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Bad steering rack bushings

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by trayday, Oct 10, 2016.

  1. Oct 10, 2016 at 5:34 PM
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    During an alignment, the shop found that my truck has a worn steering rack bushing. Hopefully I can have it covered under warranty but am unsure if the 7" BDS lift or the 35" tires will void the warranty. Has anyone experienced this? What is the cost of the repair? I had the lift installed at a shop and will find the receipt before my appointment.
     
  2. Oct 10, 2016 at 5:35 PM
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  3. Oct 10, 2016 at 9:16 PM
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    He bushing is different than what I had. I had essentially a seal blow out. Cost me near $2k.
    The bushings won't be more than $50 each. Labor shouldn't be bad either, just depends on what needs to be removed to get them replaced.
     
  4. Oct 11, 2016 at 9:48 AM
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    The shop said they'd have to remove the center piece of the lift and that they didn't have the right equipment to complete the task. They replaced the same bushings on my friends Tacoma for a little over 200$. For the Tundra they recommended to have the dealership to replace the bushings. Do you think the lift and wheels will void the warranty on this part?
     
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  5. Nov 9, 2016 at 3:29 PM
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    After my appointment at the Toyota, they denied a warranty claim stating that the tires and lift were the cause of the bad bushings and the repair bill would be $2700+ to replace the steering rack. Said to pull the engine to get to the rack and that they don't replace only the bushings. I bought Energy Suspension steering rack bushings for the 2007-13 Tundra instead of replacing the rack and went to an independent shop. You can see where the shop had to cut holes out of the crossmember to drop the bolts to fit a chisel up to get the sleeves out. He then just welded the new piped metal. Something to consider about your Tundra. I should've replaced the stock bushings when I had the lift installed.bushings.jpg .
     
  6. Dec 8, 2016 at 5:22 AM
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    I have a '16 with that same lift, but bigger wheels and tires (20x12s w/ 38x15.50s). What issues were you having? I have Coaches's poly rack bushings, I just haven't had them installed yet bc the shop that built my truck quoted me $1200 originally to swap the bushings then dropped it to $600. Coach says it can be done as you mentioned in a couple of hours or less.
     
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  7. Dec 8, 2016 at 8:03 AM
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    After alignments, as soon as I hit a big hole, the alignment would be thrown off again and when putting the truck in reverse while turning, the truck would make a loud clank every time. It started happening after riding my truck at the dunes and hitting woops hard, now I have rubbing while turning in reverse but it will be fixed.

    To replace the bushings, the notched holes is the only way I can see it completed with out removing the engine or dropping the front suspension. The shop thought he could replace the bushings by removing all tie rods and replacing through the holes for the tie rods but wasn't able. I bought the bushings and the shop charged $450 @ $75/hour to replace and weld.
     
  8. Dec 8, 2016 at 8:14 PM
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    Had a question on your tire and wheel set up looking to put on 20s with 37" tires but I'm clueless on what kind of offset or back space to get. Do you have any pictures
     
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