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

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SlimDigg, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. Apr 13, 2020 at 4:27 PM
    TacoYankee

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    insane bro, I can only image what the topside looks like.
     
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  2. Apr 13, 2020 at 4:38 PM
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    same here.
     
  3. Apr 13, 2020 at 4:49 PM
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    about to tackle my LBJ replacement, read plenty of threads and got the part numbers for them. I thought i read something that people should just replace the tie rods as one of those "do it while you're doing this" can anyone confirm this? just wanna buy everything at once and ship it all at once.
     
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  4. Apr 13, 2020 at 5:05 PM
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    I do my outer tie rods since you have to pop em to change the lbj, not much more work to remove them.

    Inners would be up to you since the “while I’m in there” can quickly snowball after that (lca bushings, cams, steering rack bushings, etc)

    If you do outer tie rods, make sure you count the threads showing and mark it so you can get your alignment close. I marked mine but was still off a bunch since they were so worn out and poorly aligned to begin with. You’ll definitely want to get an alignment after you change them
     
  5. Apr 13, 2020 at 5:40 PM
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    I wanted to wear my old ones out a little more, but snow is predicted for tonight, so...
    KM3s.jpg
     
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  6. Apr 13, 2020 at 5:47 PM
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    do you have the part number for the outer tie rod? since this is my first maintenance thing i've done on a rig before im sure those 2 will keep me busy enough and don't want to bite off more than i can chew
     
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  7. Apr 13, 2020 at 6:54 PM
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    RH 45046-39295
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    Always ordered these for my 03 prerunner and 02 4wd. Check toyotapartsdeal.com and plug in your VIN to verify.
     
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  8. Apr 13, 2020 at 6:54 PM
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    Partsouq.com is also a good website to verify parts with using your VIN
     
  9. Apr 13, 2020 at 6:56 PM
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    2nd this. I've used it for both the Taco and the 4Runner. Even better than using the official toyota parts site.
     
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  10. Apr 13, 2020 at 6:57 PM
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    There's so much talk about part numbers for the lower ball joints that it made my head spin trying to look it up on TW, went onto partsouq.com and plugged in my vin and it brings up the parts diagrams for your specific vehicle and you know exactly which part numbers to order
     
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  11. Apr 13, 2020 at 7:00 PM
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    That's exceptional. What's the secret for the window trim?
     
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  12. Apr 13, 2020 at 7:21 PM
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    thanks for that, i just wanted to cross-reference what i was getting on toyotapartsdeal.com to someone or somewhere else just to be sure

    edit: do i need to order cotter pins and castle nuts and bolts or will those come with it?
     
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  13. Apr 13, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    If I remember right, my outer tie rods came with new cotter pins and castle nuts (OEM parts). Someone else may have to confirm
     
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    Thanks man, I'm really happy how it turned out. I ordered the Toyota trim parts I quoted in my original post. There's a Youtube video that come's up when you type 2002 tacoma window trim, just followed the video. Super easy, just may need a pair of pliers to pull out your original trim and make sure the clips line up. If you worry about esthetics this is worth the $
     
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  15. Apr 13, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    You may have posted pics that I missed, but before you go replace the OTREs, I'd probably make sure they need replacement. I've replaced my LBJs 3 times now and never had to replace the OTREs... May depend on where the truck lived most of it's life - mine has always been on the west coast.

    Anyway, I'd say that if you don't feel any play in the joint, and steering is still good, then save yourself the ~$120 on OTREs and just do the LBJs. Actually, it'll be more than that - because if you replace the OTREs, you need an alignment as well - so another $70-200, unless you've already got a lifetime deal somewhere. Or, unless you're doing more than LBJs and need an alignment anyway...
     
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  16. Apr 13, 2020 at 8:30 PM
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    The tie rods I referenced do, ordered them 2 weeks ago :thumbsup:

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  17. Apr 13, 2020 at 8:39 PM
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    i was thinking about that too. i need new UCA soon anyways, so i might just hold onto OTRE and do them both right before i get an alignment. i wouldnt say my steering is bad, but i do have to work it a little to stay straight on the freeway, which could also be another issue, but for now im gonna see if all of this will help.

    rad this will be an exciting project.
     
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  18. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:14 PM
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    @turbodb brings up a good point too, it’s easy to get carried away thinking you need to change stuff cause you’re in there or you see other people do it.

    I’m not trying to discourage you from doing it though, you know best what you need/want to change, just food for thought. Plus, these easier jobs help build your confidence working on your stuff, it definitely did for me. Ultimately it’s your truck at the end of the day so, as long as you’re stoked that’s all that counts

    If you haven’t checked out @Timmah! vids on youtube I would do so. He has a tie rod and lbj one, really awesome videos start to finish
     
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  19. Apr 13, 2020 at 9:26 PM
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    yup im gonna check everything tomorrow and make sure this quarantine doesn't have me spending more money than i need to lol. funny you brought up timmah, i literally just finished watching both videos just to get a general idea
     
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  20. Apr 14, 2020 at 6:51 AM
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    Lift the tire off the ground, grab tire at 3 and 9, give it a shake and feel for play. If you find play try to figure out where it's coming from. With your hands in those positions it's likely inner tie rod, outer tie rod or steering rack. I personally don't believe in replacing parts just because I'm there, unless I'm really deep in something. If you have to do tie rods later it's a cake walk. Just remove the tire and pop the tie rod out of the lbj.
     
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