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Broken centering pin?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by colinb17, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Jan 19, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    colinb17

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    just got the truck aligned after a 2.5 in lift up front. the front is all set to go, and all in spec...but the alignment guy told me that my rear alignment was off. somehow the left side of the axel is futher forward.
    left toe is .37 and right toe is -.35

    i'm figureing this is either a broken centering pin, or for some reason the u-bolts aren't tight enough, and the axel twisted itsself.

    here are some pictures of the right and left side. you can see the gap on the right side of the axel, whee the u-bolts are "pushed" away from where the spring sits on the axel.


    what do you guys think? could it be as simple as loosening the u-bolts and pulling the axel back on the left side (maybe use a ratchet strap from the axel to the rear of the frame.

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  2. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:06 AM
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    I would drop that side to make sure your bolt is good. Then go from there.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM
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    which side. i'm asuming that it's the left since accelerating would push the axel forward, but then braking would push it back.
    maybe a dumb question, i'd just rather not do more work than i have to

    thanks for the help
     
  4. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:16 AM
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    I am thinking it probably would hurt to check them both, maybe play it safe and replace both bolts.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:18 AM
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    do you think that a bent pin would result in this, or only a fully broken one?
     
  6. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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    Yes, it is possible. Especially if the u-bolts were not torqued properly.
     
  7. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    good deal, i'll go drop the axel right now. would the dealership have the pins, or would i have to go to an autoparts store?
     
  8. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    Any auto parts, or off road shop will have them.
     
  9. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    thanks chris. do you know what length i'll need for the tsb leaf pack?
     
  10. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    Not off hand. Most center pics are sold in a standard length. About 8" long. You have to cut them down to fit......I think I may have some laying around, and I will measure to give you an idea...
     
  11. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM
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    don't worry about it. i can just cut one down. as alway, thanks for the quick response
     
  12. Jan 19, 2010 at 9:34 AM
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    No problem. The Stock 3 leaf one is a 3/8" Dia. and 2.5" long, so Im guessing one that is 3.25" is good for the TSB leaf pack. Cant hurt to get 4", and cut to fit.
     
  13. Jan 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM
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    thanks chris. i called toyota and they said that they had no way to tell the size because it comes with the leafs, so there schematic doesn't have it as a seperate part. i was gonna take it appart and then ride my bike to the autoparts store, so you saved my a 5 mile bike:D
     
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    Glad to help :)
     
  15. Jan 19, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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    replaced the center pins. thurns out that even the tsb springs use a 2.5 inch pin.

    unfortunately it didn't fix the alignment problem. any other ideas of what could be the problem? bad shackle bushing or something. it don't think i could have bent the leafs or anything, but i gues anything is possible.
     
  16. Jan 19, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    Not sure what else it could be......
     
  17. Jan 19, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    OMG! I should have asked this question in the stump chris4x4 thread :laugh:

    jk, thanks for helping. i got the name of a good suspension place near my school, so i'm going to pick their brains after class tomorow. updates to come
     
  18. Jan 19, 2010 at 6:50 PM
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    lol!!
     
  19. Jan 20, 2010 at 4:44 AM
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    Any way a spring could be on backwards? :confused:
     
  20. Jan 20, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    I actually just checked thatabout a half hour ago. both on in the same orientation. at this point i wish it was that easy. i've had two people tell me now that the frame could be bent :censored:. got the truck new with 4 miles on it. i'm the only one who drives it, it's never been in a wreck, and compared to what people on here do...you can't call what i do "wheeling it"...so if it's the frame, it looks like it's been like this since i got it 3 years ago. and my warranty jsut went up litteraly 2 weeks ago:facepalm:

    anyone on here had a bent frame on their taco?
     
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