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Front end feels loose after lift.

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Bee22971, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. Aug 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM
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    Bee22971

    Bee22971 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I need some advice. I installed a set of King 2.5 C/O and DSM UCAs on my 2011 Taco and my truck feels loose. I bought the kings from a fellow member and they looked and road great for about a month. However, now I'm noticing that my steering wheel really moves with the grooves of the road and the front end feels loose in rough wind. I have duratrac 285s on stock rims with 1.25 spacers.

    I've done some searching on TW and haven't found a answer that has corrected the issue yet. I haven't tried tightening my "wheel bearing" as suggested in on thread posted recently.

    Have any of you had this issue before and know what to do to correct it?

    I apologise upfront if this is posted in the wrong section but since it happened after my lift I thought it might be cause by the C/Os or the UCAs.
     
  2. Aug 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM
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    TacoDell

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    alignment lately ?

    possibilities:

    ...tire pressure settings too high

    ...alignment is off, castor settings are too vertical

    ...worn rack mounting bushings (common thang)

    ...inner tie rod play (outer also, but rarer)

    ...steering rack pressure guide has worn or has play (internal)

    ...steering rack "end" guides have become worn (look for leakage next)

    ...worn upper or lower ball joints
     
  3. Aug 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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    BAMFTACO

    BAMFTACO Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice

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    Op just go down this list and see what you need these are all the things you gotta look at
     
  4. Aug 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM
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    Go through the front end and torque everything down . All the said stuff above too.
     
  5. Aug 14, 2012 at 3:10 PM
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    Someone suggested your wheel bearing was loose and needed tightening? :laugh:
     
  6. Aug 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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    My alignment was done maybe a month ago when i got new tires. My alignment printout had me in the green. However, I only had 2.3 & 2.4 degrees caster. My truck has 13k miles and the steering wheel has little to no play. But when I'm @ highway speeds and it's windy or the road sucks my front end feels loose.

    Tomorrow I'll start the project and run down the list of suggestions. Thx 4 the help.
     
  7. Aug 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
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    I was doing some research and another guy had a similar problem and the TW member suggested to "tighten your wheel bearings." It reminded me of my old army days when we use to send the new pvt to go find blinker fluid. It made me laugh so I figure I would add it.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2012 at 4:38 AM
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    I was going to say he needed to get slapped.
     
  9. Aug 15, 2012 at 6:15 AM
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    Sounds like caster. Might want to get it checked at a different shop.
     
  10. Aug 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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    Here are my alignment numbers:

    R side
    Camber .3
    Caster 2.6
    Toe .02

    L side
    Camber .4
    Caster 2.5
    Toe .02

    Front
    Total toe .04
    Steer ahead .00

    Tire pressure is 76psi cold and the tires say 80psi


    Any additional thoughts?
     
  11. Aug 18, 2012 at 8:22 PM
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    76psi? That's got to be one rough ride.
     
  12. Aug 18, 2012 at 8:23 PM
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    76 PSI is like 40 PSI too high
     
  13. Aug 18, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    Yikes, the tires say 80 because that's the maximum. But never fill them that high for everyday driving and especially when the road sucks. Drop that down to the 30-35 range ASAP

    P.S. Your Alignment is perfect
     
  14. Aug 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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    Bee22971

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    I want to thank everyone who provided suggestions. I found the culprit. The passenger side uca was bad and had significant play. After throwing on another set of ucas and re-alignment the truck drives great again.
     
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