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Energy Suspension Rack bushing questions

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by RacerP, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. Nov 13, 2011 at 6:12 AM
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    RacerP

    RacerP [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Got my new rack busings in the rack and trying to reassemble...

    First question, the new center sleeve leaves alot of room for slop on the bolt, is this right? I did notice there was plenty of room for slop on the old sleeve as well.

    I am having a hell of a time getting the top nut onto the bolt of the bracket for the D shaped bushing...have tried using a quick grip clamp but can't get enough of the bolt out to show threads...what a horrible design, top uses a nut and the bottom is a bolt!
     
  2. Nov 13, 2011 at 7:17 AM
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    I figured out what I was doing wrong with the "D" bracket, didn't realize there was a top and bottom..the top fitting is a little shorter!

    Now my only question is...do I have the right size sleeve for the center with that much slop in it??
     
  3. Nov 13, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    The sleeve that is supplies is the one that is supposed to be used, although when I replaced my rack and bushings, I replaced it with a spacer from a motorcycle that happened to be the right dimensions, and fit the bolt tight.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    I didn't use Energy suspension bushing. But the ones I got had two sleeves for the center bushing. One was too narrow and the other was too wide and left slop. I drilled out the narrow one. The bolt was really close to going to going through the smaller one so I figured no harm in shaving just a bit.

    I would find a sleeve that has a snug fit to the bolt or you leave movement in the rack and that affects steering. Also, the D busing will be trying to hold while the center busing is letting a little bit of side-to-side movement. That would wear the D bushing faster, I would think.
     
  5. Nov 13, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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  6. Nov 14, 2011 at 5:23 AM
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    I'll probably call Energy this morning and see what they have to say...put everything back together already. Like I said the orginal sleeve in the factory bushing had the same amount of slop in it was well.
     
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