and see if that's more what I need. From the sounds of it, it is.

I agree with JuneBug, if I want to do a Google search then I'll go to Google.

Thanks for the info!
 

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I put a set of Old Man Emu shocks and springs in my Rav4 last spring and they are great.
I love the ride and handling of the set.

The Old Man Emu kit came from Rocky-Road.com and I like what they say about their shocks on this page: www.rocky-road.com/omeshocks.html.

You can read about the coil-spring on this page, but you will need to scroll down a little: http://www.rocky-road.com/omesprings.html

Both shocks and springs were very easy to change out.
 

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I put a set of Old Man Emu shocks and springs in my Rav4 last spring and they are great.
I love the ride and handling of the set.

The Old Man Emu kit came from Rocky-Road.com and I like what they say about their shocks on this page: www.rocky-road.com/omeshocks.html.

You can read about the coil-spring on this page, but you will need to scroll down a little: Old Man Emu springs at the lowest prices

Both shocks and springs were very easy to change out.
I did the same and it looks great, ride improved, and it raised the ground clearance enough that you can go down most trails without dragging bottom. It's also a lot easier to get under it to work on things.
 
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