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Old 11-12-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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Question Bump Steer Correction for 05-07 Tacoma?

Hello All,

Newbee to this site. Bought my '06 Taco 4x4 DC SB w/ TRD Off Road pkg in May. Installed a Toytec 3" lift kit about a month ago and 285/75-16 Yoko AT/S tires on Eagle 16x8 rims last week, and now I have some pretty pronounced bump steer. Wasn't so bad when I just had the lift kit and stock tires and rims, but when I mounted the new larger tires and rims it really became pronounced. Hence, two questions:

1. Anybody know of a bracket kit to mount the steering rack lower, or one that raises the tie rods on the steering knuckle? I've Googled it quite a bit and haven't found anything out there.

2. After crawling under the truck I noticed that the tie rod ball joints mount from under the steering knuckles. Can they be reversed so they mount from the top instead? This would appear to decrease the tie rod angle considerably.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:59 PM   #2
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did you get it aligned? That usually solves things!
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Old 11-13-2006, 06:37 AM   #3
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I'm curious what you are calling "bumpsteer" with ifs and rack?
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:43 AM   #4
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It's all aligned - had it aligned after the lift was installed, and again this past weekend after the new tires were mounted. So no issues there. New tires/wheels were completely balanced, too, when they were mounted.

Bump steer is the condition where the tires going over bumps or undulations in the road cause instant toe changes to be transmitted through the steering linkage and felt directly through the steering wheel. It's caused by the tie rods traveling in a different arc than the suspension.

Most factory suspensions are engineered for zero bump steer. That, of course, can go out the window if aftermarket parts are installed and the suspension geometry changes as a result.
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