1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Andy's Taco build thread

Discussion in 'PA- Keystone Cruisers' started by caz, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Well, in the time that it took me to get the rear axle finished, my inspection expired. It failed the first time because the inspection station said the inner tie rod was bad.

    I knew the play was there, but it is play in the rack. I replaced the inner and outer tie rods on both sides and it passed. I think they just looked at it and saw that I had replaced the parts.

    While I was in there I realized my rack is worse than I thought. It has about 1/8" up and down play. In researching it on Tacomaworld, it seems that later 1st gen Tacos had a design improvement to the guides and you can swap in the better style if your rack is otherwise ok. I am going to try to replace this rather than go for a reman rack.

    Here is the difference. The roller guide is the old style mine has.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2017
    YotaFun likes this.
  2. YotaFun

    YotaFun

    Messages:
    193
    Media:
    56
    Albums:
    6
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Dover, DE
    Great upgrade! I did this exact same upgrade to my 4Runner! I was also just discussing this with another member on another Toyota forum lol!
    It helped reduce the slop in my rack for sure, however my rack is pushing 250K and the last 30K of that getting some abuse, its about due.
     
  3. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Hoping to get just a little more life out if mine. Glad to hear your experience that it was worthwhile. I have about 1/8" play. We'll see!
     
  4. jamarquardt22

    jamarquardt22

    Messages:
    937
    Likes Received:
    508
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Also. Energy suspension makes a rack bushing kit. It's not expensive,easy to in stall and will take some slop out of the bushings. One little tip. It comes with 2 size sleeves. Drill out the tightest one to fit the bolt.
     
  5. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Got tired of my inner fender rubber thingies flapping in the breeze.

    These things really help in keeping the slop out of the engine bay. I cut them a little closer to the suspension than factory.

    I made some templates out of underlayment foam used for laminate flooring until I got the shape right.

    20171029_121410.jpg

    20171029_145134.jpg


    Found some clips that are a lot less frustrating than the factory clips.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LZ80AOB/ref=yo_ii_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    31f1vHZi-iL._SL1500_.jpg
     
    YotaFun, dci blair and Crusha like this.
  6. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    After reading too many horror stories of lower ball joint failures, I ordered oem parts and made sure to get them installed before Rausch on Saturday. Now I have a set of trail spares too!

    20171109_182735.jpg
     
    YotaFun, Crusha and dci blair like this.
  7. jamarquardt22

    jamarquardt22

    Messages:
    937
    Likes Received:
    508
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
  8. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
  9. jtaco1

    jtaco1

    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    37
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2003
    Location:
    Marysville, PA
    Was going to ask the same thing :)

    Loctite and proper torque are a big deal with those bolts. Our buddy Jeremy had those bolts fall out twice, once caused the front end to collapse and mess some parts up. We got him patched back up to get home from the trail, but some of the bolts fell out again on the trip home. Not sure what his final resolution was on that issue, possibly stretched threads were the culprit.
     
  10. jamarquardt22

    jamarquardt22

    Messages:
    937
    Likes Received:
    508
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    All of them fell out in the middle of a NJ intersection!
     
  11. jtaco1

    jtaco1

    Messages:
    1,086
    Likes Received:
    37
    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2003
    Location:
    Marysville, PA
    Yikes, forgot about that.
     
  12. YotaFun

    YotaFun

    Messages:
    193
    Media:
    56
    Albums:
    6
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Dover, DE
    To add to that, JT I agree with you stretched bolts was definitely a culprit however I think the damage was already done to the spindle side of the threads, ultimately I believe he needed new spindles as well. The problem with the aftermarket ball joints kits is the bolts supplied more then the joints themselves, I have run aftermarket ball joints for some time and have been fine, but I always use the factory bolts, locktite and correct torque.
     
    Pacer, dci blair and jamarquardt22 like this.
  13. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me!

    20180502_064345.jpg
    20180502_064324.jpg
     
    Pacer, elk, YotaFun and 8 others like this.
  14. Crusha

    Crusha Self-censoring my mud posts... SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,922
    Likes Received:
    2,240
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2013
    Location:
    Chester Springs, Pa.
    Looks awesome!

    HBD Andy :cheers:
     
    Pacer likes this.
  15. caz

    caz Keystone Cruisers SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    646
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2003
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Thanks! Feeling old - the big 45!
     
    Pacer, joabmc and brian like this.
  16. Crusha

    Crusha Self-censoring my mud posts... SILVER Star

    Messages:
    1,922
    Likes Received:
    2,240
    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2013
    Location:
    Chester Springs, Pa.
    I remember being 45, only seems like seven years ago!
     
    Pacer likes this.
  17. jamarquardt22

    jamarquardt22

    Messages:
    937
    Likes Received:
    508
    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Location:
    Lancaster, PA
    Go pull somthing with it!
     
    Pacer and YotaFun like this.
  18. iptman

    iptman

    Messages:
    3,172
    Likes Received:
    1,531
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2008
    Location:
    Northern VA
    My winch mostly pulls box woods out of my neighbors' front yards. :D I figure it keeps the gears well greased.
     
    YotaFun and jamarquardt22 like this.
  19. YotaFun

    YotaFun

    Messages:
    193
    Media:
    56
    Albums:
    6
    Likes Received:
    129
    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2007
    Location:
    Dover, DE
    That's awesome!! HBD!!
     
  20. joabmc

    joabmc

    Messages:
    569
    Likes Received:
    371
    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2014
    Location:
    Lewistown
    @caz at 45, you’ll more than likely pull a muscle or throw out your back! Haha!

    HBD Andy.
     
    Pacer likes this.