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Axle crooked because of lift!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Boogyman, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Feb 10, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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    I've had multiple people say my beds crooked driving down the road. Not like taco lean crooked but the whole bed turned slightly in one direction. Yes I've got leaf blocks I know there a big no no but I found that out after putting them on. Yesterday my dad pointed out that both rear wheels are pointed toward the passenger side. I dropped the spare and took measurements of the blocks in relationship to the end of the lower leaf. The drivers side has a worn spot from where the axle sat on the leaves before so I'm pretty sure the position of the passenger side is correct.

    Passenger side which I think is correct: the rear of the block is 12 inches from the end of the leaf
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    Drivers side: the rear of the block is 13 inches from the end of the leaf
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    I'm thinking about putting the rear on jack stands and loosening the drivers side and move it to where it should go. Any other options I should try? I also don't have a way to check the torque on the u bolts so I need ideas with that too.
     
  2. Feb 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM
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    I'm unfamiliar with blocks , is there a hole that registers the leaf pack centre pin like there is in the axle ?
     
  3. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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    I dont think so but I'll go out and check now
     
  4. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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    It doesn't look like there's a pin there from looking at it. I don't have the tires or blocks off though so I could be wrong
     
  5. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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    should look like this. The pin goes into the axle and the pin from the leaf spring indexes into the hole
     
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    is there a possibility that the pin has come out of the hole and is resting on the edge?
     
  7. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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    It might not be seated correctly in the axle
     
  8. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:22 AM
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    From the looks of the pictures, the blocks seem to be seated properly on the spring perch so I don't think they have come out of the hole
     
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    how should i try fixing this?
     
  10. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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    Honestly you should ditch the blocks and invest in a lift spring or add a leaf kit or even a taller shackle.

    Blocks should only be a temporary lift option, They are bad on the entire rear spring assembly and can cause them to flatten out or can break, crack or just shear the bolt and slid out.
     
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    measure from the front wheels to the back wheels on both sides. To see if you get the same amount of deviation (+/- 2 inches). Or take a level to the axle.

    How did you notice this, Driving?
     
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    the plan was for them to only be temporary to hold the larger tires but temporary became alot longer than anticipated.
     
  13. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:32 AM
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    i couldnt tell while driving but my dad pointed out that the front of my rear tire was pointing inward and the other tire was pointing outward. ive started to become concerned after looking at it.
     
  14. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:33 AM
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    That what I was wondering , if the centre pin had sheared off
     
  15. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:34 AM
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    Loosen everything on a lift jack, straighten it and re tighten?

    Check your ubolts for loose bolts, that could be a culprit
     
  16. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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    im about to head up to the shop and see if they can fix it. i dont have jack stands tall enough for my truck or a way to get the correct torque on the u bolts.
     
  17. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:38 AM
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    Check to make sure both u bolt plates are the same. I notice one looks a bit more angled to the rear than the other. That could move your axle forward or back as well
     
  18. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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    I would expect the steering wheel to be off center as well if it is dog tracking.
     
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    1'' is a lot. the center bolt is probably not located in the the lift block hole. Take a measurement from the front of the leaf springs eye bolt to a point on the rear axle that is identical on each side. you will have to put the trucks frame on jack stands and let the axle hang. this will allow you to loosen the U bolts and reposition the axle on the blocks. after you realign the rear axle the steering wheel will be off center so go get the front end re aligned.
     
  20. Feb 10, 2013 at 10:48 AM
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    This is true..

    Sometimes if the actual bed itself has moved it will give the appearance that the axle is off center. I would at least measure the gap of the front of the bed to the back of the cab. Measure both right and left sides. Its fairly common for the bed bolts to become loose making the bed shift a little.
     
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