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Sway Bar Bushings Lose?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 12guns, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. Dec 29, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    Trying to track down a front end problem. It's not rack and pinion bushings, not inner/outer tie rod ends. Looks like my Sway Bar has shifted side to side a bit and the main bushings are worn, plus the links on the ends have rubbing that is falling apart. Sound like that could cause poor tracking while driving? Steering seems to be "jumpy". Feels like it did when ball joints were bad, but they're good. Guess I'll change out these bushings anyway, but did want to see if that could cause these symptoms. thanks
     
  2. Dec 29, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    getting there....
    it can definitely have that effect especially if the bushings are shot. are you gonna replace the end links as well?
     
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    The OEM bushings are made of rubber and rubber will harden or become brittle over time thus making your sway bar loose. Replace them with the polyurethane ones and you'll be golden. I would replace the tie rod ends as well as the steering rack bushings as well. It's just a matter of time before that rot away too.
     
  4. Dec 29, 2009 at 5:12 PM
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    Had my worn mud tires rotated today. The tire shop said the tires were cupped and prolly 90% of the problem. They said the sway bar links are more responsible for body roll than any steering issues.
    After they rotated the tires it is much better. i won't replace anything just yet. Thanks for the replies anyway.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2009 at 5:14 PM
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    By the by, I have already replaced the rack bushings. and one side of the outer tie rod end. These bushings will be next, just not until I get new tires.
     
  6. May 29, 2010 at 7:09 AM
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    Instead of creating a new thread, I thought I would ask in here.

    Trying to find a link to show where the sway bar brushing are. Maybe I over look it some where. I need to replace mine..
    Thanks!!
    Might be a dumb question...
     
  7. May 29, 2010 at 7:13 AM
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    getting there....
    nah....not a dumb question.

    look at where the front shock bottom mount is.....you'll see the end link and a bar thats curved running your truck to the other side......thats the sway bar....and the bushings will be under the truck...bolted to the frame. they will be sorta u-shaped and split in the middle.
     
  8. May 29, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    Thanks man.
    I was looking at the Wheels Anti-sway kit. I was reading some old thread and saw where you replaced yours like a year back.
    Im having some body roll in curves and over bumps and such. Planning to do a complete suspension overall (springs, front and back shocks). But im sure the stock bushings are wore out also. This is a little cheaper as I save for the overhaul :)
     
  9. May 29, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    getting there....
    definitely man.....and the new poly bushings are way better than the stock rubber junk.
     
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    i have a 1996 tacoma and on the right frunt side.my tire has a bad whobble and i have a new outer tirode on and sway bar link on.but just on that side and it still whobbles.what can it be?
     
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