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Feeling Loose

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kentuckycats, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Aug 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM
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    I am new to this forum thing so will do my best at describing what I have going on. I have a 98 Taco 4x4 2.7, 4 cylinder. At highway speeds the truck feels loose at here lately it has felt loose at any speed. It feel as almost you have went over a dip n the road and the stering is adjusting to the road. I have replaced the shocks and struts with Monro stuff, the outer tie rods, and have put new 31x10.50x15 Michelin LTX M/S on in the past year. It just recently started doing this and it somewhat concerning to me. I have had the alignment checked and everything is there and nothing is loose under the front end. I have somewhat reached my wits end with this issue. I have had someone tell me to replace the steering rack bushings, however, before i throw more money at this, I guess I am looking for some confirmation this may be the problem, mainly because I don't trust the source. I hope I have described this god enough for someone to help
     
  2. Aug 3, 2015 at 11:53 AM
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    Replace your inner tie rods and your steering rack bushings.
     
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    Welcome! Sounds like the whole front end is replaced except the steering rack, why not just replace it? I'm not really understanding your terminology 'loose' .. sorry.
     
  4. Aug 3, 2015 at 11:54 AM
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    Listen to this guy as I have no knowledge of first gen tacos.
     
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    i would rename your title before people start giving you a hard time over it.. :boink:

    hard time..

    pun not intended

    :anonymous:
     
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  6. Aug 3, 2015 at 11:57 AM
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    my 3rd gen 4runner had this issue.

    the new steering bushings took care of it.
     
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    Steering rack bushings and inner tie rods should tighten up any play in the steering. But if it's not just the steering that feels loose, it would be wise to replace the ball joints as well. Especially since the lowers are prone to failure. Ask me how I know :anonymous:
     
  8. Aug 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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    how do you know
     
  9. Aug 3, 2015 at 12:06 PM
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    our third gen 4runners have that issue also.

    i replace my LBJs every 75K
     
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    that mess up your fender any?
     
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    Yeah. It's shot. I still haven't replaced it though. Still trying to decide if I'm going to LT and fiberglass.
     
  13. Aug 3, 2015 at 12:14 PM
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    Do iT!
     
  14. Aug 3, 2015 at 12:14 PM
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    Dropping $6000 on front suspension is a hard pill to swallow.
     
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    You only have to do it once ... it's also about $5k .. I've had it saved up in an Excel spreadsheet for a while now :anonymous:

    Edit: Idk, I guess first gens might be more pricey?
     
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    LT Kit - $2650
    8" ADS Coilovers - $1200
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    That's over $6500 and doesn't even include hydro bumps, brake lines, and any other upgrades or hardware.
     
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    Wohohoah .. one thing at a time there. Why with the fabbed spindles? Just beef your own, if they bend just buy another set and beef them up again.
     
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    Fabbed spindles are required for the lower uniball conversion.
     
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    First gens are too complicated. :rain:
     

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