: Steering Rack Bushings FYI


FattyB
03-10-2009, 03:46 PM
What's up all...just thought I'd through out some info. I got the front end aligned friday, mechanic told me that the bushings holding the steering rack to the frame were wasted and the whole rack could move on it's own. He explained how there were no OEM replacement bushings and he'd have to replace the whole rack. Being a good guy he stated there were after-market manufacturers that make the replacement bushings (I already knew this, Energy bushings makes them) and I could do it myself. Toytec had them and got it done in about 2.5 hours, was more a PITA then I thought although I did not remove the tie rod on the drivers like instructed (lacked tools). Drives much tighter and quieter after replacement. Just wanted to put out this info in case anyone gets a bad mechanic that states the "whole rack is bad" and your bushings might only be the culprit. Check the bushings first if your having some front end issues FYI.

ike
03-10-2009, 04:20 PM
yep, most of us have already done this, and the aftermarket bushings make a huge difference.

Avsfreak1234
03-10-2009, 04:23 PM
yep, most of us have already done this, and the aftermarket bushings make a huge difference.

we have? guess i need to get on the bandwagon

ike
03-10-2009, 04:31 PM
You will be amazed at how big of a difference it will make, though mine were completely shot due to my last moab mishap.

go to www.suspension.com and they will get you the right ones, as some of the vendors seem to have trouble figuring it out.

RedRunnertc
03-10-2009, 04:32 PM
Doug and ike have done it.

They do EVERYTHING together.

ike
03-10-2009, 04:34 PM
We we both did the bushings, but months apart. That is like saying you and anyone who has 4 linked have done it, you do everything together.

00regcab
03-10-2009, 05:44 PM
I also did mine, and wow. It turned into a whole new truck!

motochain
03-10-2009, 09:31 PM
Anyone know how similar a rack on a taco is to a rack on a tundra? I'm sure the actual sizes are different, but are the bushings that hold the rack in place the same? I was told that they were by a guy at a tire place, but thought I'd NOT take his word for it. :D

Sucka
03-10-2009, 09:39 PM
I have a set here, just need to find the time and tools to put them on.

My steering is a little loose, figured it was the cheapest way to tighten that up.

ike
03-10-2009, 09:40 PM
http://www.suspension.com/toyotapickups.htm

Scroll down and you will find the section for tundras.

Looks like part #8.10104 to me. Different than what they list for the tacomas.

ike
03-10-2009, 09:41 PM
Yeah, you will be amazed at how big of a difference it makes.

motochain
03-10-2009, 10:02 PM
http://www.suspension.com/toyotapickups.htm

Scroll down and you will find the section for tundras.

Looks like part #8.10104 to me. Different than what they list for the tacomas.

Yep.. That's what it looks like:D

Thanks Ike.

devinsixtyseven
03-11-2009, 08:47 AM
Mine cured cancer, enlarged my penis, and restored my pattern baldness.

Wheeler's sells them as well, for Tacomas and Tundras.

ike
03-11-2009, 09:15 AM
:lmao:

Wheelers thinks there is only one bushing kit for the tacos though, so depending on the year you have you may or may not get the right kit.

mrdoug
03-11-2009, 11:06 AM
YMMV.. I did mine expecting a whole new driving experience and didn't. Guess my stockers were still fine at the time. It is time consuming, you'll go thru your whole list of curses. Not difficult, just tight spacing to get the variety of tools needed to get the old ones out, the new ones in and the rack remounted.

Careful on the part numbers too.. the main issue that is talked about is the thickness of the "D" bushing where it rests against the frame. They look the same, but you'll have a bitch of a time getting it bolted back up if/when that part of the bushing is slightly thicker than the "correct" part number.

My experience goes along with several others.. Wheelers are hit/miss, suspension.com is correct every time (it was for Spindleshanks, Ike and me as well as others in various threads). There's talk about red vs. black, but turns out it wasn't the color, but the part number.

Sucka
03-11-2009, 11:12 AM
What is the correct part number by year? I got mine from Wheelers :eek:

ike
03-11-2009, 11:18 AM
95-00 8.10101
01-04 8.10103

Sucka
03-11-2009, 11:24 AM
Thanks, mine are 8.10103G

Looks like they got mine right :)

Avsfreak1234
03-11-2009, 12:43 PM
maybe i should just do that. i have a clunk in my steering from a stop at low speeds sometimes. i hate spending money though.

00regcab
03-11-2009, 04:06 PM
maybe i should just do that. i have a clunk in my steering from a stop at low speeds sometimes. i hate spending money though.

sounds to me like it would be more so ball-joints than steering, just my :2cents: though

your taco may qualify for the ball-joint re-call toyota has out, look into it.

pigpen
03-17-2009, 01:44 PM
Does this stop the shacking in the steering wheel between 30 - 60 mph?

bluetaco
03-18-2009, 11:39 PM
Does this stop the shacking in the steering wheel between 30 - 60 mph?


that is more likely a u joint/driveline issue... or even tire balance/bent wheel in some instances...

the rack bushings effect the feel of the steering while turning.

pigpen
03-20-2009, 12:44 PM
Does this stop the shacking in the steering wheel between 30 - 60 mph?

Sorry to high-jack the thread, it was a build up of mud on the inside of the rim.

*Bump this thread*

mrdoug
03-20-2009, 02:21 PM
good call on the wheel balance Layton.

ike
03-20-2009, 04:26 PM
Yep, shaking is not caused by worn rack bushings. Sloppy steering feel however is.

TacoBlanca97
03-21-2009, 07:51 PM
Does this stop the shacking in the steering wheel between 30 - 60 mph?

I have the same steering wheel shake. Had my tires rotated about a month ago and thats when I started noticing it. It's definately a wheel balance issue.

Avsfreak1234
03-22-2009, 01:03 AM
I have the same steering wheel shake. Had my tires rotated about a month ago and thats when I started noticing it. It's definately a wheel balance issue.

wait, the steering wheel shake isnt built into the tacomas from the factory? :rofl: better do something about mine then

bluetaco
03-24-2009, 03:10 PM
wait, the steering wheel shake isnt built into the tacomas from the factory? :rofl: better do something about mine then

only on "Friday trucks" :welder:

Jade
05-01-2009, 10:09 PM
I frequent the local alignment shop where I live and the guy there has often commented that on the 95.5 -04 Tacomas he nearly always sees the driver's side inner tie-rod bushing is loose/spent. Ever hear anything along those lines?

mrdoug
05-02-2009, 08:39 AM
Just replaced mine last november... the driver inner was gone, had a good bit of play in it.

spindleshanks
05-02-2009, 10:08 AM
Does this stop the shacking in the steering wheel between 30 - 60 mph?

I always assumed that was the optional factory upgrade "hand massager" feature, for long trips. Like those "magic fingers" massage beds.:o