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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.
 

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yep, most of us have already done this, and the aftermarket bushings make a huge difference.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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: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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 
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