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What have you done to your Tacoma today? 1st Gen Edition

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by SlimDigg, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Jul 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
    Sloth

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    Agreed. It will help the truck track straight on the highway
     
  2. Jul 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM
    Dirty Pool

    Dirty Pool Lost In The Ozone

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    X2, I went back to see some family and nearly died.

    Man, they are worse than I previously thought. That is a HUGE amount of slop in both the ITR and the rack shaft. An OEM rack will not be that loose with the guide removed entirely.
    Can't say I never expressed my feeling about Chinese knock off front end stuff. The other issue is the remans most likely use the same parts.

    Play with guide removed.
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    ANY lifted 1st gen with stock upper arms can use all the caster it can get. It is safe to tell the alignment shop that's what you want.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM
    Pliny

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    You can tell by just looking at the alignment cams. What angles are they pointing? Front-most and rear-most on both sides.
     
  4. Jul 16, 2014 at 12:03 PM
    Dirty Pool

    Dirty Pool Lost In The Ozone

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    Dirty Pool rear bumper/air tank with integrated spare CV shaft storage, DP customized TJM front bumper, 8000 lb Ramsey/Technora rope, E-locked, Extended breathers with front diff catch can, SAWs with DP heim joint seals, DP custom 6 leaf rear springs/Billies, DP custom skids, 2lo, Gray wire, Cap, Bed Rug, Black steelies, Both 31" MTZ's and 33" Toyo's, 01 Center console, Map lights, Disraeli gears
    How good a buddy and did he do the work or some flunky?
     
  5. Jul 16, 2014 at 12:45 PM
    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Well I'll find out this weekend. 750 miles of highway driving.

    But it'll be hard to tell. Between the steering rack I have, worn out bushings and a non-tack welded steering shaft... keeping my truck straight on the highway has never happened since 1999.
     
  6. Jul 16, 2014 at 12:46 PM
    Madjik_Man

    Madjik_Man The Rembrandt of Rattle Can

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    Best friend of 20 years.

    All their techs are top notch. They are constantly rated amongst the highest shops in the area.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:16 PM
    Dirty Pool

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    Fine, I was sorta half kidding.
    With, as you inferred, a rack problem and loose steering column, there should have been some kind of feedback. Maybe there was, I wasn't there.
     
  8. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:33 PM
    Sloth

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    Ordered up a new set of tires. Got Town Fair Tire to price match Tire Rack on a set of general grabber at2's @$130/ tire for 31x10.5R15. Wanted 33x10.5R15, but not a big fan of the BFG AT's, and KM2's are not an option for the winters around here. At that price for the grabbers i'll just find another beat up set of 15" alloys on CL and a set of 33x10.5 KM2's off a heep and use that for offroading, and have the grabbers for daily driving and light wheeling duty.
     
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  9. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM
    TacoBran

    TacoBran Your Unique, Just Like Everyone Else

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    That would be to easy :)
     
  10. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:40 PM
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    Km2's are not good winter tires?
     
  11. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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    Look at build thread
    From what I've read most MT tires aren't great in winter unless sipped or somethin.
     
  12. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:54 PM
    Sloth

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    Depends on what your winter consists of. They are about useless in slick, icy conditions. They have large tread blocks, no siping, and a hard tread compound. In cold weather the hard compound turns them into hockey pucks, and with large tread blocks and no siping they are useless in slushy, slick and icy conditions that are the norm up here.

    If you just have light fluffy powder they would be better, but still not spectacular. Offroad is a whole different story, I am referring to strictly on-road use.
     
  13. Jul 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM
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    I don't mind my tread wright guard dog's with kedge grip. I feel like the kedge grip definitely helps on icier roads.
     
  14. Jul 16, 2014 at 2:09 PM
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    Thanks for the info!


    At least a bit of good news: the place I bought it trough is giving me a full refund on this POS rack.
     
  15. Jul 16, 2014 at 2:16 PM
    Dcpsychobilly

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    I need a new rack also :D
    I don't got that much play but enough to notice it :(
     
  16. Jul 16, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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    Man, that sucks. I'm interested in your experience with the Rack Doctor rack. Mine desperately needs replacement.
     
  17. Jul 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM
    Pliny

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    BMA is? Shit I may just see if I can't do that too!
     
  18. Jul 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM
    Squeaky Penguin

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    Yeah, I told the guy on the phone from the place I bought it from that my OEM rack with 225K has less play than this!

    Yes it does suck! Not looking forward to that job again!

    The rack doctor one was recommended by Jace. Hopefully it works out.

    Yeah BMA is. He offered to switch me out to another brand they have, but I opted for a refund. Just have to send it back.
     
  19. Jul 16, 2014 at 3:11 PM
    presto

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    Look at build thread
    Thanks guys.
     
  20. Jul 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM
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    I have the same type of play in my stock rack with 177K miles on it. I was hoping it was just the inner tie rods but after seeing your video I'm thinking I need a new rack since my rack has play identical to yours




    Edit: I meant to quote one of sneaky penguins or "young Brett" posts
     
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