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Old 08-27-2008, 09:41 PM   #1
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Rear Axle Off Center on 2008 Tacoma???

Hi guys,

This is weird!!!

I was recently looking at the rear end of my 2008 Tacoma Access Cab SR5 (2.7L 4 cyl) and comparing the amount that my (new!) X-Runner wheels stuck out from the sheetmetal of my rear fenders. As I looked at the passenger side, the outermost edge of the tire is about 1/4 inch OUTSIDE the sheetmetal...but when I looked at the driver side - the outermost edge of the tire is inboard of the same reference point by about 1/2-3/4 inch! Basically, it looks like when they attached the rear axle to the leaf springs, they mounted it ~1 inch off of center pushed toward the passenger side!

When I had the original 15" stock steel wheels on, it probably wasn't obvious because they were so far inboard of the fender wells...but with my new X-Runner wheels being so wide, they are easy to compare to a common reference point.

Can you go check your truck and see if you note this on your vehicle? It seems that this would cause an alignment (and early wear) issue due to inaccurate tracking front to rear.

Thanks for letting me know what you find BEFORE I take it to the dealer.

Cheers,

Rob
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Old 08-27-2008, 09:51 PM   #2
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My truck is the same.
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:17 AM   #3
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Mine is the same also. It could be a design flaw in the frame that the engineers compensated for with an adjustment on the axial. Or it could be that the bed is mounted slightly off. I wonder if this has anything to do with the Tacoma lean that everybody talks about.

There seems to be an endless list of flaws with the 2nd generation Tacoma. You would think it would have been right from the beginning since Toyota had so long to design it and shake out the problems in preproduction. However, it’s still a whole lot better that the alternatives.
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Measure from the inside of the rim to the same point on the frame on each side.
Doubt the axel is off or your truck would crab down the road slightly.
Most likely bed needs to be centered.
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Measure from the inside of the rim to the same point on the frame on each side.
Doubt the axel is off or your truck would crab down the road slightly.
Most likely bed needs to be centered.
Thats what it is. I had to do it on both of my Tacomas. Loosen the 6 bolts in the bed, and use a small bottle jack to move it over to where you want it.
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Thats strange, but I will check on the weekend. If so - seems pretty sloppy. Did I buy a Chevy?
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