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LCA Bushings: OEM, Energy Suspension, Whiteline

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by alphabravo, Oct 8, 2015.

  1. Nov 11, 2018 at 8:29 AM
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    Necro quote. I have been chasing an issue with the brakes pulling intermittently and never considered that the LCA bushings could be shot.


    Edit: I still had the issue after replacing the steering rack, TREs, calipers, rotors, and lines and having a shop verify no braking issues so this seems pretty likely
     
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  2. Nov 11, 2018 at 5:41 PM
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    Yep, one on each side of a bushing, and still 4 left over. Weird. I'm going to email whiteline in the morning just to check. The job is done and everything is working well.

    Btw, for those on the fence about installing these bushings, do it! It's hard to explain, but the truck's steering just feels tighter and more responsive. I'm happy.
     
  3. Nov 11, 2018 at 7:37 PM
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    That’s certainly odd...sounds like they stuck four extra washers in by mistake :notsure: if you installed 2 for each bushing, then that’s all there should be.
     
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  4. Nov 12, 2018 at 9:44 AM
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    Did the whitelines a few weeks ago and it's completely changed the truck.
    I had replaced the whole front end, rack,rack bushings, ball joints, big brake upgrade etc etc and I still had a pull to the left when braking.
    FINALLY, replacing the LCA's got rid of it. My truck finally goes straight on the highway.
    TIP: Use a torch to help push out the old bushings. I used an air chisel and it would have been a lot more gentle on the arms with a little heat help.
     
  5. Nov 12, 2018 at 10:58 AM
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    I've got the same symptoms, pulls to the left. Did the tundra brake swap thinking it might be a caliper. Guess I'll add this to the list.
     
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  6. Nov 12, 2018 at 11:53 AM
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    Same, lucky me I still have lca's with good bushings on them. I'll swap em out, get an alignment and rebuild the old ones with whiteline to keep for spares.
     
  7. Apr 14, 2019 at 3:47 PM
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    Got the Whiteline bushings from Amazon, came loose in a box with the original bag. Must’ve been a return. Just want to make sure before I tear the truck apart, all 4 bushings should be identical, correct?
     
  8. Apr 14, 2019 at 4:28 PM
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    I've still got mine sitting around, but haven't installed them yet. All four of my bushings are the same size.
     
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  9. Apr 15, 2019 at 8:48 PM
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    Yup. All four are the same. Just completed my LCA bushing job a little while ago using the Whiteline bushings. I rented a ball joint press to make use of the different size cups to press in the bushings. It worked beautifully.
     
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  10. Apr 15, 2019 at 8:59 PM
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    Should also have 8 big washers, two per bushing.
     
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  11. Apr 15, 2019 at 9:38 PM
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    And the metal sleeve inserts.

    A side note: During my shower "After action review" of the job, I realized that I grabbed the "Wrong" grease gun for this job. One gun has a basic, moly fortified grease, and the one I grabbed has Valvoline Synpower.

    After a little research, I think the Valvoline gun may be the better of my two options since it's full synthetic and has molybdenum disulfide. Not super lube like what OP suggests, but maybe the best of both worlds?
     
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  12. Apr 16, 2019 at 6:29 PM
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    Sounds like I have everything I should. Definitely getting a floor jack before I bother with this, so sick of the stock bottle jack
     
  13. Apr 17, 2019 at 7:48 AM
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    Riding around for a day, I'm amazed at the difference so far! So much better!
     
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  14. Apr 17, 2019 at 8:12 AM
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    For the poly bushings, first: the grease from the manufacturer of the bushings is best, and second: the energy suspension grease should work on any of the polys. The big difference is both the greases you had are petroleum based. Poly bushings call for synthetic, either PTFE(Teflon) or silicone grease or the manufacturer proprietary blend.
     
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  15. Apr 17, 2019 at 10:23 AM
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    Hmm. Might just wait until the next alignment is due and apply the appropriate grease. It was a duh moment, but at least everything will hold together fine for now.

    Anyone have any pointers on breaking things apart for such a job? Would really like to not rip it completely apart again.
     
  16. Apr 17, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    I dunno man, the only way to truly get those friction squeeky areas lubed is disassembly. You might be able to use PTFE or silicone spray to get you through the squeeks. Or it might not ever squeek. You'll know what you need to do at least, if squeeks show up
     
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    For sure. Maybe dropping the arms at the cam bolts and letting the rest of the steering assembly just droop down will get it.

    Gonna try and not lose any sleep over it. Losing enough to my 1 month old son as it is. Lol

    Thanks for the info, my man.
     
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    Anyone tried to remove the washers from the oem bushings and use with the Whitelines? Or is this no bueno?
     
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    Why do you want to do that?
     
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    I was under the impression that the washers that come with the Whiteline bushings do not have grooves like the oem bushings and that this can cause problems with keeping an alignment. Is this incorrect?
     
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