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Highway lane drift problem???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Hellmutt, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:29 AM
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    Hellmutt

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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    I'm new here, but I've experienced at highway speeds my tacoma tends to drift left and right a bit -- still stays within my lane, but seems like I'm always having to correct it's path........anybody else have this problem?
    I've bought the TRD sport package and had dealer add the front skid plate, but I wouldn't think that at 70-80mph the skid plate would generate enough lift to push the truck left/right??
    I've always had trouble with turbulence and crosswinds pushing the truck around but always just chalked that up to just being a light weight vehicle with higher ground clearance so there's little downforce at work there right??
     
  2. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:45 AM
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    Same problem here.. But im running 33.5x11.5 wide's.. So i just figure thats why.. I honestly dont know.. Maybe its bc the truck is so light?

    But im getting used to it
     
  3. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:46 AM
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    rhodehard09

    rhodehard09 sometimes nonsense is the only sense someone has

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    mine doesn't drift at all, you may want to check your alignment.
    and welcome to TW!!!!!
     
  4. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:53 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Thanks for the welcome, and it's been aligned twice since I bought it and the problems never went away -- still got the factory Dunlops on it though, so possibly poor tire choice?
     
  5. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:57 AM
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    What psi are you running in the front?
     
  6. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:58 AM
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    T@co_Pr3runn3r

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    More caster = less drift & twitchness due to road surface imperfections, grooves & wind.
     
  7. Aug 12, 2010 at 4:59 AM
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    rhodehard09 sometimes nonsense is the only sense someone has

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    yeah mines lifted 3 with 32.5 km2s, but if i remember correctly it also rode straight as an arrow stock......
     
  8. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Believe they're at 32psi? Honestly, have to check -- been a while since I've done that -- but the few times I have checked them, rarely have to add any air pressure.
     
  9. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:09 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Thanks man, but would that affect tire longevity at all?
     
  10. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:27 AM
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    Camber and toe are what wear the tires, caster is more about tuning the way it feels driving down the road. I had my pwr steering rack replaced recently. Before that the caster was set near 3.0 after doing the UCAs to have caster adjustment after doing 2.5 lift. It drove perfect. The Toyota dealer put the caster back to 1.7 when doing the alignment after puttin on the new rack and now it is back on the verge of sucking again. I will deal with it for awhile but will have my regular alignment guy put it back to the 2.5 to 3.0 range when I buy another 1 yr alignment from NTB. I will not buy the lifetime Firestone one so they can practice learning.
     
  11. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:45 AM
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    Twitchy was how I described my 09 SR5 DC after I got it. Same thing I think, it just felt "light and fluffy" on the highway, not dangerous, almost boat-like floaty (60-70s Caddy feel).

    I did the following, not trying to solve this specific problem, but others:

    o Larger tires - from 245/75-16 to 265-70-16 - helped some
    o Rear TSB springs - helped some
    o 5100s at .85 lift - helped some
    o alignment (specific settings at 2.1/0/0, not stock range...) - helped quite a bit

    It still feels a bit light to me, but a combination of the above list and getting used to it, I just don't notice it anymore unless I have a strong crosswind.

    If I were to recommend one thing, get an alignment to specific settings.
     
  12. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:52 AM
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    Pardon the ignorance, what do the 3 numbers represent (2.1,0,0)? I don't know anything about alignment but I just got new tires and now my truck wanders like the OP's truck. I don't want to go into winter like this!
     
  13. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:55 AM
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    :cool: ok..That rules that out.
    + one more for more caster.
     
  14. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:57 AM
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    Toe 0*
    Camber 0*
    Caster 2.1*
     
  15. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:58 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Sweet, thanks for the insight -- mines bone stock currently, but I've got some plans to get a little bigger tires on my factory 17's and maybe some other mods too.
     
  16. Aug 12, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Nice, have to make a note of that........do these settings apply with factory wheels/tires as well?
     
  17. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    Sorry,Don't know what it would be. :eek:
     
  18. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:20 AM
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    This is what I set mine to. From my research (search on this site), the 2.1 will increase to 2.4-3.0 as you go with larger and larger tires. Stock sized though was 2.1/0/0.
     
  19. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:22 AM
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    sadly, I've only put Husky Liners in it thus far - tend to blow all my cash on my bikes and guitars.
    Great! I'll have to try those out and see how she handles afterwards
     
  20. Aug 12, 2010 at 6:43 AM
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    My truck was fine before i got some new tires, now above 60 mph they just suck, I'm alll over the road but alignment is fine at lower speeds.
     
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