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So the truck is in the shop right now to have the steering rack replaced. I need advices from experienced people on 2 topics. I'll provide truck/situation trails below questions.

1. There are too many stories of racks randomly failing on Tundras. So, I'm wanting to know opinions on whether a quality rebuilt (1yr/18k mile warranty) is expected to be a weaker or a stronger part. Or about equal.

2. Since rack removal costs mostly come from the labor, now would be the opportune time to replace or add parts that could actually strengthen the truck both on and off road. So are there any other relatively affordable pieces that I should consider replacing either cause the stock Tundra version sucks; the aftermarket one is much stronger; it's likely to provide better performance; or it will give better geometry for the off-road mods?

Truck details:
2013 CrewMax Rock Warrior
Rock Warrior Rims
35x12.5 Ridge Grapplers
Low Range Off Road 3/1 Level Kit

Situation:
Truck has almost 100k miles. Level kit and 35's installed 25k miles and less than a year ago. I am not planning an actual suspension upgrade just yet. That'll come later. Before the rack failed the truck went off roading and passed through some ruts crawling on 4-Lo without a single hiccup or even scraping at all, then lost all fluid 10 minutes later. An insurance adjuster said that my leveling kit put the steering at an angle that created excessive wear on the seals and that's why they busted.

I'd like an opinion on whether a quality 3/1 really does put too much strain on the rack and if there is any additional modification that could remedy that and still be off-road capable. I guess that's a 3rd question. ;-)


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Easy way would be to compare the tie rod angle on your truck vs a pro.
 

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Replace the rack with the new part # floating around on here and you should be fine.

If you want to strengthen your truck on/off road get rid of the 3/1 and get 5100's or 6112's for a reasonable price.

The geometry would be slightly worse than a PRO since that is a 2" lift.

The racks were weaker during mid 09-around mid '13, but if you were crawling and going full lock that probably would have done it in. :dunno:
 
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