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Steering bump/wheel jerk

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Major, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. Oct 11, 2008 at 6:47 PM
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    Major

    Major [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have an 09 TRD off road with a bit over 2,500 miles and today was the first time I had it off road. One thing I noticed when off road was quite a bit of steering bump/wheel jerk (feeling the wheel move side to side when going over terrain). the wheel moves side to side with a slight jerking motion when going over rough terrain. I have driven full size 4X4s before the Tacoma and have never noticed this (at least to this degree) with my previous trucks. I had not noted this on paved roads at any time and it was only when off road that it came to light. Is this normal for the Tacoma or do I possibly have an issue with the steering rack? Thanks
     
  2. Oct 11, 2008 at 6:53 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Its normal. The Tacomas only have about 2.5* of caster, and that translates into "Bump steer" when off roading. Most large 4x4's, i.e. Chevy, Dodge, etc. have mouch more caster. Around 6* and up.
     
  3. Oct 11, 2008 at 6:59 PM
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    Major

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    Thanks for the answer. Thought it might be normal as I had not noticed it when on paved roads, but was certainly a different feel off road. This truck sure has some skills off road, very capable and the smaller size is much better than the full size when in tight spots. Had a lot of fun today, should not have waited this long to give it a try off road.
     
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