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Energy Suspension Upgrade

Harry WagnerPhotographer, Writer

If you own a Tacoma then we have good news and bad news. The bad news is that installing larger tires can prematurely wear out the rubber bushings on your steering rack. Worse still, these bushings are not available from the dealer; you have to purchase a whole new steering rack. The good news is that Energy Suspension offers replacement bushings made from polyurethane that are firmer than stock for crisper steering and less susceptibility to wear.

If you don’t have a new Tacoma, don’t feel left out. Energy Suspension also make similar bushings for earlier 4Runners and Tacomas, as well as Dodge Dakotas and Durangos.

We got our hands on one of the first sets of Energy Suspension bushings for ’05-plus Tacomas and headed to Relentless Fabrication in Sparks, Nevada, to perform the installation. As the name suggests, Relentless is more of a fabrication shop than a repair facility, having built a reputation for making innovative, lightweight armor for late-model Toyotas. Without a lift, the guys at Relentless performed the installation on the floor of the shop using jackstands and handtools. While the installation took a full day, it could easily be replicated in your driveway at home.

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