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Hwy wandering

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by crazyasu45, May 19, 2010.

  1. May 19, 2010 at 12:49 PM
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    crazyasu45

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    My Taco feels like its wandering on the Hwy :eek:
     
  2. May 19, 2010 at 12:50 PM
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    get an alignment? also with the lift you have you may need aftermarket UCA's if you want a near perfect alignment
     
  3. May 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM
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    Alignment?
     
  4. May 19, 2010 at 12:57 PM
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    I'll go to Fountain Tire down the road and get it checked out...
     
  5. May 19, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    Since you have a lift. Your caster is probably too low.
     
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    Wander (bump steer) can be caused by worn suspension components but if you've just added lift in front with spacers or coilover shocks or lift springs, the most likely cause is low caster.

    An alignment shop can adjust the caster to a point on our trucks that should eliminate some if not all 'highway wandering' seen after a lift.
     
  7. May 19, 2010 at 2:07 PM
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    Great!!! Thx for the help guys :D I'll let u know what the shop says is the issue for the wandering...
     
  8. May 19, 2010 at 6:23 PM
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    Have the shop adjust the camber or compromise on camber to get caster close to 1.5 or better. You can keep camber in tolerance but adjusted so you can get more caster. Caster is causing the wandering

    If they know what they are doing and you tell them what you want you can get it to where it will be better on the caster but it will make the shop go back and forth on camber and caster to get the caster closer to spec > 2.0

    It took about 2 hours of work to get my caster at about 1.4 and that was good enough to stop the wander I was feeling but I am still out of spec <2.0

    But.. I didn't spend 600 on UCAs
     
  9. May 20, 2010 at 3:28 PM
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    Tie Rod Ends are all seized up :( $750 parts/labour + taxes
    They tried heating them up with no luck and put some nut buster lube on to see if it helps out...Shop said I have excessive Toe in which is probably contributing to my horrible gas mileage 300km per tank and extreme outside tire wear on my expensive M/T :eek:
     
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    Man what a bummer sorry to hear that.
     
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    I know...Oh well it's only $$$ haha and I love my Taco :D so it's going into the shop on Wed to get all fixed up...
     
  12. May 20, 2010 at 5:15 PM
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    I'm really curious to see how much my gas mileage improves :rolleyes:
     
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    yah that is pretty shitty gas mileage even with 33's, keep us posted man
     
  14. May 21, 2010 at 12:00 PM
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    Are TRE's expensive parts to replace??? seems like a lot of $$$
     
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    RockAuto.com has the outer tie rod ends for your truck for less than $15 per side. Inners are around $50 each.
     
  16. May 21, 2010 at 12:46 PM
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    I heard the made in Taiwan ones are crap and I would end up replacing them again in a year or so...The ones I got quoted on are Moog...
     
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    If you can afford the Moog's, I'd go with them. They make a quality product and stand behind it.
     
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    should I be replacing anything else along with the TRE's :confused:
     
  20. May 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM
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    CT quoted $110 higher than FT...I found a little hidden shop who won an award for being the most honest shop for 2010...There gonna take a look at my taco next week to see if they can unseize the TRE's...Is there any recommend lubes I should be putting on them in the meantime so it soaks for a couple days to help out a bit?
     
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