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PostSubject: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 8:52 pm

well after looking and looking and looking at the front end of my FJ ..i and another set of eyes have sumised that the right side steeering knuckle is bent ever so slightly. not 100% sure but im all but sure...no matter how much we cranked on the cam bolts we still couldnt get the camber positive...so...now onto bad things...how much is it gonna cost me to replace this knuckle...if anyone can help me out i would more than appreciate it...has anyone else had this problem? what did and where did you go to fix it...?
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PostSubject: wow...look at this   Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:41 pm

apparently this knuckle is actually shared with all of the following vehicles...in other words the knuckle from a 4runner and lexus is interchangeable....good to know

4 RUNNER 03-10 Knuckle
FJ CRUISER 07-10
LEXUS GX470 03-09
LEXUS GX460 10-11
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:40 pm

the 2005+ tacoma
and the IFS landcruisers share the same knuckle as well

I cant imagine the knuckle giving before a tie rod or ball joint. I guess anything is possible but you baby that truck. I just dont understand how a minor impact like that can cause something so bad.

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PostSubject: baby it   Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:55 pm

yeah i know ...i wouldnt say that i baby it...i just dont attack every rock like its life or death..but yeah simple impact nothing really hard...im not completely sure that it is in fact the knuckle...but after doing a butt load of research i have found that the knuckle is in fact the weakest part of the front suspension. total chaos makes gussets for the knuckles but you HAVE to have aftermarket UCAs...not exactly sure why but thats what is said on the website. oh and by the way...that knuckle...is uber expensive...$300+....for ONE...and also not at all easy to find used....wow!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:58 pm

Ok so after some reading I can imagine it... IT is evidently fairly common.

interesting read. http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/how-technical-articles/63180-weld-spindle-arm-gussets-all-pro.html

call some local junk yards and get a knuckle most likely going to be on an older 03 4runner. Older + easier to find in a yard.
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:59 pm

I just ordered a set of these
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:02 pm

look here... where i get most my junkyards parts that pull a part doesnt have.
http://www.car-part.com/
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:28 pm

I will take note of that site. Probably a good one for the records
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:09 am

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Ok so after some reading I can imagine it... IT is evidently fairly common.

interesting read. http://www.fjcruiserforums.com/forums/how-technical-articles/63180-weld-spindle-arm-gussets-all-pro.html

call some local junk yards and get a knuckle most likely going to be on an older 03 4runner. Older + easier to find in a yard.

yeah i read the exact write up ...and for $50 it sounds like good solid insurance..i am going to drive down to ASi auto solutions down in charlotte and have Brians guys put it on the rack tomorrow and see what they think...getting under it and haveing an unabated view might shed some light on actually what it is...im really kinda bummed..and so far im not finding any cheaper prices thatn around $200 ...and being around xmas...tough...
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:57 am

Call lewisville motors on country club rd in winston

Also check the pull a part yards and 109 u pull it
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:36 am

There is a Pull-A-Part off I-85 in Charlotte near the Sugar Creek Exit on HWY49. Thier wbsite is not always accurate.

Coming from the north on I-85 exit at City Blvd, Left turn off of exit then Right turn on 49/29 Pull-A-Part is about 1-2 miles on your left. cost $1 to go inside & see if your part is there.

From South exit on Sugar Creek & turn rt off of exit then left at 49, on Rt about 1 mile north.
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:42 pm


the one in Winston odd off 52 north of Akron Dr.
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PostSubject: its official   Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:15 pm

Well its official...the right knuckle is bent ...and not just bent but actually twisted AND bent...went down to charlotte to see Brian at ASI-auto solutions and Jeff there diagnosed it and i feel very confident in what he found...after being able to get under it and take measurements wow is it obvious...anyway the guys down there at ASI are going to be doing the repairs and im glad that they are...if it wasnt for the fact that they are 75 miles from me i would be there all the time...if not to have work done but to hang out with a bunch of great guys...

if you ever go down there ..DO NOT GET NEAR THE WHITE TRANS-AM....lolit will move with out even haveing the motor running...its jsut weird!!!

well il be down there next week to get the work done...
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:09 pm

Thanks Mike, glad we could help! And Travis is nuts about that car. Pretty sure he'd sleep with it if he could haha. And thanks again for the slider deal, glad we could work something out!
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PostSubject: all the thanks   Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:14 am

Bro, all the thanks goes to you ...you and your guys really rock...ive never been in a shop that i felt so comfortable with everyone there...you guys really do goo things...
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:33 am

Chock up a win to for two members.
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:23 pm

Bummer to hear about the spindle/steering knuckle. Once you get a replacement you might want to look into adding these from Total chaos fab, Allpro has some too:

59698 59698-SB
05+ Tacoma Prerunner/4wd, 03-09 4Runner & FJ Cruiser Weld on Spindle Gussets
Eliminate a bent factory spindle on the trail caused by hard impacts on your FJ Cruiser, 05+ Tacoma , or 03-09 4Runner by installing a pair of TOTAL CHAOS weld on spindle gussets! Several factory Toyota race teams and recreational enthusiasts using these model platforms have damaged the factory spindles while venturing off road. TC now offers a weld on 1/8” laser cut spindle gusset intended to reinforce the spindles where they bend. These gussets can be installed with aftermarket UCA’s or long travel suspension systems and are not compatible with stock upper control arms.

PT# - 59698 (Sway-Bar Eliminated)
Price: $42.99 pr.


PT# - 59698-SB (Sway-Bar Retained) *When using factory wheels, +1.25" wheel spacers are required.
Price: $60.00 pr.


http://www.chaosfab.com/toyaccess_05taco.php

https://www.allprooffroad.com/fjfrontsuspension/spindle-gussets
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Tue Dec 13, 2011 2:37 pm

Those look like a good idea for anyone that even thinks about playing
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PostSubject: good idea   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:02 pm

chad said that he has ordered a pair from allprooffroad, ai I'm going to wait to see how his goes ...$50 is not much at all when u consider the the cost of a new or even used knuckle plus labor...so for a pair..yeah its worth it...
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:40 pm

Worth it i'm sure for cheap insurance if anything. Really surprised that the spindle bent before the end links, ball joints or tie rods.
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Tue Dec 13, 2011 8:33 pm

I might have to do this when I finally do my UCAs. I've already had issues with my tie rods, but I just assume avoid issues with the spindles/knuckles.
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Feb 06, 2012 12:08 pm

I have a spare set, and I'm about to cut mine off, Pm me or message me on Facebook if you need a set.
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PostSubject: Larry knuckle   Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:53 pm

larry, i have already replaced my knuckle that was bent...are u selling the knuckle or the gussets? just to be clear?
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PostSubject: Re: possible bent steering knuckle   Mon Feb 06, 2012 8:33 pm

Spindle....
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