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Inner tie rod replacment on 4X4

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Rob MacRuger, Oct 16, 2019.

  1. Oct 16, 2019 at 6:22 AM
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    Rob MacRuger

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    What is the trick to accessing the inner tie rod for removal? It looks hard to get at.
     
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  2. Oct 16, 2019 at 6:32 AM
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    remove the dust seal for the steering rack and then you have to bend a couple of tabs that lock it in place out, and then you can put a wrench on it and unthread it

    That's how it was on an FJ when i changed them.. i would expect the taco is nearly identical
     
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  3. Oct 16, 2019 at 10:04 AM
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    Thanks!
    I guess I'll need to turn the rack out for better access.
     
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  4. Oct 23, 2019 at 10:37 AM
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    OK done, did this today.
    I had done this on my beater gen 1 pre-runner earlier this year and access to the inner tie rods was way better!
    Hardest part was finding access when folding the flat washer ends on the inner tie rods.
    Getting the inner boot straps off wasn't too bad as Toyota had positioned the clip towards the front.
    Jacking up the lower control arms moved the sway bar up and out of the way on both sides for much better access.
    I used a special narrow jaw crescent wrench to hold the inner rack steady while removing the inner rod. I used a ratchet strap to tie the crescent wrench rock solid steady to the frame while I used an ugly green OEM inner tie rod tool to loosen and tighten. This tool made it really easy to torque the inner tie rods. The OE size wrench is 38.4mm and the Proforged is 1 7/16". No thread lock used since there is a lock washer.
    A long pry bar also proved useful with removing the inside boot strap and folding the flat washer ends. I reused the outer boot clamps but used the new inner clamps. Kind of a stainless steel tie wrap with three wraps.
    Parts used were: Beck/Arnley 103-3070 and 103-2881 boots. This has more soft rubbery feeling than the stock one. Proforged 104-10601 inner and 104-10892 outer tie rods. They didn't look beefier than stock but very similar. The outer tie rod was shorter by a half inch. The castle nut increased in size from 19mm to 22mm.
    I took pics but don't have time to find and upload now.
    Also did the ball joints and sway bar bushings/links last week so this front end is tight and quiet for an almost 14 year old truck.
     
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  5. Oct 23, 2019 at 12:56 PM
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    I have inner tie rods coming tomorrow, thanks for sharing
     
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  6. Oct 23, 2019 at 1:33 PM
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    TY and YW. Just an FYI, if you have 11" stainless steel tie wraps you are golden. If not and you didn't get new boots with straps just use plastic tie wraps. Access to the inner boot strap is very limited and the gen 2 OE straps are one use only after prying off. At least in my case.
    My gen 1 Pre-runner has different straps that I was able to re-use.
    Best of luck, I spent about 3+ hours taking my time doing both sides.
     
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  7. Oct 23, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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    I have new boots and straps coming.
    Reman rack was put in 7-2017 so I will cut the old straps off if needed

    My gen 1 had a driver inner fail at 40k and was so easy to change out

    Wish my boot was not torn. Not sure how it happened but I did get an alignment this year and went off roading a bit.
     
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  8. Oct 24, 2019 at 11:47 AM
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    As much as I measured the old and new tie rods this was the best I could get.
    I did the right side first. Funny how the left side after 3 beers was closer.
     
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