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Truck difficult to control

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by 1000101, Jun 3, 2019.

  1. Jul 9, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    1000101

    1000101 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Yes, me as well.
     
  2. Jul 9, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    Nice! Looking forward to hear back.
     
  3. Jul 11, 2019 at 8:36 AM
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    Icon stage 1 at 2.5”, 1” rear blocks, Hankook MT 285/70/17, 4runner SR5 wheels, 1.25” spidertrax, 1” Toytec body lift, remote access installed, center caps painted black. ARE V series topper.
    My 2019 has had 6 alignments, 2 were my fault do to suspension adjustments, my truck is lifted with 33’s at 36 psi. The last two were from two of the better alignment shops in the Houston area. I’ve also owned many lifted Tacoma’s.

    After alignment #5, I took a 2500+ mile trip, it was just as you described. The smooth roads were fine, but anything not smooth and I wondered all over. Two weeks ago after #6, I took a 400+ mile trip, it was better, but not by much.

    Last week I started looking at my wheels and noticed a slight negative tow. I said to myself, F-it and made an adjustment on my driver side tie-rod by turning the rod one-flat.

    My wheels now look 100% straight and the steering is so much better. It’s hard to believe such a small adjustment has made my truck livable again. I should say fun again, it was driving me nuts.

    PS, the place that did the last alignment has their machines calibrated every 3 months.
     
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  4. Jul 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM
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    Interesting... Now I'm tempted to spin my toe ends a hair lol. I'll give my air bags a run first, but if that doesn't seem to help, i'll mark all the current positions and give it a whirl.

    I'm getting the TSB for the diff howl done shortly, so still waiting on the air bag install.
     
  5. Jul 12, 2019 at 10:11 AM
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    I know little to nothing about wheel alignment, but when I look at my truck from the front sitting in my garage, the bottom of the tires are noticeably in closer to the center of the vehicle than the tops. Is that a negative toe?

    Edit: Just did some research. Looks like I'm referring to positive camber. From what I read that may partially be the cause of my loose steering.
     
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  6. Jul 12, 2019 at 10:24 AM
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    I don’t know about the loose steering, but you are correct about the positive camber.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2019 at 7:26 PM
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    Fiatdave The predator in her natural environment!

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    Icon stage 4 lift, CBI T3 bumpers, front and rear w/swing our tire, 2 jerry can holders and camp table, full CBI skid, Snug Top Rebel canopy. Nitto trail grapplers on ATX Baja wheels times 5. Old taco totalled new taco on tap!
    I bumped into a stump or something on my right front wheel, that threw my alignment out. I had it fixed at my work so the wheel is straight now, however the steering rack binds a little from lock to lock. Took it to Gresham Toyota where I worked for 5 years and they said they couldn't replicate the issue. The tech said it turned stiffer than normal due to my Ikon stage 4 lift and my 37 Nitto G2's. I am at 35200 miles and almost out of warranty. I am going to take it to another dealer to see if I can get it fixed under warranty.
    Anyone know where the best place to buy a new rack and pinion is at the best price? Is there any aftermarket racks that are designed for off road wheelers. I am not going to stop riding the rough trails and I would assume this will not be the last time is crck something. I would want to replace it with something better?
     
  8. Jul 14, 2019 at 8:17 PM
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    With lift and tires that big I seriously doubt anyone is going to warranty anything suspension/steering/drivetrain.
     
  9. Jul 14, 2019 at 8:45 PM
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    Didn't read entire thread but check out a road force balance. In fgo only a few can preform it , not cheap. I was trained on it .it can balance the rim than the rim and tire and will tell if a tire is shit. All done with a computer. And is accepted by tire manufacturers for a bad out of round or broken belt
     
  10. Jul 14, 2019 at 9:19 PM
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    Yeah, I know, I was hoping that my employment history would have been a little help. The answer is always no if you don't ask. I will probably get one from a wrecking yard and have it installed at my current employer.
     

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