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Steering shaft issue

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OldContinent, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. Jun 8, 2019 at 7:35 AM
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    OldContinent

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    I just wanted to change my steering shaft but found out, that i got the wrong spare part here.
    The new one is way to long.

    Does somebody know this issue?
    Part no was right.

    Its a 5lug.
     
  2. Jun 8, 2019 at 7:36 AM
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    Here is e picture

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  3. Jun 8, 2019 at 7:42 AM
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    Looks like they sent one for a 4X4 or Prerunner.
     
  4. Jun 8, 2019 at 8:01 AM
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    OP, for the 2wd I'm coming up with an OEM part number of 45203-04011
     
  5. Jun 8, 2019 at 9:29 AM
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    Ok i made it fit.
    The only thing i had to do, was to slide the upper clamp completely upwards.
    Then i still have 1/2inch space between both shaft, as you can see in the picture.

    The interesting thing is, that the original short one needed to be clamped on the lowest spot of the top shaft. Now this construction looks far better than before...
     
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    Before all that i tried to improve the new shaft with putting a rubber bellow on it, but cause of the small diameter, i couldn't slide it over and the rubber cracked...

    Does anyone did something similar and can provide a part no for a perfect fit bellow?

    IMG_20190606_212557.jpg
     
  8. Jun 10, 2019 at 7:53 AM
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    OP, some have tried bicycle inner tubes, etc. I ordered a twin pack of Rakboot from OZ and they work great just not cheap. At the time I believe they were about $50 shipped. Otherwise be creative. Ford resorted to some type of plastic snap on cover for the same problem but I have not seen the thing.
     
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    If you made that work on a stock no body lift truck then that may be a good shaft for us with 1" body lift. The shafts on our trucks with a 1" BL are pulled farther apart at that same connection and that may restore the amount of shaft inside the coupling like it was when stock. But then again thats a 5 lugger so who knows what that shaft is in relation to a 4x4
     
  10. Jun 12, 2019 at 11:35 AM
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    After replacing successfully, i didn't want to throw the old one away, so i started to rebuild it.
    Removed all the rust with a wire brush and a dremel tool and repainted it.
    Now waiting for the new u-joint. I ordered the all balls 19-1010 that is recommended somewhere in an rebuild thread here in this forum.

    IMG_20190612_201154.jpg
    IMG_20190612_201216.jpg
     
  11. Jun 12, 2019 at 12:41 PM
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    thats the cutest lil u joint ever! and its greaseable!?!??!?!?
     
  12. Jun 12, 2019 at 1:15 PM
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    There are also non greasable ones from febest but they also need to be locked within the bushing with lockrings.
    E.g. febest as1640 or as1639
     
  13. Jun 12, 2019 at 2:24 PM
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    Is that the intermediate shaft? I just started reading up on the issues associated with it (sticky steering/flat spot), as I just started having this happen on mine. It looks like a relatively easy fix?
     
  14. Jun 14, 2019 at 9:05 AM
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    Yes it is.
    The only problem is to spread the clamp to have the possibility to lift it upwards.
    After i finished i thought, the best way to do is, to use the bolts and screw them from the threaded side and lock the hole on the other side with a sheet metal, so the bolt spreads the clamp.
    I hope i could describe it in way you can understand :)
     
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