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Center support bearing bracket bolts not even

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by zach141b, Jan 20, 2019.

  1. Jan 20, 2019 at 9:09 AM
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    zach141b

    zach141b [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I recently replaced my center support bearing with Spicer p/n 211750-1x. Not a precise match to OEM, but plenty of folks have used this part. This is an '01 4wd 3.4 double-cab. Not lifted or anything.

    No problem getting the old one off. No (apparent) problem installing the new one, either. I used the standard method of 134 ft-lb to seat things, back off the nut, then 51 ft-lb. Washers were installed. I even got a new stake nut. I did not, however, follow this line from the FSM: "Center bearing center line and the center bearing housing center line must be adjusted within 0 ± 1 mm (0 ± 0.04 in.) of each other in the vehicles front and rear direction when the vehicle is unloaded." My bracket and bolts are pictured below. The passenger side of the bracket is 1/2" forward of the other one. But the bearing, or at least the visible rubber outer parts, seem even. We noticed this at install, and considered holding the bracket even while installing the bolts. But then we thought that action might distort the rubber, so we left it be.

    Test drive felt fine. So, question: do I have a problem or not?

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  2. Jan 20, 2019 at 9:17 AM
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    koditten

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    Reserected from the dead.
    No problem.

    They always look like that, even from the factory.
     
  3. Jan 20, 2019 at 9:18 AM
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    zach141b

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    Okay, thanks. That is reassuring.
     
  4. Jan 20, 2019 at 11:03 AM
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    If it bothers you, I was able to straighten mine out just by loosening the two bolts and muscling it some. But I dont think it should be an issue unless you feel the bearing getting hot.
     
  5. Jan 20, 2019 at 11:05 AM
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    zach141b

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    Not bothering me a bit, as long as the consensus is that it's harmless.
     

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