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VAGUE AND WANDERING STEERING ON 1990 HILUX 4 X4

I HAVE JUST FITTED NEW 16 INCH WHEELS AND TYRES TO MY 1990 HILUX 4X4 ...SINCE PUTTING THEM ON THE STEERING IS A BIT VAGUE AND WANTS TO WANDER A BIT... I HAVE HAD A CASTER KIT FITTED ALSO..THE BEARINGS HAVE BEEN REPACKED AND BALL JOINTS ARE STILL TIGHT ... I HAVE HAD THE STEERING ALIGNED AND THERE IS NO SLACK IN THE STEERING... THE STEERING DAMPER IS TESTED AND OK...DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CLUES ???

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Wandering is usually caused by toe-out. Did the aligner use front wheel drive specifications for this rear wheel drive truck? A front wheel drive toes in when the wheels are pulling the car, but the front wheels on your truck drag back to a toe-out position if steering parts are worn. Try pushing the fronts of the front wheels apart. They should still be at least a 16th of an inch closer in the front than in the rear of the tires.

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Had the same problem a few times one with a Pajero and a few times with an isuzu trooper. My problem was I mostly drove a car but had a 4x4 for towing. The 4X4's really scared me I would'nt pass 40mph. Like yourself I tried everything and the only cure I could find was I did'nt drive anything else for a week then I had no problem but when I dont drive it for a while it still seem's wandery. I know rally cars have lowered suspentions to make them more stable so I think it is more to do with the high suspention and rear leaf spring's than a faulty part. Hope this help's. Cheers

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