For the stock trucks, the R&P works just fine. When you start lifting the truck and running bigger tires, the R&P starts to show its weaknesses. The inner tie-rod ends are a poor design, so they usually wear out quickly. The rack is pretty strong, but the guides and seals do wear, and bigger tires dont help. My stock rack lasted 250k miles before I decided to replace it. The seals and guides were done. The rack still functioned, but leaked and had too much play.Ozark-Taco said:Since I'm totally new to this concept, I was under the impression that rack and pinion was weak for offroading. Is that true?
Mine is an 07 Tacoma btw.
Yea that's it. I just told them I drove down a washboarded dirt road and felt it rattleing or knocking the the wheel. They replaced the rack under warranty.barnaby said:That clunkiness that is described....I have been feeling a sort of knocky vibration coming up through the steering wheel on my truck when I'd go over bumps etc. at times since I bought it with about 70k on it. Is that the steering rack?
I had asked the stealership about it when I first got the truck and they said they could find nothing that I was talking about...but to me something just felt loose.
You must remember grasshoppa, Toyota doesn't really want you to put aftermarket stuff on your truck. They want you to put TRD stuff on your truck. The other thing to realize is that stock your truck is pretty damn capable. How much have you wheeled it stock? I've impressed the hell outta people with a stock taco. I've taken it places noone thought it would go.Ozark-Taco said:That's kind of what I thought. I had the same problem in my Nissan Frontier, weak stock stearing with idler arm, centerlink, etc.
The more I learn about my new Toyota, the more I regret getting it. It will be nothing more than a daily driver with AT's. I refuse to invest $2,000 just to put on an ARB for my existing winch. I'm not one to beat up a $30,000 truck for the fun of it.
I'll buy an old solid axle beater wheeler with the $2,000 and not look back. The upgrades would be far cheaper on it vs. a new truck.
This sucks! I wished Toyota and other manufacturers would build and actual 4x4. The FJ is the closest thing in years and it's still no wheeler without extensive upgrades as well. I know they are trying to build a longer last truck cheaper but, back in the day when Toyota had a solid axle 4x4, those were real trucks then. You couldn't pay someone enough money now if they have one in good condition. No weak steering, no IFS junk, just crossover steering and solid axles strong enough for 35's.
Yeah, I'm an old-schooler. I just want my winch on my new truck.