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Steering rack bushing kit question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by classic42, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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    classic42

    classic42 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Great site. I just found it and joined. I was searching here and found that Wheelers Offroad was recommended for a steering rack bushing kit. I went there and it said that their kit includes an extra 9/16 bushing for the 95-00 models. Is this bushing not included in the Energy Suspension kits if purchased elsewhere? Thanks.
     
  2. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    i just bought the energy kit from advance and all the parts are there. 1 long 2 short one with a big dia and the other a smaller dia
     
  3. Jan 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    It confused me why Wheelers said that an extra bushing was included for my model. Do all 99's need that 9/16 bushing? You would think that Energy Suspensions would include all possible size bushings for their kits???
     
  4. Jan 21, 2012 at 4:08 PM
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    looks to me like everything i need is there just have to find time and a break in the weather to install it
     
  5. Jan 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM
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    There is an extra bushing insert and I had to use the special insert... but it is a easy install. They have a diff size insert coz some racks are a little different
     
  6. Jan 22, 2012 at 5:06 AM
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    Thanks for the replies. Guess I'll get the kit from Wheelers.
     
  7. Jan 22, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    What symptoms did you have that warranted a rack bushing kit? I'm trying to track down some steering issues.
     
  8. Jan 22, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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    If you can see the rack moving around when the steering wheel is turned, the bushings need replaced, very simple to check with the front end off the ground just move the wheels back and forth and see if the rack stays put or not.
     
  9. Jan 23, 2012 at 4:05 AM
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    I noticed a slight "shimmy" in the front wheels when I would hit potholes at times. I had someone move the steering wheel while I watched the rack and pinion. There was quite a bit of movement in it. (I also checked the ball joints and tie rod ends, they were all tight.) Struts had been changed recently, so I'm thinking this will cure the issue. I'm going to go ahead and replace the sway bar bushings at the same time. Should tighten up the front end really well.
     
  10. Jan 23, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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    The most telling signs I had that I needed to replace my steering rack bushings was that on sharper corners, right around the apex I would always have to correct the steering and turn the wheel more. It was due to the rack shifting. Also, when you have the engine running, have a friend steer the wheel back and forth when the tires are on the ground and you will be able to see the rack moving.

    After I did mine the mid corner corrections were 100% gone and I also noticed the steering wheel doesn't move an inch even when I hit large potholes.
     
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