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Rack and pinion question.....

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by heath1178, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Oct 21, 2010 at 6:43 PM
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    heath1178

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    I have a 2.7 4x4 taco with some seriously squishy grommets on the rack and pinion. I noticed this when I had the truck on jacks while doing the brakes. My driver side inner tie rod has some play in it. There is a bolt on the rack and pinion that runs paralel with the length of the truck that passes through a rubber bushing/grommet and u bolt shaped bracket that on the passenger sid of the rack and pinion that also has a sloppy grommet that needs replaced. Can you buy these grommets indiviodually or will I have to buy the whole rack and pinion? thanks for any advice in advance
     
  2. Oct 21, 2010 at 6:56 PM
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    Afwrestler1986

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  3. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:35 PM
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    heath1178

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    Thanks a lot for the response. I assume that polyurethane is the way to go? My old man did a lot of urethane bushings on his rig and said it made a big difference. Seems like the way to go.
     
  4. Oct 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM
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    heath1178

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    Also, do you think these bushings are the cause of the failing inner tie rod?
     
  5. Oct 23, 2010 at 6:17 PM
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    Afwrestler1986

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    It could be a cause of the inners going bad. Is it both pass. and driver side inners?

    Yes, the urethane bushings are the way to go. The stock bushings lose their integrity and flatten out over time. My rack has a fair amount of slop in it due to worn out stock bushings. So 18 bucks for a whole kit is well worth it.
     
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