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Any interest in upgraded steering rack bushings??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by Speed Freek, May 15, 2012.

  1. May 15, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    Speed Freek

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    I was thinking of making some sets of rack bushings since they seem to be unavailable unless you purchase an entire rack assembly!

    Crazy....gotta be a better way, and there is!

    If there is enough interest I will build a batch using oilite, it is an oil impregnated brass casting, these should last the life of the truck.

    Another benefit would be more precise steering input without deflection on the worn out rubber bushings that ususally get oil soaked and turn into mush.

    Any interest?? The cost will be affordable, the more I make the cheaper it is as most of you know...
     
  2. May 15, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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  3. May 15, 2012 at 8:45 AM
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    Not sure, I haven priced a complete stick of oilite, but I am thinking anywhere between $60 and $80 for pair, after cost of material and having it machined at a shop.

    If I get enough interest I will start a group buy and that will help cut costs toward the lower end of the estimate.
     
  4. May 15, 2012 at 8:46 AM
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    DEFINITELY INTERESTED! !!
     
  6. May 15, 2012 at 8:53 AM
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    Nice, getting more interest over here than CT, its a damn ghost town over there, lol.

    I got probably 10 PMs about new bushings, i put up a post and absolutely no takers...? Everybody wants a set until the time comes to pay up, then people tend to look at the ground and walk away...

    I figures if it was cheap enough I would have a friggin flood of orders, I see sooooo many Tacos with bushings as soft as gummy bears, mine included!
     
  7. May 15, 2012 at 8:55 AM
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    I see some of you are 2nd gens, I will look at those and see if I can make sets for those as long as its roughly the same configuration, then I can make bushings for those as well, shouldnt be a problem.

    What I do is order a complete rack, remove and measure the bushings and then send it back and say I didnt need it, free R&D!
     
  8. May 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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    Which piece is this? The actual tie rod end? :notsure:
     
  9. May 15, 2012 at 9:03 AM
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    No its the actual bushing that holds the rack to the frame of the truck. If you go in the truck and turn your wheel back and fourth slightly and very little happens, most likely your bushings have play, even brand new truck have a little, and older ones usually have a LOT!
     
  10. May 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    Ah... I see~ My tie rod end has grease oozing out which is why I asked.
     
  11. May 15, 2012 at 9:14 AM
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    That means its time for a regrease!
    If ya need any maintenance let me know I work on cars for a living as well as fabrication, and teaching SCUBA diving...gotta multi-faceted these days in order to make a buck!
     
  12. May 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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    There is no grease zerks! AT ALL! It really sucks!
     
  13. May 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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    Sheesh, i guess there is bushings (polyurethane) last time I searched I couldnt find them..

    So I guess the question now is who would want a set made from oilite?
     
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    You gotta use a grease needle...;)
     
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    Only one bushing labeled 'grommet' is shown. You won't see it in the FSM because it is not a Toyota recommended repair. They want you to buy a whole new rack.

    You can see what bushings need replacement here: http://www.lieblweb.com/steeringbush.html

    Also check out the wheelers link above for more info.

    I did this a few weeks ago. This a GREAT "mod" if you're experiencing poor or loose steering and double bump or clunky steering over rough roads. I highly suggest it and wish I did it earlier

    Jason - I'd like to see what you come up with... Greasable somehow?
     
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    Don't see any for 2nd gens in that link...................
     
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